2179 12th Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9411637.747519 -122.468644
Neighborhoods: Central West, Golden Gate Heights
Loved the tour – Excellent tour! I loved the combination of food and history. The guide, Tom, really knew the area and introduced us to local artisans. Not only was the coffee, chocolate, and more was delicious, but I really loved learning how to find great food back home.
Excellent tour! – One of the best tours I ever taken! My wife and I loved the combination of food and history. At each stop the guide got us behind-the-scenes, so we not only tried different foods, but we also learned how everything was made, from coffee, chocolate, breads, and more. The people at each stop were great and we felt like we really got to experience the area. I told all friends to take this tour!
Not bad, but didn't meet expectations – Tom the tour guide was late, a gaffe that was overlookable. The tour needs to be fine tuned to be better organized. The tour guide shouldn't be calling places on his cell phone to see if it's OK to stop by, that should be done in advance. We were often left alone sitting in some small shop looking at each other while Tom was off doing "something." And his "pay as you go" with the vendors seemed unpolished and amatuerish.
We were really expecting more out of the foods, we expected to actually visit a restaurant or three rather than a string of small specialty shops where we often had to stand or were left sitting outside in the cold to taste small offerings of various foods. We often felt like the proprietors thought we were quite an imposition. It seemed expensive for what we got out of it, most of the information could have been easily learned by watching the food channel. Tom also needs to speak much more clearly--he is very difficult to understand at times. He also tended to become repetitive and belabored some of his points so they went from being interesting to annoyingly redundant.
The good part is that the foods that we did sample--and there really wasn't much more than a sample of most of it--were very tasty and in some cases somewhat unique. Best capuccino I've ever had!
Great Tour! – We just took the North Beach tour with Tom at Local Tastes of the City Tours. I loved how the tour combined lots of food tastings (I was stuffed!) and learning how everything was made. We had a great time and I finally found out how to find a great latte, though I could easily camp out at the truffle shop for a couple years and be very happy.
Incredible Tour – I just took the tour with my wife recently. I was very skeptical, as I have taken food tours in the past and had mixed results. I loved how we tasted incredible cappuccinos, truffles, bread, olive oils, meats, pastries, and more, however I really liked seeing how coffee is roasted, truffles are made, and learning how to find great olive oil and bread. I immediately recommended this to my brother. He came back with rave reviews.
So disappointing – My husband and I went on this tour as we visited SF for our one-year anniversary. I was so excited since we love food and enjoy seeing the "behind the scenes." For $60 a person we got a cappuccino, a few pieces of bread, half a maccaroon, half a brioche, a taste of olive oil and deli meats, some truffles, and half a chocolate eclair. Warm tap water was our only other refreshment. The woman tour guide was somewhat knowledgeable of the city, but it seemed memorized and boring. Most of the information could be read from a textbook or city guidebook. Seeing the brick-ovens was cool, but that's all we did. Looked at the ovens. Our guide also seemed like she was filling time at the end by taking us to random locations where there were no tastings of any food, and through Chinatown to see a place where they make fortune cookies, but since we were on on the Little Italy tour, they weren't expecting us, so there was nothing to see.
Where is the money going? I can't imagine that the businesses we visited would charge for the small amounts of food we got. We were bored, disinterested and annoyed. We kept looking at our watches wondering when it would end.
I would recommend ot the company to do food and drink pairings at the various places. When we taste coffee, also have a pastry. Where's the pizza, pasta and wine that makes Italy so amazing?
Great stuff! Would recommend highly! – My husband and I went on Tom's Local Tastes of the City Tours last weekend. I immediately told my parents about it and they booked their own! We visited places you can't find on your own! Fantastic. Tom was great and he knows his stuff. We had a blast. You can't go wrong with this tour! Thank you again Tom!!!!!
Incredible Tour and Fantastic Food! – Those negative comments are ridiculous. I just took their North Beach tour. One of best tours I ever taken. The guide, Tom, was excellent, lots of fun and took us behind the scenes at a coffee roaster, bakery, chocolate shop, and more. We had everything from cappuccinos, truffles, breads, pastries, olive tastings, meats, pastries, and more. And not only that, we saw how things were made and found out how to find similar food back home. For example, when I learned how coffee is roasted, I understood why the coffee that I tried was so good or when I tasted different olive oils, it made sense how to pair olive oils with different foods.
The group size was small and everything is included. I felt like I was getting a personal tour. The guide really knew food and the history of the area. The other people on the tour really enjoyed the tour, as well. When I told the concierge at my hotel about the tour, he told me that he always gets rave reviews from guests. It was well worth the price.
A Great Disappointment – "Let the buyer beware". Tour goes to some good businesses with good food... but really how hard is good food to find in San Francisco? The tour guide... pitiful. His knowledge of food is straight from the Food Channel. I learned nothing that I had not heard or seen on the food network. The best thing about this tour is that it is over.
Behind-the-scenes, culinary-focused tours of North Beach, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Haight and Golden Gate Park. – In Short
Each adventure, led by one of the professional, certified and experienced guides, explores the soul of a neighborhood from local bakeries and restaurants to specialty food shops. Avoiding typical "tourist" stops, the unique excursions go into local artisans' workshops like those of calligraphers and bakers. At the end of each tour, visitors have the option of enjoying a full meal at a top-rated neighborhood restaurant.
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