Taste of Tempe is downtown’s newest Tempe food tour

Author: Patrick

Posted on: April 13, 2016


When visiting a new city, one of the best things to do is try some of the local flavors. Food is a great way to understand a city and its people. The problem is how do you know what restaurant to visit? You can do some research online, using review websites like Yelp or TripAdvisor, but reading about something and actually experiencing it for yourself are two different things. This is one reason why local food tours are becoming more and more popular.

What’s a food tour? Is an organized tour that allows people to spend a couple of hours trying dishes at various restaurants. The dishes that each will serve are all predetermined. All you have to do is show up, ready to eat.

Arizona Food Tours have been around for a little while now. Recently, they’ve come up with a new, three-hour walking tour of Downtown Tempe where guests can sample some dishes at a few of our favorite restaurants. The tour is appropriately called “Taste of Tempe”. Zach, the greatest tour guide you’ll ever have, not only leads you around but he also gives you a history of restaurants you’re visiting, as well as an overview of the city including places see and things to do. One alcoholic beverage is also included and they cater to any food or dietary restrictions. Below you’ll find the list of restaurants you can visit, as well as a brief description of what was served. Keep in mind that food items may change because each restaurant is free to serve dishes made especially for Taste of Tempe. Taste of Tempe is every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Pedal Haus Brewery
Pedal Haus is Tempe’s newest brewery and Belgium-American Gastropub. My tour included some appetizers such as fried cheese curds, bacon wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo and Schreiner’s Pork Sausage with a beer cheese sauce.

Appetizer at Pedal Haus Brewery

Appetizer at Pedal Haus Brewery

House of Tricks
From here, it’s a short walk over to House of Tricks, one of Downtown Tempe’s oldest and most popular restaurants. We dined outdoors on the patio, and had a salmon on a bed of greens with tomatoes and a crusted risotto cake. It’s on their lunch menu and it’s absolutely incredible.

Rula Bula Irish Pub
Next, you’ll walk over to Rula Bula Irish Pub and Restaurant. This is where our tour had an alcoholic beverage, beer from Ireland of course. We enjoyed Hot Bollix Potato Balls, which are a staple of Irish bars. Rula Bula also made a special, miniature version of their Guinness-brazed Beef Pot Pie which melts in your mouth. Here, everyone raised their glasses for a group toast.

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar
La Bocca is a well-known restaurant in the Phoenix area and for good reason — their take on Italian food is hard to beat. On our tour, the food was served family-style. So, we got to try a little bit of everything such as wood-fired pizza (my table got the Truffled Mushroom Pizza, which is my absolute favorite), as well as a Med Plate with hummus, veggies and bread and some tasty bruschetta boards.

Delice Bistro
The final stop on the tour was Delice Bistro. This downtown European bakery serves up everything from breakfast foods to lunch items. But, we were here for dessert. We had homemade crepes with Nutella and freshly made macaroons.

Whether you’re an out of town visitor or a local, Taste of Tempe is a great way to spend a couple of hours. The tour is a very easy, slow paced walk between each spot and the tour finishes across the street from where it began. Catch up with the tour every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $54 and can be purchased online on the Arizona Food Tours website.

For more information about Tempe restaurants, visit the Tempe Tourism Office website or give us a call at 480-894-8158.

Taste of Tempe food tour

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