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Taste Carolina: Joining The Best Food Tour in Greensboro

Published by Christina Riley. Last Updated on December 11, 2023.

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Taste Carolina offers the best food tours throughout North Carolina and we joined them for an afternoon in Greensboro. In case you don’t know about them, this company is a great solution to a problem we all face.

When visiting new places or searching for food at home, many of us spend a lot of time researching, yelping, or asking around on social media.

Travel usually means you only get to see a small snippet of what life is really like, so you have to cram a lot in!

They provide an experience beyond a variety of restaurants in Greensboro. Here’s a recap from our time with them and why Taste Carolina is the best food tour in Greensboro.

Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours: The Best in Greensboro

We think Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours are so fun that we’ve also joined them in Raleigh, the shared space of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, and our home in Durham. You can read more of our experiences with Taste here as we join tours throughout the state, too. 

More info about cities and types of tours are available on Taste Carolina’s website!

Before you do that, here’s our experience with the best food tour in Greensboro!

More than a Food Tour

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With a Taste Carolina tour, you get to eat and drink in hot spots around town. We started things at Scuppernong, a Greensboro fixture and one of the best bookstores in North Carolina.

You also make stops along the way at important markers in the city.

During our tour in Greensboro, we stopped at the site of the Woolworth sit-ins and talked about the architecture around the city. By walking around the city, you definitely get a different perspective of what is around!

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Try a Variety of Restaurants in an Afternoon

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Delicious food and beer can be found at Horigan’s in Greensboro.

Ever look at the top restaurants in Yelp or TripAdvisor and realize you only have X number of meals in the city and too many options?

You get a small sampling at a lot of different restaurants! There are small samplings at each stop. That gives you a feel for what their best dishes are and maybe decide if you want to come back to order more!

Not only do you get to taste a lot in a short amount of time, but you may also go somewhere that may not have even been on your radar.

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Meet New People

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Beer Co. on W McGee St. is a cool-looking place to grab a brew.

With any tour, you never know who you might meet! We’ve done a lot of different tours throughout our travel days and we’ve never had one where we didn’t make at least one connection!

Everyone is there for the same reason—to learn, explore, and EAT!

In our tour, we had locals who had never been to these spots, a pair of ladies eating their way through all of North Carolina’s cities, from the Mountains through Central North Carolina and to the Coast.

We even met travelers just passing through on their way home to Ohio from the beach! We all shared the same love and learned a little bit about each other in our three hours of eating and drinking our way through Greensboro.

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Eat Something Different for a Change

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Seriously, go to Jerusalem Market in Greensboro if you haven’t already!

I find when we travel we always go to places that are well known, and stay away from restaurants or flavors that we can get at home, such as Thai or Mediterranean.

But when we do that, sometimes we miss out on incredible restaurants! Without the Taste Carolina food tour, we wouldn’t have ever eaten at Jerusalem Market on Elm, which has some of the best hummus!

Our bellies were happy and we now know that we have to go back to Greensboro to order a bigger portion!

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Learn through a Local’s Eyes

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Don’t mess with Cheesecakes by Alex. Just go and enjoy!

You can research and ask around, but there’s nothing quite like being taken around a city by a local. They’ll show you the places to eat. Tell you what used to be in this building.

They’ll have the lowdown on what’s going on and how to best enjoy your time. By touring with Taste Carolina, you’re going to have a true Carolinian show you around and give you tips and tell stories that you won’t find elsewhere.

Did you know that the hotel over there is haunted? Or that if you come to this restaurant you HAVE to order the pumpkin cheesecake at Cheesecakes by Alex because it’s TO. DIE. FOR!?!?

Those are the kinds of things I want when traveling for food. Because who wants to risk it on just “okay” cheesecake?

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Each Tour and City are Unique

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We learned that a lot of history has happened along these tracks in Greensboro.

In Greensboro, you go up and down Elm. For Chapel Hill and Carrboro, the tour will show you how interconnected each restaurant is within the community.

In Durham, you’ll spend time on Main Street. Wilmington? The waterfront. Each city has it’s unique vibe and so each tour will too!

In fact, the restaurant line up also changes due to a variety of factors.

That means you may find yourself in the same city with a completely different set of meals to enjoy!

Talk to Chefs and Restauranteurs

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The owner of Liberty Oak shared his restaurant’s background and a little bit about these delicious shrimp n’ grits before we gulped them down.

This is the part of the tour that I really enjoy. As a foodie and person who has worked behind the scenes preparing food, serving, bartending, and doing event managing, talking to the people who create your food is always fascinating.

You get to ask them questions about their dishes or how they source their ingredients. The food world is a hard industry.

There is always an underlying passion that is driving them and I love hearing chefs share that.

Private Tours Available

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Looking for a cool team-building night? Or maybe you have a special event/party/group of friends? Taste Carolina also puts together some incredible private tours that are catered to your style!

Fancy? Southern? Cocktail crawl?

They’ll organize it for you and make it simple. That way, all you have to do is show up and have an amazing time!

Ready to Join a Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour in Greensboro?

After doing a Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tour in Greensboro, we came away very happy and full! We were also convinced that we want to make their other cities a date night bucket list!

It’s fun to eat at a variety of new places. Also, tours like this one give you a chance to meet and talk to people who are also interested in food.

Learn a little history from your awesome tour organizer and pace yourself through three hours of great food and drinks! We know that once you tour with Taste Carolina, you’ll never want to travel any other way!

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