Top 10 U.S Culinary Tours for Students

What better way to really get to know an area’s culture, history, and agriculture than by trying what they eat? We don’t really believe there is a better way, which is why we have put together this handy blog with some of the best US Culinary Tours there is!

We understand that sometimes it can get overwhelming coming to a new city and seeing all the dining options, smelling all the smells, and listening to each eatery boast how they are the ‘best of the best’. So our solution? Don’t choose!
Go to a new iconic city in America and eat it all! That’s what these food tours are perfect for; eating it all and eating it well!


  • KC BBQ Tours - There’s a lot of talk about Kansas City having the absolute best BBQ, a statement we tend to agree with! This fun line of KC bus guided tours offer guests inside looks at the deep roots of the area’s famous smoked meats and sides, showing you the history and behind the scenes looks at some of the area’s most popular bbq spots (over 100 bbq joints in the area total).
  • Houston Downtown Food Tour - Downtown Houston, Texas, is absolutely popping with iconic history and foods, this tour, in particular, highlighting everything from historic Main Street/ Market Square to Green Street. Learn specifics about this area's architecture and cultural influence while stopping at several different culinary establishments, from Tex-Mex to authentic Texas BBQ.
    Restaurants: Jackson Street BBQ (?)
    Length: 3 Hours


  • North End Pizza Tour - Boston may not be the very first place you think of when you think of spectacular pizza, but it certainly should be up there on your list! In this iconic city, you can tour some of the oldest neighborhoods such as the North End's Little Italy and sample some of the absolute best pizza in the north, with hundreds of pizzerias surrounding the city, over half of them in Little Italy alone. You'll be traveling along the Freedom Trail during the tour as well.
    Restaurants: Regina Pizzeria 
    Length: 2 Hours
  • Lower East Side Pizza Walk - Now we're talking New York and the best pizza in all of America, in some peoples' opinions. The Lower East Side Pizza Walk will take you to 3 different pizzerias and allow you to watch their development, meet their owners, and learn the history of 'America's favorite food'.  You'll also learn cultural history regarding NYC's current culinary trends, with much about the influence of Germans, Poles, and Italians on the community. Restaurants: GNOCCO
    Length: 3 Hours
  • Chicago Food Planet Tours - Welcome to the Windy City, where the pizza is deep and the taste factor is even deeper. Here, with Chicago Food Planet Tours, you can tour such communities as the Gold Coast and Old Town and see some seriously amazing culture and really great pizza, as well. Explore just north of downtown and see what Chicago deep-dish pizza is all about, as well as other neighborhood treats such as sushi and French baguettes!
    Restaurants: Lou Malnati’s, Kamehachi Cafe
    Length: 3 Hours


  • Savor the Flavors of Charleston Culinary Tour - Walk your way through one of the most famed 'Southern Soul Food' capitals of the world, Charleston South Carolina.  This tour will allow you to 'walk, talk, and taste' your way through the Lowcountry, sampling specialties from stone-ground grits and Lowcountry BBQ to southern pralines and collard greens!
    Restaurants: Lowcountry Bistro
    Length: 2.5 Hours
  • Sweet Peach Taste of the South Tours - You're going to love all the southern Soul Food you will see on this sweet Atlanta tour, a too-short sample of all Atlanta and its surrounding cultural neighbors has to offer, from peanuts and peaches to collard greens and oxtail. You'll even get to tour the famous Coca-Cola factory in town, as well as explore the downtown area that sheds a light on what makes this Southern specialty area such a unique region.
    Restaurants: The Varsity, Coca- Cola
    Length: 3 Hours


  • Maine Foodie Tours Lobster Lunch - This Old Port Lunchtime Lobster Crawl will really hit the spot and show you exactly what Maine seafood is all about!  Visit several different iconic seafood locations and enjoy all the fixings of a lobster bake, from steamed mussels to New England seafood chowder, a tasty lobster roll, and even scrumptious lobster mac & cheese! Learn also about the history of the industry of Maine Lobsters.
    Restaurants: Old Port Sea Grill & Raw Bar
    Length: 2 Hours


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  • Juneau Food Tours - Colorful seafood and even more colorful cultures and histories await you on a food tasting tour in Juneau, one of the world's capitals of fresh and delicious seafood. Get ready to eat your way through Alaska's capital city, truly memorable experience for both your mind and your stomach!
    Restaurants: Tracy's King Crab Shack, Alaska Knifeworks, SALT
    Length: 2.5-3 Hours

Southwest Style:

  • Sante Fe Restaurant Walk - When you think of Sante Fe you should think of vibrant, bold, and authentic southwestern foods, which is exactly what you'll get on the walking Sample Sante Fe tour. See various cooking demonstrations, hear cultural stories, and taste all the food typical of New Mexico as you explore the heart of historic and delicious downtown Sante Fe.
    Restaurants: Thunderbird Bar, UpperCrust
    Length: 2.5-3 Hours