Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour

Indianapolis, IN

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Overview
This Massachusetts Avenue Food Tour will explore the progression of Indianapolis cuisine over the years as well as the neighborhood.
  • Friendly and knowledgeable tour providers have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Bon Appetit Magazine
  • Experience food and drink tastings at 3-4 restaurants which may include German, high-end American, pub-style specialties and delicious desserts
  • Discover this city's rich history, architecture and of course - the wonderful cuisine!
Indianapolis, IN
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Year-Round:
Fridays & Saturdays - 3:00 PM

Essential Information
  • Participants must be at least 21 years of age
  • Children under the age of 7 that will not be participating in food tastings do not require a ticket, please notify Virgin Experience Gifts at the time of booking if you will be bringing an infant or young child along with you
  • Approximately 1.5 miles of walking with 3-4 restaurant stops
  • Tastings included in the price
  • Notify Virgin Experience Gifts of food allergies or restrictions upon booking

*Please note, the number of restaurant stops is subject to change.

Duration
3.5 hours
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
You will be accompanied by other tour participants, with a maximum of 12 people per tour.
Spectators
This experience is only for those on the tour.
Weather Dependent
This experience is not weather dependent as you will not be outdoors for the entire tour. In the event of inclement weather, you will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour.
What To Wear
Please dress appropriately for expected weather conditions and wear comfortable shoes as you will be walking throughout the tour.
How much food is served on the tour?
There are 3-4 stops on the tour where you will be served small specialty meals. For most people this is enough food to substitute a meal.
Are there any age requirements?
Yes, all participants must be at least 21 years old. 
What types of food are served on the tour?
The types of food at the restaurants include German, high-end American, Pub style specialties and delicious desserts. Food tasting locations may change without notice.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please let Virgin Experience Gifts know if anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, etc.) when you book your experience. As long as the provider knows well enough in advance, accommodations can be made.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
You are on your feet for approximately half of the tour, walking at a moderate pace. You will be seated at most restaurants for 15-20 minutes each. However, this is a walking tour so remember to wear comfortable shoes.
What about taking children on the tour?
Children are welcome on the tour. It should be noted, however, that the tour is 3.5 hours long. Some children have a limited attention span and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation on a case by case basis. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.
Are there any beverages served on the tour?
Each restaurant will serve water with each meal. There may be coffee or tea with dessert, and alcohol may be included at 1 or 2 stops. Any other beverage that guests wish to have will be a la carte.
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
The tour does cover some uneven terrain and the restaurants visited can change from time to time. If you or another guest needs wheelchair access, please book your tour at least 3 weeks in advance and let us know at the time of booking so that accommodations can be made.
Do we just walk around and sample food?
Absolutely not! Aside from sampling delicious food, you will also experience life as we traverse the streets of the Mass Ave area in Indianapolis. The tour is fully narrated by your guide, who will discuss the history, culture, architecture and entertainment that Mass Ave has to offer.
What happens if it rains or snows?
The tours are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, you will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. You will not be outdoors for the entire tour, but you should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
Yes, although it is not mandatory, guide gratuities are certainly appreciated.
Where does the tour finish?
The tour finishes within the same vicinity as where it starts. Additionally, each participant will receive specific direction details at the beginning of the tour in order to gain familiarity with the area.

Returns
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
Exchanges
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have received a booking confirmation, all bookings are final. No cancellations or rescheduling requests will be allowed. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 5
based on 17 reviews.
Have lived near Indianapolis my whole life and have worked downtown. I knew just a bit about the history of Indy's oldest buildings. Walking was the only way to fully appreciate the history. The guide was very knowledgeable and kept us all organized. The food stops were amazing. We had German food, awesome meatballs and a great American sandwich of melted cheeses and roast beef. To top it off, our last stop was for ice cream. Really loved the tour. The next time I am in a different city, I will definitely take a similar tour. Great Job!!!
Absolutely wonderful! Far more than I expected. Great food and craft beers. I didn’t expect to learn all about the historical background of the area. So interesting! Dani, our guide, was fabulous. She was so friendly and knowledgable. I will buy this again as a gift for friends and family.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Jeffery, I am so thrilled that you thoroughly enjoyed your tour! I'll be sure to pass your compliments to Dani, I'm sure she'll be just as excited to hear that you had a great time. A fun guide, good food and drinks - what more can you ask for? We truly do appreciate you sharing your experience with your friends and family, and we look forward to getting them out on great adventures! Cheers, Inah
Our tour guide was great and the food was fantastic. Great way to explore a city I’ve lived in for 15 years!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Cheralyn, Truly, we take those words to heart. Our guides love to impress locals especially, and I'm so glad to hear it was mission accomplished. I'll be sure to pass your compliments along. Let us know when you feel like exploring another city, Indianapolis or otherwise! Cheers, Inah
Yesterday was just about perfect. Our guide, Melanie, was there waiting for us under the canopy. At the stroke of 3PM we headed into the Rathskeller for the first food stop – which was an individual plate with small samples of several German favorites, pretzel & mustard, 2 meats, cooked red cabbage, plus spätzle. Then a leisurely walk through Lockerbie Square, where the guide had arranged an abbreviated (first floor only) visit to the James Whitcomb Riley house – really fun to see the original 1800’s kitchen. Then a brief walk to the Lockerbie Pub for a scaled-down version of their famous Hoosier tenderloin with all the trimmings (including breaded, deep-fried pickle discs) plus flights of 3 different craft beers or wine samples. An extra surprise was that Mayor Joe Hogsett had finished his lunch there and said hello to us on his way out. Next stop was Rooster’s Kitchen on Mass Ave. – near the Bottle Works construction - never heard of this spot. Our reserved table was ready and the 8 of use were treated to a smaller version of their popular brisket sandwich on buttered & toasted sourdough bread, with a side dish of “charred carrots” – small strips of carrots brushed in olive oil and seared on the grill. By now we were stuffed but enjoyed a final stop on Mass Ave. at The Best Chocolate in Town for various chocolate treats or choice of ice cream flavors. Three of the seven were from Chicago, four of us from Indy. We all got along well especially after the flights of beer. Melanie is a local nurse and does this as a second job – and her many stories about the area were interesting. By the time we were done almost 3 hours had passed – with a fun group and great weather. Could not have been better!
Not being very familiar with Indianapolis, this was a great way to learn a little history, try great restaurants, and walk around the city. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was excellent. We look forward to doing another tour of a different part of the city to try more restaurants.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Jennifer, I love hearing that! Our tour guides certainly endeavor to entertain and educate, and it sounds like it was mission accomplished. Cheers to exploring a new city; let us know when you feel like getting to know another one! Regards, Inah
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