Monday, November 11

Top 10 Best Midwest Food Tours 2013

Food tours have become one of tourism's most requested activity and the Midwest is no different.
Whether checking out a new city, or exploring your own, learning about the cuisine of the area is a delicious way to travel.

Basically, there are two types of food tours: Ones that focus on the food itself, concentrating on the chefs, restaurants and ingredients; the other covers the neighborhood, architecture, and history while enjoying the foods of the area. If you are looking to learn about a town, historic area or neighborhood you will want to choose the second type. True foodies, gourmet cooks and potential restaurant owners may be more inclined to choose the first style.

The best way to figure out which type of tours are available is to research. A simple call, website check, or email is all it should take. Culinary tour owners and staff are eager to ensure you choose one you will enjoy and will lead you in the right direction. Tours might be dedicated to a specific food (pizza, beer, cheese, chocolate), a specific area of town, or ethnicity. Transportation is normally by walking, but in some cases it might be by bicycle or shuttle.

Click here for the Gotta Go Food Tours segment on Indy Style ~

Below are my insider's tips and (in no particular order) the list of my recommendations.
Top 10 Best Food Tours 2013

Insider tips
Wear comfortable walking shoes
Bring a camera
Extra money is good for shopping after it's over
Come hungry
Let the operator know of allergies when booking
Go in a group or with a friend for memory-making
Be open to new foods and drinks

Milwaukee Food Tours
Tours: Walking, Shuttle-Brady Street, Historic Third Ward, Walker’s Point, Riverwalk/Westown, Bloody Third Ward/Bloody Mary Brunch, Bay View/Bloodies & Beers, Village of Wauwatosa, Cedarburg, Pizza Bus, Churches & Chocolates, Christmas Around Milwaukee Bakery Bus, Grandparent’s Day, Bone App├ętit (dog friendly), Walker’s Point Dine Around

Saint Louis
STL Culinary
Tours: Walking-Market Street Gastro, DeMun Gastro, UCity Loop, Edwardsville, Chaumette Vineyards

Savor Saint Louis
Tours: Walking-Central West End

Taste Indy Food Tours
Tours: Walking-Mass Ave., Wholesale Food District, Fountain Square, City Market

Bobby’s Bike Hike
Tours: Bicycle-Bikes, Bites & Beer

Tastebud Tours
Tours: Walking-Gold Coast, Sweets (Chocolate and desserts), Loop/Millennium, Magnificent Mile

Chicago Food Planet
Tours: Walking-Gold Coast/Oldtown, Chinatown, Bucktown/Wicker Park
Findlay Market Tour
Tours: Walking-Customized Findlay Market

Bleu plate Tours
Tours: Walking- Heart of Lexington, Sunday Stroll

Bloomington Food Tours
Tours: Bites of Bloomington
Walking-Downtown Bloomington

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living, travel, food, wine and spirits columnist, freelance writer and photographer, and performing arts and restaurant critic for Gotta Go. Read Infused, her spirits, wine & beer lifestyle column, at and and catch her as Indy’s Personal Lifestyle Adviser on Indy Style, WISH8 (CBS). Gotta Go is published on,, and in print. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

1 comment:

Barb Cooper said...

Thanks for the Findlay Market love! We're proud to be a part of such a fine list of Midwest tours. Hope to see you soon in Cincinnati!