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“A Must Do”

Greenville History Tours
Ranked #1 of 10 Food & Drink in Greenville
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Owner description: The At the Chef’s Table Culinary Tour affords guests the opportunity to sit at the tables of some of the city’s top chefs and sample their signature dishes. Tours include special access and experiences that go far beyond the normal dining encounter. Not only do you get to meet the chefs and sample their creations, but you also get to see cooking demonstrations (usually offered on Tuesday tours), eat in elegant private dining areas, and more. Stops include visits to: Nose Dive (Gastropub) Soby's on the Side (Deli and Catering)* The Lazy Goat (Mediterranean cuisine and tapas) Soby's New South Cuisine (fine Southern cuisine) Passarelle Bistro (French inspired cuisine) Beyond the memorable culinary experiences, you will also learn fascinating insights into Greenville’s rich history, culture and architecture as well. (*If a restaurant has a schedule conflict, a stop at The Loft at Soby's or Papi's Tacos may be substituted. )
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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“A Must Do”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Was a participant on last night's tour (July 9, 2013) and had a blast. On a scale of 1-5 the Culinary Tour is a 5. The guest service by John, the restaurant employees and chefs was top notch.This tour is much more than a culinary tour it is a tour of Greenville's history. What a beautiful city and everyone whether a resident or visitor should take this tour. Well done John and the fine restaurants of Greenville, SC. Thanks for showing us what Southern hospitality really is.

Visited July 2013
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Greenville, South Carolina
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1,189 reviews
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“What a pleasant way to live, learn and explore. It was wonderful”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

My wife and I took the Culinary tour with John Nolan and had a fabulous time walking around downtown Greenville, SC and eating and drinking our way though wonderful restaurants with other nice people.
You experience these restaurants from the kitchen to private dining areas to the floor with other restaurant guests and sample dishes and drinks for them all.
John talks about the area is some detail and you get a flavor of Greenville, SC from the past, present and future.
Thanks John Nolan for a delightful evening.

Visited June 2013
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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“A Good Blend of Learning About Food, Drink and History”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

A couple of us did this tour on a beautiful day in late May, along with a couple of dozen others of all ages. Our tour leader, John Nolan, was entertaining enough and certainly knowledgeable about Greenville (having written the book "A Guide to Historic Greenville..."). He talked a lot about the transition of downtown Greenville from a somewhat blighted area to what it is today - pedestrian friendly, clean, energetic, a real treat for walkers and foodies. John did a great job. The tour itself includes visits to five downtown restaurants, all within walking distance of one another and close to the Westin Poinsett hotel where we stayed. (Recommended.) The restaurants all belong to the Table 301 group. The first, Soby's on the Side, a deli of sorts, served a wonderful smoked pork loin sandwich, kind of Vietnamese, accompanied by a terrific cocktail of Grey Goose vodka (my favorite) with berries and lime. A good start to the tour, indeed. The second restaurant, Nose Dive, served a great cioppino along with a glass of microbrew beer. Very good and more so, since the day after, Sunday, Nose Dive did a charity breakfast to benefit the Oklahoma tornado victims. See the Tripadvisor reviews of Nose Dive. Third, we visited Soby's New South Cuisine and had a very nice grouper with rice and lentils, plus chow-chow and sea island red peas, partnered with a white wine sangria fortified with peach schnapps. It was good but not zesty enough for me, but after the sangria, I didn't particularly care. Next, we crossed the street over to Devereaux's, one of the fine dining establishments in town and had some risotto made with Carolina gold rice, English peas and rabbit, a small portion served in a gigantic bowl and accompanied by... a glass of water. The culinary sample was good, but not for members of the group who had no taste for rabbit, and the water was... just water. This, at the fanciest place on the tour. Finally, we all marched down the hill toward the river, crossed the foot bridge and climbed up to The Lazy Goat, where we had a delicious dessert pastry made with goat cheese. Really good. At each location we had a presentation by the head chef. All were good, some were passionate, and one of the main themes was - procure local! Thus, more and more foodi-oriented folks like us are becoming "locovores." Overall, we recommend this tour when you're hanging around town for a few days.

Visited May 2013
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Lyman, South Carolina
2 reviews
“Great Present Idea & All-around Good Time!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

We gave this to our parents for Christmas and it was the perfect gift! We didn't really know what to expect but really enjoyed it. The food was incredible and it was great being able to hear from the chefs themselves. Not only was it a culinary tour but John also gave us some great insight into the history of Greenville which was really neat. The food portions were just enough and I ended the day feeling very satisfied. There was just enough time at each restaurant to where you didn't feel rushed to eat but you didn't feel as though you were waiting around forever to go to the next place. I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this tour and I hope to do it again in the future, not even for a present, but for my own selfish enjoyment!

Visited January 2013
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greenville, SC
1 review
Reviewed February 18, 2013

I gave this tour as a christmas gift to my mom because i had heard so many rave reviews. it did NOT disappointed. we loved every second of it! we didn't know what to really expect but John and all the table 301 restaurants blew us out of the water! i can't wait to go on another one in the spring with a group of girlfriends! best way to spend a saturday! highly recommended!

Visited January 2013
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GvilleHistoryTours, Owner at Greenville History Tours, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
I'm so glad you had a great time and we were able to exceed your expectations! Thanks for your kind words.
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