First Bites

Market at Miami Beach Edition: The Best Carrot Cake of Your Life (Photos)

Take two steps inside the Miami Beach Edition and you can't help but feel Miami all around you. The white-marble-covered lobby is brought to life by perfectly lit palm trees. A matching marble pool table and an elegant glass bar amid the interior foliage is a nice and oh-so-Miami touch.

Ian Schrager, who pioneered Miami's luxury and boutique hotel wave with the Delano, had been lying low until this project. Edition marks the nightlife veteran and hotelier's return to the Magic City. And while Schrager knows lodging and nightlife well, food is not his forte.

For that, Edition has brought in acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to conceptualize all the food and beverages for the property, which spans a spherical and ultra-chic dining room dubbed the Matador Room; an alfresco poolside eatery, Tropicale; and Market, a radical interpretation of the Old World markets found all over Spain.

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"Look at the prices," says the director of culture and entertainment, Josh Wagner. You might recall Wagner from LDV Hospitality's Regent Room or the Florida Room (if we're taking it back old-school). "This is for the locals." So far, Market has attracted Miami Beach residents looking for nearby high-quality food options that don't break the bank.

The vibe here is casual and inviting. Whether you're enjoying a board of charcuterie and cheese with a glass of wine, slurping some oysters with a handcrafted gin and tonic, or taking doughnuts to go, you'll find something different at Market every time.

Open 17 hours a day, the culinary bazaar is ideal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a pick-me-up before or after beach time. It's up to you whether you want to grab a table or pull up to one of the five counters (charcuterie, raw bar, pastries, café, or kitchen).

Barcelona G&T mixes herbs, lemon, lime, tonic syrup, and soda water into a refreshing cocktail ($14).

The hardest decision you'll have to make while at Market is which counter to sit at. If you like it raw, the raw bar is probably the best seat in the house. Here you can admire fresh stone crab and jumbo shrimp and watch as chefs whip up hamachi crudo with crushed olives, lemon, and dill ($18).

Bivalve lovers will find that joy is a rotating selection of East and West Coast oysters for $3 a pop.

We noshed on the Florida red snapper ceviche with citrus, serrano pepper, avocado, and cilantro ($12). It was as vibrant in flavor as it was in appearance.

Scope out some ham legs at the charcuterie counter. Choose from an assortment of cheeses (burrata, Taleggio, manchego, goat cheese, cheddar, and blue cheese), meats (smoked ham, prosciutto, local sausage, spicy coppa, chorizo, and pata negra), and fish (sable, smoked salmon, gravlax, pickled herring, whitefish, and smoked sturgeon).

You can get one item for $8, three for $18, or go big with five for $28.

For those on the kale train, Market's rendition with Parmesan dressing and mint ($12) will keep you aboard for a while.

Market proffers several pies from its wood-burning oven. We sampled the mushroom, garlic-parsley oil, and organic farm egg pizza ($19). You can also go the pasta route and order egg noodles with seared shrimp, chili jam, and soy honey ($18).

Market's cheeseburger with Russian dressing and yuzu pickle ($15) is quite photogenic.

Chocolate marshmallow cake with malted ganache. Get a slice for $9.

Whatever you do, don't leave Market without a slice of carrot cake ($8). It's probably the best you'll ever have. Surely it has something to do with not just the ratio of moist cake to creamy cream cheese frosting, but also those little balls drizzled on top, which are dulce de leche Rice Krispies, AKA the best invention ever.

No explanation needed for doughnuts ($4).

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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive and today is involved with a tech startup. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.