A girlfriend and I had only 2 full days in Miami and really wanted to get a feel for the area. I thought this would be a great way to see South Beach and experience the food culture. As a note, I couldn't decide between Little Havana or South Beach, but since we were staying in South Beach and we could go to Little Havana the next day, we chose South Beach for a more diverse tasting. We went in unsure of how much food we would eat and fully prepared ourselves for further gorging afterwards. Boy were we wrong! I may look tiny, but I am a big eater and this tour definitely filled me up. Each of the establishments provided just the right amount of food. We had everything from ceviche, to South American fare, to Cuban (of course!), Italian, European deli, and gelato. Everything was delicious and they were all great picks. I probably wouldn't have tried any of them without those recommendations. In fact, the next night, we went to one of the establishments for dinner (Bolivar - the one with the empanada and tostone topped with meat) - didn't steer us wrong!
Additionally, our guide, Leilani (props to her!) is a trained chef, who has traveled the world. She was really knowledgeable of food and history of South Beach. My friend and I actually learned a lot from the tour about the area and the architecture (awesome Art Deco). We opted not to do any other city walking tours, so this was a great way to combine and save time. Leilani also provided great recommendations for other establishments both in South Beach that didn't make it on that night's tour and also establishments in Little Havana. We visited a couple of those recommendations for lunch the next day and actually saw the Little Havana tour group as well. All in all, a great time, great food, great company, and a great introduction to Miami's food culture. Would recommend for folks of all ages!
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