Summer’s here and, with the “sunny” season, the out-of-town visitors begin arriving. How are you going to keep Uncle Joe and the cousins entertained? How about sending them on a food/drink tour? It’s a tasty way to get acquainted with our delicious city.
Here are a few options to chew over:
Seattle Food Tours hits up culinary hot spots in and around Pike Place Market including The Crumpet Shop, Seatown, DeLaurenti and Pike Place Chowder. This 2.5-hour tour is $39.99 and runs daily, starting at noon. The company, which bills itself as the original food walking tour, also offers supping strolls around Belltown.
Savor Seattle Food Tours has a wide reach, from “Hip on Capitol Hill” to a three-day kayak tour of the San Juan Islands. The Booze-n-Bites tour stops at five places downtown including TASTE at SAM, Von’s and El Borracho. You’ve probably seen the groups following the pink umbrellas and listening to the guide on headsets at Pike Place Market, too. That’s how Savor rolls. Prices and times vary, so check out the website.
Seattle By Foot focuses on the city’s coffee culture and promises to make out-of-towners feel like locals on its pub crawl.
If you’d rather ride, White Moustache is the way to go. Affable gastro guide Bryce Lathrop has a long list of themed tours and under-the-radar haunts he likes to explore in his comfy custom rig. He turned me on to the excellent chili at Slim’s in Georgetown before we bombed up to a amazing Russian deli in North Seattle. On his tours--which have expanded to Vancouver B.C., and will soon include Portland, too--you get full servings rather than nibbles and bites.
On the fairly new Local Craft Tours, it’s all about booze. You visit three local distilleries and learn about how vodka, gin and whiskey are made while sipping samples. There are snacks and cocktails, too. The 2.5-hour tours are $79, with groups of six or more getting a 10 percent discount.
So, what are you waiting for out-of-towners? Get out there and eat.