Fun fact: my brother goes on more food tours than we do. He’s turning into quite the food tour expert. If I were to venture a guess, I’d say he’s gone on as many food tours as my oldest brother has gone on cruises. Everyone has their thing, don’t they? He and his girlfriend got us tickets to attend one with them in our very own backyard. Michael and I went on a Bite food tour a few years ago, but that one was in La Jolla. This one covered downtown and Little Italy.
Typically these food tours are small and max out at about twenty people. You meet at a set location and for a few hours your guide takes you around a certain area talking about the history while you periodically stop at different eating destinations along the way. Our meeting place this time was Royal India in downtown. The food tour is called Bite because at each stop you usually only get a small sample. But here at Royal India, we had access to their entire lunch buffet!
One of the non-food stops was the William Heath Davis house, the oldest house in the gaslamp.
Continuing our tour we walked to Berkeley Pizza! We don’t visit often but when we do, we leave as satisfied customers. They treated us to small slices of pepperoni and vegetarian pizza. The chunky tomato sauce steals the show.
We also stopped by Wyatt Earp’s old gambling hall and saloon. I’ve probably passed this building dozens of times and never knew the history behind it. Some shady business took place within those walls.
We trekked along and made our way to Magnolia Kitchen and Tap. There we had some brussels sprouts and fries. The sprouts had a sweet chili sauce which was very tasty. I’m used to the salty version with bacon or some sort of meat. These were lighter and had tang to them. The fries I believe were made with IPA and were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
One of the places I had heard about was Zymology 21, created by the owners of Cafe 21, which happens to be one of my favorite places for brunch in San Diego. Zymology 21 is inspired by the science of fermentation and fresh farm to table ingredients.
I saw this from afar and had to grab a picture. I don’t know if it was tea or coffee in this bubbling contraption, but it looked awesome.
We were served these chicken skewers, family style. They almost tasted like beef jerky. It had a nice spicy aioli and killer arugula salad underneath. The salad might have been one of the best things of the day. No joke.
Fire, fire, fire! Hehehehhee!
We had to get something fun, right! Here’s the vodka flight with all sorts of interesting flavors. Our favorites were the grilled pineapple coconut water and kiwi kale. There was dry ice and some sort of hibiscus syrup on the bottom for aromatics.
Jason is a riot. I don’t know if I was ready for his energy in the afternoon, but props to him for bringing it. He masterfully told someone to shut up, and then instantly became best buddies with them. Genius.
Napizza was our last stop on the Bite tour. It was the only location in Little Italy that we stopped to eat at. So when they list Little Italy as one of the areas you go to, know that it wasn’t weighted equally on our tour.
We were served a dessert pizza, flaky and oozing with nutella. Supposedly it is made with a better quality nutella. It did seem a little creamier, but that could have been because it was hot. We couldn’t really tell the difference, but when you are dealing with nutella, you can’t really go wrong, can you?
This Bite tour was a little more enjoyable than the La Jolla one. Primarily because it included a few stops that were on my “places to go” list. The tour guide was knowledgeable and as a bonus, didn’t get us run over by crazy pedi cab drivers. For $45 it doesn’t break the bank and you have something interesting to do for three hours. I would probably recommend it to visitors or people who’ve never been on a Bite tour before.
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