Do This! Charleston Culinary Tours!
Want to make your best decision about where to dine in Charleston, but not satisfied with just reviewing menus or reading reviews? Charleston Culinary Tours was created to help solve this problem. Combining a walking tour of downtown Charleston with an appreciation for fine food, Charleston Culinary Tours allows the discriminating visitor to sample some of Charleston’s finest restaurants while enjoying an informative, and fun, historical tour of the downtown historic district.
All our restaurant partners are selected based on their commitment to high quality, innovative cuisine. Restaurant stops vary on each tour, making every tour unique. All Charleston Culinary Tours are limited to no more than 12 guests in order to deliver an intimate, personalized experience. Over the course of 2 hours, each tour stops at four restaurants. The relaxed pace of our tours allow guests the time to savor the dishes prepared specifically for that tour group. Each of our restaurant partners provide an array of appetizers and entrees, from the signature items of each kitchen, to specialty or seasonal dishes that are one-of-a-kind! Water and other non-alcoholic beverages at each stop are included in the tour, and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. Since the tours are between the lunch rush and dinner service, chefs and managers are available to discuss the dishes provided with guests, explaining their methods, the sourcing of ingredients, and the philosophy behind the incredible food they have prepared.
“With so many truly great restaurants in historic Charleston, and since walking is the best way to enjoy the charms of this beautiful city, we thought a combination culinary and historical walking tour seemed like a perfect idea” explains Glenn Morehead, one of Charleston Culinary Tour’s founders and guide. Approximately half of each tour is spent walking. For this reason, guests should wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Tours are held rain or shine.
All Charleston Culinary Tours start and finish at the Southend Brewery located at 161 East Bay Street, Charles- ton. The Southend Brewery is located within easy walking distance of all downtown Charleston hotels and is in close proximity to several public park- ing garages. Tours start at 2:15 p.m. “I’ve lived in Charleston a few years now and each time I walk down the streets and alleys of the historic district I discover something new” says Oscar Hines, tour co-founder. “It’s much the same with our culinary tour. Every stop is a surprise, every visit reveals something new – a new dish, a new ingredient, a new interpretation of a classic recipe. Charleston has a special, almost magical quality and it is a pleasure to share that with the guests on our tour.” We take great pride in showing our city to guests whenever they come to visit or to remind the locals of what we may take for granted.