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“Fun food tour!”

Tastebud Tours - Chicago Food Tours
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Famous Tastes of Chicago Food Tour
Ranked #3 of 59 Food & Drink in Chicago
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Owner description: Simply the Best Chicago Food Tour since 2009! The only Food Tour open all year! Tastebud Tours is the Chicago Food Tour everyone is talking about! Tastebud has been selected as the "Editors Choice" and "The Best Chicago Food Tour" by The Chicago Traveler in addition to be featured on NBC News, ABC's 190 North, USA Today, WGN and WTTW. As if that's not enough, we are proud to say that we've been awarded the Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor for the last 7 years! Now that's tasty! Unlike other Chicago Food Tours, Tastebud Food Tours is a progressive meal, not a small tasting tour. You can Shop on all Tastebud Tours! Tastebud Food Tours is the one and only Chicago Food Tour to offer all the iconic Chicago Foods! The Real Chicago! Tastebud Food Tours offers delicious food tours through Chicago's historic neighborhoods. Each small group tour serves up Chicago's quintessential cuisine while visiting different specialty food shops and highly rated Chicago restaurants. The Taste Tour includes stops located in the Chicago Loop including Millennium Park and the Cultural Center. The Flavors Tour runs through the beautiful Gold Coast neighborhood including the famous Magnificent Mile. Visit one of Chicago's famous neighborhoods and eat your way through Chicago's Old Town. Ready to Tantalize all the senses, be sure to book Chicago's Original Taste of the Riverwalk/Architecture Food Tour,three tours in one! A one of a kind Chicago experiencebe sure to buy your ticket for The 1893 World's Fair Food Tour,you'll step back in time it's theater on the streets of Chicago! Running tighter on time but would still like to get a taste of Chicago? We'd love to have you join us on our shorter Underground Chicago Tour. Food varies depending on which tour you'd like to join but here's just a nibble of our offerings: Chicago Style Hot Dog, Pizano's famous Deep Dish Pizza, #1 Al's Italian Beef sandwich, the world famous Billy Goat Tavern (Cheezeborger, Cheezeborger, Cheezeborger!!), Chicago's oldest chocolate shop and the oldest restaurant in Chicago, The Berghoff. If you'd like to enjoy some famous foods of Chicago, Tastebud Food Tours is your ticket! Make sure to book your tickets early as we sell out!Tastebud Toursis the only Food Tour that operates year round, Monday through Sunday with the exception of holidays. . Enough food is served on each tour to be considered a nice meal. The Best Food Tours On the Planet since 2009, Come Hungry! Thanks!
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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Fun food tour!”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

I booked this tour for a group of five people and all of us had a wonderful time. The volume and quality of food surpassed our expectations, while the cultural stops along the way enhanced the experience. And, it was a real treat to have Lynn, the founder of the company, giving our tour. I look forward to another Tastebud tour next time I visit Chicago, and hope to experience those offered in New Orleans and San Francisco.

Visited July 2014
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Humres32
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“You will Love It! Even Our Teenagers Had Great Time”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

We did the Flavors of Chicago tour and lucked out and got the owner, Lynn. He was a fantastic guide who obviously loves what he does. We definitely went places that we would have never gone on our own. Pizza @ Pizornio's was excellent. Palmer House was off the charts gorgeous and we got a great history lesson. American Dog was very good as it was first time we had a Chicago hot dog. Fanne May was better than I expected and Sugar Bliss was off the charts. You will buy cupcakes so bring some extra money. Bergdoff was neat and historic. Food was ok, beer was better. That's where I tour ended which was perfect.

You will walk, but there's a good amount of sitting as well. We were very comfortable all day. There is plenty of food. You will be full at the end.

This was more than a food tour, it was also a great history lesson. Very well balanced and even kept the attention of our teenagers.

Lynn is very excited to be opening up in San Francisco. This is a family business run by people who care about your experience and will take care of you. Personally these are the types of businesses I prefer to support. Given our excellent tour, I have no reason to go anywhere else. I recommend you check it out!

Visited July 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Not at all impressed.”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

I have been on food tours in other cities and they were great. This one was, at best, simply OK.

The first problem was our tour guide. She was dressed inappropriately in a strappy tank top and cut off jean shorts with soiled bra straps showing, I understand that it's summer, but she should have been dressed professionally and she wasn't. She also was a challenged communicator who said "umm" frequently, which made it hard to listen to her. This was surprising since she told us she was an actress and comedian.

The next problem was the selection of restaurants. Chicago is a food city. There are countless exceptional restaurants. Unfortunately we didn't visit any of them.

The first stop on the tour is Pizanos. Their pizza is just OK. Lou Malnati's, Uno's and Giordanos all have much better Chicago pizza. Plus, the restaurant was a dive with a filthy restroom. We next stopped at the Drake Hotel, which was awkward since we weren't eating anything but just walking through the hotel to look at the tea room. The next stop was for a brownie. It was very average and honestly not worth eating. The third stop was for a Chicago hot dog, which was good. We ate in the bar next door -- another dive. The next stop was 7 on Heaven. This was a "Taste of Chicago" tour and just because a Cajun restaurant is in Chicago doesn't make it Chicago food. Plus, 7 on Heaven has to be the most over-rated restaurant in town. The next stop has absolutely no business being on a food tour -- Billy Goat Tavern. It brings a whole new meaning to "dive." We were each given a half of cheeseburger and I ate one bite. Even our guide repeatedly told us that we weren't there for the food but because the place inspired the "Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger ..." SNL skit. It's a food tour. You shouldn't need to give a warning about the poor quality of the food before going in. The final stop was Fannie May, a chocolate shop. We were given a pixie (turtle) and four artisan chocolates. Those were delicious.

The final problem was that our guide didn't actually give a tour. She provided some information at each stop about the food but said next to nothing while we were walking from stop to stop. Chicago is an amazing city with a fascinating history, beautiful architecture and really fun stories. She shared next to none of it.

If this had been an interesting tour with OK food, that would have been great. If it would have been an OK tour with great food, that would have been OK too. Unfortunately, it was an OK tour with mostly bad food.

Visited June 2014
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TASTEBUDTOURS, Owner at Tastebud Tours - Chicago Food Tours, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Tastebud Tours and Events LLC takes pride in providing guests with some of the best foods and entertainment in Chicago, San Francisco and New Orleans. Our patrons receive the best in delicious food, fun, and fact-filled walking tours in Chicago as reflected by the positive reviews from the TripAdvisor community for the last two years.

Our number one goal is to exceed our customer expectations. We want you to be totally satisfied with your taste adventure.
It is with great concern to read that your experience fell short of your expectations.I would like to restore your confidence with Tastebud Tours and welcome you to contact me directly .Kindly call 219 929 6648.

As TripAdvisor can attest, our exceptional guides are one of the things that set us apart. They are charismatic, memorable, and experts in the areas presented, as they have all completed a series of comprehensive training classes on Chicago history and the history of Chicago foods. Most of our guides come from a food and/or theater background or have had many years of experience as a tour guide. Our guides are some of the best in the industry.

Our reputation is of the utmost importance to us, and we appreciate the support of the TripAdvisor community. Using the TripAdvisor reviews, we will continue to improve and to provide a unique experience and great fun that reflects our #10 attraction status in Chicago. Our objective as a company is to treat your taste buds as they have never been treated before—on a Tastebud Tour. We want the experience to be the highlight of your visit to Chicago. For our guests who have taken a Tastebud Tour, we thank you. For our guests having reservations, we look forward to meeting you and showing you a fantastic time in the near future. To those who have not yet made a reservation, join us for an incomparable Chicago experience.

Tastebud Delights,

Lynn F. Jaynes
President, Tastebud Tours and Special Events LLC
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Texas
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“Not Only Food but A Lot of Fabulous History!”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

John was our guide on this great food tour and he was a wealth of historical information! This was a great food tour in that you actually entered the restaurant and got to sit down to enjoy the fabulous samples and were always provided water with the opportunity to purchase other beverages. John gave us so much of the history and interesting tid bits about each place we visited that it brought Chicago to life! I had never heard about the. Ruse if the Billy Goat on the Chicago Cubs and loved the fact that Pizano's 90 something year old mother still insisted on coming to Pizanos three to four times a week to mix the dough for the pizza!

The samples were all VERY generous in size. 2 small slices of pizza from Pizanos, a whole Chicago hot dog, a large brownie and the history of the birth of the brownie, and a half cheeseburger from the Billy Goat Tavern .... Shall we say the tavern is NOT known for its food but its history and to end the tour a lot of candies from Fannie Mae's!

We loved Pizanos so much we had a pizza delivered by them to our hotel later that night!

Visited June 2014
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Wilmington, Delaware
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“Taste Bud Tour, Fun for Sure!!”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

What a terrific time we had today on our Taste Bud "Flavors of Chicago " tour. Anna Lynn our guide was completely engaging. She was knowledgable and fun, explained the history of the restaurants, their menus and the sights along the way. Not only is this a fun eating tour of Chicago but it is also a great walking tour of a beautiful city. Pizza, Chicago hot dogs, New Orleans jambalaya and so much more made this 3.5 hour walking feast a day to remember. This was a blast. We had a great time and so did the others on the tour. Everybody was so friendly and enjoying each other's company. Anna Lynn made it wonderful for all of us. She deserves a raise!!!

Visited June 2014
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