Within the past three months, I’ve had a ton of (great) things in motion. I left a toxic job for my dream career, bae and I consolidated into his (and now our) three-bedroom townhome, and then BOOM. We got engaged! I said “YES!” to becoming one with my best friend, and I couldn’t be more excited. 😀
We currently have ZERO plans at the moment for the wedding, and quite honestly, we have no clue what it will look like – and we’re at peace! We did, however, decide it was a must to take a beach trip to celebrate. WE DESERVE!
It was a no-brainer to head south. We love Miami. The beach is my go-to stress reliever, and we both have a lot of family in Miami. I will say that South Beach hits different when you’re 30, but there’s so much to do outside of partying. There’s the Arts District/ Wynwood, Brickell, and other impressive areas to enjoy. We had a great time and quite honestly, we ate really good. Check out our MIA food tour itinerary below, and how we kicked off #GoingGuilbaud!
First thing’s first: Café con Leche
It doesn’t matter when I visit Miami, I will always go to my favorite spot – Mary’s. Mary’s Coin Laundry & Deli is a hidden gem in the city. Driving by you may not notice it, but up close you’ll discover they have delicious café con leche. It’s perfectly brewed, the right amount of sweet, and gives you a huge caffeinated boost to get you on your way.
Don’t forget the empanadas
Love Cuban food? Me too! What’s better than pairing your café con leche with a delicious empanada? Nothing! Versailles Restaurant is known for its fine dining, but I love their convenient bakery, and I get chicken empanadas to go. These empanadas are hands down the best in the city and honestly, the best I’ve ever tasted!
Relax & unwind a little
No real food tour is legit without relaxation and sleep. My relatives own a condo at The Mutiny Hotel in Coconut Grove which you can book here. I love The Mutiny because it provides classic Miami vibes with exceptional service. It’s also a 15- to 20-minute drive to South Beach. We relaxed at the pool and Jacuzzi the first night of our stay. We stayed at two hotels this trip, including the Loews Hotel in Miami Beach. I prefer the Loews Hotel because its upscale, there are a lot of activities to do right in the hotel like yoga and fitness classes, and the backyard is literally South Beach.
Another “go-to” restaurant in Miami is Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, which serves tacos and Mexican street food. It’s always on my list to visit because their tacos are mind-blowing, and I love their frozen margarita. Speaking of margarita, they have a full-service bar so you can drink during happy hour, every day 6 pm – 8 pm. Here are some of my favorite menu items, with asterisks on the must-tries:
- Mexican rice bowl
- Short rib taco*
- Pretty much any burrito
- Kale bowl
- Barbacoa taco*
- Pollo Asado taco
- Frozen margarita*
If you’re really extra like me, you can check in on Yelp and receive a free shot of tequila on the house. ¡Salud!
Brunch so hard omelets wanna fine me
A solid food tour includes brunching fifty-leven times. Here’s the brunch spots we got lit at this go-around with asterisks next to my favorites:
This place goes in. This premier restaurant in Coconut Grove has delicious food and also a great vibe as far as entertainment. It’s like, going to a day party without the party (does that make sense?) My top favorite menu items are:
- Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
- Spinach and Feta Omelet
- Espresso with warm milk
Preston’s is located inside of the Loews Hotel, and we dined here because we added on the breakfast package to our stay. It’s convenient to wake up and go downstairs for brunch, and the food is pretty tasty. We also added unlimited mimosas to our package, so let’s just say we took a long nap afterward. Ha!
We stumbled across this spot after reading raving Yelp reviews, and honestly, we were underwhelmed. I do think this place is an excellent option if you’re looking for more clean menu items to accompany your long trip of heavy eating and drinking. I had the Fit Naked Bitch – egg white scramble, spinach, chickpeas, and veggies, all which were necessary during our food tour. Please don’t take my word for it though, check it out despite my lack of a satisfactory review and see for yourself.
Italian at its finest
I didn’t know this before, but South Beach has pretty damn good Italian eateries. We found The Alley while walking through the streets, and il pastaiolo on Yelp. These restaurants were the final stops of our food tour, and we definitely went out with a bang.
The Alley is the best Italian eatery in SB. I said it! The atmosphere is intimate and romantic, and the food is absolutely delicious, authentic, and fresh. We ordered:
- Whipped Ricotta
- Short Rib Pizza
- The Tuscan Kale Salad
Each dish was phenomenal. The combined flavors and ingredients of each dish were perfect!
Il pastaiolo is the perfect place for quiet, fine Italian dining. I love the decor and atmosphere, which is a pleasant getaway from the hustle and bustle on the beach. We chose:
- Italian meatballs
- Arugula Salad
- 2 glasses of wine
- Espresso (dessert)
I highly recommend this place for delicious dining!
We had a fantastic engagement food tour in Miami, and we were not disappointed! Hopefully, this post will give you great ideas for your next visit (or food tour) in Miami. ¡Bon Appetit!
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