Guided tour

Portland: Food Carts of the Eastside Bike Tour

4.5 / 5

6 reviews

Activity provider: Around Portland Tours

Portland: Food Carts of the Eastside Bike Tour

Activity provider: Around Portland Tours

From US$ 75 per person

Ride and taste through Southeast Portland, eating and drinking through the origins and evolution of the unique food cart scene. On this conversational-style tour, sample from a variety of outlets meant to tell the story of this vibrant culture.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Taste your way through the evolution of Portland's food cart scene, from farm-fresh delights to snacks meant for late-night cravings
  • Ride a comfortable city bike through picturesque neighborhoods
  • Enjoy a slow-paced ride, stopping at four pods and sampling several dishes from a variety of cuisines
Full description
Meet your tour guide in the thriving industrial district, where you'll be fitted for a bike and helmet before heading out on a culinary experience through some of the more than 60 food cart pods in Portland. Sample favorites spanning a range from Oregon farm-to-table delights, to snacks appropriate for late-night cravings. As you set out, your guide will learn about your food preferences and you will visit the first permanent food cart pod, anywhere. Take a neighborhood ride of between 8-12 miles (13-19 km) to three more favorite food cart pods. Learn about the fascinating tale of how Portland came to be the epicenter of the food cart craze. Bike up a gentle hill to the Hawthorne neighborhood, part of Portland's hometown story and the heart of all that's delicious, funky, and hippie. Delve into the city's foodie history, dating back to the early 1900s, and stop at a special coffee food cart made in a unique vehicle to savor a caffeinated beverage. Your guide will select food for the group to sample at each pod, including samples from carts that were favorites as the scene was being established, and others that have come more recently to be major characters in the Portland food scene. Each dish will tell a little bit more of the food cart story. You'll have the option to purchase beer or dessert before the group starts the ride back to the meeting point; a downhill coast to allow full stomachs to settle. Once back, you will be offered a map of the carts visited during the ride, and others to try beyond.
Includes
  • High-quality city bike and helmet
  • Coffee or tea
  • Food samples at several food carts
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People who can't ride a bike

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Meeting point

Around Portland Tours is between Salmon and Main Streets

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • This ride is relatively easy, but does include some hills. Food sensitivities, allergies, and special diets can be accommodated; please contact the local partner before the tour.
Customer reviews

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4.5 /5

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Very personable guide, well versed on the geography and culture of Portland. The bike ride was very pleasant, it gave ample opportunity to for us to absorb the scenery and history thereof. Had a wonderful time despite the anticipated, on again, off again, rain. Perhaps the only downfall was that we wished we were given the opportunity to select our dishes for the food carts/trucks ourselves.

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June 4, 2022

This was an ok tour. There was a story about Ladd's Addition, the hat museum and we stopped to look at some roses. I think the price was a bit steep for half a breakfast sandwich, French toast sticks, fried potatoes, two chicken wings and a street taco. Not very entertaining, the bike was in good condition tho.

August 21, 2022

Dustin our guide was very knowledgeable, funny and witty. We enjoyed the bike ride, the weather was just amazing. The food was really good. Overall it was an outstanding day with an amazing guide and awesome food!

July 22, 2022

Product ID: 275197