Introduction: PDX Priority Pass Awesomeness
Review: House Spirits Distillery Portland Airport
Review: Capers Cafe Le Bar Portland Airport
Review: Capers Market Portland Airport
Review: Alaska Lounge Portland Airport
For our third stop on our Priority Pass tour of PDX, we stopped at Capers Market. PDX has four Priority Pass locations — three of them are in Concourse C, and one is in Concourse D. The good news is that the two concourses are connected airside, and walking between them takes just a few minutes. So you shouldn’t at all be deterred from visiting any location you want based on where your flight departs from, as this isn’t a huge airport.
Capers has two locations — there’s Capers Cafe Le Bar in Concourse C, and Capers Market in Concourse D. I figured they were similar, but that’s not the case at all. This place is potentially a gem. It’s located just past the Concourse D security checkpoint, and is open daily from 4AM until 10:30PM.
Capers Market doesn’t have a traditional sit-down restaurant area. Instead there’s a bar, where you can sit and get service.
Or otherwise since it’s a “market,” you can buy something in the market area, and then there are a handful of tables where you can seat yourself and eat whatever you bought.
If you’re eating in, here’s the food menu, which is much more limited than the one at Capers Cafe Le Bar:
Capers Market has nice views of the tarmac and runway…
…though not an especially nice view of an “Enviro Tank,” which looks like a big tank of…
As a Priority Pass member you can spend $28 per person on anything they have for sale. Yes, anything.
So this includes things you’d expect at an airport market, like prepared sandwiches, salads, cereal, packaged snacks, all kinds of drinks, etc.
There’s also some Blue Bunny ice cream in a freezer.
But here’s the really cool part. This place isn’t just a prepared food market, but they also sell beer, wine, local gourmet snacks, olive oil, jam, etc., to go. When I say “to go” I don’t mean to consume on the plane, but rather to take home with you. I’ll let the pictures speak mostly for themselves.
For this visit there were three of us, so we had $84 worth of credit. We bought four bottles of water, an albacore tuna sandwich, a turkey sandwich, a chicken & black bean dish, and a bottle of wine.
The food was unremarkable and average for an airport. That’s to say that the bread was hard and the sandwiches were mostly tasteless, as I’ve come to expect from prepared sandwiches at airports.
The real gem here is being able to get a bottle of wine (or two) to go. We picked up a bottle of 2014 Willamette Valley Silver Lining wine for $40, which is very close to the normal retail price.
Keep in mind you can come here on arrival or departure. Portland locals are especially lucky, as you can basically do some grocery shopping here on landing. 😉
Here’s our bill for what we purchased — we ended up being $1.45 over, as you can see.
I wouldn’t go here for a sit down meal, but if you want some stuff to go — whether bottled water or a snack for the plane, or something to take home — this place is awesome.
If you want access to Priority Pass lounges, the following premium credit cards come with memberships:
|Card||# Of Guests Who Get Free Access||Authorized User Access||Cost To Add Authorized User|
|The Platinum Card® from American Express||2||Yes||$175 For Up To 3 People, $175 For Each Additional Person Beyond That (Rates & Fees)|
|The Business Platinum® Card from American Express||2||Yes||$300 Per Person (Rates & Fees)|
|Chase Sapphire Reserve®||2||Yes||$75 Per Person|
|Citi Prestige® Credit Card||2||Yes||$50 Per Person. ($75 Per Person for Cardmember Anniversary dates after September 1, 2019)|
|Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card||2||No||$0|
|Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant™ American Express® Card||2||No||$0|
Capers Market PDX bottom line
What an amazing Priority Pass setup at PDX. You can do a cocktail tasting at House Spirits Distillery, have a meal at Capers Cafe Le Bar, and then come over to Capers Market for a bottle of wine or beer to go. Unless you need a meal for the plane, I’d recommend visiting Capers Market to stock up on bottled water for your journey, as well as maybe some beer or wine for when you get to your destination, as they have a great selection.
The following links will direct you to the rates and fees for mentioned American Express Cards. These include: The Business Platinum® Card from American Express (Rates & Fees), and The Platinum Card® from American Express (Rates & Fees).