In this edition of our monthly Blogger Bite series, we’re touring a combination of hidden gems and fan favorites with Anthony Guzman, local entrepreneur and co-creator of Craft Food Tours.
The Miramar local turned Delray Beach resident, who has a full time gig in digital marketing, got together with business partner Matt Guidice five years ago to create this behind the scenes, VIP culinary experience. Guides take locals and visitors alike through a food journey in downtown Delray to meet the chefs and mixologists behind the delightful dishes and refreshing cocktails that make Delray unique. The tours happen four times a week, and Guzman recently launched a Delray happy hour tour, downtown Fort Lauderdale tour and a Delray Beach Market vendor tour.
So where does Guzman like to eat when he’s going out on the town with his wife and friends? Let’s find out.
Deke’s in Delray
As a creature of habit, Guzman is always here ordering an espresso or cold brew. Roasted in house, this is his favorite local coffee.
6 NE 5th Ave., Delray Beach; dekes-delray.square.site
Two Fat Breggfast
Located inside Two Fat Cookies, this hidden gem is where Guzman fuels up after his coffee. His go to is The BAE, a bacon, avocado and scrambled egg croissant sandwich.
32 SE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach; 561/265-5350; twofatbreggfast.com
Once the afternoon hits, Guzman heads to this local, off-the-beaten-path haunt for Asian street food. The JianBing is a paper-thin crepe stuffed with egg, scallion, cilantro, lettuce and chicken that’s quick, easy and relatively healthy.
155 NE 4th Ave., Delray Beach; 561/562-2568; delray-goodies.business.site
For a small dish to whet his appetite, Guzman orders the fish dip made with one of his favorite fish, local wahoo. And he pairs it with the Slightly Smoked cocktail that’s clean, simple and smooth. Made with a combination of tequila, lime, agave and mezcal, it’s the mezcal’s smokiness that he enjoys.
187 NE 2nd Ave. Delray Beach; 561/266-3750; thegrovedelray.com
Cabana El Rey
“I am Cuban and there’s really no other restaurant I go to for Latin food.” He starts off the night with a passion fruit caipirinha followed by “the best coconut shrimp in South Florida” and a sizzling churrasco steak.
105 E Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561/274-9090; cabanadelray.com
For a dessert that’s definitely worth the drive, Guzman visits this cash-only café for a slice of Miss Marsha’s original mango pie.
830 N Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth; thejewell.menu
To see what Anthony’s Craft Food Tours are visiting, follow @craftfoodtours on Instagram.