Tour of the Food Carts

Cycle Portland, Road Ride, Tour of the Food Carts

While food cart pods abound in Portland, this bike ride will take you to carts voted as the very best in Portland based upon the Willamette Weekly newspaper which each year features the best of Portland according to local residents. A recent count indicated that there are over 500 food carts dotted throughout the city, titled “pod profusion” by the Willamette Weekly newspaper. The variety of food available is staggering.

Terrain

Smooth, well-maintained streets, with bike lanes and some with train tracks.

Traffic

Moderate traffic on urban streets through downtown Portland and neighborhoods.

Access 

By car, park at any downtown garage or find on-street parking.

By public transportation, take any red or blue line MAX train to the corner of SW Third Avenue and SW Morrison Street. A short walk from Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Food and Drink

This ride is all about finding lots of choices for food and drinks. Restrooms are located in Pioneer Place and at Waterfront Park. Some food cart pods also have facilities.

Side Trips

Downtown St. Johns, Hawthorne District, Belmont District, Historic Mississippi District, and the Alberta Arts District all have interesting food carts, restaurants, and cafés.

 

More Details

Begin downtown where some of the oldest food carts can be found along SW Third Avenue and SW Stark Street. Continue through Old Town and along the waterfront to cross the Steel Bridge. If you are doing this bike ride on the weekend you’ll find a beer garden and food carts at Saturday Market. Once across the bridge you are in the northeast quadrant heading for the historic Mississippi neighborhood. On the corner of NE Skidmore Street and NE Mississippi Avenue you’ll find a popular pod with plenty of bike parking on the street and an ATM in the pod. Picnic tables and tarps overhead make your visit here more comfortable.

Continue through the Mississippi District and onto NE Vancouver Avenue. There are food carts in the parking lot of a dry cleaner establishment at the corner of NE Fremont Street that you will pass on your way to NE Tillamook Street. More food carts greet you at the corner of N Williams Avenue and NE Tillamook Street. At NE 28th Avenue you’ll jog left to pick up US Grant Place. This will take you to the Hollywood District where you’ll cross I-84 via a bike/pedestrian bridge. The switchbacks are a bit narrow so you may want to walk your bike. You are heading for the Belmont District where you’ll find a well-established pod between NE 42nd and NE 44th avenues.

Return along bike-friendly SE Ankeny Street and cross the Hawthorne Bridge. But before you do, a visit to the small food cart on the corner of SE Seventh Avenue and SE Madison Street may be in order just to be served by one of the bikini-clad Baristas. The Hawthorne Bridge, the oldest highway bridge in Portland, is a well-traveled bicycle route to and from downtown Portland. Bicycles travel on the outer edge of the sidewalk and pedestrians on the inside. Take this section slowly as cars, trucks and buses will be speeding past you on the steel bridge deck.

 

Ride Log

0.0 Begin at the corner of SW Third Ave and SW Morrison St and ride south along SW Third Ave.

  • 0.1 Left onto SW Salmon St; left onto SW Second Ave.
  • 0.2 Right onto SW Ankeny St, cross SW Naito Parkway, left along the Waterfront Bike Path.
  • 0.5 Right across the Steel Bridge bike/pedestrian path, veer left up the switchbacks.
  • 1.0 Left along NE Lloyd Blvd sidewalk to the traffic light, cross diagonally with the bike signal to take a left onto NE Lloyd Blvd. Follow the green bike lanes.
  • 1.1 Cross NE Multnomah St onto NE Wheeler St and continue straight.
  • 1.3 Slight right onto N Williams Ave.
  • 2.8 Left onto N Skidmore St.
  • 3.2 Left onto N Mississippi Ave.
  • 3.4 Left onto N Shaver St.
  • 3.8 Right onto N Vancouver Ave.
  • 4.8 Left onto NE Tillamook St.
  • 5.1 Jog right at MLK Blvd to remain on NE Tillamook St and jog right again at NE Seventh Ave to remain on NE Tillamook St.
  • 6.3 Left onto NE 28th Ave.
  • 6.4 Right onto NE U.S. Grant Pl.
  • 7.2 Right onto NE 42nd Ave.
  • 7.3 Jog right at NE Broadway to remain on NE 42nd Ave.
  • 7.4 Cross diagonally into the bus station and cross the highway via the bike/pedestrian path.
  • 7.6 At the end of the ramp, slight right on NE Senate St to pick up NE 42nd Ave.
  • 8.2 Jog slight left onto NE 41st Ave.
  • 8.7 Cross E Burnside St and NE 41st Ave becomes SE 41st Ave.
  • 8.9 Jog right at SE Stark St to remain on SE 41st Ave.
  • 9.1 Jog left on SE Morrison St then right onto SE 42nd Ave.
  • 9.2 Left onto SE Yamhill St.
  • 9.3 Left onto SE 44th Ave.
  • 9.4 Left onto SE Belmont St.
  • 9.5 Right onto SE 42nd Ave, left on SE Morrison St, and right onto SE 41st Ave.
  • 9.7 Jog right at SE Stark St to remain on SE 41st Ave.
  • 10.0 Left onto SE Ankeny St.
  • 11.4 Left onto SE 16th Ave.
  • 12.0 Right onto SE Salmon St.
  • 12.4 Left onto SE Eighth Ave.
  • 12.5 Right onto SE Madison St and cross the Hawthorne Bridge.
  • 13.4 Right onto SE Second Ave.
  • 13.5 Left onto SW Morrison St to SW Third Ave. End ride.
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    20.968 km / 13.029 mi

    Total Distance

    186 m / 610 ft

    Total Ascent

    185 m / 606 ft

    Total Descent

    66 m / 217 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Gravel
    Various
    Difficulty: Beginner (Green)
    Ride Duration: options
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 13.5
    Elevation Gain: 635
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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