The Heights Food Tour

Houston, TX

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Overview

Discover the historic neighborhoods and the delicious cuisine of the area on a 3.5-hour tour of the famous Heights neighborhoods near Houston!

  • Tour providers have been featured in the Houston Chronicle, on Saveur.com and FoxNews.com
  • Sample tastings that may include house cured meats and local cheeses, gourmet hot dogs, hand made pastas, wood fired pizza and gelato
  • Traverse the sidewalks of neighborhoods dating back to the 1800's and discover why locals and visitors alike love the mom and pop shops, eclectic restaurants and unique architecture!
Houston, TX
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Year-Round:
Saturdays - 2:30 PM

Essential Information
  • Participants should expect to walk approximately 1 mile at a leisurely pace
  • All food and drink tastings are included
  • If participants have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please notify Virgin Experience Gifts at the time of booking
  • Participants will visit various restaurants which, collectively, will happily fill most stomachs as a progressive meal
  • Gratuity for tour guide is not included, but is appreciated if you enjoy this experience
  • Children under the age of 7 who 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
Duration
Approximately 3.5 hours
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
Participants are accompanied by others, there may be 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. In the rare event of a cancellation due to severe weather, you will reschedule directly with the experience provider.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothes appropriate for the weather. Participants will be walking for a large portion of the tour, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
How much food is served on the tour?
The amount of food served on the tour will typically fill most stomachs. Tastings may include cured meats, local cheese, wood fired pizza and more!
What if I have dietary restrictions?
If participants have any dietary restrictions or allergies, please notify Virgin Experience Gifts at the time of booking. Accommodations can typically be made with enough notice. Also be sure to check with your tour guide during the tour.
Will we just walk around and sample food?
No, this tour provides history of the local area and architecture, an insider's look into the culture of the Heights neighborhood and offers delicious tastings of local cuisine. 
Is gratuity included in the price of this tour?
Gratuity is not included in the price of the experience, but is appreciated if you enjoy your tour.
Is this experience weather dependent?
This food tour will run in rain or shine. In the rare event that a tour has to be cancelled due to severe weather, you will reschedule directly with the experience provider.
Are there any age restrictions?
All ages are welcome on the tour, however please keep in mind that there is a good amount of walking involved and the tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours. This tour may not be ideal for younger children.

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 4.5
based on 9 reviews.
Despite the unfavorable weather, this turned out to be a very nice food experience as well as a history experience as we learned about the origins of the heights and homes.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Joey, What a fun adventure you went on! I'm sorry to hear the weather wasn't as favorable as you would have liked but glad you still had a fun adventure! I can't even imagine all of the history you got to learn. There are certainly delicious food items on the menu and hope you found a new favorite cuisine! Thanks, Ryan
Heidi was very knowledgeable and friendly. Regardless of the temperature or the rain, the 11 people who rescheduled missed out and we got to have a wonderful time with your guide. The food choices were fun and unique. Heidi gave us backgrounds into the history of the Heights neighborhood and told stories of the owners of each restaurant. I would highly recommend any of the tours she is the host of.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Andrew, I am delighted to hear that Heidi was so knowledgeable and friendly. It definitely sounds like some people missed out on such a wonderful tour despite some cold and rain! All in all; some unique food, wonderful stories, and a friendly guide equal the perfect tour! Thank you for your amazing review! Best, Brooke
It was so much fun! We got introduced to new places to eat in Houston and the food was amazing. It was great to meet new people too!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Marianna, It sounds like you had such a lovely time out on this tour! I am glad it was filled with fun and good food! Who doesn't enjoy adding a few food spots to their list? All in all this sounds like a tour to never forget! I hope we have the opportunity to get you out on more fun people filled experiences in the future! Best, Brooke
Our host, Cynthia, was engaging and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the historical anecdotes about the Heights and the origin of our unique food options. The diversity of tastes was just right with charcuterie, Mexican, Vietnamese, French, and Italian contributions. Our host asked for feedback of the creperie, but not of the others. Most in our group liked the charcuterie best, which was our first tasting. All the following tastes were a little common - ham and cheddar crepe? Why not the beet, goat cheese, pecan, & honey? All in all, it was a very nice way to spend 3 hours walking around a lovely area of Houston. We would try another experience.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi there, Karen! What a lovely review, I'm so glad you enjoyed your time out in the Heights. It is certainly a wonderfully historic area! I have passed along your praise to our tour partners - they will be so excited to hear! Our partners are always switching up their food offerings and while this time around may have seemed a bit less adventurous to your taste, I am glad you still found it to be satisfying and enjoyable. I'd be remiss not to mention our other great Houston tours, such as our Downtown or Montrose offerings! We'd love to get you out on another tour soon. Cheers, Jake.
Our tour guide was very nice but not good at her job. Several times, I asked her questions about the neighborhood which was the focal point of the tour and she couldn't answer or would say ,"Hold that to later and I will say some things about the neighborhood." Apart from her lack of knowledge, the food offerings were not that great. There were 5 stops and 3 were good. Specifically at Revival Market, we got a cup of carrot and celery sticks with nuts. I would not recommend this to anyone and dissuade them from doing this particular tour.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Nikki, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. I’m so sorry to hear that your experience was less than 5 stars. Although there were a few hiccups, I’m glad to hear that you were able to enjoy 3 out of the 5 stops. We strive to provide a legendary experience for our customers and are disappointed that this did not occur during your time in Houston. I hope there will be another opportunity down the road to get you on another experience that will exceed your expectations. We really value your feedback and appreciate you sharing this information with us. Thanks, Ryan  
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