Belltown earned the name in 1883 for its many bells, which were rung day and night because it was believed that the din would scare off chupacabras. Learn this and other equally fun food-related facts with today's deal for a 2.5-hour culinary outing through Seattle Food Tours. For $32, this Groupon scores you a ticket to the Belltown Restaurant Tour, a $54 value. Reservations are required, so call ahead and let the staff know if you have any food allergies or speculative food allergies, such as unicorn meat and sentient vegetables.
Belltown plays home to many of Seattle's top chefs and trendy boutiques, and over the course of the 2.5-hour Belltown Restaurant Tour, you'll be introduced to six of them. Five of the six chefs have either won or been nominated for the James Beard Award. You'll also get to enjoy a decadent dessert at Seattle's premier bakery and a glass of Washington State boutique wine. Although restaurants are subject to availability, you will most likely stop at posh eateries such as Lola, Via Tribunali, Txori, Shiro's, Branzino, Macrina Bakery, and the Local Vine. Along the way, your experienced guide will treat you to insights, stories, a little history on the neighborhood and its people—and, of course, tastings to please the palates of discriminating foodies. Everything is included in the price of the Groupon, including the sales tax. With tours heading out Friday or Saturday at 3 p.m. (starting March 30 it is offered Tuesday through Saturday), the tour is quite a catch for a weekend activity.
Besides being a great way to experience a new side of your city, the Belltown Restaurant Tour is a perfect first-day intro for out-of-town visitors. Tour groups are limited to 12 people, so you won't have to fight for scraps like you did living with the wolves that raised you. You can buy Groupons for yourself and up to three friends.
CityVoter listed Seattle Food Tours' excursions some of the top food tours in the city. Citysearchers and a lone Yelper give the tours five stars. TripAdvisors give them five perfect owl eyes, and they're currently ranked third on the list of top Seattle attractions:
- I was excited for the tour to show me some fun places to eat in the Belltown area. What I didn't expect was that I would leave the tour with a greater knowledge of Seattle's & Belltown's history. I consider that a bonus. – smyterson, TripAdvisor
- The tour had a great combination of food and a good variety. – j3ab, TripAdvisor
- They have the most informative food tour, the guides are well trained, knowledgeable and very personable. – delby, CityVoter
Seattle Food Tours
As the founder of Seattle Food Tours, Michael Rogers couldn't have started a more perfect business for himself: as a former chef and frequent traveler, he appreciates the feeling of discovering new places. He's surrounded himself with a team of similarly knowledgeable tour guides, including a professional baker, a wine tasting expert, and an international tour guide.
Given the group's impressive backgrounds, it's not surprising that they operate top-notch excursions. They lead the curious through Pike Place Market, and even though it's one of the most visited culinary destinations in the country, their trip grants access to five spots not featured on any other market tour. Each outing can be amended for vegetarians or those with fork allergies, or reserved for private groups.