We had a great time at the Las Olas Food Tours in Fort Lauderdale. Usually overshadowed by Miami, Ft. Lauderdale is actually an incredible option when it comes to dining when in South Florida. Although not as overly saturated when it comes to Latin restaurants, Ft. Lauderdale still manages to offer a diverse culinary scene that alludes to the menagerie of cultures that can be found in the area. In fact, Ft. Lauderdale may be an even better option for dining out, as the restaurants that are withstanding bring forth a sense of passion and authenticity that many restaurants in Miami take for granted. Yes, the culinary scene in Ft. Lauderdale may be young and may still be developing, but these reasons make it all the more attractive to people looking for an interesting eating experience. You will get to see history and development in the making, and that alone merits the trip from anywhere in the country.
Through the Ft. Lauderdale food tour you will have the opportunity to try artisanal food catering to the worldwide traveler. Begin at Pan E’ Dolci, an Italian bakery dedicated to making everything from scratch. Although the display cases boast a load of delicious Italian Pastries like cannolis and homemade gelato, we are actually here to try Baba au Rhum, a rum-soaked yeast cake that is tender, not too sweet, and a perfect start to a culinary journey. Next, we head to Johnny V, one of Ft. Lauderdale’s most prominent restaurants. Open for over a decade, this highly regarded chef run restaurant offers a chic and upscale setting along with delectable Floribbean cuisine. The blue cornmeal encrusted calamari is a unique take on a dish that is offered at most restaurants. Although it sounds odd, trying this dish will leave you wondering why most restaurants don’t offer calamari just like this one. Popularity has grown recently when it comes to cheese and wine pairings, and at Cheese Culture, not only will you be able to sample a wide selection of cheese and wines, you will also be educated on how to go about enjoying this combination. For a taste of the Greek Islands, the tour takes you to Trata Greek Taverna to sample Greek meatballs, a familiar dish given a Greek twist with different spices and herbs. After, we head to Gran Forno, the city’s premier bread bakery and wholesale seller to most of the restaurants in the area. You will be able to sample a tasty sandwich made using premium homemade ingredients during a behind-the-scenes tour of the bakery, allowing you to witness exactly what needs to happen in order to operate one of the most successful businesses in Ft. Lauderdale. We end the tour at Bao for beignets with condensed milk, a nod to the Thai Donuts that most of us are familiar with. Channeling the integration of French cuisine in Asian countries, you will understand how fusion cuisine is not something new to the world.
Although the Ft. Lauderdale tour is centered on food, you will also have the chance to learn about the area’s history through landmarks such as the Stranahan House Museum. Other stops include Forre & Co. Art Gallery, where you will see breath taking works of art that cater to the bohemian vibe of the surrounding areas. You will also stop at EVOO Market, a small boutique-like store selling a wide variety of Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegar, amongst other gourmet ingredients. Everything is delightful and something that would be great in your pantry.
Overall, the Las Olas Food Tour will give you a new appreciation of an area that is mistakenly overlooked on a regular basis. Finding surprising places always make an adventure that much better, and you will leave our tour with that feeling of discovery.