Miami's Design District and midtown areas are shopping meccas where tourists and locals alike can purchase everything from bananas at Target to diamonds at Tiffany. These two adjoining neighborhoods have become much more than a place to fill your condo and empty your wallet. There's public art, a live concert series, and fitness studios. With all those activities, you're going to work up an appetite. Here are the ten best places to sate your hunger.
Mandolin Aegean Bistro4312 NE Second Ave., Miami
Romantic, friendly, and charming, Mandolin is housed in a vintage Miami cottage and spills out into a courtyard filled with greenery and lights. The result is the feeling that you've entered into the home of a charming host somewhere in the Mediterranean. The food is simple and real, with many herbs and vegetables grown on
Michael's Genuine Food & Drink130 NE 40th St., Miami
The neighborhood's dining OG, Michael's Genuine still impresses. Restaurateur Michael Schwartz's strategy is simply serving fresh food made with care. The menu rotates seasonally, but expect classics like wood oven roasted octopus ($12), housemade
Ghee Indian Kitchen3620 NE Second Ave., Miami
Chef Niven Patel's original restaurant in Dadeland was so successful, he opened a second location in the Design District. Here you'll find dishes made with vegetables grown from Patel's own farm, Rancho Patel and seafood from local fishermen. A generous vegetable menu includes baby eggplant ($9), chana masala ($8), and local beets when in
St. Roch Market40 NE 39th St., Miami
Not sure what you're craving after shopping at Dior? You'll find something wonderful at this upscale food hall that features 10,000 square feet of options. Start with oysters at Elysian Seafood, then peruse the offerings. A hummus tower at Jaffa, freshly made pasta at Dal
Swan90 NE 39th St., Miami
This collaboration between nightlife maven David Grutman and musician Pharrell Williams is new to the neighborhood, but it's already a delightful addition. Downstairs, Swan is decorated in hues of rose, making the dining room feel like a glowing Parisian bistro meets a Victorian parlor. The menu, by Europe's Top Chef Season 3 winner Jean Imbert, includes a Caesar salad shaped like a tower ($16); Pharrell's favorite dish, Corn, Corn, Corn ($15); and a perfectly roasted chicken ($29). Upstairs, Bar Bevy oozes Mick Jagger-meets-Arabian Nights swagger with gemstone hues accented by black-and-white nudes.
MC Kitchen4141 NE Second Ave., Miami
Chef/partner Dena Marino knows her way around a plate of pasta. The tomato-obsessed chef's
151 NE 41 St., Miami
Though Kaido is a brand new addition, its pedigree lands it a spot on the list. Partners Bradley Kilgore (Wynwood's Alter) and Nico de Soto (Mace in New York City's East Village and Danico and Zebra in Paris) are at the top of their respective food and drink game. The result is a cocktail lounge that places equal emphasis on what you eat and drink. Share the uni fondue ($36), served with a plentiful array of seafood, vegetables, and scallions for dipping while you sip on a Sakura Negroni with gin, Italian bitters, sweet vermouth, and
Blackbrick 3451 NE First Ave., Miami