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Portland Food Carts, Pods, & Patios Tour

Portland Food Carts, Pods, and Patios Tour

Wed-Fri at 1:30pm

Duration 2.5 hours

$69 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 and a food hall, plus one brewery. This entire tour takes place outdoors, and covered seating is available at each stop.

Group Size

Groups are currently limited to 2-8 people per tour due to local capacity restrictions. Everyone in your party must book a spot, including infants and children of all ages.

Frequency

Due to current capacity restrictions in the city of Portland, this tour is only available Wednesdays through Fridays 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 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 iced tea 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.

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Customer Reviews:

5/5

Delicious, interesting food and our tour guide, Herb, was chock full of information about the carts, the city, the street art and every other topic imaginable. Definitely recommend for visitors and locals alike.”

Liana H.

September 2021

5/5

This Tour is the Place to Be!

“If you’re looking to zero in on food in Portland that’s the best, this tour is the place to be! We were guided by a Portland native who was knowledgeable about the city and it’s amazing food! This is a fun tour to do alone or with friends. Something to get you out into the heart of the city where you can learn and stuff your face.”

Portland Food Cart Tour Reivew by Amy

Amy

August 2021

5/5

“What an awesome time we had on this tour. Michele and Herb were so much fun and had so much knowledge of the food and the city. This was my first food cart tour and I loved it.”

Yvonne W.

August 2021

5/5

“Such a fun, informative, and yummy tour! Michelle was an amazing tour guide and has curated an amazing food pod/cart/hall feast. Come hungry, and leave full and satisfied!”

Abby

August 2021

5/5

This Food Tour Was So Much Fun!

“We went to several different locations and basically ate around the world. Michelle was great, nice, and authentic. You can tell she really put a lot of work and thought into the experience. At the end of the tour I was happy and full.”

Portland Food Cart Tour Review by Marissa

Marissa

July 2021

5/5

“This tour was fantastic and I have been telling everyone I know that they should do it whenever they find themselves in Portland. First off, Michelle was made for this gig. She’s super personable, charismatic, and well-versed on the ins and outs of Portland info. Next, the food she selects is delicious and unique. They were quite decent portions, plus with a few beverages included, I would recommend having a small segmented tupperware with you to save some inevitable leftovers.”

Kniki6

June 2021

5/5

“Lots of fun! Michelle was very friendly and knowledgeable. Great value for the price. A variety of fresh, delicious foods were served in healthy sized portions. We would recommend this to anyone visiting PDX wanting a food cart experience.”

Mamacorrigan

June 2021

5/5

“Michelle is an awesome person to be around, her enthusiasm and knowledge really made my day!! we only had a little over a day to spend in Portland, and through this tour alone I feel like I got a week’s worth of tourism in… and maybe a week’s worth of food, haha, it’s a great value. I can’t recommend it highly enough!”

Corey N

May 2021

5/5

“This tour is an amazing and tasty way to spend an afternoon but be warned – bring your appetite. Our guide Michelle spent 3 hours taking us to 4 different places where we ate food from 7 different vendors. Along the way she told us stories about the area, pointed out some on the stunning murals, and served us food from carts that I likely wouldn’t have chosen for myself. The food was delicious and I enjoyed hearing about where the owners of each cart was from and how they got their start. Portion sizes were huge and best of all Michelle called ahead to each stop so there was no waiting in line. I appreciated how Michelle always kept her mask on, wiped down tables before we sat down, always found a place to sit that wasn’t crowded, and offered us hand sanitizer after each stop. It was clear that she takes Covid precautions seriously. Thank you for the fun afternoon Michelle!”

Sarah

April 2021

5/5

My First Food Tour Experience Post Covid Shutdowns

“We tried to do a food cart experience on our own but it was miserable. Places that were amazing and trendy before Covid are now shut down or in currently sketchy areas. We thought a tour would be helpful. Michelle did her homework so every place we went was fresh and delicious (and open LOL). I highly recommend the tour and be sure to come hungry you are going to experience food from around the world!”

Lost Plate Portland Food Cart Tour Review by Vivian

Vivian

March 2021

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 6-8 people, not including your guide, are currently in place for public tours. Due to the limited group size, everyone in your party must book a spot, including infants and children of all ages. Parties over 8 cannot be accommodated at this time. Private tours of the same size are possible and subject to availability and private tour pricing.   
  • 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. 
  • 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 guests are required to wear face at all times when not actively eating and drinking. 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 in both indoor and outdoor spaces 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. 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, proof of vaccination, 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. All Lost Plate tour guides are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

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!

Currently group sizes are limited to 2-6 people due to local capacity limitations. (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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Portland Food Carts, Pods, and Patios Tour

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$69/person

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