Savor the Flavors Tours of Downtown Charleston

Bulldog Tours

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  • 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
     * Fried Green Tomatoes 
     * Southern Pralines 
     * Sweet Tea
     * Collard Greens
     * Lowcountry Barbeque

Special! Combine this tour with a Charleston Dessert Tour and get $20 off regular price! Tours run on Saturdays, book now for the best pricing!

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.)
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Rating: 5
Interesting and very enjoyable
Sat, Jan 16  2:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
 
Our guide was knowledgeable and nice and seemed to be genuinely interested in the subject matter. I would recommend this tour.
Rating: 5
So fun & unique
Sat, Jan 9  2:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Loved it! Definitely recommend!
Rating: 4
Good food with historical references
Fri, Jan 8  9:30 AM Unspecified 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
 
My boyfriend and I are big foodies- we try every restaurant where we live (San Francisco). This tour was fun because we were able to eat small dishes and really learn about where the food is coming from and the historical background. I found it interesting, fun, and our tour guide was really invested in us and very insightful. I would definitely recommend going! It was great to hear about the differences between southern cuisine vs Low Country.
Rating: 4
Good tour.
Sat, Dec 26, 15  2:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Good tour, but not exceptional. A W Shucks is a chain, not unique to Charleston.
Rating: 5
Wonderful
Sat, Dec 19, 15  2:00 PM Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
 
Went on the tour with my wife, 3-month old and another married couple. Tour was outstanding. The guide provided a ton of history, not only about food, but general history of charleston. We visited a number of places that we definitely will be back for (Nicks bbq, Aw Shucks to name a couple). Absolutely recommend this tour for a date or just want to sample some charleston history and food.

Also, had 0 issues with having the baby with us.
Rating: 3
Disappointing for a Foodie
Sat, Dec 12, 15  2:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
I took 3 tours during my stay. The culinary tour was the most expensive but my least favorite because it did not meet my expectations. There was a lot of general history about Charleston which I had already heard on the other tours. I had hoped to learn specific culinary history AS WELL AS CURRENT culinary trends, local establishments and chefs. We visited Dixie foods which had the look and feel of a gas station mini-mart and served us a plate of grits with sweet quick bread. We also stopped in a couple of retail stores like Cooks and a spice/tea store. Lastly we stopped at "Aw Shucks" where we could purchase a beer to have with our samples of Hush Puppies and Fried Green Tomatoe . Lastly we went in one of the candy stores, and the Pralines were very good.

This tour should be done in a stretch open-air golf cart in order to cover more ground and the content improved. I would include Callie's Hot Little Biscuit among others and give a hand out sheet summarizing chefs/establishments in the Historic district.
 
Bulldog Tours responded:
Thank you for the suggestions. Callie's Hot Little Biscuit's would be a great stop. Golf carts are a great idea, but very expensive as we would need more than one. Also, we would need a place to store them and park them while everyone was in the locations. Walking tours are definitely a better option for many reasons. I am sorry that the tour didn't meet your expectations. Our tours are more about the culinary history of the city, not general history so I am not sure why you heard more general history on your tour. Dixie Supply Bakery and Cafe is a very authentic Charleston cafe. She makes the best sandwiches and baked goods there! They were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. I am so sorry you didn't like that location. We do stop at two wonderful culinary specialty shops called Charleston Cooks and the Spice and Tea Exchange. We are sorry that you didn't enjoy the tour overall. Thank you for your review. We hope you come back sometime and perhaps you would prefer the locations we stop at on our Upper King Street Culinary Tour a little better.
Rating: 5
Loved it!
Sat, Nov 21, 15  2:00 PM Female 50-59 Unspecified Unspecified
 
We really enjoyed the culinary tour. The food was great an the guide was fantastic. Really enjoyed the history of Charleston that she knew. Would highly recommend this tour!!!
Rating: 5
History tour using cuisine as the artifacts
Sat, Nov 14, 15  2:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
Loved it. Keep in mind, this is not the foodie tour that you might get in the Kitchen tours or on Upper King Street. It's a history tour in which the narrative is told through the essentials of low country cuisine. Our tour guide was quite knowledgeable, very personable and overall a pleasure. Highly recommended.
Rating: 5
Great time
Wed, Nov 11, 15  9:30 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Great guide. Informative and food tasting was great
Rating: 5
informative and fun
Mon, Oct 26, 15  2:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Very interesting background info on the food of Charleston. Kathleen our guide was knowledgeable and fun, It was a reasonable amount of food too. Interesting stops
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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 does the Dessert Tour option work?
You can combine any tour with our special Dessert Tour for only $40 more, a savings of $20 off regular price! Be sure to select the Dessert Tour extra when you purchase, then call 843-722-8687 to confirm your date and time.
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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