Portland Food Carts, Pods, & Patios Tour

Portland Food Carts, Pods, and Patios Tour

Weekly at 1:30pm

Duration 3 hours

$95 per person

Approx. 1 mile walking

The Essentials:

Visit several locally run food carts, relax on warm Portland patios, and eat a huge selection of diverse foods. Get up close and personal with food cart owners while eating their dishes, drinking tasty beverages, and exploring Portland’s up-and-coming Eastside.


5-7 food carts, including two food cart pods and a food hall, plus one brewery. You’ll get more than a full meal! This tour takes place primarily outdoors, and covered seating is available at each stop.

Group Size

Groups are limited to 4-10 people per tour. Everyone in your party must book a spot, including infants and children of all ages.


This tour is only available specific days of the week to ensure a smooth experience. If the date you prefer is full, you can join a waitlist and we will notify you if space becomes available. 

Start & End Location

Starts in the heart of Portland’s Central Eastside district. Ends half a mile away from the start location. An email will be sent with detailed meeting location details immediately after booking.

Dietary Requirements

We are happy to welcome vegetarians and pescatarians, but please let us know at time of booking. Due to the diverse nature of food carts visited, this tour is not recommended for gluten free, dairy free, vegan diets, or severe allergies. Please message us prior to booking if you have any questions.

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About This Tour:

Join us in a flavor odyssey of the food cart scene in Portland. 

In one word? Yes. In two words? Hell yes. Of the 1000+ food carts in Portland, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 1% for the city’s ultimate food cart experience. Beer, desserts, and international fare are accompanied by quirky neighborhood stories and larger-than-life personalities of the amazing chefs who run these carts. 

Truly a frontier foodie destination, you’ll get a real feel of the next big thing in flavor where each stop is somehow better than the last. Top off the afternoon nursing the strain in your Thanksgiving-pants with a sampling of craft beer on a massive patio, debating which bite was best. 

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What You'll Do:

Portland Food Cart Tour Poutine

Start the afternoon in Portland's first food cart pod and taste Chapter 1 in Portland’s food cart saga: quality hand-cut, twice fried Belgium style potato fries topped with gravy and cheese.

Portland Food Cart Tour Ethnic Cuisine

Eat Bavarian, Slavic, and Burmese delights while learning about the chefs on the former grounds of Oregon’s Hospital for the Insane. Mentally prepare yourself for this.

Portland Food Cart Tour Street Art

Explore an industrial area of Portland best seen by foot, renowned for its murals and interactive art installations.

Portland Food Cart Tour Waffle Sandwich

Sample a variety of sweet and savory dishes, as well as iced tea and soft drinks, across 5-7 different food carts in Portland’s Eastside district. It's more than a full meal!

Portland Food Cart Tour Truck Owner

Learn all about the owners and chefs behind Portland’s booming food cart scene.

Portland Food Cart Tour Craft Beer

End the afternoon sampling beers on a massive patio with a major legacy behind it, made with products locally grown near Portland.



Our founder, Michelle, was featured in this Travel Oregon video about why using local guides are the best way to explore Oregon.


Join us and Max McFarlin as we take him to our favorite Portland food carts from our tour to get an in-depth look at the dishes and chefs that make them so special.

Customer Reviews:


“As a food tour guide myself, I have to say… Evangel did a fantastic job of leading us around Portland, sharing history about the food pods, carts and their chefs, telling us informative tidbits about the food scene and introducing us to new cuisines with generous portions. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on this tour and so did my taste buds! Loved that Evangel took photos of our group and sent them to us after the tour was over. Highly recommend this tour!”

Portland Food Cart Tour Review by Paige


October 2023


“What better way to see and eat around Portland than a food tour? We were so glad that we picked this particular food card/pod tour. Our guide, Michelle, was great and took us to the best carts and we were able to try foods that I personally would not have picked out on my own. There were even vegetarian options available. All of the food was amazing and we were fortunate to have great company in our group and fantastic weather. Highly recommend! Next time we are in town, I’m going to sign up for the coffee and donut tour.”


October 2023


“I rarely ever leave reviews for anything but I thought this tour was so well organized and thought out that I had to leave a review. Michelle was a natural and her personality really shined and it is abundantly clear that not only does she have a passion for the Portland food truck scene but also people too. She has traveled all over and has done many food tours herself and this makes her great at what she does. I would 15/10 recommend doing this tour and supporting a small-family owned business that supports other local PDX small owned food carts on this tour!”

Portland Food Cart Tour Review Hannah


September 2023


“Our guide Evangel was fabulous! She was so knowledgeable of Portland and the history of the food/culture. I ate a lot and learned a lot. Evangel was so kind and helpful. She hung back at the end of the tour and spoke to everyone individually, answering questions/giving recommendations of other restaurants to try in Portland. I left full and with a list of other places to try during my visit in Portland. This tour was a 10/10.”


September 2023


“We weren’t really sure what to expect but thought it would be fun to start our time in Portland through food and what better way than Food Trucks. Well we couldn’t have made a better choice! We ate such a variety of food – most we would never have tried on our own. We didn’t have to stress what to choose as Michelle had it all so well planned. No lineups, decisions, finding seats, and no waiting. It was great to hear all about the food scene in Portland, the history of Food trucks and the many, many fascinating stories. Michelle was so helpful with recommendations, advice and her enthusiasm and passion was contagious. We’d definitely recommend this as a perfect way to start your visit, just be sure to come hungry and thirsty.”

Portland Food Cart Tour Review Linda


October 2023


“After a terrible airline experience, I thought I would miss my tour. The hosts were amazingly understanding and able to accommodate me on a later tour. This was the highlight of my day. I met some lovely people and enjoyed some delicious food. It was an extraordinary value as well. We were served huge portions of food and had the right amount of time to enjoy it. I am considering the coffee and donut tour for tomorrow! Evangel was a delight. She knows the area well and gave so many recommendations I could hardly keep up! I would do this tour again next time I am in town.”

Portland Food Cart Tour Review Tobi


September 2023


“This tour started of great and ended amazing! The food and drinks were planned well to show the history of Portland. The range of culture in each food selection was amazing. Our guide Evangel was fabulous! She was so knowledgeable of Portland and the history of the food/culture. I ate a lot and learned a lot. Evangel was so kind and helpful. She hung back at the end of the tour and spoke to everyone individually, answering questions/giving recommendations of other restaurants to try in Portland. I left full and with a list of other places to try during my visit in Portland. This tour was a 10/10.”

Portland Food Cart Tour Review Brenda


September 2023


“The tour was an absolute blast. Herb was an amazing guide and the food was exceptional. Herb was incredibly knowledgeable, personable, and interesting. He made the entire experience so much fun. The food was outrageously good. Not a single taste I didn’t like. The portions were huge. A truly fantastic way to learn about Portland, the food carts, and get immersed in the culture of the city. Well worth the ticket price. Highly recommended!”

Portland Food Cart Tour Review Alyssa


October 2023

Frequently Asked Questions:

Yes! This tour takes place primarily outside at different food cart pods and patios, with one indoor stop. There is typically seating, but we may need to stand at some carts to enjoy our dish…in true Portland-style. Most carts and pods have covered and/or heated areas, so we promise you’ll be comfortable. Just make sure to dress for the weather!

The coolest thing to hit the USA! Food pods are areas made up of multiple food carts. Communal seating and restrooms are available, and alcoholic beverages are often available as well.

All of our tours are rain-or-shine, so we suggest you dress for the weather (and bring an umbrella if it’s raining). In rare cases of extreme weather, your guide will cancel the tour and provide a full refund. There are covered and/or heated areas at each stop.

Your options are limited as these carts are very specialized, but in our experience guests love that this tour is curated. The best thing about this tour is that we’ve done all the hard work for you! We meet personally with the food cart owners to provide the best dishes (sometimes off-menu!) and perfect portions for you. We promise there is something for everyone.

We will try non-alcoholic, unique beverages at each food cart pod, as well as a beer flight at our last stop. We suggest bringing your own water bottle as most stops do not have a free public water station. You are more than welcome to purchase your own beverages at any stop if time permits. 

This tour covers about 1 mile by foot, so we recommend leaving the heels at home. This distance is split up between 4-5 stops, so it’s roughly a 5 minute walk between each stop and a great chance to digest a bit before the next stop. We also find that exploring by foot is the best way to explore the area and fun relics dotted throughout.

Of course! We explore off the beaten path places you may not have tried yet. After our tour, you can impress your friends with all kinds of fun facts about Portland.

Our tours have been designed to accommodate as many diets as possible while still remaining stupid delicious. We are happy to welcome vegetarians and pescatarians, but please let us know prior to your tour date as same day requests cannot be guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for gluten free, dairy free, vegan or other special diets.

When booking online, you’ll have the opportunity to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or special requests. Please use this field to let us know about your requests and we will follow up if there are any problems or questions.

The tour starts right on time at our first stop – a food cart pod in the Central Eastside district. You’ll get the exact address, directions, and transportation details immediately after booking.

The end location is approx. 1/2 mile away from the start location. Our last stop is at a brewery, where you are able to stay as long as you like!

Currently group sizes are limited to 10-12 people. (All people in your party must book a spot, this includes infants and children of all ages.) There’s no flag to follow, or megaphone, or tacky uniforms. It’s small enough to be intimate, but big enough to get away with trying several dishes at each stop. You’ll get plenty of face-time with the experts. Bottom line is, you’ll follow the guide through a super-local experience and make friends along the way.

This tour lasts about 2.5 hours and ends in a brewery, it’s not uncommon for guests to stay and keep the pints going afterward. 

If you have any concerns about timing and meeting up based on your itinerary, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to make this as hassle-free as possible.

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed inside food and drink establishments in Portland. While we would love to meet your furry friend, pets are not able to join our tours for the comfort and safety of all guests and vendors.

For the safety and comfort of our guests and guides, all tours are smoke-free. This includes nicotine, cannabis, and vape devices. 

We do serve some alcohol at the end of this tour, but please keep in mind Oregon law prohibits the serving of alcohol to visibly intoxicated individuals. If you arrive to the tour visibly intoxicated, you will be kindly asked to leave. We want everyone to have a comfortable and pleasant experience, so please save your shenanigans for after the tour. All Lost Plate tours are a family-friendly experience and we appreciate your understanding. 

We have many happy customers who do more than one of our tours in Portland. We have designed our tours to focus only on very different parts of the city and different cuisines. This means that each dish, story, and vibe is unique to each tour and there aren’t any repeats.

Most people are very surprised how broad the culinary scene is in Portland, and our tours are a good way to discover those differences. We cover everything from food carts to private kitchen experiences, morning coffees to wine tastings. We encourage you to pick the tours that best fit your itinerary and we offer a 10% discount if booking more than one tour.

Yes we do! If you would like to book a special tour for your organization or group, just contact us and we’ll take care of you.

We sure do! If you decide to do more than one tour with us we are happy to offer you a 10% discount off your total amount. It doesn’t matter if the tour is in the same city or a different city, we want to keep feeding you as long as you let us. Our online booking system will automatically deduct the discount from your total if booking online at the same time. If you decide to add more tours later, your original confirmation email will include a promo code to use on those bookings.

Bookings cancelled 2 days (48 hours) or more before your tour are fully refundable (100% refund). Bookings cancelled within 48 hours notice are not refundable. Cancellations must be communicated by email to info@lostplate.com or by phone. If you would like to reschedule your tour with less than 48 hours notice, we will need to charge 50% of your total since we are unable to fill your spots at short notice.

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