For Christmas, my cousin and his wife gave me a Groupon voucher for a Ready to Nosh Food Tour. It was for the Austin Food Cart Tour. It sounded like a really cool idea: a guide takes a small group of no more than 10 people to various food trucks to sample the food.
Anyway, around early March, I finally got around to booking the tour. I followed the directions on the Groupon voucher and went to Ready to Nosh’s website. The only available day was May 11th. It was a little annoying that they only offered tours on weekdays, but it must be well-worth it if there was a 2-month long wait, right? So, I went ahead and requested that day off from work.
Right after I registered, I got a confirmation e-mail with details on where to meet. Here’s a snippet of the e-mail:
Thank you for your purchase. We look forward in providing you a memorable experience…Please arrive on time. Our tours are time sensitive as we coordinate with our vendors as to when we arrive. Please have respect for the other participates and vendors by arriving at least 10 minutes before the start of your tour. Our tour guides have been instructed to start on time.
1503 South First Street
Austin, TX 78704
Neighborhoods: 78704 (South Austin), So-Fi (S. 1st St. District), Bouldin Creek
THIRD FOOD TRAILER LOT ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE ROAD
AS YOU ARE HEADING DOWN SOUTH FIRST STREET
GOING SOUTH – THIS FOOD TRAILER LOT HAS PLENTY OF PARKING!
Anyway, on the day of the tour, we went to the address listed. We were right on time, but nobody was there yet. There was no “Ready to Nosh” sign or anything. I asked one of the food truck employees about it, and he said he never heard of the company. My husband and I waited 45 minutes, but nobody ever showed up! They never gave us a name, e-mail address, or direct phone number. The only number I had was a toll free 877 number. My husband I called that, and it went straight to voicemail each time. After reading reviews about it online, I found out that many other people had similar experiences.
Funny thing is I got an e-mail from Ready to Nosh at 12:30 pm, right when the tour should’ve ended. It thanked me for my business and provided a link for me to leave a review. I clicked on the link, but it only took me to their website. There was nowhere on there to leave a comment or anything.
I guess this is some elaborate scam. I wish I had known because it was a waste of our time and energy, and my cousin’s money.
Hopefully, Groupon, LivingSocial, and all those other coupon sites stop offering this deal. This is not legit at all.
In conclusion, READY TO NOSH IS A SCAM.