**Pedestrian border waits reduced to under 15 minutes on average with new, expanded lanes at PedEast!
Most importantly, have fun! Our foodie tours are a combination of our passion for food, culture, and adventure! Feel free to ask questions as they arise during your foodie adventure.
All foodie tours are public tours held rain or shine. Private tours are also available.
What is included in the foodie tours?
Each all-inclusive tour priced per person includes all the food you can imagine, cultural and historical insight, shopping, and a tour guide! Tours in Mexico also include all transportation in Mexico. We conduct these tours because they are our passion. No hidden fees whatsoever!
Are reservations required?
Advance reservations are required. To guarantee your spot, please book at least three days in advance. If booking less than 24 hours before the tour, please text/call 858-951-7470 to confirm. Though we can usually accommodate last minute bookings, it is not guaranteed.
Where do we meet and what do I need to bring?
For San Diego tours, we meet at the designated meeting spot sent at the time of booking. Please bring your phone/camera and wallet/purse.
For Mexico tours, we meet in San Diego at the 24-hour McDonald's at the San Ysidro Trolley Station on 727 East San Ysidro Boulevard (be careful not to meet at the other nearby McD's at Las Americas outlet mall). For Mexico tours, also bring a valid passport (required for everyone, even those with Global Entry/SENTRI). A water bottle is also recommended. For all tours, we encourage guests to use sun protection as we'll be walking in and out of the sun.
What is the minimum, maximum, and average number of participants per trip?
The minimum is two (exceptions are for the Saturday street food tour where the minimum is only one) and the maximum is twelve, while the average is two to four. Private group tours are available for up to about twelve people in San Diego and twenty people in Mexico.
How much walking is there?
All of our tours are walking tours. We may walk on uneven sidewalks, slight inclines, or unpaved ground during certain areas. Each tour covers a one- to three-mile route (with breaks in between) as we move to and from the various eateries and/or shops. A comfortable pair of walking shoes is recommended. Our San Diego International Food Tour offers the easiest and shortest route at under 1 mile.
What about restrooms?
We advise all guests to use the restroom ahead of time. For San Diego tours, restrooms are available inside the eateries/restaurants. For Mexico tours, a pay restroom (25 cents) is available inside the McDonald's at our meeting spot. For the street food tour in Mexico, there will be one scheduled restroom break towards the end of the tour. For all other tours, restrooms are available inside the restaurants.
Are your tours family friendly?
Our tours are family friendly provided that guests are well-behaved and able to walk, stand, or sit at intermittent periods.
How soon will we eat?
For San Diego tours, we will begin to eat within minutes after we meet. For Mexico tours, there will be a time lag of anywhere from thirty minutes to one hour from the time we meet to when we arrive at our eating location due to getting through customs, waiting for taxis/buses, and making it to the eatery or restaurant. It's all part of the adventure!
Will alcohol be served?
Alcohol will be available for purchase on each of our tours unless otherwise stated.
What if I have a dietary restriction?
Our foodie tours are designed for meat and seafood lovers. Vegetarian options are also available. Please let us know of any food sensitivities ahead of time and we will try our best to accommodate.
Is there time for shopping?
Quick and convenient purchases can be made on all of our tours with extra time allotted to certain tours as stated.
What about gratuities?
Tipping is not required but if you love the adventure, we love tips!
For Mexico tours, how long does it take to get through customs when entering Tijuana, and again when returning to the United States?
To enter Tijuana is simple and usually takes no more than 10 minutes. To return to San Diego takes anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes on average. As of August 2018, the time it takes to return to San Diego has been reduced dramatically with the opening of the new PedEast building with expanded lanes. Our foodie tour officially ends when we get in line to return back to San Diego.
What else do I need to know?
We meet in a location easily accessible by car, public transit, and Uber/Lyft. For San Diego tours, free parking is available at or near our meeting spot. For Mexico tours, please allow yourself plenty of time to arrive at our meeting location to account for traffic and parking, especially on weekends. We recommend arriving thirty minutes early to get situated, especially for those unfamiliar with the area. Various pay parking lots are nearby and cost $8-$20. Another option is to take the trolley, which we strongly recommend.
For all tours, we leave promptly at the indicated time (or earlier) and cannot accommodate late arrivals or no shows.