The day that we could go, Local Roots was offering the City of Trees Tour. My husband and I went with my daughter who recently moved to Sacramento. As it happened, we were the only ones on the tour that day. Our guide, Bethany, was just wonderful; she was knowledgeable and very engaging. We are not big eaters and I was concerned that six stops might be just too much food. However, it was not a problem. We probably did not finish any sampling but ate enough at each that I did not feel terribly wasteful, and everything was truly delicious.
* Visited October 2011
— Anne, New York
It is about time that something like this is available in Sacramento! Lisa is an engaging guide with a positive attitude and lots of history at the tip of her tongue. She leads her groups on a culinary discovery walk of downtown residential areas near the capitol, talking about the city's history and stopping at local restaurants, bakeries, coffee houses and delis for foods that delight and surprise. The walk is flat, easy and punctuated with stops that make it a delight on a fine day. Top that with discount coupons for future visits and you'll discover new favorite haunts. Bravo, Lisa!
— Roger Tinsman, Elk Grove, CA
We were greeted by our tour guide Ashley who was friendly, informative and easy to listen to and be around for almost 3 hours. She was knowledgeable and had a good rapport with all the businesses we visited. The pace was leisurely, on time and enjoyable. The food was delicious and all four members of our party were happy with the quality and selections. I am a lifelong resident of the area and learned some interesting tidbits about Sacramento that I did not know and gained information on the restaurants we visited that will make me a loyal long time customer. We had friends visiting from Oregon and they thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I would recommend this tour.
— Lisa J., Sacramento, CA
Very informative. Fun. Food was wonderful. Now have new places to go that I didn't even know existed. Would (and have already) recommend to anyone. Would like more tours like this.
— Gareth Standing, Amador County
I took your tour on April 28 and want to tell you how great the day was. Your knowledge of local history is impressive and shows the commitment you have made to learn and share it. The restaurant stops added another layer of enjoyment to the experience, and I plan to return to three of the places soon. I know you didn't order up the weather, but it was perfect too!
Bravo for your great idea, and I hope your success continues, because I will be telling my friends about you.
— Kerry Anderson, Sacramento, CA
My wife and I went on our second Local Roots Food Tour and we just love the food tour concept. There is no better way to learn about the restaurants and history of Sacramento. Our guide made it fun and she was very knowledgeable. We would never be able to take time to visit so many hot spots on our own without the direction and insight by our tour planner. Don’t plan on a big dinner the night of the tour. I was a little worried the tastings would not be enough for those of us with big appetites, but the amount of food was perfect. After meeting the restaurant owners, chefs and staff that create the delicious food, you will want to go back for more.
— Rich, Grass Valley, CA
What happens when cuisine, culture and cardio collide? You get a five-star review for Sacramento's very Local Roots Food Tours -- Origins of Sacramento Food and History Walking Tour! 3.5 hours, five local restaurants, some history, a smidge of culture, coupled with a leisurely 2.5-mile urban walk -- an outstanding way to spend a morning and part of an afternoon in Midtown and East Sacramento.
Tour guide, Nate, did an outstanding job herding the group of 16 to and fro from Cafe Bernardo, Centro Cocina Mexicana, La Bombe, Formoli's, and Coffee Works. Wonderfully informative and delicious! A little background on historic points of interest in between scarfing down Bernardo's incredible French toast, carnitas at Centro, ice cream at La Bombe, soup and bruschetta at Formoli's, and ending with a jolt of caffeine at Coffee Works. You won't go hungry on this new spin on a local grub crawl. The price, $58 per person, is worth every bite. Getting up-close and personal with local chefs and restaurant staff is the icing on the proverbial cake. Seeing and eating how behind the scenes they are supporting the farm-to-fork/locavore movement makes you feel good about packing on few extra calories. Wait...remember, I did mention the 2.5-mile walk! You're working for every forkful. Skip the gym and take tour.
The brainchild of Lisa Armstrong, this is only one of several tours offered by Local Roots Food Tours.
— Barbara S., Sacramento, CA
Joelle is the perfect guide for the Origins of Sacramento. She is personable, informative and obviously loves her work. Her drama background is evident in her speech and actions and adds to the entertainment value of the tour.
My guest and I enjoyed all the stops.
I will definitely do the downtown tour in the future and tell all my friends about this fun adventure in Sacramento.
— Sanine W., Sacramento, California
This Food/Cultural Tour of Sacramento is amazing! Bethany, our guide, was very informative, attentive, and positive. This is the second time I have taken the tour (the first time was led by Lisa, who was equally wonderful!) and I am so impressed with the restaurants/local food scene of Sac. I do find the website a bit confusing and over-stimulating, but that is my only complaint. I encourage all of you to experience this walking/eating tour of Sac. I am excited that a second tour has been added to this company's menu.
— Beverly, Davis, CA
It is an amazing tour. The history is interesting, the food and wine are wonderful and the tour was small enough, 10 people, to have a great time meeting the other people on the tour.
— Goldstar Participant - Tour 5/21/11, Sacramento, CA
Sacramento is a wonderful city for a walking tour because of the wide, flat, tree-lined streets and interesting historic architecture. Add to that six stops for some of the most delicious food served in the area and you have a wonderful way to spend the day in Sacramento. Come hungry because the chefs and owners are justifiably proud of the food they serve and share generous portions along with their enthusiasm. Local Roots Food Tours has created a wonderful way for you to experience some of the best the area has to offer.
— Carolyn R., Fairfield, CA
I didn't quite know what to expect of this food walking tour, but I had an excellent time. We learned some great history about Sacramento, had DELICIOUS (fresh, sustainable & local) food from some of the best restaurants in town, and had a wonderful tour guide. Would recommend this to both locals and tourists.
— Sarah M, Sacramento, CA
I can't wait to bring someone on this tour! You can't beat the combination of learning some really interesting history while eating your way through one of the cutest darn towns in the foothills. And, though the pace could never be considered fast enough to call it more than a stroll, I did get quite a few steps on my pedometer. The food was delicious and the reception at each of the stops made us feel like VIP's. Our guide, Shelby was warm, friendly and very knowledgeable. Now for the hard part. Which place do I go back to first?
— J Soest, Angels Camp, CA
All I can say is WOW! The heat was (almost) forgotten as we walked city streets, were treated to delish food, inside information about the restaurants, and local history. I recommend this tour to anyone--locals and tourists alike--as it's a great way to learn about Sacramento. And not to be forgotten was our guide, Nate. They don't come any better. I will definitely go on some of the other tours.
— Susan S, Sacramento, CA
Lisa was a very knowledgeable guide. We discovered some hidden secrets we would never have found on our own.
— Daniel Roberts, Rancho Cordova, CA
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