Gold Coast & Old Town Chicago Food Planet Tour Review

chicago food planet tours - Gold Coast & Old Town Chicago Food Planet Tour Review

Chicago is a foodie heaven and there is A LOT more to it then just delicious deep-dish pizzas, however awesome they may be. I recently took a food tour with Chicago Food Planet Tours to explore the city with my taste buds and find some of its other delicious eats.

The tour I opted for was the Gold Coast & Old Town Food walking tour, which took us through the neighbourhoods of the same name. This tour is the most popular tour that they offer and after taking it I’m not surprised why. To learn about another tour they offer check out my friend Stephanie’s review over HERE.

lou malnati's deep dish pizza -Gold Coast & Old Town Chicago Food Planet Tour Review

Our tour began outside of Lou Manalti’s one of the most famous pizza chains in the city. Known for growing their own tomatoes so they can be as fresh as possible. While there we ate a nice salad and dove right into the deep-dish pizza. This was my first bite of a doughy, cheesy, saucy deep-dish pizza and I was not disappointed. We were served up a favorite, the sausage deep-dish with a buttery crust. Mmmm.

tea gschwendner chicago food planet tours


Our tour guide teaches us about tea.

tea closeup at tea gschwendner chicago food planet tours tour guide

Next up just down the street with Tea Gschwendner, a specialty tea shop. Inside we had a little presentation by them and I actually learned a lot of about tea and the different types and how and why they vary, it was actually kind of neat. We then all got a cup of bossanoba oolong tea to go. OMG I think I have found my new favorite tea. It was kind of carmelish and quite simply divine no milk or sugar required.

Ferris Bueller fancy restaurant entrance - Gold Coast & Old Town Chicago Food Planet Tour Review

The door with the columns to the right was the fancy restaurant in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. 

Aside from just learning about the tasty food spots in the area we were also told quite a bit about the neighborhoods. We learned interesting information about the Chicago Fire, saw the doorway that was used as the main entrance to the fancy restaurant in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and we stood outside of the original PlayBoy Mansion. We were told that apparently back in the day the other buildings around the PlayBoy Mansion had higher rent because they often came with free views of the bunnies sunbathing on the roof. Also a Latin inscription still by the door today reads “If you don’t swing don’t ring”. Interesting little fact for a food tour.

spicy tuna sushi at kamehachi chicago food planet tours

The next stop lead us to the Kamehachi sushi restaurant, one of the best places for sushi in the city. Kamehachi was also the first Japanese restaurant in the city, opened in 1967. We got to enjoy a couple spicy tuna rolls (my favorite) and had some saki to sip on.

the fudge pot skor bar toffee - Gold Coast & Old Town Chicago Food Planet Tour Review

Our following stops were to the Fudge pot for some tasty chocolate skor bar toffee type thingy. Whatever it was it was good.

black truffle oil Old Town Oil - Gold Coast & Old Town Chicago Food Planet Tour Review


olive oil and balsamic vinegar Old Town Oil - Gold Coast & Old Town Chicago Food Planet Tour Review

We visited Old Town Oil where we tried numerous olive oil and balsamic vinegar combinations with my favorite of course always being the truffle oil. Another person on the tour also suggested I try a chilli oil with a chocolate balsamic, so good, I kind of didn’t want to leave.

the Spice house chicago deep dish pizza pizzazz - Gold Coast & Old Town Chicago Food Planet Tour Review

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Pizzazz Spice! Make everything you eat taste like deep dish pizza!

the spice house cinnamon - Gold Coast & Old Town Chicago Food Planet Tour Review

Lastly we went to the Spice House where we sampled a bunch of their different spices before getting a quick lesson on different spices and types of cinnamon in a back area of the shop.

Altogether it was a very informative tour and I learned a bunch from our tour guide. I wish that there might have been a few bigger samples to try or basically I just wish I could of eaten a whole deep dish pizza to myself along with ALL of the sushi. I definitely recommend jumping on one of their tours if you are looking for a fun and tasty tour to do while visiting Chicago.

Have you taken a food tour in Chicago? What is your favorite Chicago food?

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  • Reply
    July 30, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I haven’t been to Chicago before, but I love a saucy deep dish pizza. I know it feels like it adds an inch to my waistline everytime I have it, but it’s so worth it!

    • Reply
      July 31, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Have you really tried a deep dish pizza if you haven’t enjoyed one in Chicago yet? ;) I totally get what you are saying with the adding to your waist line part. haha so filling but worth it :)

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    Lindsay @ Frugal Frolicker
    July 29, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I had the sausage deep dish at Lou Malnati’s and devoured the entire pizza myself! SO GOOD. Also, I now feel like I need chocolate basalmic in my life – had no idea that was even a thing, but I want it! :D

    • Reply
      July 31, 2014 at 9:34 am

      I totally wish I had more than one piece! It was the first stop on the tour so I had to hold back not wanting to fill up before I enjoyed everything else! I should of taken it to go! ;) haha and yes chocolate balsamic ftw!

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    Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
    July 27, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I have not taken a food tour in Chicago, however after reading this I wish I had taken the time to go on one!

    • Reply
      July 31, 2014 at 9:35 am

      Chanel! You need to visit again asap! I did this and a pizza food tour, I wish I had time to take more! haha

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