The folks at Taste Seattle Food Tours are launching a brand new way to explore the cuisine of Alki Beach by bike! The Bikes and Bites Tour kicks off tomorrow, Friday, July 18th on Alki Beach. It’s billed as the perfect way for tourists and locals alike to get a taste of five of Alki’s foodie gems that are “off the eaten path” – away from tourist attractions.
Part roving dinner party, part historical tour, you can eat and bike your way through this vibrant neighborhood while learning about the history and culture of Alki. Don’t forget the added perk of those breathtaking views of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains!
The price of a bike and helmet is included in the $79+tax cost of the tour. Taste Seattle is partnering with Alki Kayak Tours. Not a hard core cyclist? The route is said to be mostly flat and the pace is casual. The entire ride is about 6 miles and is considered easy to moderate. A bonus: you can sample the menus (mostly) guilt-free because you’re burning those calories as you hop from restaurant to restaurant.
Taste Seattle requires a minimum age of 12 to go on the tour. This ensures they have bikes that fit and that participants can keep up with the pace of the tour. It’s a good idea to dress casually and in layers – you know how Seattle’s weather is! Flip flops and heels… probably not a good idea!
So, which restaurants will you be sampling? There are five stops on the tour.
1. First stop is Marination. Guests will get to try a few plates of this Hawaiian-Korean fusion-style street food. Marination was voted by ABC’s Good Morning America as the best food truck in America!
2. Then it’s on to Slices on Alki, a pizzeria featuring fresh house-made sauce and dough that is hand-tossed in a thin-crust style. Slices boasts carefully selected ingredients
(organic whenever possible).
3. Wash it all down with an ice cold brew at Ampersand Cafe, a coffee and sandwich shop with several local micro-brewed beers on tap and in bottles.
4. Moving along, next stop is at Seattle’s oldest fast-food restaurant, Alki Spud Fish and Chips. It’s been a mainstay of Alki Avenue since 1935. They use original recipes for their fish and chips which are hand-cut and prepared!
5. Cap off the tour with a sweet ending at Salty’s on Alki Beach, one of West Seattle’s most popular venues. Salty’s has one of the best views on the beach!
“It’s been a privilege and a joy to offer Seattle’s gorgeous skyline view to our dining guests at Salty’s on Alki Beach, so we were especially eager to partner with Felicia and Roen on their new Alki Beach, Bikes and Bites Food Tour. The history of West Seattle is rich with stories and we are honored to be included,” says Kathy Kingen, Salty’s co-owner along with husband and founder Gerry Kingen.
A few other tips from Seattle Tours:
*Tours will run Friday-Saturday at 11am
*Allow 3 hours
*Taste Seattle Food Tours do not include gratuities in the cost of our tours. A standard gratuity for a tour guide in Seattle is similar to the restaurants you’ll be visiting: 15% to 20% of the tour price. If you had a great experience, gratuities are gratefully accepted by our tour guides.