Savor the Flavors Tours of Downtown Charleston

Bulldog Tours

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Activity #3015
  • Visit the best restaurants in Charleston to get a behind the scenes tour into chefs' kitchens - learn how to produce fabulous cuisine!


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Description

Come join us as we walk, talk and taste our way through Charleston

This 2 1/2 hour tour will immerse you in the history and culture of the Lowcountry.  You will discover how our unique cuisine has evolved over the past 300+ years while sampling delicious specialties from local eateries, markets, bakeries, restaurants, and culinary landmarks.
 
Typical tastings include:
     * Stone Ground Grits
     * Charleston Benne Wafers
     * Locally made gourmet chocolates
     * Southern Pralines 
     * Sweet Tea
     * Collard Greens
     * Lowcountry Barbeque

What Is Not Included?

Although the tour includes tastings along the way, this is usually not enough food to serve as a meal for most people. Please eat breakfast or lunch before or after the tour.

Meeting Location

Bulldog Tours, 18 Anson St. (Charleston, SC) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

Reviews

206 Reviews Rating: 4.6 4.6 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Good food and a great guide.
Fri, Dec 26, 14  9:30 AM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Cathy was a great tour guide, our group was a quiet bunch but she was able to keep a good flow and shared a great deal of information and history with us.
Rating: 5
Really Good Tour
Wed, Nov 26, 14  9:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
This is a nice tour, ours went to 4 restaurants and 2 cooking stores. This is a great way to sample some of the restaurants you might want to visit later and the cooking stores are really good. Learned a little history and took a nice walk. Well worth it.
Rating: 5
Awesome time had by our Girlfriends group
Wed, Nov 5, 14  2:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
The description of the tour notes that the tastings will not be enough for a meal so recommends that you eat either before or after the tour. We didn't find that so AT ALL.....more than enough to make a meal and the tastings were wonderful. Loved every part of our tour and Kathy was the absolute BEST!!!!
Rating: 5
Absolutely brilliant
Mon, Nov 3, 14  2:00 PM Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. I am sorry I can't remember our guide's name, but she was charming and engaging. The food we sampled was varied and delicious and there was lots of it. The crab dip at AW Shucks was to die for! You must do this tour if you visit Charleston
Rating: 5
Interesting and delicious!
Mon, Oct 27, 14  2:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
This was a fun and interesting way to sample multiple restaurants/shops. We loved every stop on the tour and there was lots of historical information, as well as some "tall tales," passed on to our group. We visited some of the shops a second time on our own and would have revisited all of them if we had had time! We strongly recommend this tour for anyone visiting the Charleston, SC area.
Rating: 5
Great tour
Mon, Oct 27, 14  9:30 AM Female 50-59 Unspecified Unspecified
 
Kathy was a local with loads of knowledge of the area, history and how it influenced the food in the area. There was a variety of places to explore, a variety of foods to try and her take on the local scene was insightful to where to try and what to avoid. I definitely recommend this tour for a taste of Charleston.
Rating: 5
Fun & Informative
Sat, Oct 25, 14  9:30 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
My Mom and I took this tour and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. The guide knew the history very well and was informative, funny and nice. It was a good mix of places and spent just about the right amount of time at each place. Wasn't crazy about a few of the tastings, but that is a personal taste issue anyway and was to be expected. The information provided between stops was interesting as well. We both highly recommend this tour.
Rating: 2
Have taken several food tours in Charleston, SC
Thu, Oct 23, 14  2:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
As stated this was my 4th food tour in Charleston and the least desirable by far. Not good restaurant representation and stated when made reservations needed 1 vegatarian. Called and confirmed two days before tour that the request was taken care of. IT WAS NOT. That member of our party hardly had any food just walking and talking.
Rating: 5
Wonderful tour!
Thu, Oct 23, 14  9:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
Loved this tour! Very informative, fun and delicious!
Rating: 4
Excellent Tour Guide!
Sat, Oct 18, 14  9:30 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
The tour guide for this session was excellent with a great grasp of local history and culture. The food that was provided was mostly representative of the area. Because I took the earlier tour, it felt slightly off to start with sweet tea with grits and bread. (Having said that, they were excellent quality and I have found a new place to eat when I visit Charleston!)
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
How much food is served on the tour? What sort of food will I be sampling?
The tour includes four to five stops where tastings are offered, but they are not enough to serve as a full meal. Typical tastings include Stone Ground Grits, Benne Wafers, Sweet Tea, pastries, chocolate, Southern Pralines, Collard Greens, and Lowcountry Barbeque.
How many stops are included on the tour?
The tour includes four to five stops.
What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a child?
For the culinary tours, there is only one standard ticket price. Any child 1 year old or above must have a full-priced ticket purchased for them in order to attend. The tour is not recommended for children under 12, but you can bring any children with you, at your discretion, as long as they have a ticket! Infants less than one year old do not need a paid ticket, and you should please just indicate that you’ll be bringing an non-paying infant with you at the time of purchase.
Will I need to buy lunch after the tour?
Although we provide a variety of samples for you to try, please keep in mind that this tour will only include a few tastings. You will still want to buy lunch after the tour, as the tour usually does not include enough food for most people to serve as a meal.
Are there any beverages served on the tour?
Yes! All participants are provided with a bottle of water.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
The tour covers approximately 1 mile. We walk at a very casual pace
Where does the tour end?
The tours end about 10 blocks from the original starting point, downtown near Market Street.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
The tour includes a variety of foods at the different locations, so you can choose which foods you are able to sample. Please indicate any allergies or dietary restrictions you have when you are purchasing tickets, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate you.
What happens if it rains?
Tours run rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions, so be prepared for the day! We will be stepping inside of buildings during some portions of the tour, but be sure to bring an umbrella or poncho, depending on the forecasted weather conditions.
Are there bathrooms along the way?
Yes. There are bathrooms available at several locations throughout the tour.
Is the tour wheelchair- and/or stroller-accessible?
We have had participants with wheelchairs attend the tour in the past. Please keep in mind however, that many of the streets are not very accessible and some places have stairs, so additional maneuvering and planning may be required. You are welcome to bring strollers and they may be left outside the establishments we visit with stairs.
Who will be leading the tour?
All of our tour guides a licensed by the City of Charleston and have various culinary qualifications and interests.
Are tours offered only in English?
Yes, tours are only offered in English. However, our non-English speaking guests always enjoy the experience of visiting Charleston's lovely historic buildings and sampling delicious food tastings along the way.
May I bring my dog on the tour?
Due to the various shops and historical buildings we visit, pets of any kind are not allowed on this tour.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes, we can accommodate a variety of special requests! Please click “Contact Bulldog” to the left of the page to inquire further.
Are gift certificates available for this tour?
Yes! Gift certificates for Culinary Tours of Charleston are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click “Contact Bulldog”.

About

Bulldog Tours

See Charleston like you never have before with Bulldog Tours, the premier walking tour company!

More than just the usual Charleston tours, we offer a variety of tours during the day, evening and late-night. Whether it is strolling down the streets, hearing about people from days past in the morning during our Charleston Stroll or taking you on an EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes look at the Holy City's graveyards, back alleyways, Provost Dungeon, Old City Jail and deep into Charleston's Haunted Historic District. We now proudly offer the Culinary Tours of Charleston, giving people even more of a look into the unique chemistry that makes up Charleston. Our exclusive food tours highlight our mission to promote South Carolina local artisan growers, and to help preserve South Carolina's rich culinary heritage.

Bulldog Tours is the ONLY walking tour company in Charleston that can take you off and beyond the sidewalks!!!

As seen in USA Today, Southern Living Magazine, The New York Times, and on Country Music Television, Bon Appetit, The Columbus Dispatch, National Public Radio (NPR). , and SCETV, Bulldog's fully licensed, experienced tour guides are sure to entertain, inform, intrigue and delight all those who choose to take a stroll into the city's past.
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