KOIN’s Cart of the Week: Matt’s BBQ Tacos

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Gaining national attention

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Matt’s BBQ Tacos on SE Hawthorne Blvd is gaining national recognition this week.

Bon Appetit placed the cart 9th on their ‘The Hot Ten’ list after they put them on their top 50 Best New Restaurant’s 2019 list last week.

Matt Vicedomini tells KOIN 6 he moved to Portland five years ago with hopes of breaking into the restaurant industry. He opened Matt’s BBQ and ran it alone for over a year before it became successful.

In March, he opened the taco truck. He said he was inspired by breakfast tacos in Austin. He frequently traveled there for food research trips.

“Taking things I’ve eaten in Austin and bringing them back up here, and obviously putting our BBQ in them, which is a big part of what we do. But ya, there’s nowhere to get good breakfast tacos in Portland and we wanted to change that,” he said.

Matt Vicedomini makes tortillas at Matt’s BBQ Tacos. (KOIN)

He makes tortillas fresh in the cart daily and has smokers on site.

Vicedomini said business often slows down during the winter months but due to the recent national press he expects to stay busy.

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