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.