By: Natalya Jones Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
Imagine a couple hours dedicated to trying food from multiple restaurants both steeped with antiquity as well as some that are brand new. Cuisine can vary from American burgers to exotic Hispanic fare. Bites can be heavy and savory, light and sweet, or even a combination of all four. Thanks to Savor Our City for tours, this gastronomic dream is a reality.
A fun mix of history and cuisine, Savor Our City is pioneered by founder and C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer) Denise Righetti. Offering tours in Delray, Boca and Miami as well as cities in other states, Savor Our City contains five to seven stops where participants get to interact with restaurant managers, small business owners, chefs, farmers, mixologists and more.
On a recent Taste Atlantic Ave. tour, the group made several stops at popular downtown eateries.
Our first foodie stop was at City Oyster and Sushi Bar. Here, tour guests were served a breakfast panini and fruit. The over medium egg was complimented by pesto aioli, cheddar cheese, house roasted bacon and house made faccia bread. Accompanied by house roasted potatoes and a Bloody Mary, it was the ideal combination of carbs and protein to prep us for the walking portions of the tour.
Next up was popular night spot The Office. Except instead of an evening cocktail, we were served brunch specialities. Prime beef sliders were paired with truffle Parmesan fries in the corporate-esque setting. While the bacon honey jam, aged cheddar and spicy BBQ proved to be an exceptional blend, it was the truffle fries with garlic aioli on the side that should be promoted to CEO.
What followed was a memorable highlight of the tour, which took place at The Original Popcorn House, where we were taken on a behind-the-scenes tour.
Glass was the only thing that separated us from the unimaginable, crazy flavors of popcorn, all for our tasting. Honey Siracha, Pancakes/Bacon, Dark Chocolate Cayenne, Root Beer, Loaded Baked Potato and Peanut Butter were just a few of the types available in this corn variation’s heaven.
Walking over to the Colombian Coffee House, we stopped inside for an arepa, Farmer’s Coffee and Enchanted Lemonade. Comprised of cinnamon, cloves and sugar cane, the Farmer’s Coffee could have converted any non-coffee drinker over to the dark roast side. As for the Enchanted Lemonade made of sugar cane, water, and fresh lime, it was a light alternative to the sickly, too sweet lemonades typically found in grocery stores. For people looking for Splenda filled caffeinated beverages saturated with sticky creamer, the Colombian Coffee House is not the place: authenticity and natural ingredients are the theme here.
Our final stop was new restaurant Corner Porch. Although the establishment is only a few months old restaurant, the building is about 110 years old. Here, we were welcomed with a sample of their banana creamsicle cocktail, which is a mixture of banana liquor and rum, creme de cocoa, chocolate and milk. Creamy and decadent, it is the model fruity dessert beverage.
Margarita and brisket flatbread were also served.
Savor Our City is ideal for curious tourists or hungry locals. Regardless, participants of all types can take a bite out of the city.
Visit http://savorourcity.com/ for prices and ways to experience a tour.