My wife and I are very familiar with Charleston and the restaurant scene there, but thought this Historic Downtown tour might give us some new insights and ideas. It did, by exposing us to restaurants we hadn't tried and through Glenn's informal commentary about the restaurants in downtown Charleston. We had sit-down tasting experiences at four stops: Southend Brewery, Amen Street, Leaf, and Kaminsky's, but this agenda varies from tour to tour.
When booking the tour, I started with the website, but also called to get a better feel for the tour and which day to go; I'm glad I did, because I was told Wednesday would be best if I liked seafood, another day better if I didn't (so I chose Wednesday).
The food was generally good (she-crab soup, fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese, pulled pork, pork belly, shrimp, salmon, meatloaf, risotto, toll house pie, sugar-cinnamon cake) - our favorites were Amen Street and Leaf. The commentary was just right for us, because we already knew a lot about Charleston, but don't expect a history of the city. Also, don't expect an in depth exploration of the culinary arts. Still, it was very pleasant, and more than enough food - we had a light breakfast that day, and then skipped dinner.
The tour ran from 2 to 4:30+, and it was full with 14 people, whom we enjoyed meeting. We could have ordered drinks and additional food at the restaurants, but only ordered coffee at the last stop. The amount of walking was moderate, and most of the time we were seated. Restaurants are not crowded during this time period, so seating was not a problem. There were plenty of opportunities for restroom breaks, and all restaurants served water. The restaurant managers, wait staff, and in some cases chefs were very nice, but did not spend much time with us (which was fine).
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