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Why Wynwood Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

Wynwood, why you so cool? Even in this scorching summer heat, you keep us refreshed with all of your laid-back bars that don't overcharge for drinks. When I've gone over my limit and need something to sober me up on the weekends, you stay up late like a doting mom and comfort me with shroom buns and pillows of corn bursting with chicken salad and avocado. And on weekday morning, just the aroma of your freshly roasted coffee beans gets my creative juices flowing.

Sure, you're still growing and developing, but I think you've come a pretty long way. You have a vibrant personality, you are prolific in art, you are particular about what you eat, and you are a beer snob. You even make your own bread. One might say you're the ultimate hipster. But you know better than to label yourself anything, which is why you've got all of these great nicknames -- the Arts District, Wynwood, Midtown, Edgewater.

All of which together make up the best dining neighborhood in Miami. Here are more than ten reasons why.

See also: Sunset Harbour Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood, and Here's Why

Prices are spot on

How nice is it to go somewhere and not walk out doing the math on how many pan con bistecs you could have gotten from Enriqueta's instead? At $6.75, Miami's best pan con pistec is a steal. For breakfast, $5 goes a long way at this little Cuban diner that could -- two eggs cooked to your liking with ham, bacon or sausage, toast, OJ, and a cafecito. And the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. At S&S Diner, located just a couple of minutes down the street, you can make it rain with $10. I'm pretty sure prices haven't changed all that much since the diner opened in 1938.

Cakes, pies, and bread

I'm sick and tired of hearing the phrase "Miami doesn't have any good bakers." There are three of them within a two-mile radius, and they all have badass stories. Let's start with Bunnie Cakes owner Mariana Cortez, who began baking her vegan and gluten-and-guilt-free love cakes out of necessity for her son's dietary restrictions. Or Derek Kaplan, who has the best caramel salted pie in town and is whipping up a fury of pies at his new Fireman Derek's Bake Shop & Café when he's not putting out fires and saving lives. And let's not forget Miami's favorite baker, Zak Stern, better known as Zak the Baker. Stern was able to gather $30,000 through pledges on Kickstarter to open his shrine to sourdough in Miami's most bustling neighborhood, which means you no longer have to go to the Design District or cross the bridge to enjoy his slices of bread.

In Wynwood, you can have your cake, pies, and bread all freshly baked and eat them too.

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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.

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