Whether you're a local or a tourist - everyone should go on the West Palm Beach Food Tour at least once. Several days a week, Kristl Story takes groups on a culinary tour where you will feast on more than just delicious appetizer-sized portions from a variety of local hot spots. The tour serves up 13 tastings from some of the best locally owned restaurants, and is full of interesting facts about our beloved city. If you've ever wanted to try something different - or plan to visit West Palm Beach and are looking for the perfect blend of culture, food, and fun, the West Palm Beach Food Tour is a must do!
Our first stop, and also our meeting point, was the delectable Johan's Joe. The chic Swedish Coffee House & Café serves up authentic Scandinavian baked goods, FIKA - an unforgettable custom blend of Sweden’s most ethical and environmentally friendly coffee and tea from Löfbergs Lila, and nordic sandwiches that will wow your tastebuds. It was the perfect first stop on the WPB Food Tour to discover just how special our city is.
The Blind Monk
Next up Kristl took us to a local favorite that's off the beaten path. Blind Monk is an adorable little spot on Evernia, just two blocks south of Clematis. With an intriguing wine and beer list, delicious dishes being served up in style, and plenty of fun and unique nights (black and white movies on a big screen anyone?!), Blond Monk is a terrific jewel in the heart of our bustling cityscape. This second stop on our tour was complete with a savory Ahi Tuna Tostada piled high with fresh, local mango and avocado salsa. Yum!
If you're looking for internationally recognized food with a quaint local feel, Hullaballoo is the place for you. The menu was designed by their amazing chef (who has been featured on The Food Network and the PBS show "Check Please" by the way), eclectic environment, and some of the best cocktails in town, Hullaballoo is a local cult favorite for many reasons. On the tour, we sat around a large family-style table out back and enjoyed their famous brussel sprout appetizer, delicious chicken meatballs, and of course, the pesto toast!
If you live here, or have visited WPB and didn't stop by Pizza Girls, put that on your to-do list right now. This quaint walk up counter spot just off the famous Clematis Fountains is as quintessential West Palm Beach as you can get. Owned and operated by the same founders since 1999, Pizza Girls was a part of the downtown WPB scene long before it became the trendy hot spot we know it to be today. Kristl made sure we stopped here for a slice of award-winning pizza at this well respected local spot.
101 N Clematis St, West Palm Beach; (561) 833-5090; https://www.pistachewpb.com
Our second to last stop took us to France as we crossed the Clematis Fountain courtyard to Pistahe French Bistro. Here we were able to sample the classic French sandwich, the Croque Monsieur, which was smothered in melted gruyere cheese. This terrific and authentic restaurant is a local favorite for savory, classic dishes like Moules Frites "Mariniere", Duck Fois Gras, Escargot and many others. Très délicieux!
Ganache Bakery Cafe
120 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach; (561)507-5082; www.ganachebakerycafe.com
Our last stop took us to the Granache Bakery where you can truly taste the tropics! We learned the correct way to open a coconut and were enlightened during tropical fruit show & tell. You'll learn all about coconuts, tamarinds and key limes, while sampling Key Lime Tarts, refreshing Coconut Water and Tamarind Juice. The perfect way to end our tour!
For more information on the West Palm Beach Food Tour, or to reserve your tickets, visit www.westpalmbeachfoodtour.com.