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Portland Food Carts, Pods, & Patios Tour

Portland Food Carts, Pods, and Patios Tour

Weekly at 1:30pm

Duration 2.5 hours

$65 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.

Stops

5-7 food carts, including two food cart pods, plus one brewery. This entire tour takes place outdoors, and covered seating is available at each stop.

Group Size

Small groups of 2-10 people per tour.

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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All Portland tours are currently paused through 2020 due to a city-wide freeze on restaurants and public spaces. View our Portland COVID-19 updates here.

Feel free to contact us with queries for 2021.

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 700 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, Lebanese, Slavic, and Burmese delights while meeting 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 house-made sodas and soft drinks across 5-7 different food carts in Portland’s Eastside district.

Portland Food Cart Tour Truck Owner

Meet 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.

Customer Reviews:

5/5

If you love food and you’re visiting Portland, please go on this tour! Our tour guide Michelle is so sweet and gave us really interesting info on each of the food carts we went to. The portions are generous, so bring an empty stomach! Every food cart had something incredible to offer. Also a plus for this tour was that it’s very Covid friendly. Michelle was stocked on hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes. She also made sure to keep us all comfortable and ensure safety while we dined. Thank you Lost Plates! You are amazing.”

Court V

August 2020

5/5

Wow Michelle was amazing, knows her stuff not only about the food but about the locations and Portland in general. The food was amazing, exposed us to many new foods and did not disappoint with the portions. Could not move or breathe by the end of the tour hahaha. Highly recommend her very personal feeling tour!”

Oscar O

August 2020

5/5

“Had a great time with Michelle exploring and tasting our way through the Portland food cart scene! The portions are huge, a great variety for everyone and we learned at lot about Portland at the same time. Highly recommend! So glad she is open doing tours during this time! Thanks again!”

Laura T

July 2020

5/5

“We loved the food cart tour and got to taste some really unique dishes that we probably would never have tried on our own. Michelle, our guide, was very knowledgeable, fun to be around and knew her stuff! Can’t wait to do this again on our next visit!”

Jenny Z

July 2020

COVID-19 Health & Safety.

  • Flexible Cancellation Policy: We have always offered one of the most flexible cancellation policies in the industry and that hasn’t changed. You are able to reschedule your tour or receive a 100% refund for all cancellations made at least 48 hours before the tour start time. Your reservations with Lost Plate are worry-free.
  • Reduced group sizes of 6 people, 7 including your guide, are currently in place for public tours. Private tours of larger groups are possible and subject to availability. We are currently waiving our private tour fee.
  • Symptom-Free: We require that all guides and guests are free of any symptoms. Guides or guests showing symptoms of any illness, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, will be asked to not join the tour. Your guide takes their temperature before leading every tour.
  • Social Distancing Measures: We will maintain social distance whenever possible during the tour. We follow all local regulations and restaurant requirements, which means it’s possible your group may be seated at multiple tables at a venue.
  • Masks Required: All guides and guests are required to wear face masks at all times when not eating or drinking. If you are unsure where to purchase a mask, please let us know so we can send some recommendations. If you have a medical exemption or disability that prohibits you from wearing a mask, you must book a private tour for just your group by contacting us.
  • More About Masks: Due to each tour being public with others outside your group, face coverings are required per state mandate. If you have a medical exemption or disability that prohibits you from wearing a face covering, you will need to book a private tour for only your party by contacting us. Providing this reasonable accommodation is in accordance with Oregon Health Authority guidance. We appreciate your compliance and understanding.
  • Sanitization: Hand sanitizer or hand-washing facilities will be provided at each stop.
  • Individual Portions: When possible, all portions will be served in individual servings. If larger dishes must be shared, public utensils will be made available to ensure each guest’s safety.
  • All restaurants that we visit follow local requirements. Temperature checks, personal registration, and/or health app screening are likely. It is the guest’s responsibility to meet requirements at each stop.
  • Your guide has the right to refuse service to anyone not complying with safety protocols. If you have any questions or concerns with any of these details, please contact us before your tour begins.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Yes! This tour takes place primarily outside at different food cart pods and patios. 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 1/2 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 at 1:30pm 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!

Our minimum is 2 and maximum is 10. 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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Portland Food Carts, Pods, and Patios Tour

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$65/person

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