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Photo by Leslie Kelly
White Moustache gastro guide Bryce Lathrop has loads of tasty tales to share.
So, Aunt Martha and Uncle George are coming

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White Moustache Tours Are All Over The Map

chili guy.jpg
Photo by Leslie Kelly
White Moustache gastro guide Bryce Lathrop has loads of tasty tales to share.
So, Aunt Martha and Uncle George are coming for a visit and you're looking for a way to get them out of your hair introduce them to the obscure culinary delights of the city? Well, White Moustache bills itself as "the only eating tour in town."

"More food. No hike. We visit the best places and order full portions, ensuring generous tastes at every stop." That's the motto of this one-man show with Bryce Lathrop, the man behind the wheel of this moveable feast, an affable dude who loves to spin a yarn. He creates custom tours for small groups, from two to 50, and caters to a wide age range. Kids under 10 are free when they bring Mom or Dad along. The $200 covers a two-hour tour with a minimum of four stops with lots of food.

Since rolling out this business in 2009, the former restaurateur (he and his wife, Amy, had a restaurant in Atlanta called White Moustache) has also compiled a list of 40 themed tours. Some of the most popular include The Pork Parade, World of 99 and Boob Tube, which includes stops at places featured on television. He recently took me on a abbreviated version of the Highway 99 tour, which included a detour to get a bowl of Seattle's best chili. And, no, it wasn't at Mike's Chili Parlor.

First stop on this wacky smorgesbord was Slim's, down SODO way. If you have a bowl of the verde chili served over cheesy grits and topped with Mama Lil's peppers and house made sour cream dressing and don't think it's haute stuff, then I've got a one way ticket to Waco, Texas for you. And while I'm shoveling that heavenly pork stew in my gaping maw, Lathrop was filling in the blanks about the way Mama Lil's got its start. Who knew it all began in a church kitchen?

Lathrop is genius at weaving the interesting tidbits, the stories behind the food. Like the fact that the owner of Take 5 Urban Market, the guy who makes a killer meatloaf sandwich, he grew up living next door to Ivar Haglund. Love that kind of trivia, but let's not get sidetracked.

Back to South Seattle for a palate cleanser, a green tea milkshake from Katsu Burger. Ah, so wanted to try the signature sandwich, but we're grabbing the shake and making tracks to try Lathrop's favorite Vietnamese salad roll, all the way up near 140th at Mekong Village. You know, that place you've driven by hundreds of time and thought: Should I stop? Yes, you should. A deep-fried green onion gives this noodle roll some backbone.

And finally, for our last stop on this whirlwind moveable feast, there's a just-cooked pieroski from European Foods Deli, a swinecentric venue that smells like the old country and stocks all sorts of bacon and elaborate Russian pastries, whose names are tongue twisters. JA!! That was a mighty fine cabbage roll!

White Moustache also does a series of tours that combine live music and food called Musical Plates. Sign me up for The Local Strangers on June 3!

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