Gaslamp Quarter Walking Tour

Brothels, Bites, and Booze: a Culinary Tour of SD’s Questionable Past

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  • A walking history tour of San Diego’s thriving New Town
  • Indulge your senses and taste original flavors from favorite restaurants.
  • Listen to stories about the scandals of the Stingaree District.
  • Learn some of the history that they don’t teach you in a classroom!
  • Enjoy enough delicious food for a full meal.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

2.5 hours- $45 per person

Brothels, Bites, and Booze is a fun and innovative tour that lets you explore the Gaslamp Quarter, the heart of America’s finest city. Experience what makes this city one of the top destinations for dining, shopping, and nightlife. Learn the secrets behind the district’s historic buildings as you to travel back in time to the post-Gold Rush era as thousands arrived in the port town of San Diego. This popular Gaslamp Quarter food tour will not only satisfy your taste buds, but your curiosity, too!

BROTHELS

Your guide will provide an in-depth look at the infamous red light district of San Diego and the women who ruled the streets at the time. See what drew them to this lifestyle and the price they paid to be amongst the few financially independent women of the time. Scandalous tales of the most popular brothels and Prohibition-era gangsters will have you thirsty for more!

BITES

Satisfy your hunger during our Gaslamp Quarter walking tour as we make stops to four popular restaurants in the area. Cuisine from all over the world comes together to create a tasting experience that is unlike any other. The food on this tour is enough to provide a full meal for most people, so bring your appetite!

BOOZE

The perfect complement to a delicious sampling of food is drinks to wash it down. The Gaslamp Quarter is home to an endless amount of unique craft cocktail bars and some of the top microbreweries in the country. Finish off your Gaslamp Quarter food tour with a sample-sized brew, cocktail, or other intoxicating treat for the full San Diego experience.

Join us for a night of delicious food tastings, drink samplings, and good times! Contact us to book a food tour in San Diego’s charming Gaslamp Quarter.

Where to meet:

The tour meets at the Gaslamp Quarter Sign at the post nearest the Hard Rock Hotel.

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List of Restaurants…

Daytime Tour Restaurants

Bolillo Tortas: This new Mexican sandwich restaurant is amongst the SDT team’s favorites in town!  Their tortas (Mexican sandwiches) are tasty, and the sides such as the Mexican corn on the cob and the cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapeno will make your mouth water.

Ciro’s Pizzeria: The original Ciro’s Pizzeria opened in January of 2003 in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. They use nothing but the freshest ingredients and take pride in making their lasagna, buffalo wings, cheesesteak, dough, pizza sauce, marinara sauce and other pasta dishes homemade daily. Ciro’s vision is to provide quality pizza and other italian dishes with their unique style and New York flair.

The Field: This turn of the century irish pub was shipped literally piece by piece from Ireland and relocated in the heart of San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter. The air is filled with the buzz of people engaging in the art of conversation, savoring the homemade food, enjoying the traditional music and of course the clink of glasses as  revelers sample one of their many imported draft beers.

Heavenly Cupcake:  Is a quaint cupcake shop offering our guests specialty cupcakes that will just make anyone feel as though they have died and gone to Heaven after one bite.  From peanut butter chocolate to red velvet to snickerdoodle, and so many more!!  Yum!

Nighttime Tour Restaurants

Bolillo Tortas: Bolillo tortas hits the spot with their delicious tortas and amazing authentic Mexican sides. Their tortas (Mexican sandwiches) are tasty, and the sides such as the Mexican corn on the cob and the cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapeno will make your mouth water.

The Field: This turn of the century rish pub was shipped literally piece by piece from Ireland and relocated in the heart of San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp Quarter. The air is filled with the buzz of people engaging in the art of conversation, savoring the homemade food, enjoying the traditional music and of course the clink of glasses as  revelers sample one of their many imported draft beers.

Tin Fish: Sitting in the shadow of Petco Park and steps away from San Diego’s historic “Gaslamp District” the Tin Fish is a favorite of locals and tourists alike.  The Tin Fish offers an assortment of fresh grilled and fried plates to satisfy any appetite. In addition to their

Meze Grill: Meze is a trendy Mediterranean restaurant serving up home-made falafel, hummus, and lamb sliders. Their craft cocktails are something to get excited about!

Gang Kitchen: Get a taste of Asian inspired cuisine. Gang offers minimal décor and has a street-art aesthetic. The nontraditional pan-Asian plates come from chef-partner Jo Ann Plympton.

Ciro’s Pizzeria: The original Ciro’s Pizzeria opened in January of 2003 in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. They use nothing but the freshest ingredients and take pride in making their lasagna, buffalo wings, cheesesteak, dough, pizza sauce, marinara sauce and other pasta dishes homemade daily. Ciro’s vision is to provide quality pizza and other italian dishes with their unique style and New York flair.

The Melting Pot: “Dip into something different”at this fondu restaurant.  Indulge in their chocolate fondu, fresh strawberries, and pound cake.  Sample their sweet “love martini” as well!

Heavenly Cupcake:  Is a quaint cupcake shop offering our guests specialty cupcakes that will just make anyone feel as though they have died and gone to Heaven after one bite.  From peanut butter chocolate, to red velvet, to snickerdoodle, and so many more!!  Yum!