Disclaimer: I put most of my obsessive picture-taking aside to enjoy this food adventure—so worth it!
For as much as I thrive on veering off the well-trodden paths, I tend not to be as ambitious when it comes to seeking out unfamiliar foods. Can you relate? Let me tell you why I loved the Columbus Food Adventures’ Alt Eats Tour, and why you should give it a go. The trip starts with a curious group, a tour van, and a drive on up to the north-east side of the city, where a large number of Columbus’ immigrants have made their homes.
What makes this tour an adventure is that you may be very unfamiliar with the dish in front of you, or the culture from which it came. In fact, you may not know any of the 12-plus other people who are along for the ride. Exploring authentically ethnic flavors in one’s own Midwestern city is rather fantastic; your guides, Bethia Woolf and Andy Dehus, have already put years-worth of taste-testing to work, and can speak to the quality and history of each restaurant—it’s simply up to the tourists to partake and bond over what they think of each new bite. We were all smiling and getting to know each other by the first taste of banh mi (and there wasn’t even a drop of alcohol on the table.) I didn’t expect to emerge a fan of both Vietnamese and West African fare, but here I am…wanting to return for more. I could go on, but as usual, I’d rather you see (and taste) for yourself!
Just visiting Columbus? Got a friend coming into town? Simply bored with your every-day-grind? In addition to Alt Eats, Columbus Food Adventures offers a coffee tour, a dessert tour, a meat-lover’s tour (!), private tours and MORE. Go on, it feels good to play tourist! In this case, it will also taste really good.
I’ll take this opportunity to note that the majority of people in our tour group that day happened to have a food allergy (including, but not limited to: nut, dairy, or gluten sensitivity.) Bethia and Andy could not have been more conscientious in making sure that all involved were safe to indulge.
And here’s a recount of the Alt Eats Tour from johnnyjet.com if you need a more in-depth nudge. Follow Columbus Food Adventures on Instagram if you need a visual nudge.