Lisa did an excellent job researching the local restaurants and homes in the area for the downtown Sacramento food tour. She is funny and kept everyone interested the entire time. It was a nice way to find great places to eat, get to know the area (I'm originally from southern CA) and get some exercise all at the same time.
— Heather, Granite Bay, CA
My favorite time to visit the foothills is the season of fall. It's worth the trip to Nevada City just to see the beautiful colors of the trees changing. We usually do a dinner or a play and always have a good time in Nevada City.
This year we wanted to try something different so I did some Google searches and found Local Roots Food Tours. The tour was a blast! A walking tour with tastings at seven local eateries. The tour started at the National Hotel and ended in a cave at the Stonehouse restaurant. Our guide told fantastic gold rush history stories as we walked through town. The Nevada City vibe is amazing and the tour is a fun way to feel the spirit of the gold rush. I highly recommend this tour.
— Chester R., Auburn, CA
Had a wonderful time with my Mom (75 y.o.) and my son (11 y.o) on this tour. We were told it was 2 miles of walking, but it did not seem like it at all (probably because there were 6 stops for eating amazing food at the various restaurants and many other stops for seeing/hearing about the wonderful history of Sacramento). Bethany was our guide and she was great. Our tour had 8 people total which was nice. Parking can be expensive, but there are 10 hour parking meters on the streets that we learned about on the tour (one couple had gotten one of those spots). Look up: "Long-Term Meter Location Map Sacramento" on the internet to find them, and bring quarters. Wished we could have seen pasta being made at Sampinos, but otherwise, the tour was a GREAT, must-do tour. My mom, son and myself loved it. Favorites on this tour were the banana-mango smoothie at Shine, Salmon with honey, tomato caramelized glaze on top of pesto rice at Morgans, everything at Sugar and Spice, the shrimp at 524 Mexican Restaurant, and the chicken itself and the spinach pasta at Sampinos.
— Jeanette Lerman, Sacramento, CA - August 2011
Local Roots Food Tour has been the only food tour I have ever been on, and it was an incredible experience, I will definitely be doing it again! I went with my girlfriend for her birthday and had the most amazing time. We went to 4 different restaurants and 2 pastry shops and left full and thrilled! Not only is the food amazing but our tour guide (Bethany) really made the day so much better, after we would visit a local eatery we would walk to the next one and on the way we would stop and she would tell us about the local history about Sacramento that was really interesting! And Im not much for history at all, but it also gave us time to get hungry for the next stop and get in some exercise to burn off some calories. My girlfriend and I went on the City of the Trees tour and Bethany told us that they are making a new tour with all new restaurants and I know we will be going on that one too. At the end of the tour they give you great coupons to the restaurants you just visited as well as more! You should definitely take this tour!!!
— Samantha O., Chico, CA - Aug. 2011
Murphys Food & Wine Tour is a tremendous activity for all ages that can walk a flat mile and eat at several locations. Plan on staying over so you can also shop. I had a great time. The tour is historical and for both men and women. Teenagers might also enjoy. Seniors a must do.
— Mary, Grass Valley, CA
I went with 5 of my friends, and each of us thought everything about the tour was great! Our wonderful guide Lisa, the restaurants she choose for us with their delicious and varied food samples, the buildings and history we heard about, the churches we entered, the block of mansions...all of it...we felt we were traveling and seeing our hometown through fresh eyes! Would highly recommend to anyone. oh, and a special thumbs up to Shannon at Cafe Bernardo for her interesting and entertaining "talk" ! What a wonderful restaurant in so many ways!
— Chris, Sacramento, CA, United States
The Sacramento "City of Trees Food Tour" is the best I have been on. We walked the back streets and I learned so much about the history of many buildings and Sacramento itself. We tasted at 7 restaurants. The tastings were filling and the quality of the food was great. The menu was diversified. Appetizers, wine, salad, soup, deserts, smoothies, and fresh pasta. I would highly recommend this tour.
— mary minnick, Grass Valley, Ca
“Perfect infusion of culture, history and taste bud tantalization!” Being still somewhat new not only to the area but to the west coast in general, this was an amazing way to learn more about what Sacramento has to offer and find some new dining options. I would highly recommend this to anyone whether you are a Sacramento transplant, visitor or spent your whole life here. While the hosts and chefs at each restaurant were especially welcoming (Thank you Chef Shannon at Cafe Bernardo!), Ashley our Tour Guide made the experience outstanding! She not only had amazing insight to share on the culture and history of Sacramento, there was a true passion in her eyes as she led us through the tour. I can't wait to try the other tours out and trust me... my local friends from Sacramento have already asked to join.
— Stephani Y, Antelope, CA
This is my third tour with Local Roots Food Tours and my 5th food tour in the US. Congratulations for another tremendous tour. I can't believe the amount of food we received during the tour and such a variety. The history and cultural information was outstanding. I loved the National Hotel. It reminded me of Cripple Creek in Colorado and the old hotels there. The old Stone House reminded me of Bath England. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants variety and lots to eat. Great job Local Roots.
— Maria, Auburn, CA
This was a really great way to spend a Saturday! We met up with Bethany, our guide, at 10:30 at our first restaurant. This tour was a really unique way to sample different restaurants, different types of foods, learn about Sacramento and meet new people. We learned a lot about the city, tried some restaurants we had never heard of before and met some fun people, including the chefs behind the food. Local Roots does a wonderful job selecting the restaurants so that you have a wide variety of samples; we had French toast, carnitas, coffee and cookies, Czech beer and pizza and mediterranean food. The chefs are very open to questions, and it's really interesting to learn about the food they use and time they put into finding fresh, local, organic and sustainable sources. This tour is a must for food lovers!
— Sarah, Roseville, CA
Awesome! We moved to Sacramento about 1 year ago so we are still trying to learn about our new city. My sister bought my wife and I tickets to this tour. We met Lisa (one of the owners/tour guides) at Cafe Bernardo promptly at 10:30 to start our tour. We went to 6 different restaurants in about 3.5 hours. At each restaurant, we heard from one of the chefs who shared their insights into the food and where it came from and why. It was intriguing listening to how much effort goes into selecting the ingredients for their restaurants. We did get samples (more like entrees) at each restaurant and by the end of the tour, despite walking about 2.5 miles, we were stuffed!
Lisa also gave us great little tidbits regarding history of some of the sights along the way - a great way to learn about our city!
— Peter C., Carmichael, CA
I definitely recommend this tour. It offers a nice day with great food, friendly people, and a slice of history. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
* Visited May 2011
— ExSoCal, Roseville, CA
Gourmet on K is an incredible event, tons of historical information, not to mention the insanely great food!(delicious!) Be sure to show up with an empty stomach and a voracious appetite because you will be eating a lot of fantastic food! Can't wait to go on the other tours they offer!
— Gary L., Folsom, California
Took this tour in a group of 12 for a bachelorette party. Lisa was amazing ... from her patience through initial emails and planning, to being a wonderful tour guide. We all enjoyed the day and loved learning about and experiencing what Murphy's has to offer. We look forward to bringing our spouses back to experience another tour soon!!
— Kathi, Modesto
We visited five restaurants. The restaurant selection was broad -- Italian/American, Greek, pastry, Italian, and Japanese. All the proffered food and drink was first rate and served artistically. Servings were substantial; much more than "tastes". I could not eat them all. Two of the head chefs came out and spent time with us talking about themselves and the restaurant. Our guide Bethany was vivacious and personable, very knowledgeable, and helpful. Since we were celebrating our Anniversary, she arranged for a candle on one of our deserts. There was some walking, around two miles, but it was flat, the neighborhoods had wonderful character with many shade trees, and Bethany kept us entertained with Sacramento history and restaurant information as we moved around. We will be taking other Local Roots Food Tours.
— Jay N, Davis, CA
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