Culinary tours are among the best kept secret in many cities which is shame because when they are good (as in organized, variety, the right company) they are a great way to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the local market.
Miami Culinary Tours, a small local company forged with a team of knowledgeable and passionate foodies guiding popular Miami food tours, this week released the restaurant recommendations for their guests just right in time for high season. Each participant at the South Beach Food Tour and at the Little Havana Food Tour is given a booklet with top restaurant recommendations as well as other tips to navigate the diverse Miami food scene. Participants recognize the importance of food in travel and celebrate the authentic culinary experiences around Miami historic neighborhoods – but knowing where to go can be difficult to navigate in a city with so many options. Miami Culinary Tours guides travelers and locals alike through exclusive epicurean adventures while stopping at some of the best restaurants in Miami for tastings at each stop.
“We are asked all the time at the end of the South Beach and the Little Havana Food Tours what restaurants we recommend besides the ones we visit at each of our tours,” says Grace Della, founder of Miami Culinary Tours. “It is important for us to keep up with what is good and what is not that good in Miami as our guests expect to have a handful of great restaurant recommendations for their stay in Miami.”
Fewer than 10 restaurants made their list of top places to dine around Miami that is given to each tour participant at the end of the tour. Each was chosen based on the fact that they represent the culinary diversity that can be found in Miami. Starting with several options on the beach such as a locals favorite is My Ceviche located at 235 Washington Avenue. My Ceviche made the list for their freshest ceviche in town, followed by SuViche located at 1119 16th Street for their creative Japanese Peruvian flair. They couldn’t leave out Yardbird located at 1600 Lenox Avenue as many of Miami Culinary Tours’ guests come from all over the world wanting to taste that Ol’ great American comfort food – and Yardbird just has it according to the tour organizers. For those who want to splurge a little, Barton G The Restaurant located at 1427 West Avenue is a restaurant they recommend with complete confidence for their exquisite cuisine and theatrical experience. La Gloutonnerie located at 81 Washington Avenue also made the list for their sophisticated cuisine and dramatic interior, an excellent choice for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Outside Miami Beach they choose Blue Collar located at 6730 Biscayne Blvd. for their out-of-the-world modern American cuisine with a real local ambiance that is sometimes hard to find in South Beach. For a trip to Argentina without the need of a passport, the group recommends Graziano’s located at 394 Giralda Ave. in Coral Gables for their exceptional South American wine selection and traditional homemade empanadas. For a true taste of France, La Bouchon Du Grove located at 3430 Main Hwy. made the list. It also happens to be where Miami Culinary Tours’ team go to splurge a little, and therefore, they highly recommend it.
Della, founder of Miami Culinary Tours, has been offering guided cultural walking and food tasting tours through the city’s historic neighborhoods of Miami since 2010. Tours are held twice daily at 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm and up to four times a day in high season. Her food tours are lead by passionate locals knowledgeable in the history and culture behind the food and the neighborhoods that make it unique. The tours are ideal not only for adventure-seeking foodies (I will raise my hand!), but also for corporate groups as an incentive or recreational outing.
So whether you’re visiting Naperville, Illinois, or Miami, Florida, seek out the culinary tours offered. You don’t have to be visiting a city to enjoy a culinary tour either.
Have you been on a culinary tour lately? What was your experience? I have a chocolate tasting tour to do in Chicago soon and I can’t wait!
Megy Karydes is founder of Wandering Tastes, a lifestyle and travel site that is meant to inspire adventure and exploration through traveling and food. She’s also a regular contributor to 10best.com which is part of the USA Today Travel family and TravelingMom.com as Foodie TravelingMom among other print magazines and online media outlets.