Get a True Taste of Memphis with Local Culinary Tours

While you are planning your fun-filled itinerary of the sights and sounds of Memphis, don't forget to throw in time for the tastes as well. There are several tasting tours that will give you a range of flavors and cuisines. There's something for everyone on the menu. 


Cristina McCarter, the co-founder and owner of City Tasting Tours, was born and raised in Memphis and wants to share her love of Memphis food with you. Enjoy tastings at five different hotspots, interact with chefs and managers and sample a range of local flavors. You'll also get to learn a little Memphis history between bites and spot a few landmarks as you walk down Main Street to savor your next dish. City Tasting Tours also offers a couple of specialty tours: (1) partnering with A Tour of Possibilities to give you a taste of Memphis Soul Food along with a taste of the cities African American heritage and history and (2) a limited time offer for whiskey lovers called Concoctions. Tours run from $35-$55, Wednesday through Saturday starting at 1:30 p.m. Check out City Tasting's schedule for more information. 

Unique craft beer at Wiseacre tap room - Justin Fox Burks
Local beer at High Cotton Brewery
Hot Mess Food Truck burrito, Memphis
Memphis BBQ Ribs


Want to learn about Elvis’ preferred clothier, the eclectic history of Beale Street and the reemergence of Downtown Memphis, all while enjoying some of the city’s most delicious delicacies? Just follow the giant whisk. Tastin’ 'Round Town tour operator, Lance Silkes, uses the oversized kitchen utensil to help him stand out from the crowd. It also makes a great conversation starter. Visitors can take a variety of excursions including the Taste of Downtown Memphis Tour, Memphis BBQ Tour, Downtown Burger Tour and the Sweet Life Downtown Dessert Tour. While enjoying local eats like hot water cornbread, burgers fried in vintage grease, a carrot cake dessert shot and barbecue nachos, Lance regales, entertains and informs with facts and stories about the history of the Bluff City and what makes Memphis unique. It’s like dinner theater, only tastier and more educational. Tickets are $46-$65 and must be purchased in advance. Tours begin at 3 p.m. and usually last about 3 hours. Lance prefers that folks take the Tastin’ 'Round Town tour at the beginning of their stay in Memphis so that they can enjoy some of the restaurants featured at a slower pace.


If you like beer, you've come to the right place. They say that Memphis has the best local craft beer because it's made from our naturally filtered artesian well water. But don't take our word for it. You can take a tour of High CottonMemphis Made or Wiseacre to see how they craft their beer in house or enjoy the brand new tap room at the longest established Ghost River Brewery. If whiskey is more your taste, take a tour of Old Dominick Distillery and see everything from conception to the finished product with samples at the end. 

Memphis Barbecue