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Discover good food on a food tour in Miami Beach

Food Tour in Miami Beach
Latin American appetizers at Café Books & Books - Miami Beach Food Tour

Explore Miami Beach on a food tour

We discover good food on a food tour in Miami Beach. We were warned: Do not let the rip-offs on Ocean Drive lure you into the restaurant with cheap promises! Eating for five dollars usually means eating without coffee, and if you order it, you'll have to pay each cup dearly. It costs you more than a good restaurant off the boulevard of South Beach. We had such experiences already during our visit Miami Beach made and were warned. For this reason - and because we wanted to get to know the "good cuisine" of South Beach - this time we let Kelly Woodward from Miami Food Tours introduce us to the secrets of the Miami Beach cuisine.

Best Food Tour in Miami Beach

We sat with Kelly in front of Café at Books & Books on Lincoln Road January morning in Miami Beach The first tasting of Floridian cuisine awaited us: a hors d'oeuvre with guacamole and crispy nachos, a corn salad with herbs, a cream of black beans and ceviche. The latter should get us through our journey more often Florida Ceviche (pictured top right) is a specialty that consists of raw fresh fish marinated in citrus or lime juice and flavored with various spices and herbs. For that we use a lot of different fish: we tried Ceviche from Grouper, from Tilapia and from Red Snapper. A very refreshing dish.


Food Tour in South Beach

We stroll through the streets of South Beach with its Art Deco houses and just a few steps later make a stop at a street kiosk that advertises "Café Cubano" in large letters. Kelly asks us if we have already tried this. When we say no, she laughs. "It's a good thing," she says. "Because otherwise you would have had a surprise." Curious, I ask her why. And she answers: "Do you like espresso?" Of course, I reply. "Well, imagine a ten times stronger one. This is Café Cubano! ”And she shows us how to drink it like a real connoisseur.

A Café Cubano can not be missed on a food tour in Miami Beach

We get a plastic cup full of coffee that exudes an intense fragrance. To do this, she takes three tiny cups into which she distributes the coffee. "And now sugar stirs in," she advises us. "Otherwise the coffee is too bitter." We follow her advice and are glad that we only get such a tiny portion. This coffee is a real stimulant. I can imagine that after a whole mug of it you have to deal with circulatory problems.

French crepes on Espanola Way

So strengthened and shaken awake, Kelly leads us into Espanola Way, a street with Spanish flair. She stops in the first bistro and says, "Here you get the best crèpes from South Beach". It's cozy here, and guests sit at their bistro tables and spend a quiet morning - unlike what is common in American restaurants, where you usually pay and leave after dinner. Here you treat yourself to one café crema after another and talk to friends about life itself. We try the buckwheat crêpes with pears, French brie and walnuts and listen to Kelly tell us the story of the Espanola Way.

Kelly Woodward on our Food Tour in Miami Beach © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Kelly Woodward is traveling with us on our Food Tour in Miami Beach

Food Tour in Miami Beach - Al Capone tasted it here

This street played an important role in South Beach history. With its Spanish-style houses, tiled houses and street cafes, it was an early magnet for tourists. However, they weren't always the way the city fathers liked them. Al Capone and his cronies once stayed at “The Clay Hotel” - a hostel on a street corner of the Espanola Way - rather uninvited guests, even if they committed themselves to leave their criminal machinations “on vacation”.

... as well as Crocket and Tubbs

Welcome was there already Don Johnson and the film crew of Miami Vice, the pictures of this hotel in the opening credits of their television series showed. Today, it houses a hostel whose guests appreciate the proximity of Espanola Way's restaurants and sidewalk cafes.

Brazilian food in Miami Beach

Afterwards Kelly takes us to a Brazilian restaurant. There we are served Coxinha. These are chicken croquettes stuffed with Catupiry cheese. That's the name of the cream cheese from Brazil. It shows us that we can even recognize the origin of the owners at the establishment of the restaurant. The way the floor and walls of the restaurant are tiled is typical of the region where the family comes from.

Who is our guide on the Food Tour in Miami Beach?

Over a glass of pineapple juice I ask Kelly how she knows these dishes so well and what gave them the idea of ​​offering their culinary tours of Miami Beach. She tells us about her last trip to Brazil, and that she leaves Florida during the hottest months of the year and goes on a voyage of discovery around the world. The idea for her food tours came to her when she came to Miami Beach herself a few years ago.

At that time, she worked in an architectural firm, dreaming of her travels through more than twenty countries around the world and the beautiful moments she experienced as she sought out the local specialties of her travel destinations. 2010 founded Miami Food Tours and offers these experiences to their customers today. If you go on a culinary discovery tour of South Beach with her, you can look forward to a delightful and informative tour of Miami Beach, where you will get to know the restaurants, cafés and pubs, which also like to visit the locals. A discovery tour with friends, more or less.

Peruvian style Ceviche on our Miami Beach Food Tour © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Peruvian ceviche with different varieties of corn on our food tour in Miami Beach

Peru's kitchen in South Beach

Our final culinary stop is finally on our way back to Lincoln Road. This time, Kelly takes us to Peruvian cuisine. Even our tastings close the circle, because here we get ceviche in the Peruvian way. Where this Latin American court originally comes from, argue the connoisseurs. Some say it is a specialty of the Peruvian Moche Indians, others say the Spanish conquerors brought the raw fish dish from Moroccan chefs. It is now considered a Latin American specialty served with corn, avocados and other vegetables.

After many fish and poultry, the head of El Chalan serves us a Peruvian meat dish: Lomo Saltado. It is the most popular food of its guests, he assures us. And we can understand that: the lean beef that is served with onions, tomatoes and French fries literally melts on the tongue. Just delicious!

A culinary tour of South Beach is filling

Almost three and a half hours we ate through the kitchens of South Beach. We got insights into the history, the architecture and the anecdotes of the Art Deco District, Then we come back to our starting point on Lincoln Road. We are satisfied and feel that we have not only come to know South Beach superficially. Instead, we discovered it with a new friend.

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Source: own on-site research for the Miami Beach Food Tour article courtesy of the Greater Miami Convention and Tourism Bureau. Our opinion, however, remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline


  1. Sabrina
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    How funny, we did the same tour a couple of years ago, also with Kelly. :) Thanks for the re-experience - a really nice and delicious tour!
    Best regards,

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hello Sabrina,

      sometimes the world is so small, right? We also liked the tour very much. We discovered some interesting dishes that I did not suspect in Miami.

      Best regards,

  2. Anne
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    Hello your 2,

    it all looks very delicious. I really like the South American twist in the kitchen and many of the dishes are to my liking.
    LG Anne

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Hello Anne,

      we are the same. We got to know many of the Latin American specialties we know in Miami and Miami Beach. It is worth a tour to try new specialties.

      Best regards,

  3. shadowlight
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    Oh that looks very delicious!
    Warm greetings to you!

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Jenny,

      The tour was one of the highlights of our stay in Miami Beach. Not only did we see South Beach away from the usual tourist spots, but we also got to know the diverse cuisine of the region. A great experience!

      Best regards,

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