West Palm Beach has an offering that is bound to please everyone in the family: a walking food tour. This is a great way to learn about the city’s culture and flavor. I have taken part in the trend of food tours through the country, and I am happy to say that the Downtown West Palm Beach Food Tour is right up there with the best of them. My experience was grand!
Meet Up At The Blind Monk
All of the food tour’s participants met at The Blind Monk, a trendy and popular eatery in WPB. Kristi, the owner, and operator of West Palm Beach Food Tours made introductions and gave us a rundown of what to expect. We then began the eating extravaganza at the Blind Monk’s outdoor tables. We started with home-baked Crostinis and crushed tomatoes, sprinkled with sea salt. Next, came the picture perfect Ahi tuna crisps with avocado, red onion, and mango. We chased our appetizers with a Prosecco mojito cocktail. I liked the cool vibe of The Blind Monk and their spot on appetizers.
Fun and Funky Hullabaloo
Hullabaloo is an interesting restaurant with a chic feel and cool decor. It has a cozy patio and courtyard in the back littered with tables and seating arrangements. This Italian gastropub even has a retro Airstream camper for a real throw-back dining experience. Hullabaloo’s mural painted walls went well with the decor. This is where we sampled my favorite dish of the day: Fire-roasted Brussels with candied pine nuts a bacon aioli. Freaking genius! I will definitely be visiting this restaurant again.
WPB’s Favorite Pizza
Pizza Girls is a famous celebrity stop on the edge of the Green Park. Their trendy New York style pizzas consist of fresh ingredients and combinations that make your taste buds scream with delight. We grabbed a spot in the park to sit while Kristi collected our pizzas. My favorite was Pizza Girls’ Manhattan pie, which they described as “if Lasagna and Pizza had a baby”. Truly decadent. My next trip there will include an Italian Ice and the Pizza Dog, items I was drooling over after popping my head inside of the restaurant.
WPB Weekend Green Market
Since the Ganache Bakery Cafe moves to the Green Market on the weekends, our West Palm Beach Food Tour took us there instead of to their usual shop. We learned how to open a coconut and drink the sweet rewards as well as the origin of Key Lime Pie, a Florida staple. West Palm Beach is over saturated with coconuts, so partaking in something that uses ingredients readily available sat particularly well with me. We also got to sample a Ganache Bakery Cafe mini-key lime tart (sheer perfection) and were introduced to tamarind juice.
Jardin is a posh American restaurant with beautifully painted murals, sophisticated foods, and hand-crafted cocktails. Although Jardin has two outdoor patios to choose from (front and back), we sat inside by the open kitchen to watch the chefs prepare our sampling. Our plates included a trio of Gator Empanadas, savory Madeleines, and Brigadeiros, a Brazilian chocolate fudge ball. While the gator was out of my comfort zone, the taste of it paired with a tangy remoulade sauce was superb. I could have eaten an entire order of these delicate treats! The fudge ball was rich and super creamy. ** permanently closed as of 1/2018
West Palm Beach Food Tours: A Fun and Delicious Offering
The one mile walk through West Palm Beach’s scenic and busy streets not only gave us a chance to stretch our legs in between food stops, but also the opportunity to see amazing street art. I highly recommend a West Palm Beach Food Tour to anyone who wants a culinary sampling of this delicious town or is looking to dive into the culture of WPB. Our tour group consisted of locals and tourists, sisters and couples, solo travelers, and mother/daughter pairs. Kristi did a fantastic job sharing West Palm Beach’s history and food with us on this Downtown Food Tour. We were sent away with our bellies full and memories of a fun day.
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West Palm Beach Food Tour: Downtown Tour or Market Tour & Cooking Class
Adults $65 (1 cocktail) $79 (3 cocktails) Child (12 and under) $45
Thanks to the West Palm Beach Food Tours for hosting me on this delicious discovery of fine foods in WPB. As always, my opinions are 100% my own and unbiased.