Take a culinary trip around the world in Chapel Hill

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I hereby declare the summer of 2014 my Summer of the Food Tour.

I just completed my third walking food tour and it was fantastic.

Triangle Food Tours’ Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour is a great taste trip around the world of food in what Bon Appetite Magazine calls “America’s Foodiest Small Town.”

WHY TAKE A FOOD TOUR?

Besides the food, there’s a multitude of reasons for going on a food tour.

1) You’ll learn the different restaurants and cuisines of an area.

2) A food tour takes place in the middle of the afternoon when restaurants are usually between meals. This affords time with the staff and chefs to ask questions.

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3) A food tour is an out-of-the-ordinary way of entertaining out of town guests, exploring a new city or learning the restaurants in your own home town.

4) It’s a wonderful way to meet people.

Our group was a friendly gathering of locals as well as a few from out of state, from across the country and from as far away as Finland. We congregated at the Franklin Hotel in Chapel Hill before venturing out onto Franklin Street for an afternoon filled with samplings.Franklin-Hotel---PullOveran

  The Franklin Hotel on Franklin Street is where the tour originates.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Undaunted by the smoldering July heat, we walked close to two miles while learning a bit about the culture of the area.  We took in the sites and made seven stops, trying some of the finest food and beverages Chapel Hill/Carrboro offers.

As our tour guide Sarah put it, “a food tour is like speed-dating for restaurants.”

Before taking a food tour it’s important to be sure you’ve come prepared with comfortable shoes and your appetite. Bring an open mind as Triangle Food Tour’s website says, be ready to “Walk, Talk, Taste, Sip.”

WHY CHAPEL HILL & CARRBORO?

Chapel Hill is home to the University of North Carolina. It’s a bustling college town with a vibrant, ever-changing population. Along with the University dynamic comes a splendid mixture and diversity of culture that’s easily experienced by walking down the main thoroughfare of Franklin Street.

At the end of Franklin Street, awaits the friendly town of Carrboro and its laid-back, eclectic atmosphere. Carrboro-sign---PullOverand

As a result of these two unique municipalities in such close proximity, the Chapel Hill & Carrboro Food Tasting provides a wide variety of cuisines and flavors.  It’s a veritable trip around the culinary world; Irish, Indian, French, Greek, contemporary American, beer, wine and oh yes, dessert.

OUR LINE UP FOR THE DAY

Triangle Food Tours partners with an array of restaurants to present its tasting tours. Though the lineup may change from week to week or with the season, each partner welcomes the food tourists by serving tasty representations and providing insights into the foods these establishments serve.

Our tour included;

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub

CholaNad – Contemporary South Indian Concept

Glasshalfull – Contemporary American

Provence – Regional French and Mediterranean cuisine

Carrboro Beverage Co. a Bottle Shop – NC brews on tap for sampling

Kipos Greek Taverna – robust Greek fare

Gigi’s Cupcakes of Chapel Hill -cupcakes, cheese cakes, mini cupcakes and cookies

Yes, the weather was a tad warm for our culinary journey but the delicious food, cool beverages and good company made for a happy and fun tour of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. We departed our tour feeling full, but wanting more and vowing to return to these marvelous restaurants.

Triangle Food Tours

Reservations are required.  Tours fill up quickly so be sure to book in advance.

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As always, Happy Travels!

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  • August 21, 2014

    We’ve been on a few walking tours (Italy and London) and loved them both. Always way too full afterwards (particularly the London one!). It’s a great way to get some great food while seeing the area.

  • December 9, 2014

    What a wonderful food tour. Your article made me hungry for new culinary experiences.

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