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Avital Tours: Haight Ashbury Food Tour – San Francisco, CA

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San Francisco’s famous Haight Ashbury neighborhood is most well-known for its hippie days. This time we’ll take you on a trip worth remembering through The Haight and Cole Valley culinary scene on this “Eat Your Drink” food tour. You’ll have the unique opportunity to explore Second Act’s hidden garden where one of America’s top cocktail bars sources its cocktail ingredients, to sample Russian piroshkis, and to finish with an exclusive dessert drink made by San Francisco’s only soda jerks at an authentic soda fountain. What a delicious way to be a culinary insider!

The Tastings

Taste off-menu “piggy” tacos and bacon Mexican hot chocolate from one of San Francisco’s best loved food trucks, Bacon Bacon now turned brick-and-mortar

Go behind the scenes into Second Act’s private garden where Alembic sources herbs for it’s experimental cocktails and then sip on the Southern Exposure cocktail and paired pickled quail eggs inside Food & Wine Magazine’s #1 best craft cocktail bar in America from gastropub owner Dave McLean

Watch a demo of how a piroshki is made and then bite into a savory beef and cheese piroshki from the Second Act Marketplace’s gem, Anda Piroshki

Sample and learn about Taylor’s Tonics and unusual sodas and saltwater taffy from a unique soda pop shop, The Fizzary, boasting over 900 different sodas

Sip on a Green Russian, a Dill Lactart Soda developed exclusively for Avital Tours by Virginia Miller at New York Times acclaimed Ice Cream soda fountain featuring over 75 tinctures

* Stops and tastings are subject to change based on availability. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions with advance notice. Vegetarian option available.

The Facts

  • Meet chefs, bar managers, and industry experts and chat with them!
  • Tour and exclusive menu items developed in conjunction with one of San Francisco’s top food writers, Virginia Miller of The Perfect Spot and SF Editor of Zagat
  • Available Sundays 2:30pm-5:30pm
  • Flat route with two slight hills, approximately 1 mile
  • Begins in front of  Victorian Row at the corner of Waller and Masonic (20 minutes from Downtown San Francisco)
  • Intimate tour groups limited to 12 people
  • Gratuities not included – please consider tipping your guide
  • Tour can accommodate non-alcoholic drinkers including children
  • Advance Tickets are required

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One Response to Avital Tours: Haight Ashbury Food Tour – San Francisco, CA

  1. Food Tour Finder June 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    This tour, curated by local food and cocktail maven Virginia Miller, is a tasty intro to the growing food scene in the Haight (better known for its Summer of Love reputation).

    Miller has organized some special treats, including off-the-menu items at two of the stops. You’ll also get at little neighborhood history (the Grateful Dead house and a couple of other landmarks), and taste a nice variety of food that will leave you less stuffed than some of the other food tours in town.

    I especially enjoyed the tacos with three different types of pork, the sublime craft cocktail and the old-fashioned soda fountain drink with an ingredient that might surprise you.

    Avital Tours always has someone available at each stop to talk with those on the tour – and in one case, we even got a demonstration of how to make piroshki. This really adds dimension to what you’re eating.

    If you’re looking to skip dinner, this tour might not fill you up. On the other hand, there’s plenty more to graze on along Haight St. Avital also offers a tip sheet with additional info about the neighborhood. Another good reason to do the tour early-on in a visit to San Francisco, rather than saving it for the tail end of your trip!

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