If you're looking to experience Miami like a local, look no further than the vibrant Wynwood. Sometimes known as "El Barrio" due to its high concentration of Puerto Rican influences, Wynwood is a place where you can explore the growing art and culinary scene in our city. Graffiti-decorated walls created by local artists fill the area, creating an atmosphere of what the true Miami is like. The art on the walls are matched by the art that chefs are serving at their restaurants, and the Wynwood Food Tour succeeds are expressing how bohemian and culturally significant the area is becoming to the city.
Dine your way through our favorite local restaurants in one of the largest open-air street art collections in the world. Begin at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, where Chef Aguilar offers his interpretation of Latin staples with chicken empanadas and maduros (fried plantains) served with queso crema (cream cheese) as you bask in the atmosphere created by outdoor urban graffiti and a colorful collage of indoor murals. Venture into a warehouse-turned butcher shop next, where you will sample European cold-cuts and a rare Russian beer. After, sample the ubiquitous mofongo at Jimmyz Kitchen as you celebrate Puerto Rican culture in the area that is known for being a Boriquan hotspot. A fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine at Suviche follows the hearty mofongo, personifying what Miami is about by exposing you to a blending of cultures. Just when you think that the tour can't possibly offer more food, find your way into beer-can decorated Pride and Joy, where your senses are bombarded with an array of smells and flavors embodied as Southern comfort food. The final stop is at the recently launched 100 Fires Cigars, a local mix of lounge and shop, to learn about Miami's history while indulging in Nespresso coffee and some of the best cupcakes in the city provided by Bunnie Cakes.
Tours ($69) are held every Saturday at 12:30 PM and last between two to three hours. Expect to walk 1 mile with plenty of seated restaurant breaks and stops covering the unique art and fun local facts. For more information, visit miamiculinarytours.com or call (786) 942-8856.