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Tasting Tour of Delray Beach - November 18, 2014


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On Tuesday, November 18th, a friend and I participated in the Check Please South Florida Tasting Tour of Delray Beach.  This was the second tasting tour I had been on sponsored by Check Please South Florida.  It’s a great way to get to know an area with their restaurants.  Previously, I did the tour of Miami and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  One of the restaurants I did on the Miami tour has become a standby when in the area: Buena Vista Bistro.

The tours are not inexpensive ($150 per person) but you get to make a contribution to the tv show and sample some great and not so great food.  Michelle Bernstein, the host of Check Please South Florida is always on hand to meet and greet.  

The evening started out ominously with heavy skies and misting rain.  My friend and I arrived a little before beginning time of 5:30 pm.  The first stop (and registration) was DADA at 52 North Swinton Avenue.  These people were the best of hosts.  They constantly brought out food and drink and everyone got a chance to sample every appetizer several times over.  Two of the appetizers really stood out: the Dada dates (bacon wrapped with goat cheese and chorizo) and pork wings (tiny pork chops with balsamic fig glaze).  They also served a grilled brie that was pretty special.  The cocktail was Pear-ing is Caring with Tito’s Handmade Vodka with pear puree  muddled with mint with a splash of soda.  I would definitely go back to this place.

Since this is a walking tour and there were a large number of people, they spit us into four groups by colors.  Any undertaking this size can be problematic and we had an immediate share of a problem when we were taken to our next restaurant and realized another group had mistakenly taken our place.  We simply went to the next restaurant on the list and proceeded as if nothing happened.  Even the rain cooperated.

32 East was the next stop at 32 East Atlantic.  It’s a very hip place and I seem to remember the appetizer as a pumpkin fried food.  It was the cocktail that was pretty bad.  It was some kind of pumpkin concoction that was not only weak but ugly.  They ran out of their appetizers (which also included pumpkin in it) but the servers went back to the kitchen and brought out some for those who didn’t get them in the first round.  However, they were pretty bad.  

Salt was our next stop at 32 SE 2nd Ave.  This is definitely a steak place and they provided us with an appetizer with steak, onion, capers, on a piece of bread - almost pizza-like.  It was here we had a vodka/champagne cocktail.  I would have never thought of mixing the two but it was pretty good.

Vic and Angelos at 290 East Atlantic was next.  This looked like a pizza joint and it is - but oh what pizza!  They really pulled out the stops for us by providing us our own private area with two pizza selections, craft beers, and choice of cocktails.

City Oyster & Sushi Bar at 213 E. Atlantic Ave was the next stop.  We almost went to the wrong restaurant (led by our guide) but we soon found the right place.  They had a very nice spread of food and cocktails.  It was really packed but they did an excellent job of getting everyone served.  They had an interesting salmon pizza and a California roll.  Again, they provided craft beers and speciality cocktails.

Our last stop was desert at Sundy House at 106 S. Swinton Ave.  It was too cool for the garden, so we sat in the glass enclosed dining room.  If you’ve never been, it’s one of the very special places to visit in South Florida.  They have guest cottages for overnight guests and the gardens are a favorite place for weddings and special events.  We had a sit down desert with coffee.  

After desert, you are provided with a gift bag full of things like coffee, olive oils, spices, etc. 

It was a quick, nippy walk back to the truck and then home.  If you have the opportunity, try out these annual events sponsored by Check Please South Florida.  It’s well worth your time and money.

© Fred Searcy 2017