Taste of Tucson Downtown Food Tour Includes Historical & Architectural Stops

Last modified on December 22nd, 2016 at 11:58 am

Taste of Tucson Downtown co-owner Elysa Crum during a tour in front of Veinte de Agosto Park on South Church Avenue (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Restaurant resources are aplenty online, but it’s nice to have someone in person to guide you.

Taste of Tucson Downtown has offered cultural and culinary tours downtown since October 2014.

Tours begin at the Mercado San Agustin, where guests meet up and hop onto the SunLink with co-owners, cousins, and tour guides Elysa Crum and Sherry Weiss.

Dishes are portioned smaller so you have room to eat at every stop and be comfortably full at the end of the tour, which concludes with dessert and coffee. The culinary stops are about 15 to 20 minutes long, so you’ll have time to order a cocktail if you’d like.

“We like to work with restaurants that emphasize local and sustainable,” Crum said. “Not every restaurant lives up to it when they say they do, but we definitely highlight it when we recognize it.”

Although the tour begins with the SunLink ride, the majority of the tour is on foot. Destinations are only a short walk from each other with additional stops for points of interest regarding history and architecture.

Once all the stops have been reached, you’re welcome to use your SunLink pass to explore on your own or ride back to Mercado San Agustin with Crum and Weiss.

Taste of Tucson Downtown co-owner Sherry Weiss during a tour in front of Veinte de Agosto Park on South Church Avenue (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Taste of Tucson Downtown co-owner Sherry Weiss during a tour in front of Veinte de Agosto Park on South Church Avenue (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Taste of Tucson recently treated me to the downtown tour. Though the downtown tours rotate between which restaurants are involved, here’s a glimpse at the stops from my tour so you have an idea of how much food is in store:

  • Agustin Kitchen – Fiore di Capra Goat Brûlée, Calamari
  • Caffé Milano – Fusilli alla Bolognese, Bread
  • Elliott’s on Congress – Duck Slider, Jicama Coleslaw
  • Charro Steak – Cast Iron Mushroom, Carne Seca Mini Chimichanga, Prickly Pear Glazed Albondiga
  • Maynards Market & Kitchen – Crème Brûlée, Coffee

Pacing was brisk enough to keep things interesting, but never felt rushed.

The tour also included historical and architectural stops at Veinte de Agosto Park, Fox Tucson Theatre, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, and Hotel Congress. We also walked past most of the recent downtown murals.

Once all the stops have been reached, you’re welcome to use your SunLink pass to explore on your own or ride back to Mercado San Agustin with Crum and Weiss.

 

 

Tours are $60 per person and offered 1 – 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Taste of Tucson also recently added weekly Fourth Avenue tours.

For more information, visit tasteoftucsondowntown.com.

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He eats Flamin' Hot Cheetos with chopsticks and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.