Recently I was given the opportunity to go on a food tour, courtesy of Miami Culinary Tours, through the South Beach area.
Tucked away in a little corner of South Beach, just a short block away from Ocean Drive, is David's Cafe - a walk-up counter and restaurant that serves up Cuban food 24/7. The coolest thing about them having a walk-up counter (other than the fact that it's 24/7, hellooooo after-drinking food!) is that if you're hanging out on the beach, you don't have to worry about the No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service rule. Taking a run with your dog? No problem, you can order at the counter without having to tie poor Fido up somewhere. On a bike and don't feel like taking the time to lock it up? Just order outside. Their 24 hour menu has Cuban goodies like the Medianoche (literally meaning "Midnight"), and stuff for your average hungry guy (or gal), like sandwiches, salads, steaks, seafood, chicken... you get the idea - it's pretty much a full menu.
But we didn't go to David's for the food. We went for the Cuban coffee. Café Cubano, something I'd had before without realizing under the name "cafecito", is a potent and sweet shot of coffee. It's meant to be consumed in small amounts, not just because it's similar to taking a shot of espresso, but because it's so sweet that to drink a lot of it would ruin the simplicity of it all. Although I have only had Café Cubano at one other restaurant (one of my "usual" spots), I can attest that the coffee here was excellent. Our tour guide, Anna, even went into detail about how David's uses locally-made coffee in their café. This was a great stop on our tour, not just because I love coffee, but because it was a nice mid-stop perk-me-up and because the coffee went down smooth, hot, and sweet. What's not to love about that?
I'm so glad that I was able to taste this on the food tour. There are so many great restaurants in Miami, and even if I had a million dollars, it'd be impossible to try all the awesome food out there. It was a real treat to be able to go on the sampling tour with Miami Culinary Tours. You can check out more about my trip here, or click here to go to Miami Culinary Tour's website to see how you can go on a food tour through Miami! You can also connect with them through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Flickr. Happy dining!
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