By Amanda Piril
Located on the corner of SW Millikan Way and Rose Biggi Ave is Beaverton’s first ever food cart pod, BG’s Food Cartel. The pod is set to include 31 different food carts and able to accommodate up to 150 guests with both inside and outside seating. Many individuals in the area are excited about the richly diverse addition to the city.
The food truck pod is a has a very open look to it and is able to accommodate up to 150 people. (Photo courtesy of bgfoodcartel.com).
For those of us who’ve been living in the central Beaverton area for many years, we’ve seen a lot of changes happen quite recently. That being said, it raises the question ‘Is Beaverton turning into Portland?’.
The property where the pod is located is owned by the Biggi family. For those who don’t know, the Biggi family has been present in the Beaverton area for many years. Domonic Biggi, a Beaverton High School alumni, gives his view on the change seen in Beaverton. “Beaverton will always have a different feel and identity. Suburban life is just unique to downtown life. Beaverton’s identity is evolving. It was a small farming town with a train stop for my grandma. It was an emerging suburb for high tech and neighborhoods for my dad. It is becoming something different yet again. Progress.”
There’s also been a very positive response by the public to the food pod. “We got instant positive feedback from everyone we went to [the] City of Beaverton staff really went to bat for us. Really found zero detractors in our startup exercises. Made us think we were on to something good,” said Biggi, who was inspired to start up this place with the introduction of a restaurant in Portland by his sister.
The food truck pod in Beaverton has an array of indoor and outdoor seating for any kind of weather situation. (Photo courtesy of bgfoodcartel.com).
The atmosphere at the food pod is much different than ones you see in Portland. Whereas in most food pods in Portland have a more “on the go” vibe, the one here in Beaverton is more of a “backyard barbeque” vibe. Beaverton’s pod is equipped with an array of picnic tables and plenty of overhanging fairy lights.
There are many food options available, so it’s the perfect place to go with an indecisive group. Beaverton High School student, Alyssa Soriano, shared her experience. “There were a lot of different options, but [my friend] Natalie recommended trying the poke. I was afraid to try it, but it was good!” By the looks of it, it won’t take long until the BG Food Cartel becomes the next popular hang out spot.
One of the places that I went to try out was Asian Legend, a cart that serves an array of different Asian inspired cuisines. I got two steam buns with pork and an order of honey walnut shrimp. The portions were pretty good as well as the taste. The experience with the staff and the atmosphere of the surrounding area was nice as well.
With such a positive response from the food pod, the City of Beaverton’s identity continues to grow. The addition of BG’s Food Cartel is a statement piece for the city and showcases the diversity of the cultures that exist in the community.
The BG Food Cartel is bustling with people wanting to try out the new food attractions. (Photo courtesy of Alexander Phan, Google Reviews).