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If you picked October as the month to visit San Francisco, consider yourself savvy. Things are really starting to heat up here — yes, we’re talking about the weather. As the rest of the country begins the slow crawl into winter, the Bay Area is humming along in its usual warm autumnal temps that the locals refer to as the real summer.

Famous as much for it’s chilly Julys and Augusts as for its sourdough and Dungeness crab, the pleasant weather of September and October means it’s the perfect time to hit the pavement and explore the city (without a jacket in the afternoon). San Francisco is popular for its scenery and cuisine, but both are in such abundance that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, the city’s nearly 3,500 restaurants make it the most densely packed food town per capita in America. And with views, landmarks, and fun factoids stretching the entirety of these 47 square miles, where does one begin?

There’s no better way to see San Francisco and experience it’s unmatched food and culture than by taking a trip with Sidewalk Food Tours of San Francisco. Our highly knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides are like a combo waiter-historian on foot. We feature tours that showcase the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of 3 distinct and fascinating neighborhoods: Chinatown, North Beach, and the Mission. Come along on a public tour Friday-Monday, or gather a group of friends or colleagues and book your very own private excursion.

One of the best things about October in San Francisco is the summer produce that’s still available here while autumn harvests are taking over markets in other parts of the country. Here are just a few of the delicacies awaiting your discerning palate:

Artichokes

Strawberries

Brussels sprouts

Pomegranates

Tomatoes

Almonds

Peaches

Avocados

Pears

Summer (and winter) squash

Fennel

Garlic

Cauliflower

We’re getting hungry just reading the list! So what are you waiting for? Check out our tours and book one today.

5 Things to Expect on a Food Tour

September 27th, 2017 | Posted by Foodie in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Do you ever get tired of bringing your day of exploring to a halt, just to search yelp reviews and argue about where to eat? You’re not alone (and there’s a better way!)

Whether you’re visiting for the weekend, or you’ve lived in the city you’re whole life, Food Tours are the way to go.

It’s simple: Eat, learn, walk, repeat. On your walking tour you’ll meet your knowledgeable guide who will not only give you insider secrets about the neighborhood and best bites to eat, they’ll get to know you as well. But there’s so much more!

Here are 5 things you can expect on a Sidewalk Food Tour:

1- The Best Eats

We’re not messing around here. Just because you get to try all kinds of foods, don’t think we’re going to give you anything less than the best!

We’ve hand picked our favorite local foods to create a tasting lineup that is nothing short of delicious. It’s enough for a full meal!

Fewer things taste better than an authentic family recipe. Many of our tastings include restaurants that have been in the family for generations- some more than 100 Years! And don’t worry, we’ll throw in some of the hot new spots as well.

2- Secret Spots

There is so much to see in NYC! Chances are while you’ve been running around you’ve missed some of the best parts of this incredible city. As locals and experts, we’ll give you insights that reveal whole new worlds within little known streets and whole-in-the-wall restaurants.

3- Century old Stories

Whether your a history buff or you could care less- our tours take you back in time to experience the grandest stories on the actual streets that they took place! You’ll walk along the same sidewalks as celebrities, gangsters, artists, politicians, immigrants, film-makers and icons. Our talented guide will bring the streets to life in ways you would never experience with a travel guide. Just give them your ears and imaginations and they’ll give you an experience to remember.

4- Variety (The Spice of Life)

Old and new, savory and sweet, hot and cold, spicy and mild, there is something for everyone on our tours! Many people tell us that they never would’ve tried something without coming on our food tour, and now it’s made it to their all time favorite food list.

Your guide will take you on a journey through the rich history, culture, and cuisine of the city. You’ll taste all sorts of flavors, stopping periodically at local restaraunts or food trucks, bizarre sights, and exciting landmarks. Around each corner is something different, and as my mother always says- “Variety is the Spice of Life!”

5- The Freedom to Take it All In

Forget google maps, Uber, getting lost, or tourist traps. On our food tours you can relax and let us take care of everything for you. Just follow the leader through beautiful neighborhoods and every once in a while food will appear! The Magic of it is- you get all the best selections with none of the work. You’re free to take photos, listen to stories, be present, take it all in, and live your life!

How about putting a new spin on your next team-building activity? Skip the company picnic or bar-hopping and let Sidewalk Food Tours of San Francisco guide you on a feast of the senses!

In a city with as dense a culinary landscape as San Francisco, it’s easy to get lost in the options. That’s why we pair your team with a highly informed and entertaining guide who will lead you on a walking tour of the best foods San Francisco has to offer, many of which we’re sure you’ll want to revisit. On top of that, your guide will enlighten your team on the history, culture, and culinary scene of the neighborhood you choose, leaving everyone with a full belly and satisfied mind.

Our tours are comprehensive, educational, and above all else loads of fun. We offer flexible scheduling to fit your needs, and we’ll do everything we can to accommodate food allergies and restrictions. The tours are designed to leave plenty of room for your team to build camaraderie, bounce ideas off each other, and have a few good laughs.

Here’s what we offer:

Tour locations: Mission, North Beach, Chinatown (we can also combine elements of North Beach and Chinatown into one tour)

Days and times: 7 days a week, start time anywhere from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Length: 3 hours

Restaurants: 5 to 6, with savory and sweet stops

Alcohol: Yes (you can prepay for drinks at certain stops or pay as you go)

Questions about pricing or just need more info? We’re here to help! Contact us today.


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Join us on a delicious and fun private food tour of San Francisco. We offer team bonding food tours in North Beach, The Mission District and Chinatown. On your three hour food touring adventure, your team will bond over delectable foods served from 6 uniquely different locations. In addition to all the mouthwatering foods your team will be eating, your guide will discuss the history, culture and food scene of the neighborhood. So what are you waiting for? Book a private food tour today! Your team will Thank you later.

 

A Very Chinatown Christmas

December 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Foodie in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

While many will be enjoying a traditional Christmas celebration full of festive cheer and stockings hung by the chimney with care, others favor a different form of Holiday festivities. Whether it’s observing the Jewish tradition of Chinese and a movie on Christmas or creating your own version of Festivus, each of us celebrates in a special way. And many of us struggle with the conundrum of finding delicious restaurant options that are open on Christmas. Luckily for all of us, San Francisco’s Chinatown is very much open on Christmas Day, and we’ve compiled a list of our favorite spots for you to enjoy.

Of the more well-known yet still delicious options, you can’t go wrong with the delightfully spicy Szechuan cuisine at Z&Y Restaurant (after all, President Obama has eaten here).  Another of the heavy hitters is Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese Food; the kitschy decorations and bold twists on classic Chinese menu items are sure to put you in a festive mood.  Great Eastern offers an expansive array of dim sum. If you’re celebrating with a group, indulge in one of the Chef’s Selection to get a sampling of their delicious seafood dishes.

Chicken with Explosive Chili Pepper at Z&Y

Chicken with Explosive Chili Pepper at Z&Y

Danny Bowien at Mission Chinese

Danny Bowien at Mission Chinese

For something a little more intimate, head to the House of Nanking. Ask to order from the Chinese menu for super authentic dishes (ask for recommendations, as well as for the vegetable dishes not listed on the menu). Hunan Home’s is another tucked away spot offering a menu of solid old-school Chinese favorites.

If you’re looking to venture outside of Chinatown, the dry-fried chicken wings at San Tung in the Sunset District are sure to hit the spot.

Dry-fried chicken wings at San Tung

Dry-fried chicken wings at San Tung

If you have any room for dessert, satisfy your sweet tooth with some flaky, custardy egg tarts from Golden Gate Bakery.

Egg Tarts at Golden Gate Bakery

Egg Tarts at Golden Gate Bakery

Whatever your traditions, here’s wishing you the Happiest of Holidays, and Happy Eating!

Introducing Chinatown Food Tour!

December 12th, 2014 | Posted by Foodie in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

IMG_1111We are very excited to announce the launch of our new Chinatown Food Tour in San Francisco!  We now have the opportunity to share not only tastes of our favorite dim sum and Peking duck, but also the fascinating history and architecture of the oldest Chinatown in the US.

Did you know that the San Francisco Chinatown is the largest Chinese community outside of Asia? The San Francisco Planning Department declared it “the most densely populated urban area west of Manhattan.” This means endless opportunities to discover new and delicious things down the winding alleys and in the shops scattered throughout the streets.

Fortune Cookie Factory

Fortune Cookie Factory

We hope you have an opportunity to check out this awesome addition to the Sidewalk Tours family.

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