By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – One of the most immersive ways to experience a city is through food, and a great way to explore SoBe’s rich culinary culture and history is with The South Beach Food & Art Deco Tour. As part of the Miami Culinary Tours, the walking excursion departs daily at 12PM and 5PM, from the Bolivar Restaurant at 841 Washington Avenue.
The tour lasts about 2.5 hours, and goes a short half a mile distance. The stroll takes guests from Washington and Collins Avenue to Ocean Drive, as they learn about the city’s art deco history and architecture as well. Although they offer private tour groups up to 150 people, the average number is fourteen guests.
Currently the South Beach tour makes five stops, from gourmet restaurants to more modest ethnic eateries. Grace Della, Director of Operations, commented “We choose locations based on a few criteria; quality, originality and culturally inclined.”
As far as selecting the particular items and dishes that are given for tasting at the tour, Della said, “The entire team discusses every tasting to make a decision on what to feature.”
Currently the tour starts with “the best empanadas in town, and artisan Floribbean cuisine” at the Bolivar Restaurant. The tour continues to Larios On The Beach, for a taste of classic Cuban food, and then on to Havana 1957 for Cuban food with Miami flare.
The tour continues to Rosetta Bakery, its “all-organic stop, with recipes that date 300 years, for a special bite.” The grand finale of the tour is at Mamma Mia Italian restaurant, for what some consider the “best gelato in Miami Beach.”
A recent review on TripAdvisor describes, “We enjoyed a range of food, which was all really tasty and totally different to food I would normally choose. We also saw some lovely Art Deco buildings and learned a bit about the local area. […] I was worried the kids would be bored and not like the food but the pace was really good so they didn’t have time to get bored.”
The Miami Culinary Tours have received five-star ratings in many sites. They are also able to accommodate any food allergies, or special needs. The South Beach Tour is $58 per adult, and $38 per child.