3 - 3 ½ hours
6 stops
12 people max
English
Local food and culture
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What you'll do

On our Secret Food Tour: Austin, let our guides and your stomach lead you through the busy streets of Downtown Austin for an urban gastronomy experience in the central and historic area of the live music capital of the world. On your journey, you'll try numerous foods, from our famous BBQ brisket to our Instagrammable breakfast tacos, plus lots more. And don’t forget our delicious Secret Dish!

All the food will be served with water and at times, a non-alcoholic beverage. Or if you prefer, a thoughtfully curated Upgraded Drinks Package is available.

  • We'll meet outside of Fareground, downtown Austin's beautiful and modern food hall.
  • First up, you'll dig into some Central Texas pit-style BBQ brisket served with the best pinto beans ever.
  • Next, you'll enjoy a breakfast taco, a local favorite with a cult-like following.
  • On our stroll, we'll say "howdy" to Willie Nelson, an Austin icon, and pass by where Austin City Limits is filmed.
  • Afterwards, you'll explore the Warehouse District while cooling down with a specialty iced coffee laced with hazelnut, chocolate, and sweetened condensed milk.
  • Then it's time for our delicious Secret Dish, a bit of Austin Weird, a dichotomy of divergent tastes coming together to tantalize your taste buds in a way you'd never expect!
  • After several great bites, we'll take a stroll down Congress Ave to see and talk about some of our protected historic buildings.
  • And then it's back to Fareground where you'll learn about Austin's growing Asian population and sample a traditional Chinese dumpling filled with piping hot pork soup.
  • And finally, we'll round things out with Austin's best cookie (officially!), an infamous sweet treat featuring gooey chocolate chips and toasted local pecans.
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When you purchase our Upgraded Drinks Package, you'll enjoy the following in addition to the drinks already served on the tour:
  • Smoked Peach
  • Ranch Water
  • Local Craft Beer
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*Please note: the itinerary and menu is subject to change, based on the locations' availability, weather, and other circumstances.

Book Your Tour
$79/ person
If you have any issues with payment, please email us at [email protected] with the city, date and time of tour, and how many adult and child's tickets you need so we can assist you.

If a tour is fully booked, or you are looking to book a *Group or Private Tour - please email us about Group & Private Tours options.

*Please note - Group & Private Tours are specifically organised for your group and therefore subject to a premium price.

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THE FOOD
  • BBQ brisket
  • Pinto beans
  • Breakfast taco
  • Soup dumpling
  • Monster cookie
  • Our delicious Secret Dish
DRINKS
  • Water
  • Specialty iced coffee
  • For more drinks see the Alcohol Upgrades above


Due to the nature of creating a well balanced and thoughtful gastronomy experience, many of our tours are unable to accommodate certain dietary restrictions. Please contact us prior to booking your tour to see if we are able to accommodate your dietary needs.

WHY DOWNTOWN?

This area exemplifies the evolution of the city with protected historical landmarks surrounded by new construction. Austin is yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the US. This area shows you quite clearly the roots of the city dating back to 1839.

Home to historical houses, theatres, and buildings, we'll pass by the old blacksmith shop, (now a yogurt shop), department stores, and warehouses. We'll also visit Willie Nelson, an Austin icon.

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Health & Safety Standards

At Secret Food Tours we take your health and the health of our staff very seriously. To be sure that you can enjoy our tours with the maximum protection we have put in place some strict measures.

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Meeting Spot
We'll meet in front of the Ellis cocktail bar at 111 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704. If you have any questions. Please email us.

Every day 11:00 am and 3:00 pm

Ellis

Your guide will be waiting with an orange umbrella so they are easy to spot.

If a tour is fully booked, or you are looking to book a *Group or Private Tour - please email us about Group & Private Tours options.

*Please note - Group & Private Tours are specifically organised for your group and therefore subject to a premium price.

WHY DOWNTOWN?

This area exemplifies the evolution of the city with protected historical landmarks surrounded by new construction. Austin is yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the US. This area shows you quite clearly the roots of the city dating back to 1839.

Home to historical houses, theatres, and buildings, we'll pass by the old blacksmith shop, (now a yogurt shop), department stores, and warehouses. We'll also visit Willie Nelson, an Austin icon.

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Health & Safety Standards
Health & Safety Standards

At Secret Food Tours we take your health and the health of our staff very seriously. To be sure that you can enjoy our tours with the maximum protection we have put in place some strict measures.

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  • We have been certified by We're Good To Go
  • We make sure that all our partners and our own places are disinfected after each tour
  • All our guide have been trained on health and safety measures
  • Masks and hand sanitizers should be used on all our tours by our guides
  • Guests must bring their own mask
  • We keep our group small and we offer private tours
How do I order?

That is very easy! Go to our "Book Now" page, where we detail our tours. Select your tour and the time of your tour and book it! Are you looking for something special? Are you organizing an event? Just email us at Group & Private Tours and we will do our best to arrange something that suits you. After your booking is made, we will send you an automatic email confirmation. If you have any questions before booking, feel free to contact us via email.

*Please note if you are using a special promo code then enter it in the "Voucher Code" section before you select the amount of tickets you would like to purchase*

What is included in the food tour?

All the delicious food and drinks mentioned above, but if you want more alcohol (and who doesn't?) We offer a upgraded drinks package that gives you 3 drinks.

Where is the meeting spot?

You can find the meeting spot here and if it's not clear you can always contact us.

Where the tour will end?

The tour will end at Fareground, just steps away from our meeting location.

Is your food tour suitable for a vegetarian or someone with other dietary requirements?

Due to the nature of creating a well balanced and thoughtful gastronomy experience, many of our tours are unable to accommodate certain dietary restrictions. Please contact us at [email protected] prior to booking your tour to see if we are able to accommodate your dietary needs.

I am traveling with my family, is the tour ok for infants/children?

Children are more than welcome to our tour if of an appropriate age to enjoy.

I don't drink alcohol. Can I book your tour?

This is not a problem. Just inform our guide before the tour starts. During the tasting you can select another beverage you like.

Is there enough food during your tour?

Our tours provide our customers with a lot of food. Trust us, you will not need to eat a meal after our food tour!

Where do I add my discount voucher?
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I would like to take your tour but it is already fully booked. Is there a way I can do the tour?

Our tours are often sold out very quickly. If the date you requested is not available, please do not hesitate to email us and we can see if there is anything we can do. We cannot promise but we will try our best to sort something out for you.

Is there a lot of walking?

To join our food tour, you must wear comfortable shoes. There will be around 45 minutes of walking but it's not too difficult and there are no hills or stairs. If you walk slowly, then our guide will walk slowly as well.

How many people max are on this tour?

We take 12 people maximum. If you are more than 12 people, please do not hesitate to email us and will try to see if we can accommodate.

I cannot find a way to print the confirmation. Is it OK if I have it on my phone?

You do not have to print your voucher. A confirmation on your phone will be fine!

If I purchase a voucher as a gift, or am given a voucher how long is it valid for?

All of our vouchers expire one year from the date of purchase.

Can I choose my own cheese and meat?

Our guide will take care of everything. Should you wish to try something special, please inform our guide and they will do their best to make you happy.

Where does your food come from?

We work with small shops and family owned businesses in Downtown Austin. The food and drink we buy is top-quality, fresh and local!

What if it rains or I change my plans?

Unfortunately, the weather is unpredictable in Austin. We do not issue refunds as per our terms and conditions. We also inform you that we never cancel a booking even if we have only 2 people! However we do reserve the right to cancel the tour if we feel the weather is extreme, and we cannot run the tour due to this for more info see our Terms and Conditions: https://www.secretfoodtours.com/terms-and-conditions/

Can I pay the tour in cash?

You must book directly on our website. We do not accept cash payments. Our online payment is safe, secured and SSL protected.

Why do we need to pay for booking fee?

The booking fee that you have to pay is up to our ticket provider and we can't change it. All our clients need to pay for it upon booking. The booking fee charged contributes to the cost of the ticketing system to provide an excellent service to our customers.

Foreign Transaction Fees

A few banks have charged their customer an extra fee while booking with us (this isn't the booking fee but another fee added by the bank). We think this is unfair, if this happens let us know by showing us in your bank statement and we will refund this fee as a gesture of good will.

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