On Saturday, May 19, my wife and I took the City Tour of restaurants in the Highlands of Denver. Billed as a gourmet tour of fine restaurants with an “insider’s view” of the food scene, it turned out to be anything but. First, on a rainy afternoon tour customers waited while standing outside for the tour guide who began the tour a half hour late. Our first stop was a wine store across the street, where we were treated to four small sips of wine that the store was promoting that day. Why we were not instructed to meet inside the wine store, away from the rain, is a mystery to me. Basically, this was a wine-tasting promotion that was open to anyone who walked in off the street. Our next stop was a bar a couple doors down where we were treated to a modest appetizer, a small piece of a Rueben sandwich, some fries, and a small piece of fried fish. This wasn’t bad – in fact it turned out to be the highlight of the day – but not exactly a food tour experience. We then went to another bar that specialized in chicken wings. There our gourmet experience consisted of a plate of French fries, fried pickles, and tater tots (yes, tater tots!), which we passed around to our group of 20. We were then brought a plate of chicken wings and instructed to take one each, as more would follow. Unfortunately, more did not follow. Now running late for our last stop, our shrunken group of 12 (8 had now bailed out) went to a sushi restaurant. Here we were served two thimblesful of drinks, one of which was described as saki, but the other was left unexplained – hardly an insider’s view or demonstration. Then after waiting around another 30 minutes, we were each given one bite of sashimi. The server told us another course was coming, but several minutes later our plates were summarily collected. The manager then addressed our group and informed us that it was running into his busy dinner hour and that we all had to leave. And that was it! The tour was priced at $59 each, but we paid $29 each thanks to a Living Social deal. Nevertheless, the tour was a total bust at any price. We generally get much higher quality food, and more of it, from our local Whole Foods free samples on a Saturday morning. This City Tour was poorly planned and executed every step of the way.