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Portland Food Carts, Pods, and Patios Tour

Weekly at 1:30pm Duration: 3 hours

$99 USD / person

Approx. 1 mile walking

The Essentials:

Visit several locally run food carts, relax on 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.

Includes

Food and drinks at 5-7 food carts, including two outdoor food cart pods and a food hall, plus one brewery. You’ll get more than a full meal!

Group Size

Small groups of 4-10 people per tour. Everyone in your party must book a spot, including children of all ages.

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, please note not all stops can be made gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan. Please message us prior to booking if you have any questions.

Cancellation Policy

Reservations canceled 24 hours or more before your tour start time are fully refundable.

What You'll Do:

Meet at Portland's First Food Cart Pod

Meet your guide, along with an ice cold specialty drink, at the birthplace of the Rose City’s food cart culture (we don’t call them food trucks here)!

Fries for Days

At a food cart that goes through 1000 pounds of Oregon potatoes per week, try their popular poutine: hand-cut, twice fried potatoes topped with homemade gravy and local cheese.

Bavarian, Slavic, & Burmese Delights

One of Portland’s largest (and coolest) food cart pods sits on the former grounds of the Oregon Hospital for the Insane. Mentally prepare yourself to try 4 insanely delicious dishes that we’ve hand-picked to highlight the diversity of our local food cart scene.

Portland's Vibrant Street Art Scene

Just a stone’s throw across the river from Downtown, Portland’s Industrial Eastside neighborhood is celebrated for its vibrant murals, interactive art installations, and quirky history. Set out by food, camera at the ready, to see how this area has transformed over the decades.

Discover a Hidden Food Hall

Most locals don’t even know about this top-secret food hall, but those who do consider it their local hangout. What really makes this place special are the vendors that occupy it, whom you’ll meet while you enjoy their food!

Cheers With a Craft Beer

Our favorite patio in Portland is home to a local brewery with a major legacy behind it. We’ll sample their beer, made with locally grown ingredients, and top off our afternoon with a fresh-baked pretzel stick dipped in beer cheese.

Plus More Surprises!

*This itinerary is subject to changes and adjustments based on daily vendor operations and availability, but it will always be awesome.

How many food carts are in Portland?

A lot! 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 eateries on wheels. 

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. 

Portland Food Cart Tour Guide With Food

Featured In:

“In Portland we meet up with Michelle Bergey, owner of Lost Plate Food Tours, who introduces us to the history and culture of some food-cart pods in Southeast Portland.”

Hidden Trails of Oregon Podcast Logo

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:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Yes! This tour takes place primarily outside at different food cart pods and patios, with one or two indoor stops. 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!

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. If you have other dietary requests such as gluten free, dairy free, or vegan, please note these options may not be available at every stop.

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 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. We promise you’ll learn all about them and more on this tour. 

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 sights 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.

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 3 hours (sometimes less) and ends at 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 cigarettes, 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 24 hours or more before your tour are fully refundable (100% refund). Bookings cancelled within 24 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 24 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

$99 USD / person

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