Lingering too long at a single restaurant results in legs falling asleep, food going cold, and the maitre d' building a nest from patrons' belongings. Dodge stagnant dining with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get admission for one to Bite San Diego’s Hillcrest walking food tour (a $45 value). The tour takes place on Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. Participants receive directions to the tour’s starting point when they reserve their spots.
Bite San Diego’s epicurean guides steer groups toward the scents and sights of the city’s most notable restaurants, sharing morsels of local history along the way. The Hillcrest tour leads up to 15 foodies on a leisurely ramble through Uptown, where they can savor samples from five to seven eateries and guess the flavor of the neighborhood’s eponymous neon sign. The 2-mile route stops at culinary destinations such as organic-food mecca Local Habit and the pub-like EmpireHouse, whose eclectic menu of burgers and breakfasts won San Diego CityBeat’s Best New Restaurant Award in 2011. Patrons can plunge forks into sticky-bun french toast at brunch spot Snooze or camouflage contraband lemons against the bright-yellow walls of Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Café.
During each snack stop, minds marinate in stories about the neighborhood’s past as patrons lift complimentary glasses of water in memory of Hillcrest’s first faucet installation. Participants may also purchase other beverages, such as organic juices and craft beers, along the way. To sate its appetite for charity work, Bite San Diego donates 2% of tour proceeds to the San Diego Roots’ sustainable-food project.
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Bite San Diego’s founder started her walking-tour company to show tourists and locals alike that San Diego has more to offer than just fish tacos and cheap sushi. Her tours have been so successful at introducing people to often-hidden foodie destinations that they've been lauded by the press and even featured on Good Morning America.
Bite's newest tour steers groups toward the scents and sights of Liberty Station, a former military base that now features dozens of restaurants, green spaces, and art studios. Tour-goers head to various joints inside the recently opened Liberty Public Market and around Liberty Station. There, they enjoy burgers, cold-pressed juices, artisan cheeses, and Southern Italian pasta dishes. At each of the five or more stops, guides weave stories that paint a vivid picture of the neighborhood's past.
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