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Check Out the South Beach Food Tour

South Beach isn’t just a place to go to lay on the beach or party all night, it’s also a place to go with a big appetite. Over the years, this hot Florida city has become a culinary destination. With many different cultures and renowned chefs living in the area, the food down here is phenomenal. No matter your budget or how picky an eater you or your loved ones are, you’ll be able to find something you love to eat here in South Beach. The food is so great down here that there’s actually a South Beach Food Tour to enjoy all the flavors South Beach has to offer.

The South Beach Food Tour has been voted the number one food tour in Miami for the last seven years by visitors on TripAdvisor. The tour costs $59 for an adult and $49 for a child age 8 to 13. Tours happen twice daily (noon and 5 p.m.) On the tour, there are five restaurant stops, and the tour lasts around 2.5 hours. The total walking distance of the tour is one mile, and there are plenty of places for people to stop and rest if needed. The tour is always held, rain or shine. The tour begins two blocks away from Ocean Drive, but the exact location is not given out until a ticket is purchased.

On the South Beach Food Tour, a person gets to experience culture, history, and of course, great cuisine. The tour also gives people a chance to learn some history and experience the architecture of the Art Deco District. In this tour, people will also get a chance to see past movie sets, important landmarks, and other well-known locations.

The food people get to taste comes from Latin, American, and European cuisines. The restaurants range from local favorites to hidden spots. Restaurants include: Bolivar, Cuban Larios on the Beach, Manolo on the Beach, Blocks Deli, Top Chef Ralph Pagnano’s at the Tudor House, and Milani Gelateria.

These tours are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free (not Celiac) friendly. Some foods items for tasting include: empanadas, ceviche, homemade mojo, beef ropa vieja, gelato, and more.

Dishes are served within minutes of the tour arriving. Tours are small. Private tours are also conducted (minimum of six people). Click here for more info and to book your tour.

After you stuck yourself silly with the city’s finest cuisine, you might want to take a breather at your nearby hotel room. Not sure where to stay? Book a night at the Cavalier Hotel, which is right in the heart of South Beach. To book your stay, click here or call (305) 673-1199.

Celebrity Chef Hot Spots in South Beach

Did you know South Beach and all of Miami are known for having some of the best food around? In Miami, the dining and food scene is ever-changing and evolving. There is food from all cultures represented and presented in many different ways. What makes some of Miami’s restaurants even more special is many of them are owned by a celebrity chef. These chefs’ spots range from fancier dining food options to comfort food. If you like watching cooking shows or have a favorite chef, there’s a good chance they own a place down here!

Here are some South Beach restaurants owned/operated by celebrity chefs that you should most definitely check out on your next visit to the area.

The Bazaar by Jose Andres
SLS Hotel, 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Celebrity chef: Jose Andres
This is a world-renowned restaurant that mixes sophisticated cuisine with a playful atmosphere. The place features a Spanish tapas style of dining with South Beach Latin flavors woven into the dishes. Andres is a James Beard award winner.

Beachcraft
1 Hotel & Homes, 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Celebrity Chef: Tom Colicchio
This restaurant features amazing fish and antibiotic-free meat dishes, has a stocked raw bar and freshly made pastas. Organic and fresh food is key here. Colicchio is a five-time James Beard award winner and the author of three cookbooks.

The Dutch Miami
W Hotel, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
Celebrity Chef: Andrew Carmellini
This American restaurant features fresh fish, shellfish, meats and local produce. Some special items featured: a deluxe steak with a tower of shellfish, flavorful curry, fresh pie, and more. Carmellini is a two-time James Beard winner and has many successful restaurants and his grandfather owned Miami Beach’s Surf Club in the 1940s and 1950s; he is also the author of two cookbooks.

Other Celebrity Owned South Beach Restaurants

Matador Room at the Edition –  Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Tropicale –  Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Scarpetta – Scott Conant
Stripsteak – Michael Mina
Michael Mina 74 at Fountaineblue – Michael Mina

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After spending the evening stuffing your face full of excellent cuisine from one of these celebrity chefs, you’ll want to spend the night locally so you can enjoy another restaurant tomorrow. The Cavalier Hotel is located nearby all these restaurants. To book a room, call 305-673-1199 or click here.