Recently I was given the opportunity to go on a food tour, courtesy of Miami Culinary Tours, through the South Beach area.
As soon as our tour group walked into Jerry's Famous Deli, I felt like I was transported to New York. Up in the Big Apple, deli/restaurant/bakery/counter combos are fairly common, and the mix of the decor, the delicious looking food behind the large glass displays, and the mix of people sitting around the deli made me feel as if I had suddenly been taken to that big city. The atmosphere of the entire place gave me a sense of belonging, even though I'd never been there before, and the servers behind the counter gave us a greeting and a smile as we came up with our group.
One of the most fascinating things about the Jerry's location that we went to has got to be the architecture and ambiance. The high ceilings, the engraved windows with greek-looking statues, the huge displays, the dark flooring against the white walls, the star-studded feel of the wall hangings - out of all the things I did on the food tour, this is something that stands out to me the most. Even now, I have a craving to go back there, late at night, and just look around, eating and people watching. It's the kind of place you can imagine being in a movie scene.
And it's not just about the look and feel of the restaurant - the rugelach (pronounced rug-ah-lock) our group got to sample was pretty darn tasty too! I've never been a huge fan of sweets (with the exception of a recent attraction to donuts), but the flaky, crispy crust with fruit and what I suspect was cream cheese inside was absolutely divine. I actually really wanted a second helping, but it wasn't that kind of food tour, so I'm just going to have to go back on my own time!
If you're looking for a place that has a big city feel, but that has a comfort-zone a mile wide, this is the deli to go to. An interesting note: On the way out, my husband and I noticed that they deliver - to your home, your work, or your boat!
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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