Swooped With Forks Food Tour: Locals Will Love It
Next up: Crumb on Parchment. The adorable bakery and café in the center of a Design District building belongs to James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein. Sit on bright red couches underneath the atrium. You'll be served the soup of the day (ours was pasta e fagioli) and the Chinese chicken chop chop.
Atrium lighting brightens up the Crumb on Parchment café.
Your stomach is nearing satisfaction, but the day is young. At Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, you'll try Latin-inspired small plates in one of the most notably designed eateries in the city. Gaze outside at the Wynwood Walls while executive chef Miguel Aguilar welcomes you to his restaurant. It's time for sweet plantains topped with queso fresco, caramelized to perfection, and chicken ropa vieja empanadas, their most popular dish.
Small plates at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar.
Just when you think you can't eat anymore, you'll be swept away for one last treat. At Bunnie Cakes, a vegan bakery, you're able to choose your own cupcakes, and looking at their wide selection, you won't even wonder if you have room left. Because there's always room for a guava-filled cupcake, or two.
Choose two cupcakes at Bunnie Cakes.
As enjoyable as it is to eat some of the best food Miami has to offer for four hours, the highlights of the tour are the guides and the insider knowledge they offer. Kelly, the Miami Food Tour founder and an architectural expert, gives commentary on everything from the development of the Venetian Causeway, which you'll cross over on Swoop, to the fascinating Bacardi Building in Biscayne, which this reporter is ashamed to say she'd never noticed in her 20 years of living in this city. And did you know that Cuban culinary destination David's Cafe used to be a Jewish deli of the same name?
The restaurant stops are true gems rather than tourist traps, while the cultural context will give natives a fonder appreciation of the Magic City. And to any out-of-towners that may have read through this whole post, which so kindly ignores your existence, sorry on our behalf! But the fact that you were up for scrolling through these pages proves one last point -- Swooped with Forks is just as great for tourists too.