Recently I did a food tour in Boynton Beach, Florida that I couldn’t wait to share with you. My husband, Eddie, accompanied me on the Taste History Culinary Tour as we sampled food from local restaurants, pastry shops, and international eateries, as well as gained some knowledge about the business owners and areas of interest around town. Lori, the tour leader and gal in charge, knows her stuff and makes learning history so much fun…and tasty.
Taste History Culinary Tours, established in 2011, were the ones to offer the first cultural culinary tour in Palm Beach County. There are three distinct itineraries offered on Saturdays to choose from including Lake Worth & Lantana, Delray and Boynton Beaches, and West Palm Beach (various districts).
Discovering Boynton Beach
During my Taste History tour, we explored Boynton Beach and a touch of neighboring Delray Beach. Here are the stops and highlights of our day.
Palermo’s Italian Bakery (140 North Congress)
This family-owned Italian specialty bake shop is popular for custom wedding cakes and all of your favorite Italian pastries and cookies. The farm-to-table made-from-scratch bakery is also a recommended stop for coffee and has free Wifi. It has been in business since 1961. Be sure to taste the Italian Pignoli cookies and rainbow cake/cookies. They are heavenly. The cannoli was pretty delicious, too.
Amanda James Gallery (412 East Ocean Avenue)
Designer and artist, Amanda, and her husband, James, are incredibly talented. Their vibrant shop resembles whimsical Lilly Pulitzer with a kick! The animal print pillows with jeweled eyes were my favorite items followed by some beautiful earrings and necklaces. If you like mermaids, this shop will knock your socks off!
Avenue of the Arts
This part of town features art in public places and other artworks including “Albert on the Avenue“, a collection of six massive sculptures done by metal sculptor Albert Paley. Some of the pieces are illuminated at night and have plaques listing the artist’s website information. A few of my favorites were Envious, Composure, and Stance.
Troy’s Barbeque (920 S Federal Highway)
Family owned Troy’s Barbeque has a tasty selection of brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken, and great barbecue sauces to top them off with. Troy’s side items are noteworthy, too. Try the collard greens, potato salad, mac & cheese, or peas and rice to accompany your meat platters. I loved the richness of the greens and the baked beans were tangy and had a nice bite to them. Don’t miss the Conch Fritters. Troy’s has been serving Boynton Beach since 1996 and nearly everything on the menu is under $16.
Hurricane Alley Raw Bar & Restaurant (1919 Building Avenue of the Arts District
This casual eatery has American and seafood dishes and a lively atmosphere. Hurricane Alley’s Bisque is exceptional, but the stand out dish for me was the Calamari Salad, very unique and refreshing. Hurricane Alley’s Raw Bar does a nice job on their Fish Dip, too, a Florida restaurant staple. Bonus, we had sweet tea!
Sweet’s Sensational Jamaican Café (SW 5th Avenue: The Set District Delray Beach)
A unique offering on the Taste History food tour was a stop at Sweet’s for Jamaican cuisine in a historic part of town. Here, we tried oxtails, jerk chicken, jerk beef, steamed cabbages, and curried goat. Some of the flavors at Sweet’s were very spicy and hot but the flavors were great! I’ll admit a few of the dishes were a little too exotic for my taste buds so I skipped a few of them.
Colony Hotel & Cabana Club (Downtown Delray Beach)
This 1926 historic hotel has seen its day of grandeur and today still serves the local area with its historic setting in a fantastic part of town. Two miles away, the Colony Hotel’s Cabana Club welcomes guests to beach access, full service, and killer views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Boynton Beach Arts District (BBAD)
This is the part of town for exceptional street art and murals. I was incredibly intrigued by a few of the pieces including Salvador Dali, Bob Ross, and a colorful Mona Lisa piece. The talent of these artists is amazing!
Experience the Palm Beaches Like the Locals Do
The Taste History Culinary Tour is a fantastic way to get to know local businesses in the Palm Beach neighborhoods. I love that they mix up the itinerary and business choices each time. Tours start at 11 AM and run three to four hours. Private group tours are also available. Enjoy exploring this incredible part of South Florida.
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Article Written by Melody Pittman of Wherever I May Roam.
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