The best way to discover a city or town is to get out of your car and walk.
That might also be the best way to discover a city’s culinary treasures.
Or so goes the thinking behind Bradner and Maria Lawrence’s new venture, Tucson Food Tours.
Taking inspiration from a recent vacation that included a food tour, the couple in February hosted their first culinary tour of seven downtown restaurants: The Hub, Empire Pizza, El Charro, Monkey Burger, Maynard’s Market + Kitchen, Bumsted’s and Chocolate Iguana on Fourth.
Patrons pay $44 to sample their way through restaurants that Maria Lawrence said were her and her husband’s favorites.
The tours take 3 1/2 hours starting from Hotel Congress. In addition to samples from the restaurants, the couple point out the downtown area's historical and cultural hotspots, including a swing through the Presidio.
“You’re not just getting food you’re also getting some really great info about Tucson,” said Maria Lawrence, who works in real estate; her husband is a firefighter with Drexel Heights, she said.
Tours are by appointment and most are conducted on weekends during lunchtimes, beginning at 11 a.m. The maximum number of people per tour is 14. To register for a tour, click here or call 477-7986.