In retrospect, it’s no surprise that street food is such a big part of Portland’s epicurean culture—food carts offer tons of diversity and an opportunity to support small, local businesses, plus their small size means owners can be highly specialized. Rather than roaming around like they do in other big cities, Portland’s food carts park together in groups, called “pods,” which is great because a) you can sample tons of different foods at one time, and b) they’re easy to find. There are pods located throughout the city, but the classic version is the Alder Street pod, right in the center of Downtown—it takes up an entire city block.

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