Portland's North Mississippi Avenue is a hotbed of trendy eateries that serve up some of the city's most delicious food and drinks. The area is also home to quirky boutiques, local brewing companies and other independent businesses that make it one of Portland's most popular destinations. You'll discover it all as you explore the artsy, historical neighborhood with a local guide, stopping at brick-and-mortar restaurants such as Mee Sen Thai Eatery and popular food trucks like Koi Fusion. Sample everything from pork tacos to ice cream sandwiches, accompanied by local beer, Willamette Valley wine and creative cocktails. This tour is limited to 14 people, ensuring a small-group experience.
Your food tour of North Mississippi Avenue begins at Mee Sen Thai Eatery, where you'll meet your guide and enjoy your first tasting of the day, a yummy Thai dish such as sai oua sausages and glass-noodle salad, accompanied by homemade blueberry soda or a locally brewed beer. Tastings are plentiful, so bring your appetite!From there, continue your walking tour with your guide, stopping at some of Portland's most popular food joints, all concentrated within a few blocks of North Mississippi Avenue. Exact itineraries vary slightly each day, but all tours are likely to include Mississippi Marketplace, where food carts and trucks gather, and The Meadow, a delightful shop dedicated to salt, chocolate and bitters, an unusual yet delicious combination. In between stops, pass by shops and other sites that add to the neighborhood's eclectic character, such as one of Portland's famous Benson Bubbler water fountains and a light bulb shop where an episode of Portlandia was filmed.Your tour ends at Ruby Jewel Scoops, where you can enjoy two of their most popular ice cream sandwiches. The total walking distance on this tour is 1 mile (1.6 km) and takes place on flat terrain. After your tour, stick around to check out more of what Mississippi Avenue has to offer -- you can make a whole evening of it! Browse the independent boutiques, enjoy a local beer or cocktail at one of the many bars, and perhaps even catch a show at Mississippi Studios, a favorite local music venue. Sample food tastings:Mee Sen Thai Eatery: Yum Woon Sen glass-noodle salad and homemade sai oui sausage; homemade blueberry soda or locally brewed aleSidecar 11: Handcrafted mini cocktails and h'ors d'oeuvres plate with roasted hazelnuts and bruschetta Gabagool: Italian style piadine (flatbread sandwiches) stuffed with cart-made mozzarella & local charcuterieRuby Jewel Scoops: Handmade chocolate-chip cookie, salted-caramel ice cream sandwiches, lemon cookie and lavender-honey ice cream sandwiches