I travel a lot, and San Francisco ranks high on my list of favorite destinations for its people, personality, culture, and cuisine. I heard great things about tour guide Chris Milano and his highly-engaging Foodie Adventures tours, so on my last trip to SF, I made certain to carve out a few hours for a tour.
Although I’ve dined at many San Francisco eateries, Foodie Adventures is known for lifting the lid on the city’s “best kept secrets” as far as incredible food experiences go (Chris’s website promises “sweet, savory, sometimes scary… and everything in between”), so I was eager to discover what new local and historic culinary delights this walking tour had to offer. I signed up for the North Beach-Chinatown Combo Tour, which offers an insider’s scoop on two of San Francisco’s oldest and most history-rich neighborhoods.
Am I ever glad I came hungry! Over almost four hours, we stopped at 9 different places to eat, starting our sampling with a baked-fresh, zesty focaccia. Our host shared interesting and humor-filled stories, while we sampled handmade truffles and other local delicacies, coming to appreciate over the duration of the tour just how interwoven the city’s food, history, and culture are.
I love how Chris knew the names of every person we passed along the way, his warm and engaging nature so appealing, and his passion for his city (he’s a sixth generation San Franciscan!) second-to-none. And although the food was amazing – Chris definitely knows good food – the highlight of the tour for me was visiting the top of Chinatown’s tallest temple.
I won’t spoil the rest of the tour for you – Chris saved a few surprises for the end, but I do urge you to book now if you’re thinking about it – Foodie Adventures is popular for good reason!
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