Swooped With Forks Food Tour: Locals Will Love It
Miami Food Tours, the company that runs SoBe Tour des Forks through the art deco district, launched its Swooped With Forks food tour last week. Wait. Don't move on with your life just yet. Before you think, Thanks for the update, Short Order, but I live and breathe Miami. I don't need a food tour, hear us out.
Photos by Lyssa Goldberg A warm, foamy cortadito starts your morning on the new Swooped With Forks food tour.
Starting in South Beach but hitting Wynwood, the Design District, and Buena Vista, this tour is an off-the-beaten-path option infused with historical and cultural tidbits that will satisfy locals as much as the food tastings appeal to tourists. Everyone in Miami has covered the South Beach essentials, like the Café at Books & Books and the Frieze. This is a different way to try quality restaurants you've been hearing about for what seems like ages -- Crumb on Parchment and La Latina, to name a few -- while meeting cool people and learning new facts about the city you call home.
Tours go out at 10:30 a.m. twice a week -- Wednesdays and Fridays -- and Short Order was invited to check it out last Friday. After arriving at the meeting point, sipping on a cortadito, and downing a fresh pastelito de guayaba (classic Miami), we hopped on Swoop (that awesome electric golf cart you've seen giving people free rides around SoBe) and set out for a long morning of eating till our tummies were beyond content.
Spoiler alert: Continue reading only if you want all the deets about exactly where the tour will take you and what kind of eats you can expect. Because obviously you do.
The first stop is La Latina, a Venezuelan areperia that's been open for almost two years. Sip on a papelón con limon, which is a dark lemonade made with raw hardened sugarcane juice. Then taste the best tequeño while listening to the restaurant's owner explain the meaning behind the name of the arepa you're savoring.
Delicious tequeño and gluten-free reina pepiada empana from La Latina.