“Always take a food tour when you get to a city you haven’t been to before.”
This was the advice from John, the Peachtree Food Tours tour guide. Let me elaborate…
During a food tour, you get an introductory walk around the city, learn about the culture of the place through food, and you get a local tour guide who will (most likely) answer any of your questions. This may be the best travel advice I have received… and it was while on a food tour!
How did this food tour work?
I was on the tour as part of a trip organized by the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, so the tour was customized since we were on a limited schedule. We left early in the morning and walked to our first destination and later to three other stops, walking along Peachtree Street, Atlanta’s main street.
How long is the tour?
The tour takes about 4 hours.
How many stops were there?
In about two miles of walking in the Midtown neighborhood of Atlanta, there are 7 stops. (Note I went on a customized tour due to time restraints and took it in the morning so we visited 4 of the usual 7 stops.)
What did we eat?
Coffee and cake of choice with over 45 different options! I had such a great time at this cafe that I wrote an entire post about it! Read about the cafe, Cafe Intermezzo and see more pics here.
The coffee to go along with the piece of cake.
Southern food! grits and fried green tomatoes with mozzarella.
A burger. But not an ordinary burger. The buns are actually doughnuts! Seriously? Yes, you have to try it for yourself.
More doughnuts and other sweet or savory pastries.
Is alcohol served at any stop?
Yes! But as of this writing I am not yet 21 (the legal drinking age in the US). So instead of getting to taste a Georgia Mule with my grits, I was given a non alcoholic ginger beer.
What did I learn?
While the history of food and of Atlanta wasn’t as in depth as Atlanta Food Walk’s tour, I’m glad it wasn’t. I was very much informed of all that on the other tour and just wanted to know more about Midtown and the history of Peachtree Street, which I got to know about. Also, we passed by Margaret Mitchell’s house, author of Gone with the Wind.
Who is the guide?
John Hannula is the founder of Peachtree Food Tours and was our guide. He’s a local of the Midtown neighborhood where his tour is located in which is always advantageous since you’ll get a local’s perspective.
And since we were on a customized tour, John was notified that we were a group of bloggers. He took time to check out each of our blogs and had something to say about each one of them during the tour, which was a nice personal touch! John also has fun stories to tell about his city and himself. Take the tour to find out!
What were the highlights?
For me, what makes or breaks a tour is the tour guide. Thankfully, John was an excellent tour guide- there wasn’t a dull moment during the tour. Food wise, I enjoyed Intermezzo cafe since that’s my kind of place and also having a burger with doughnut buns! Add this with walking around a city (one of my favorite things to do while traveling) and it’s a combination to my liking.
What else should you know?
Prepare for any kind of weather. There was a light rain during our tour but restaurants are indoors… just bring an umbrella and check the weather in advance.
My TripAdvisor review basically sums it up:
I travel a lot and have been on countless tours but don’t usually take the time to write reviews. But THIS tour is worth a review! John took our group to several stops in Midtown for a taste of southern food, a unique and delicious burger, and if you love dessert, you’re in for a treat! Start the tour with an empty stomach and get ready to hear John’s stories. His fun and engaging personality really made all the difference. This was a highlight of my short trip… don’t miss this tour when visiting Atlanta!
Company: Peachtree Food Tours
Tour Name: The Peachtree Walking Food Tour
Cost: $100 per person
Note: Thank you to Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau for sponsoring my ticket for the Peachtree Food Tours tour.