Our tour guide, Faruk was amazing. So personable, he made everyone feel welcomed and comfortable. He was so knowledgeable not only in the restaurants we went to, but also about Miami, it's art deco, it's people, it culture...just amazing! The food samples were delish and the restaurants he took us to, were beautiful with the nicest people. I highly recommend taking this tour the first day arriving in Miami, so you will get familiar with the area, the restaurants and places to see. Wear comfortable shoes because there will be a lot of waking, sooo worth it! I am doing this again next time I am in Miami!
This was a great way to get to know the South Beach area of Miami Beach. The tour involved a sample of food at 4 different restaurants in the area and finished with hand made ice cream at a local ice cream shop. The restaurants included cuban, argentinian, algerian and brazilian. What I liked was that the restaurants were also family owned operations. Farouk, the tour guide was quite informative about the history of the area. If I would have a negative about the tour, it ran a bit long at close to 3 ½ hours. Some of the street stops to provide their history could have been slimmed down and the last stop, while nice, could have been left off.
We had a fun Saturday night starting with an excellent cup and discussion of different Cuban coffees, followed by samples at numerous small and interesting local restaurants. While walking in between restaurants our very personable host filled us in on Miami history and architecture. High points were a stop at a restaurant on Espanola Way with the yellow Trumpet trees in bloom, and a delicious dessert. I would highly recommend not only for the food, but for the good conversation.
We went on this Tour to learn about local food and Art Deco. Unfortunaty, the iconic pastels and details on Ocean Drive were lost in the dark, and our guide mainly spoke about his political opinions than the food itself. Perhaps he would be better for a pub crawl, but this was not professional at all.