Uptown’s first walking food tour attracts tourists and locals
Published: Friday, November 16, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 16:11
Ever since its launch in June, Uptown Dallas’ first walking food tour has been attracting both tourists and locals.
The tour, established by Food Tours of America, invites Dallas visitors and residents to participate in fascinating sightseeing and an indulgent culinary experience.
The unique tour combines an excursion of 125 year old Uptown, considered the most pedestrian friendly neighborhood in Dallas, with stops along the way to several area restaurants for samples of their signature dishes and cocktails.
The Uptown Dallas Food Tour provides participants with an insider’s view of Dallas, and focuses on the best local cuisine.
Each tour is limited to a maximum of 16 people to ensure the most personal and enriching experience.
The tour provides the best of both worlds as participants get to view historical attractions such as community theaters and contemporary art galleries, the State Thomas Historic District (considered Dallas’ oldest surviving neighborhood and largest collection of 1880’s Victorian homes) and the West Village shopping district.
The tour begins at one of Uptown’s most popular restaurants: Sfuzzi. The Italian-inspired restaurant serves tour guests samples like portobello-mushroom fries, pizza with Texas farm-raised bacon and eggs, and samples are accompanied by a number of cocktails including the signature frozen Sfuzzi, which is made with prosecco and white peach nectar.
Next, attendees walk through the State Thomas Historic District for a little sightseeing and stop by Bailey’s Uptown Inn for a traditional Texas sweet tea or a selection of Texas coffees.
From there, participants head to the Stand, Dallas’ first indoor food truck. The greasy, deep-fried menu is inspired by the State Fair of Texas.
Here guests can enjoy bites like the signature mac daddy dog, which is wrapped in bacon and deep-fried, then covered with macaroni and cheese, chili, queso and an onion ring. Also on the menu are sweet-potato tater balls, fried hostess twinkies topped with powdered sugar and chocolate sauce and perhaps the most unique item on the menu — the Stand’s Pork and beans brownie with sour-cream icing.
The sightings continue after the Stand as participants pass by the Greenwood Cemetery where many Dallas notables are buried, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary and the Kitchen Dog Theater.
And when the doors are open, tourists can catch a glimpse of the McKinney Avenue trolley car barn where the oldest running antique trolleys are preserved.
Across the street from the car barn, attendees venture to Primo’s Tex Mex Grille for some chicken and cheese stuffed jalapenos, barbeque-brisket nachos with pineapple pico de gallo and mini chimichangas. Drinks include the restaurant’s signature margaritas among a selection of other refreshing beverages.
Before heading to the West Village shopping district for their last stop, guests visit the Quarter Bar at Bread Winners Café and Bakery where they can enjoy Bread Winner’s notorious cake balls.
At the West Village, guests have the opportunity to explore the shops or see a film at the Landmark Magnolia Theater before heading home.
For their return, guests have the option of taking a complimentary 15-minute ride on the McKinney Avenue trolley or a 30-minute scenic walk through the Dallas Arts District.
Not only does Uptown’s walking tour appeal to Dallas tourists, but it also attracts locals as it’s a fun and interesting experience for residents — not only to sample some of Dallas’ best cuisine, but to view the city’s most historical attractions.
Locals learn about facts that they’ve never even know about their home town.
Food Tours of America provides up to seven guided tours daily every Saturday and Sunday, along with some weekdays.
Tours last approximately 2.5 hours with short sightseeing walks in between restaurants.
The Uptown Dallas Food Tour is $45 per person. To view the monthly schedule or book a tour, visit FoodToursOfAmerica.com or call 888-871-2052.
1. BBQ brisket nacho topped with a pineapple pico de gallo
2. Hand stuffed chicken & cheese jalapeno
3. Chicken filled enchilada suizas
4. Authentic chips & salsa
frozen mini margarita (nominated best margarita in Dallas)
5. Moroccan sweet tomato spread
6. Vegan hummus with tahini & fresh garlic
7. Baba ghanoush with jalapenos & pomegranate
8. Grilled lebanese pita bread
9. Traditional lahm bil ajeen with pine nuts
10. #1 Zagat rated frozen yogurt test kicthen
11. Made from scratch cake ball confections