There's no denying it: Wynwood is becoming a food mecca.
Turn back the clock a decade, though, and there was virtually nowhere to grab a bite besides Enriqueta's. Joey's changed that in
Today Wynwood is the place to go for the city's best coffee (Panther), bread (Zak the Baker), and pies (Fireman Derek's), with countless options to imbibe after the workday. Slowly but surely, Miami's arts district is putting as much emphasis on food and drink as it does on graffiti. And there are no signs of slowing.
You'll want a place to nosh on small plates while still taking in art. That's Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. Since Art Basel 2010, WKB's vibrant setting smack in the middle of the Wynwood Walls has made it a hot spot to eat, drink, and people-watch. If you're there long enough, you might even spot a celebrity subtly making his or her way through the
For healthful, delicious comfort
If Jay Z and Beyoncé like Joey's, so should the rest of Miami. When the music world's power couple had a romantic lunch at the Italian restaurant, they ordered burrata
7. GK Bistronomie
Peruvian cuisine goes global at GK Bistronomie (218 NE 25 St.). The restaurant, whose name is a combination of the words "bistro" and "gastronomy," features an exhibition-style kitchen, an indoor-outdoor bar serving pisco infusions, and an outdoor courtyard. The cuisine is as artful as the decor, with a menu comprising four sections, including tiraditos, appetizers, and main courses, mainly influenced by local Florida fish and Peruvian cuisine. Peru's staple, ceviche, is given a new lease on life with diverse offerings ranging from traditional Peruvian fish ($17) to a mushroom and yuzu ($14) and tuna and foie gras ($25).
Three words: burgers and beer. What more could you want besides quite possibly the best lineup of craft beer and burgers made with locally sourced beef from Cowart Ranch and ground in house daily? But there's more to Kush than brew and buns, such as Florida alligator bites, Bahamian conch salad with conch caught 58 miles offshore, and Proper Sausages pork links with spicy slaw, sliced pickles, and house-made purple mustard. As for the burgers, do yourself a favor and order the frita, which presses guava jelly, melted Grueyère, potato sticks, Miami Smokers bacon, and Lokal sauce into perfection. Kush is the coolest kid on the block.
Former Zuma chef Michael Lewis and former Zuma general manager Steven Haigh are the brains behind Kyu, a new Asian-inspired restaurant. Located at 251 NW 25th St., Kyu (pronounced like the letter q), uses a wood-fired grill as its focal point, where diners can watch their food being cooked via
No one quite breaks (or bakes) bread like Zak the Baker. For years, Miami was eating Zak Stern's sourdough at top restaurants all over town without knowing who he was. But today it's impossible for the Jewish baker with the impressive beard to go unnoticed. After successfully raising $30,000 through Kickstarter, Stern took his bread-making to Wynwood. Not only can you get fresh loaves of Jewish rye, plum fennel and rye, and country wheat, but you can also order open-faced sandwiches on sourdough topped with beets, feta, smoked salmon, chicken liver, egg salad, or whatever else Stern feels like making that day. In a
3. Plant Food + Wine
Celebrity chef and healthy-eating guru Matthew Kenney recently opened Plant Food + Wine. The restaurant, located at 105 NE 24th St., is "the most beautiful restaurant I've ever worked on," Kenney says. As the name implies, the menu is plant-based, highlighting South Florida produce. The menu offers both raw and cooked dishes. If you think vegans have to be angels, think again — Plant Food + Wine also features a bar serving seasonally sourced cocktails, plus organic and biodynamic wine and sake.
Beaker & Gray is the restaurant Wynwood has been waiting for — a lively eatery that places equal importance on its cocktail and food menus, thanks to partners Brian Nasajon and Ben Potts. Nasajon serves as executive chef, while Potts creates the bar program. Cocktails come fruity and fizzy (shaken) or bold and boozy (stirred), and the food is elevated from the usual pub grub — though an adult version of chicken nuggets ($12) can be found on the menu. Go for the weekday happy hour, when a variety of cocktails and small plates are offered for $5 each from 5 to 7 p.m. And check out the bonus late-night happy hour Monday through Thursday from midnight to 2 a.m.
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Miami's buzz-worthiest restaurant just happens to be in Wynwood, thanks to chef Bradley Kilgore. The ambiance is unfussy — concrete walls and floors, with a hint of neon. This plain industrial space is the perfect canvas for Kilgore's culinary art. A simple chicken dish sees the bird stuffed with thigh meat and foie gras ($24), and a soft-cooked egg is enhanced by Gruyère cheese espuma ($15). Kilgore also serves dishes that please vegans, such as a plant-based pastrami. Both Kilgore and Alter were semifinalists for this year's James Beard Awards but didn't make the final cut. That's good news for diners, who can still get a reservation before next year, when Kilgore is a likely shoe-in for the culinary world's version of the Oscars.