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.

Book now for Savor the Flavors Combo Package/ The Charleston Stroll and save $10 off your entrire purchase!

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.)
220 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Informative with being interesting! Good cuisine
Tue, Mar 31  9:30 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
The tour guide we had was excellent, very interesting. The food was was a good example of the southern cuisine- highly recommend!
Rating: 4
It started off well and then all went downhill
Sat, Mar 28  9:30 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
I'd visited Charleston previously and had been on food tours in other great foodie cities. I was looking forward to this food tour and brought two friends along. Our tour guide, Nancy greeted us warmly and we started the tour. She started at Dixie and gave us good information about the restaurant and the foods they were known for. As we left, she started to talk about when restaurants first came to Charleston and said that there were no restaurants in Charleston until the 1980s. The entire tour group said, "WHAT"?!?!" My group was particularly shocked since we ate at Poogan's Porch the night before which opened in 1976. Things went downhill from there and the guide didn't provide any additional information about the places we visited or the foods. She walked ahead of the group and at the end of the tour said a quiet good-by and left us in the restaurant. I had high hopes for the tour and expected to learn about the various restaurants and native foods of Charleston, but our tour guide was either new or just not very knowledgeable. The places we visited were cool and the foods we tasted were good, but it would have been better with a better tour guide. All said, I would recommend the tour as long as your guide is not the new guide, Nancy.
Rating: 5
Learned so much through the Charleston food scene!
Fri, Mar 27  2:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Our tour guide Mary was an expert on the history and culture of Charleston! She's been a tour guide for over 25 years and really knew how to connect the interesting stories of the town to the food stops along the way. In a couple hours we tried all the southern staples and knew what to look for in the authentic, quality places. We were full after the tour but the next day went back to our favorites! She also helped us out by giving some local advice for attractions and what else to do on our stay. Overall, definitely a highlight of our Charleston visit and helped put everything else in perspective.
Rating: 5
Awesome tour! Do this tour at beginning of trip!
Mon, Mar 23  2:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Cathy did a great job. The tour was fun, educational, and delicious! My college age daughter and I visited Charleston for spring break. We did it the last full day of our trip. I recommend taking this tour the first day of your trip and trying at least one of the restaurants during your visit. It was 60* and drizzling and didn't dampen our spirits. :)
Rating: 5
Enjoyable!
Sat, Mar 21  2:00 PM Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
 
The food portions were larger than expected and our guide was knowledgeable about the local cuisine and history.Our family from out of town was pleasantly surprised. I would recommend this tour for both locals and visitors.
Rating: 5
We loved it!!!!!
Fri, Mar 20  9:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Our tour guide was excellent. We made 6 stops and we enjoyed them all,as well as the food provided, which

was plentiful.
Rating: 4
Informative short tour
Fri, Mar 20  9:30 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
90 minute overview of downtown before a couple of days locally. A good way to get oriented and learn about the history.
Rating: 5
Fun and informative!
Mon, Mar 16  2:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Cathy was a great tour guide giving us a lot of history of the food while keeping it very fun too! The food tastings were of good variety and portions were very adequate. All in all a very enjoyable 2.5 hours with money well spent! Thanks Cathy!
Rating: 5
Catherine was great
Mon, Mar 16  9:30 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
My sister and I took the food tour with Catherine who was great. We booked a cooking class as a result of this tour and both experiences were totally awesome. Learned so much and loved the food that we didn't think we'd ever try.
Rating: 5
Tons of fun!
Fri, Mar 13  2:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
My husband and I did this tour upon a suggestion from a friend who did it and loved it. I must say that this was one of the highlights of our weekend getaway! Our tour guide, David, was fantastic and the food was simply awesome!! A word of caution- Don't eat a huge meal before you do this tour! We ate lunch before the tour (due to a review we had read) and regretted it. This was definitely time well spent!!
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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 does the Savor the Flavors/ The Charleston Stroll Combo Tour Package work?
When you purchase the combo tour package, your space will be guaranteed on the Savor the Flavors tour for the date and time for which you buy tickets. To book your space on The Charleston Stroll, please contact Bulldog directly. Exact instructions on completing your booking will be provided upon purchase of your combo package. Please note that booking on the Savor the Flavors tour and The Charleston Stroll is subject to availability.
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”.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

Activity takes place rain or shine.
The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).

Other Policies

The Charleston Stroll portion of your Combo must be booked separately.
Guests must call Bulldog directly after purchasing Combo tickets to secure their space on The Charleston Stroll. This purchase is guaranteeing your space on the Savor the Flavors Tour for the date and time of your choosing, however, the date and time you may book The Charleston Stroll is subject to availability. Instructions on how to secure your space on The Charleston Stroll will be provided to you after purchase.

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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