If there is one thing I love, it’s eating.  So this past weekend I had the opportunity to do something a little different, I went on a food and art tour in Wynwood.  As some of you may know, Wynwood is our local art district here in Miami.  It’s full of galleries, restaurants, bars and other local businesses.Although I do frequent it, I never really visit it during the day.  As vibrant and energetic as this area is at night, there are many things I had missed out on. Many restaurants and businesses are open that otherwise would be closed by the time my friends and I show up to bar hop at night.

Luckily it was bright and sunny on the day of the tour. The buildings and countless murals seemed to pop with so much color that day.

Wynwood Kitchen and Bar

The art tour in Wynwood was organized by Miami Culinary Tours. And our tour group met up at Wynwood Walls.  This is where we were greeted by our very nice and energetic guide.

She lead us to our first stop, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, which is adjacent to the Walls. Although I have been to the Walls before, it was my first time dinning at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar.

Our group and guide at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar.

We were served a chicken empanada, cheese tequeno, and sweet plantains with queso frito.  In addition, we sampled a Rubia beer from Wynwood Brewery.  I am actually not a big beer person, but it was a nice pale ale.  Not only was the food great but the restaurant was also decorated with more paintings and another mural by Shepard Fairey.
Our delicious first meal.
Shepard Fairey’s mural behind the bar.

After our meal, our guide took us around the Wynwood Walls.  She was very knowledgeable and gave us some background information on the artists and their murals.  This portion of the tour is well worth it.  It gave me a different perspective on some of the murals I have seen before.

Shepard Fairey’s mural.
This is probably my favorite mural in this area.
This mural was made only using red, black and white paint.
Oh hey, it’s me.  The wall behind me is by Aiko.
This piece is interesting. The details were actually chiseled out of the wall.

 

This artist is called Retna.

 

Afterwards, we hopped over to a nearby gallery to look at more art.  They had a very nice sculpture exhibit and other works showing.

O.  Ascanio Gallery.

 

 

After visiting the gallery it was another quick walk and we were at Mmmm.  I have never been there before and can’t wait to go back to try their ice cream.  We had an Artichoke Tartine there, which is not something I usually eat, but it was delicious.  I also learned Tartine means open face sandwich.  So there you go, learn something new everyday.

French inspired artichoke tartine.  Who knew vegetables were tasty?

 

This is the outside area at Mmmm. Very cute.

Our next stop on the tour was R House which is a combination restaurant and gallery.  They even had a curator talk to us about their current exhibit before we sat down for our meal.  The modern design of the place and the art work that hung on the walls just added to the ambiance.

We were promptly served pulled pork sliders with tuna tartare.  The tartare was the highlight of the two. It was very flavorful with a touch of avocado and tomatoes, served on an airy crispy nacho.

 

The gallery inspired architecture and art work at R House.

 

The outdoor area at R House.
Some more art work hanging by the bar.
Short rib slider, and tuna tartare served at R House. The tuna tartare was especially tasty.
Work in progress.

For the next portion of the tour we walked just a little further through the neighborhood to Pride and Joy.  I have been there a few times and enjoyed the food. They serve bbq style dishes. We were treated to pulled pork on texas toast topped with cold slaw.  It was delicious, but it was also fun experimenting with their sauces.

 

Pulled pork Texas toast from Pride and Joy.

Last but not least, we went just a few doors down to Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies for some key lime pie.  This is a tiny bakery, so we basically had to eat outside, but the pie was scrumptious just like the rest of the dishes.

Fireman Dererk’s World Famous Pies,  love the wall.

 

Delicious!
Overall it was a really fun experience.  I got to walk around, look and learn about art, meet some really nice people and of course ate some tasty food.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether you are a local or just visiting.  It is a good experience and I am hoping to do it again.
Miami Culinary Tours actually offers two other tours for South Beach and Little Havana.  So if you get a chance check them out.
-Gio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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