New Culinary Tour Strolls Down "Flavor Street" for a Taste of Portland's Food Carts

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Portland Walking Tours unveils tasty immersion into curbside cuisine

With over 700 food carts operating in Portland, people ask us, 'Which ones are best?' ... Our Resident Experts were already immersed in the local "foodie" scene, [so] Flavor Street is a natural next step for us." - David Schargel, Chief Gastronaut

Portland Walking Tours, already the city's leading provider of fun and immersive excursions into Portland's notable "locavore" cuisine culture, today announced the launch of its newest, most innovative tour, "Flavor Street."

Flavor Street guides the curious food explorer to nibble, sip and taste the city’s best food carts, tasting trucks, and hidden kitchens dotting the cityscape. The two-hour walk features over a half-dozen samples of an incredible array of cuisines, ranging from unique local inventions to international delights and new takes on comfort food that change seasonally.

"With over 700 food carts now operating in Portland, people increasingly ask us, 'Which ones are best?'" says David Schargel, Chief Gastronaut of Portland Walking Tours. "Our Resident Experts were already immersed in the local 'foodie' scene due to their experience with our Epicurean Excursion and Chocolate Decadence tours, so Flavor Street is a natural next step for us."

In addition to providing all of the tastings, the company's "Resident Experts" (aka tour guides) relate fascinating stories, anecdotes and fun facts, such as:

  • How to truly "eat like a local" with these mobile gourmet kitchens
  • The difference between pods, carts, and trucks, and why Portland's pod system works so well
  • The amazing stories of the carts' proprietors--from struggling immigrants to culinary school drop-outs to former 4-star restaurant chefs
  • The history of the neighborhood and the nibbles
  • Where to find the "deals on wheels" - how to eat the best and skip the rest.

Offered at 1 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays year-round, the two-hour Flavor Street tour begins at the historic Mark Spencer hotel and is limited to intimate groups of 16 people per tour to preserve the flexible and personal nature of the walk. All the tastes are included in the $44.99 price per person (check the website or call for specials). Private tours are available by arrangement.

About Portland Walking Tours

Portland Walking Tours, a division of Hometown Advantage, offers guided tours exploring Portland’s insider secrets, food, history, art and neighborhoods. In 2009 & 2010, rated higher by visitors on TripAdvisor than any other Portland attraction including Powell’s Books, the Rose, Chinese, & Japanese Gardens and every museum. The 24-hour information and ticketing line is 503-774-4522. Additional information and online ticketing are available at

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