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Food and Art are on the Menu in Wynwood: A New Miami Culinary Tour

January 10, 2014 by Joan Nova in "Foodie" Activities, Florida, Food Tours, Travel | 19 Comments

Miamians know. Art Basel devotees know. Wynwood, a formerly downtrodden, low income, somewhat industrial and small neighborhood bordering Midtown and the Design District, went through a gentrification over the past decade. Years ago, people drove through this area with their windows up and doors locked. Today, they flock in and walk around. It’s a destination, a hot spot for foodies and lovers of art.

Enter Miami Culinary Tours. As you may recall, I’ve written about their Little Havana and South Beach tours, both of which are thoroughly enjoyable, so I was thrilled when they recently announced a new culinary tour of Wynwood. It’s a wonderful way for locals and visitors alike to become acquainted with the area and try a multitude of restaurants.

It’s a rain-or-shine walking (eating and drinking) tour. We had some rain and no shine, but it didn’t dampen our tour which is best told in photos since Wynwood is an ‘attack-the-senses’ visual experience.

Our first delicious taste was at Wynwood Kitchen (interior/exterior photos above) where they served a spicy chicken empanada and sweet plantains with crema and cheese. At this stop we learned that the Rubia (blond) beer our food was paired with was made in a local brewery.

The restaurant is conveniently located next to the Wynwood Walls where we began our walking tour and discussion of the differences between fine street art, graffiti and vandalism.


Our second stop was The Butcher Shop and Beer Garden, an outdoor-indoor eatery with an actual butcher shop counter, where we were treated to an assortment of cured meats, pierogi and more beer.

Street art was in abundance as we moved from restaurant to restaurant. We found it on buildings, storefronts, homes and abandoned properties.

Our third stop was JimmyZ’s Kitchen, well-known for Mofongo (mashed plantains).

We were treated to this typical Puerto Rican dish which was served with chicken in a criollo sauce.

When we got to Pride and Joy, there was definitely a fun and energetic vibe — and the smell of BBQ.

They served a very flavorful deviled egg topped with pulled pork and a variety of sauces. I tried the vinegar bbq sauce which I liked a lot!

We only had to cross the street for our next stop.

Suviche, Peruvian-Japanese (‘Su’ for sushi, ‘viche’ for ceviche), had an attractive outdoor area and a clean modern-looking interior.

We were served chicken causa (potato), a popular Peruvian dish, and were encouraged to smash it down and top it with the salty corn nuts on the table.

Our last stop was sweet — literally and figuratively — when we met Fireman Derek and tasted his ‘crazy’ ‘crack’ key lime pie.

What a fabulous ending to the tour!

If you’ve never been to Wynwood, I highly recommend this tour. What could be better? Someone to guide you through the main sights and side streets and a generous introduction to the cuisine at 5 or 6 local restaurants. It’s a fab way for both visitors and locals to spend a Saturday.


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  1. bellini says:

    Amazing photos and it look like our kind of way to spend a day, or even a few hours. Thanks for sharing Joan.

  2. Nice account of this tour. I am planning to take it as well very soon.

  3. Great photography you make it difficult not to want to try every dish.
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  4. Awesome photos Joan!
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  5. Layza Peters says:

    Wow Joan! Spectacular!
    It’s been a while since I last visited your blog and look what you have done! I am delighted.
    Congratulations!
    It looks and sounds great!

  6. I so enjoy going with you on these tours. Makes me miss South Florida.
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  7. One day. Our paths are certain to cross.
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  8. Yumm!!! Inspiring and mostly fattening tour with fab fotos – unless you walk a lot. Definitely will go soon. Thanks!

  9. A deviled egg with pulled pork. WOW. Anyway what a lot of fun.

  10. Eha says:

    Writing from Down Under, what a delight to see how this type of tour is done and what food eaten in Miami! Different rather naturally to our oft Asian offerings. The vivid street art was a welcome extra :) !

  11. very fun! and that Fireman Derek is too cool!
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  12. I remember the area, but would love to do the tour
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