This past Saturday a group of South Florida bloggers including myself went on an 2.5 hour Art Food tour with Miami Culinary Tours in Wynwood. On this tour we dined at six of Wynwood’s most popular restaurants and learned about the art that surrounds Wynwood. Our hostess, Grace, was so entertaining and knowledgeable. She gave great insight on the restaurants we dined at, the chef’s, the food, the art that surrounded the walls of Wynwood and the artist that created the work. I couldn’t have asked for a better host.
Grace, Tour Hostess
The tour started off 12pm sharp at Wynwood Walls gallery. This area is most known for the great walls and warehouses covered by art. Each wall transformed into a masterpiece by artist such as Shepard Fairey, Aiko, Fafi, How & Nosm, Alexis Diaz, and many more. This area is also very popular at night, filled with people, opened art galleries and DJ’s performing. It has quickly become one of Miami’s prime nightlife spots.
Wynwood Walls Art
Our first food stop was Wynwood Kitchen & Bar , located at 2550 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127, were we enjoyed chicken ropa vieja empanadas with a cilantro sauce, plantains with queso fresco, and a tequeño with a mustard-cream cheese sauce paired with an India Pale Ale. I didn’t care for the Ale, but then again I never liked Beer or Ale. The ambiance of this restaurant paired with the delicious food is what keeps me coming back. The menu has such variety and is filled with flavor! Although I have been to this restaurant before, I was definitely excited that the first stop happened to be one of my favorites.
Chicken ropa vieja empanadas with a cilantro sauce, plantains with queso fresco, and a tequeño with a mustard-cream cheese sauce and Indian Ale
Then we were off too R House Restaurant and Gallery located at 2727 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127. Here we enjoyed their classic, short rib sliders braised in decaf coffee grinds on a brioche bun and tuna tartare served on wonton chips with sesame seeds and a wasabi cream paired with a classic white wine. Being that I LOVE raw fish, the tuna tartare was definitely my favorite and the wasabi cream was spicy surprise. I also enjoyed that this restaurant was covered in beautiful art work, the décor is very modern, and they have a beautiful outside area where you can enjoy dinner and music.
Short rib sliders braised in decaf coffee grinds on a brioche bun and tuna tartare served on wonton chips with sesame seeds and a wasabi cream paired with a classic white wine
Next we dined at an American BBQ restaurant, Pride And Joy located at 2800 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127. I loved the southern feel of this restaurant from the outside décor, the old rustic truck, the wooden tables and stools. Here we tried the pulled pork on a Texas toast with coleslaw. I was a little iffy about this dish since I don’t like coleslaw, but the BBQ sauce and honey mustard made all the difference. I choose the Honey Mustard and instead of one sample I had TWO!
Pulled pork on a Texas toast with coleslaw
I recently came to LOVE ceviche so it only makes sense that this would be my favorite spot on the tour, Suviche located at 2751 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127 . Here we tried a Peruvian ceviche served with maiz chupe (large Peruvian kernel corn), chanchita (Peruvian corn not popped), sweet potato and sweet unions. Ceviche is definitely an acquired taste, for those raw food lovers I’m certain this is a spot you would enjoy. Not only was the food delicious, I loved that the bar area had swings… YES, SWINGS! I thought it added a very unique touch allowing you to sip and swing.
Next we were off to Italy! For the fourth stop we headed to Made in Italy Gourmet located at 10 NE 27th St, Miami, FL 33137 were we tasted Taleggio cheese (truffle cheese) paired with a glass prosecco. I love cheese so this was a nice stop, a very light snack allowed the group to socialize without stuffing our faces lol and who doesn’t love wine?! The restaurant decor made you feel like you walked into a market on streets of Italy, so antique and quant. They also serve authentic Italian food and have a small grocery store. This is definitely a one stop shop for all your Italian needs.
Taleggio cheese and prosecco
Our last stop was for dessert at Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies located at 2818 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33137 for some key lime pie. I don’t like key lime pie so I didn’t indulge but that didn’t stop me for getting a giant chocolate chip cookie. Soft, warm and chewy, it was gone in minutes. With a menu full of delicious options this is definitely a must stop to cure that sweet tooth.
Between the delicious food, scenic routes, great hostess, this tour was a great way to spend the afternoon! Every stop was so enjoyable. I loved being able to learn about an area I frequent in so much, learning about the artist, and history makes me appreciate Wynwood so much more. For all my Miami friends, this tour is a must!