So, some comments after I survived all of this.
The Tom Douglas Mega-Tour is very, very feasible. It took about twelve hours from start to finish, and could have been spread out longer for night owls or people who can, say, fit in more naps/breaks.
That being said, if I was going to do it again or give advice to others, I’d probably do it over two days instead of one. That way I wouldn’t have left Cuoco nearly as stuffed, or felt rushed at Lola. But someone on a quest to duplicate it shouldn’t fear the list.
Read the menus. A lot. I planned the schedule based on Katie Okumura’s suggestions and by checking the menus to see what intrigued me the most. The lunch and dinner menus are varied enough for most of the restaurants that it’s worth double checking both. Expect to be surprised – I’m not sold on most of the Dahlia Lounge’s dinner items, but I love their lunch options. That being said, expect the menus to change based on daily and seasonal ability, so don’t be sold on only eating one particular thing. (An example: Palace Kitchen wasn’t serving chocolate pudding, which is on the menu online, the day I was in.)
Serious Biscuit and Seatown Seabar open hours before Ting Momo, which is the first to open for lunch, but that’s the main limiter for order.
Bringing friends who can join helps. That, or having access to someone who can take your leftovers as you go. I did like having others join in, because then I could share a plate rather than feel sad about only eating two bites, and it often meant I got to try more dishes. Bring someone with a huge appetite.
It is not for the culinarily adverse/sensitive. Sure, you can eat pretty safely overall, but Ting Momo’s dishes mainly involve yak and/or curry, and the pasta at Cuoco included rabbit. Serious Biscuit doesn’t have a single vegan option as far as I can tell. I would be more than a bit hesitant to bring really finicky friends along for the ride except if I chose very, very carefully.
Naps are good. There is a fair amount of walking combined with a lot of heavy eating, and I really needed that morning nap before Ting Momo.
Honestly, I wish I could have spent more time with the staff, as everyone was so visibly excited. I’ve been to Bravehorse since I survived and Kayle asked how I was the day after the event.
I feel like I understand the Tom Douglas group more than I did even eating at Palace Kitchen as a sort of regular. The restaurants have great food, but there are such amazing stories going on, and there’s so much that I learned that I can’t publish. But that’s the real trophy I earned by surviving, and I’m glad to be a little part of the TDR legacy.
That, and I need to bring Liana and Lauren cupcakes.