Taste It Tours first began in 2010 and was created by self-prescribed foodie, Jessica Combest. She first fell in love with food tours after she participated in one in San Diego. After realizing Phoenix had few food tour options, she started her own since she was an expert when it came to the city's food scene. The goal of Taste It Tours has always been to connect visitors with restaurants that have made an impact on the culinary culture of Old Town Scottsdale and Downtown Phoenix.
Each tour will stop at five or more food stops that are locally owned, three of which will feature a cocktail pairing. A healthy portion of food will also be provided at each food stop, and participants will have the chance to chat with the owners and hear their stories. Tour-goers will walk about a total of 1.5 to 2 miles during the food tours while hearing about interesting facts and sights from their tour guide along the way.
The Downtown Phoenix Evening Dine Around food tour is a favorite offered by Taste It Tours. This tour, offered on Fridays and Saturdays, features a laid back atmosphere and exceptional food. It focuses more on the restaurants and food rather than downtown Phoenix's history. The tour lasts about three hours, and includes six different food stops, starting and ending at the Hilton Garden Inn. The Hilton Garden Inn isn't a food stop, but has a lobby bar, and is one of Downtown Phoenix's few historic places.
Another stop on the tour is Hanny's, a trendy downtown restaurant serving tasty thin-crust pizzas. Tom's Tavern & 1929 Grill is the second oldest restaurant in the city and is committed to fresh, seasonal, sustainable, local, and organic ingredients. The sample here is a craft cocktail and house-smoked meat. Tour-goers will also sample a ramen bowl and sake at Noodle Bar, a new member of downtown Phoenix's food scene. 1130 The Restaurant offers award-winning mojitos and several different seafood dishes. The last food stop is Nook Kitchen Downtown, where participants will sample the restaurant's spin on the Moscow Mule, as well as dessert and bruschetta.
The Historic Downtown Phoenix Food Tour takes visitors on a tour of restaurants that have made an impact on the culinary culture of downtown Phoenix. This tour will also explore the roots and history of the city, and why the area is starting to become a food attraction. The tour is offered in the afternoon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and lasts about three hours. There are five spots for food and drinks during the tour, starting and ending at the Phoenix Public Market Café.
At the Fair Trade Café and Phoenix Public Market Cafe, tour-goers can sample a cookie and coffee. M'ole, where participants will try rice and a taco, offers thirty-six different flavors of molé sauce. Another stop is The Strand Urban Italian serves traditional Italian favorites, and is where tour participants will sample sangria paired with two pasta dishes and bruschetta. At Thai Basil Signature, a very popular Thai restaurant, samples include pad thai and Thai tea.
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