First Bites

Vagabond Restaurant: Jerk Chicken Wings, Iberico Skirt Steak, and Pistachio Cake (Photos)

It's impossible to miss Vagabond Restaurant when you're driving on Biscayne Boulevard on Miami's Upper Eastside. If the convivial atmosphere glowing through the windows doesn't attract your attention, the resurrected Vagabond Motel sign certainly will. Pull into the driveway and hope for a spot. Otherwise, there's ample parking around the corner.

Expect your draw to drop when you walk into the dining room. It's both retro and futuristic. Focal points are a sunken bar, a wall of photos paying homage to vagabonds, and an Airstream-style open kitchen. That's where you'll find 25-year-old chef Alex Chang expediting orders.

See also: Vagabond Restaurant Announces January 12 Opening

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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. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.