$34 for a Downtown Dining Excursion from Taste It Tours (Up to $68 Value)

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Expert guides spice three different tour themes with local history and samples of diverse gourmet cuisine

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Expires Jan 31st, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 8 Groupon guests per tour. Online reservation required, subject to availability. Must be 14 or older. Not valid for "Historic Heritage Square Tour." Must be 21 or older with valid ID to consume alcohol. Does not include $10 fee for alcohol samplings. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Life for ancient humans was like one big food tour, as entire tribes would constantly move to seek out sustenance while avoiding predators and evading angry cave waiters who had not been tipped. Embark on a leisurely hunt with this Groupon.

$34 for a Dining Tour (Up to $68 Value)

Choose one of the following walking tours:

The Original Downtown Tour ($59 Value)

Phoenix's past, present, and future all make surprise cameos throughout this tour's sextet of stops. Beginning with a chef who transforms the season's best from local farms into impossibly cantilevered objets d'art, tour-goers then head to a historic tavern to eavesdrop on Arizona's political elite over signature comfort food. By tour's end, expect to slurp curried noodles, sip organic and sustainable "coffee with a conscience," and tipple phantasmagoric cocktails while nibbling timeless Italian favorites. Tours take place Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Evening Dine Around ($68 Value)

A well-chilled atmosphere of art, local history, and sophisticated nocturnal nibbles define the evening tour. The first stop treats taste buds to its famous lobster lettuce cups and mussels provençal. Next, diners are given a rare opportunity to eat crisp Roman-style pizzas and pork milanese amid the grandeur of a (supposedly haunted) former department store. The night's odyssey then appropriately passes through Greece, where the authentic treats are best enjoyed between breaths of fresh air on what has been described as one of the most beautiful patio in Phoenix. The tour concludes with a sampler of a wine bar's daily special, spiced with herbs from the rooftop garden right above the diners' heads. Tours take place Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Ballpark & Warehouse Tour ($59 Value)

Gritty-chic gourmandizing unites this tour's quartet of restaurants, all of which hug the borders of the Warehouse District, downtown, and Chase Field. Vintage vittles meet vintage everything else at the first stop, a produce warehouse by day and speakeasy by night back in 1928. These days, organic ingredients pervade the brisket sliders and other delectables that emerge from the repurposed 1968 Streamline camper that serves as a kitchen, and Pops whips up apple-pie-à-la-mode floats from the 1915 Chicago-style soda fountain. Alice Cooper records and Diamondbacks memorabilia festoon the walls of the next stop, which needs all the open space it can get to accommodate all 22 inches of "The Big Unit," a baguette-swaddled hot dog behemoth that can be laden with nightmare chili, sauerkraut, cheese sauce, jalapeños, and other toppings. A surprise eatery ends the tour after a stop at a restaurant whose cascading patio fountain and ballpark proximity create a picturesque backdrop to inventive sports bar fare. Tours take place Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Taste It Tours

Ranked as one of the top five tours in Phoenix by TripAdvisor, Taste It Tours explores Phoenix's bustling and burgeoning restaurants. Local experts guide groups to the restaurants that highlight Phoenix’s local eateries, weaving architectural, historical, and cultural information into their narration along the way. Most tours last three hours and may cover up to two miles on foot. The up-to-six-stop tours serve up a sampler that many guests equate to a full meal and that many bears equate to a prehibernation brunch.

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