This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the Wynwood tour hosted by Miami Culinary Tours. The tour stopped at 5 different restaurants (GK Bistronomie, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Mister Block, Fireman Derek’s, & Made in Italy) and ventured into the walls and galleries. The tour lasted about 2 1/2 hours. Every restaurant stop was around 20 minutes in duration. The patrons got to sample anywhere from 1-3 of the restaurants most popular dishes. Below you can read the full descriptions of all the dishes sampled!
Above: GKB offers an outdoor seating area connected to the sushi bar
Above: Pork belly taquito- gruyere cheese, pickled onion, guacamole, chipotle aioli
GKB serves Peruvian food with a flare. The vision all started with the executive chef Rafael Perez. Chef Perez is well known for his fresh flavors combined with classic South American cuisine. He has run restaurants that were included in the Top 300 in the world! GKB has a very relaxed vibe while still maintaining an elegant atmosphere.
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
Above: The outdoor dining is one of the few that are actually located within the gates to the walls.
Above: From left to right- Tequeno (mozzarella filled puff pastry with avocado crema), Sweet plantain with Mexican crema, and Chicken ropa vieja empanadas
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is described as Miami cuisine. It pulls from many different ethnicities to create an American/Spanish blend! Not only do you experience amazing food, but striking art as well!
Above: Beef empanadas with a spicy tomato dipping sauce
Above: The door outside the café sports their signature top hat logo.
Mister Block is a quaint Wynwood coffee shop that serves Latin inspired food. Personally, I would suggest their seasonal eggnog nitro cold brew. The nitrogen adds an extra level of creaminess that otherwise couldn’t be achieved.
Fireman Derek’s Bakeshop
Above: The signature sign hangs outside the small bakeshop
Above: Signature key lime pie made with fresh lime juice
Fireman Derek’s is a unique place that has become a Wynwood staple. Derek was a regular old Miami firefighter who had a passion for baking. This passion has now become a successful business. It originally started as a food truck but the demand became so great that it is now a storefront.
Made in Italy
Above: The interior sports wooden tables and safes full of wine.
Above: Homemade cannoli’s filled with fresh ricotta.
Made in Italy is not only a gourmet market, but a restaurant as well. They serve a variety of wine, espresso, cheeses, and signature Italian meals. As soon as you walk through the door, you can see the chef stirring up a pot of authentic red sauce!
Overall, Miami Culinary Tours is a unique experience that I would definitely recommend. However, if you are a local like myself, then be prepared to eat mainly authentic Miami food. Most of the cuisine served was from a Latin heritage. This is great for the tourist to be able to experience what Wynwood is all about! Try to plan some extra time to explore either before or after the tour. Since it is only 2 1/2 hours long, you don’t have much time to “stop and smell the roses”. The tour company also offers locations in both South Beach and Little Havana. If this is something that interests you, make sure to check it out at https://www.miamiculinarytours.com/tour/wynwood-food-tour/ .