Culinary tours are gaining popularity in a number of cities, including Charleston. With the city's history of lowcountry classics, fresh teas, pecans and down-home, southern fare, there are several tour options available in the city.
Bulldog Tours has been a favorite operator for more than 10 years, and they now operate two food tours in Charleston. The Chef’s Kitchen Tours is informative about the restaurant process. However, Savor the Flavors' tour is the best pick if you want to sample several items. Besides, what is a food tour if you don't get to eat?
On Savor the Flavor's tour, visitors have an opportunity to try some fabulous, buttery grits at the Dixie Supply Bakery and Café, as well as treats and snacks from other venues. You can sample homemade chocolates and local candies and also explore other food-related shops like a culinary supply store and spice shop Fran, a culinary tour guide and ninth-generation Charleston resident — Photo courtesy of Amber Nolan
Tour guides are very familiar with the area and know the ins and “outs of the city and its culinary scene. Guides also share stories about Charleston’s history and culture.
Each tour lasts around 2.5 hours and is a leisurely walk around the downtown area. Be sure to eat breakfast or lunch before or after the trip; although the tour is ideal for finding a new restaurant or learning about the city, it isn’t enough to fill most tourists.
Keep in mind that there are plenty of other hidden gems just a short drive away.