Miami Dishes Up Plenty of Spice

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(Miami) – Miami has always been a feast for the senses, from whimsical Art Deco architecture and sultry ocean breezes to Latin music rhythms – but it’s the culinary scene that steals the show.

With epic culinary events and Miami Spice Restaurant Months, to celebrity-packed eateries and hip cocktail culture, Miami has made a splash on the global gastronomy stage. Miami’s dining scene reflects its international flavor, from Cuban, Haitian, Peruvian and Colombian to Indian, Thai, Japanese, Argentinean and many more. This melting pot has inspired a fusion revolution for foodies and food writers to revel in, while traditionalists can still satisfy their cravings for old favorites, such as Cuban, Haitian and gastropub comfort food.

This creative culinary crucible, mixed with a dash of sensual tropical lifestyle and a pinch of fresh seafood and locally farmed produce, has given birth to James Beard favorites such as Michelle Bernstein (Cena by Michy’s, Seagrape) and Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House) and attracted other star talents from across the globe, from Jose Mendin (Pubbelly) to Michael Schwartz (Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink). These and a new crop of indie chefs have earned Miami’s spot among the top 20 of Thrillist’s Best Food Cities list.

With nearly 10,000 eateries – from casual alfresco cafés perfect for people watching to houses of haute cuisine -- Miami’s is a serious see-and-be-seen culinary hotspot. Even our gourmet food trucks -- have made the A-list Jet—with Jetsetter.com ranking Miami among its top 5 Best Food Truck Cities. These accolades make it no surprise that Miami inspired the main character in hit film Chef (2014), who returned to the Magic City to reignite his culinary passions and launch a renowned food truck business.

Fabulous Festivals and Events

Miami plays host to a year-round slate of prestigious wine and food events. The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival (February) is a must-attend forum for serious foodies. The celebrity meter is always dialed on high, as the most prominent figures in the culinary and wine and spirits industries travel to Miami for a jam-packed weekend of tastings, star-studded dinners and culinary seminars.

Other not-to-be-missed events with a strong culinary component include: Carnaval Miami (March) showcasing Miami’s Latin flavor; Deering Seafood Festival on the Bay (March) featuring Florida’s freshest fish and seafood; Veritage Wine & Food Festival (April) taking place throughout the county; South Florida's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry (April), run by veteran celebrity Chef Allen Susser and other culinary glitterati, where guests can sample a world of flavors from more than 50 top restaurants; Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival (July) where Goombay transforms Coconut Grove into Nassau’s Bay Street; and International Mango Festival (July) featuring a series of delightful mango events at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Miami New Times’ Iron Fork competition (October), where two of the city's finest chefs go pot-to-pot in a sizzling showdown for supremacy. The event is the unofficial kickoff for the city’s signature foodie event, Miami Spice Restaurant Month(s), which takes place every August and September.

Every August and September, the city's top restaurants take part in Miami Spice Restaurant Month, where more than 200 of the city's finest dining destinations entice culinary visitors and residents with three-course prix-fixe brunches, lunches and dinners at incredible savings. For more information, visit www.ILoveMiamiSpice.com.

Every mid-October, Coconut Grove’s waterfront Peacock Park plays host to the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival, which kicks off the Florida Stone Crab season every fall. In early November, vegans flock to the Seed Food & Wine Festival, which offers innovative takes on plant-based foods while serving up fine wines, craft beers and spirits.

Evolution of a Culinary Philosophy

As the birthplace in the 1990s for New World Cuisine -- created by the “Mango Gang” members such as Chef Allen Susser, Norman Van Aken and Mark Millitello – and Nuevo Latino Cuisine most associated with Douglas Rodriguez – Miami is known for its culinary trailblazers, who are still active on the scene today. These luminaries have paved the way for the current regime of culinary royalty. Food writers have tried to peg the likes of Michelle Bernstein and Michael Schwartz as the “new Mango Gang” but they and their peers have evolved in their own directions, defying labels and serving up every buzz term from molecular gastronomy to comfort food.

Rock Star Restaurants

Now firmly established as a foodie town, Miami’s cuisine and chefs are featured frequently on national TV shows and culinary magazines, getting as much attention as the frequent celebrities, sports icons and rock stars enjoying it.

Fresh from his recent “Chopped Ultimate Champions” win on Food Network, Giorgio Rapicavoli has cemented his place in Miami’s culinary all-stars. Once a trendy pop up restaurant, his now permanent Eating House serves up eclectic small plates in Coral Gables. Rapicavoli says about his casual New American eatery, “If cooking is an art…we're making graffiti.” Jose Mendin teamed up with Andreas Schreiner and Sergio Navarro to create Pubbelly Gastropub in Miami Beach. The eatery recently introduced a casual tavern-like restaurant setting with chef driven cuisine, taking inspiration from Asian and Latin ingredients while employing European cooking techniques. Also on Miami Beach is Restaurant Michael Schwartz at the fashion-forward and historic Raleigh Hotel. Drawing on the hotel’s storied past, the James Beard Award-winning chef serves his hallmark seasonal ingredient-inspired Snacks, Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large and Sides. Back on the mainland, Schwartz still oversees his landmark Design District eatery Michael’s Food + Drink, which features ingredient-driven fare, focusing on fresh, simple, local and sustainable cuisine.

Another dominant presence is the 50 Eggs Restaurant Group, founded by John Kunkel and owners of some of the area’s most acclaimed eateries. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is a tribute to the importance of a shared meal and laugh, utilizing farm-fresh ingredients and classic Southern cooking. Billed as Yardbird’s “younger, tougher brother,” Swine Southern Table & Bar worships “porcine pursuits,” inviting diners to communally gather for whiskey and classic Southern cooking, culture and hospitality. At The Confidante Miami Beach, Bird & Bone transports guests from their Floridian landscape to a contemporary countryside farmhouse. The rustic restaurant showcases local Chef Richard Hales' take on the American culinary landscape.

Chef Todd Erickson's HuaHua Taqueria features a personal spin on traditional Mexican Cuisine, boasting everything from tacos and enchiladas loaded with brisket and carnitas to low-cal, high protein “skinny” tacos and other healthier options. Speaking of healthy, CVI.CHE 105 -- by chefs Juan Chipoco and Luis Hoyos -- is known for its exquisite traditional Peruvian dishes in a modern presentation.

Over in the Sunset Harbor neighborhood of Miami Beach, a wave of trendy comfort-food eateries abound, from pizza heaven Lucali, to Burger & Beer Joint and dessert-driven Icebox Café.

Zuma, the award-winning and internationally acclaimed Japanese restaurant, is known for its unprecedented combination of unique yet authentic cuisine, dynamic design and vibrant energy. Frequented by notables including Shania Twain, Janet Jackson, Lebron James, Will Smith, Lenny Kravitz and Rafael Nadal, among many others, Zuma Miami continues to be a favorite among locals, visitors and celebrities alike.

Attracting arts and music luminaries to the SoHo-style Wynwood Arts District, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar features a perfect blend of cutting-edge art, renowned music and authentic Miami-style cuisine. The cooler-than-cool international eatery features a floor-to-ceiling mural by famed graffiti artist Shepard Fairey in the bar and lounge area, intensely colorful panoramic canvases by Berlin artist Christian Awe, an 11-foot sculpture by David Benjamin Sherry in the dining room and musical programming curated by Grammy Award-winning flautist Nestor Torres. An outdoor terrace is surrounded by the murals of Wynwood Walls, the largest street art park in the U.S. Joey’s Italian Café, the first restaurant to open in the neighborhood since it transformed into a hip arts district, is a favorite for locals and food editors. Food & Wine magazine cited Joey’s innovative thin-crusted pizza as one of the top pizzas in the U.S., while similar raves have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe. Now a Miami institution, Panther Coffee started in Wynwood. There is no cup of coffee like it, especially in the tree-shaded terrace outside. Founders Joel and Leticia Pollock hand-roast their beans on-site, carefully train their staff, and are happy to offer a coffee-tasting lesson if things aren’t too busy. These days, Panther is on the growth path, with new locations in Coconut Grove and Miami Beach. For a particularly effective boost of energy, try the famous cold brew; it will fuel you for days. Also in Wynwood, with its fresh and tasty twist on Mexican street food, Coyo Taco has some of the best tacos in town. Chow down on old school favorites like pollo al carbon or al pastor. Or mix it up with something new like octopus, quinoa or grilled cactus. There's also a secret back bar that only opens at night.

Chef Michael Lewis and general manager Steven Haigh bring a fresh concept to Wynwood with KYU. The wood-fired Asian grill features a diverse menu and focuses on professional yet relaxed service and a commitment to green practices.

Alter, led by Chef Bradley Kilgore and Antoine Lecas, features seasonal cuisine and is focused on locally sourced ingredients from Florida, highlighting the state's rich offerings of seafood, tropical fruits, vegetables and meats. The beverage program includes an uncompromising wine selection that spans from top well-known producers to small artisinal growers from around the world.

Located in an unassuming building in the heart of North Miami Avenue, Beaker & Gray invites a hip crowd to indulge in inventive, house-made cocktails much like “The Greenhouse,” a concoction of botanist gin, green chartreuse, basil and celery soda.

Zak Stern is the sourdough king of Miami and while his recipe is a secret, this popular hotspot in Wynwood draws quite the crowd. At Zak the Baker you'll find sweet and savory toast options, delicious sandwich platters and plenty of fresh-baked daily specials.

Miami Culinary Tours and Mobile Cuisine

You know you’ve arrived as a food city when you’ve got culinary tours and pop up restaurants. Miami Culinary Tours -- founded by ethnic dining expert and food blogger Grace Della -- offers renowned tours of the area’s best culinary neighborhoods. The South Beach Food Tour guides guests on a fun and engaging history and architecture walking tour of the Art Deco Historic District with tastings at a diverse range of establishments, including hidden gems for ceviche, authentic empanadas, homemade Cuban dishes and more. The Little Havana Food Tour takes guests on a guided, edible journey through one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods, tasting their way through Calle Ocho. Meet local artists, watch cigar rollers, and take a peek at Domino Park – all while exploring the unassuming, Cuban culture through its amazing dishes. Visitors can tour through one of Miami’s hip arts districts with their tastebuds on the Wynwood Food Tour. This walking tour lets diners taste their way through local favorite eateries based in one of the largest open-air street art collections in the world.

Gourmet food trucks and pop up restaurants are all the rage these days. More than 30 gourmet Miami Food Trucks serve everything from Cuban influenced Burger, Asian style wings to deep-fried Cupcakes. Truck Meetups take place around the community nearly every day of the week.

Fuel your exploration for food trucks with a stop for snacks from the Wynwood Yard. This outdoor pop-up, founded by chef, entrepreneur, and Harvard Business School graduate Della Heiman, is a hub and incubator for food and drink businesses. The offerings include Myumi, a celebrated omakase sushi truck; Thyme, a pop-up cocktail bar; and Della’s Test Kitchen. The project boasts culinary mentors like Alter’s Brad Kilgore, MyCeviche’s Sam Gorenstein, and Cena’s Michelle Bernstein.

Reinventing Hotel Dining

While in most cities foodies look upon hotel dining as hopelessly generic, in Miami hotel restaurants are red-hot – each with their own special spice.

One of Miami’s most revered dining spots is La Mar by Gaston Acurio. The eatery features the acclaimed cuisine of Chef Gaston Acurio, who offers diners the chance to explore the authentic and diverse flavors of Peruvian gastronomy. Edge, Steak and Bar at Four Seasons Miami, features contemporary steakhouse fare in a variety of seating options including a communal dining table, relaxed lounge areas, and intimate table settings.

The signature eatery of EAST, Miami. Quinto La Huella, offers a unique fire cooking method with a wood fire parrilla centered at the heart of the kitchen and includes a wood fire oven, sushi counter, and outdoor dining experience. The menu is a blend of carefully planned, but simple, dishes made with the best ingredients. The food is down to earth, much like the atmosphere, creating a relaxing environment where memories are made.

The top rated Palme d’Or at the Biltmore Hotel brings a taste of France to Coral Gables with seasonal dishes ranging from simple, yet sublime to expertly exotic. A culinary star is Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, at the Eden Roc Miami Beach. Chef Nobu, Academy award-winner Robert DeNiro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper are the masterminds behind the Nobu Hotel project, which will boast the largest Nobu Restaurant and Bar Lounge in the world.

James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini brings his wildly popular American restaurant and its roots-inspired cuisine to the W South Beach Hotel & Residences with The Dutch, paying homage to his roadtrips through America’s local cafes, corner taverns, neighborhood bistros, seaside shacks and roadside joints. At the renowned Faena Miami Beach, Pao boldly reflects celebrated chef Paul Qui's renowned brand of modern Asian cuisine, drawing from his background and range of international styles, including Filipino, Spanish, Japanese, and French. Signature items include crudo specialties, original rice dishes and fresh fish and meats. At Los Fuegos, Argentine grillmaster Francis Mallmann creates a contemporary asado experience with an open-fire kitchen, local ingredients and a gaucho's touch to transform traditional rustic recipes into sophisticated, savory dishes.

As part of Trump National Doral Miami’s $250 million transformation, BLT Prime recently opened, offering modern American steakhouse fare overlooking the iconic Blue Monster course. Boulud Sud, Chef Daniel Boulud’s newest destination for Mediterranean at the J.W. Marriott Marquis, is inspired by the coastal regions of France, Italy, Spain, Morocco and beyond. Located in the Turnberry Isle Hotel & Resort, BOURBON STEAK is celebrity chef Michael Mina’s modern twist on the classic American steakhouse, featuring a localized menu with prime cuts of all-natural, organic and hormone-free beef and the freshest seafood available from around the world. Cecconi’s at the Soho Beach House hotel is popular for its classic Italian cuisine as well as its elaborate Sunday brunch, where you can often find local luminaries dining.

The Fontainebleau Miami Beach boasts several culinary gems. Mina 74, the latest concept from award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Mina, serves sophisticated, American bistro-style fare with a menu that features inspired dishes from across the globe. Scarpetta, by James Beard award recipient Scott Conant, offers a regional Italian menu combining the simplicity of Italy's cucina rustica with the refined flavors of fine cuisine amidst breathtaking views. Recognized as the pioneering concept that single-handedly changed the face of Chinese cuisine within the United Kingdom, Hakkasan Miami serves up Modern Chinese fare, paying homage to the ‘Hakka’ people from the New Territories of Hong Kong while ‘san’ is the respectful Japanese form of address.

Lure Fishbar brings its seafood-driven concept from New York’s downtown SoHo neighborhood to the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, while Matador Room at the Miami Beach EDITION celebrates 1950s glamour and reinvents the iconic Matador Room, offering Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s interpretation of Caribbean, Spanish, and Latin and South American cuisines. Restaurant 27 is Freehand Miami’s first full service restaurant and bar, focusing on a welcoming communal atmosphere and the freshest local ingredients which pay homage to Miami’s melting pot. Broken Shaker, a James Beard Award semi-finalist bar, offers specialty handcrafted cocktails made with elixirs, syrups, and infusions made from garden herbs and spices, and fresh-pressed produce and exotic ingredients from around the world.

Farm-to-Table Restaurants

Miami is all about slowing down and savoring life, which has spawned the Slow Food movement in the region. More and more restaurants and locals source as many ingredients as possible from local farmers and fishermen, supporting the community and the environment. With dozens of farmers markets dotted around many communities, local chefs and residents have many options to access the freshest produce.

Slow Food Miami, the local chapter of the Slow Food USA and the International Slow Food Association, embraces local growers and artisan food makers who use sustainable methods, pay fair wages and respect the environment. Michael Schwartz, of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink in the Design District, was the first celebrated Miami chef to get their Snail of Approval and now serves as an ambassador to the program in an effort to grow participation.

In a similar effort, nearly 20 Miami restaurants and hotels participate in the "Adopt a Farmer" program, supporting local agriculture and sustainability initiatives. The program takes the highly successful "Dinner in Paradise" series sponsored by Homestead’s Paradise Farm, which offers B&B farm stays, to a new level. The five-acre certified organic farm has been teaming with upscale Miami restaurants for the past several years to offer six-course culinary masterpieces created with its organic produce. The sell-out events offer a farm tour, along with cocktails and dinner. Host restaurants throughout the year include the Loews Miami Beach which has Lure Fish Bar , Area 31 at the Epic Hotel, the Raleigh’s Restaurant named Michael Schwartz restaurant, Café at Books & Books, Brava restaurant inside the Adrienne Arsht Center, Finka Table and Tap and Devon’s Steak and Seafood eatery in South Miami-Dade and many more.

Notable for its farm-to-fork philosophy, Miami Dade College’s Miami Culinary Institute (MCI), features three main components – an Associate in Science in Culinary Arts degree, continuing education for culinary professionals, and a food and beverage enthusiast education program. Offering culinary classes open to the public, the eight-story Institute is an architectural and engineering marvel that focuses on space utilization and generating a limited carbon footprint.

Happening Happy Hours

The mixology movement has made its way to the Magic City, kicking the couture cocktail culture up a notch. Mixologists, inspired by local ingredients and cultures, shakes it all up with exotic top shelf liquors and original recipes to create over-the-top beverages. These new cocktail celebrities are replacing bartenders at some of the coolest hotels and hippest underground spots – bringing new meaning to “Happy Hour.”

At Hakkasan Miami, guests can sip house specialties with an Asian flair and fresh fruit mixtures like The Hakke, a cocktail of vodka, sake, coconut, lychee juice and passion fruit or the Lost Heaven with tequila, nashi pear, coconut, peach, lime and guava juice. Designer cocktails and dancing make the perfect pairing at hotspots like Blackbird Ordinary, an indoor/outdoor space that hosts visiting DJs, live music and weekly parties, located in the Brickell area and specializes in cocktails with a twist. Standouts include the Cara Cara, a gin and vermouth drink with chocolate-mole bitters and pink grapefruit zest.

At the helm of the mixology craze in Miami is the duo behind Bar Lab, a beverage consulting service who specialize in the art of the bar. Bar Lab is behind The Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami. For a drink to complement your meal outside the usual wine pairing try Meat Market on South Beach, whose specialty cocktail list is full of hand crafted drinks filled with mostly familiar but very fresh ingredients. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill uses locally sourced seasonal ingredients and specialty beverages to take spins on classic cocktails.

American Social at Brickell’s waterfront eatery offers discounts on dozens of craft beers on tap, plus cocktails and wine. Sit outside by the Miami River or inside to enjoy the sports pub atmosphere. Little Havana’s Ball & Chain is a recreation of a 1930s hotspot that once occupied the same space and welcomed jazz superstars like Billie Holiday and Count Basie. Across from the historic Tower Theater, the bar specializes in Cuban-inspired cocktails. Glasses of super-premium champagne are essentially half off on the first floor of the luxurious EPIC Hotel’s Lilt Lounge on the Miami River, while South Beach’s Social Club offers “Punch the Clock,” a perfect plan for Pisco-loving guests where drinks start at 4 pm with $4 punch and increases every hour until 7 pm to only $7 each. Wood Tavern in the Wynwood Arts District invites revelers to mingle at “backyard” picnic tables while sipping from a dozen craft beers on tap, including selections from the neighbors at Wynwood Brewery.

Miami Institutions

One of Miami’s most famous gourmet landmarks is Joe’s Stone Crab in South Beach, featuring their signature crab claws and scrumptious sides served up by waiters in tuxedos. Across town is SUSHISamba , a Japanese/Peruvian/ Brazilian hybrid on Lincoln Road.

Feel like enjoying a cappuccino and watching rollerbladers whiz by? Alfresco cafes are a quintessential part of any Miami dining experience, from Ocean Drive's famed News Café or Coconut Grove's legendary Greenstreet Café, which owners call a “neighborfood” restaurant, sits in the heart of “the Grove” on Commodore Plaza near Main Street, serving up globally influenced seasonal cuisine using as many local and organic ingredients as possible.

For close to a decade, this restaurant has been a Coral Gables dining mainstay, a locals’ favorite and must-try destination for serious foodies and the “culinary adventurous.” Ortanique on the Mile in Coral Gables features the award-winning food of renowned chef and owner Cindy Hutson, who calls her dishes "cuisine of the sun," creatively fusing Caribbean, Latin and Asian flavors into unforgettably unique food. Nearby is Caffe Abbracci, open since 1989 and serving light Italian cuisine incorporating organic ingredients. Attracted by the rave reviews and Old World charm, both locals and celebrities have dined here, including the likes of Don King, Rudy Giuliani and Oprah Winfrey. Other notable dining institutions include authentic Irish pub John Martin’s in Coral Gables as well as Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar and Latam Grill in Coconut Grove, offering traditional Central and South American cuisine. Nearby the Peacock Garden Café, created by the descendents of the original Peacock settlers in 1870, features a verdant garden and diverse menu ranging from seafood and brunch selections to comfort foods.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

With its legendary nightlife driven by the fashion and entertainment industries, Miami is at the forefront of the culinary trend towards blending dining and entertainment experiences. As music pulses and celebrities flit from banquette to banquette, it is extraordinary cuisine that takes center stage at white-hot spots like Meat Market, featuring seasonal menus with a sexier, more glamorous take on the traditional American steakhouse.

Miami's party planner extraordinaire, Barton G., displays delicious dishes with over-the-top presentations that are photographed more than the celebrities at his hotspot – Barton G. Restaurant. Segafredo Brickell, an Italian café with spacious indoor and outdoor dining areas and a boutique nightclub, and Blue Martini, with its tapas menu, signature drinks and stunning décor, also enliven the downtown dining scene into the wee hours.

A two-level cabaret-style theater and dining experience inspired by Europe's grand opera houses and the glittering allure of Old Hollywood, the intimate gilded Faena Theater showcases ambitious artistic productions and Faena's very own highly-acclaimed cabaret performances.

As Miami’s hottest Cuban supper club, El Tucan is a throwback to the glitz and glam of 1940’s Havana. Pairing cabaret with haute Cuban cuisine by Chef Jean Paul Lourdes, this one-of-a-kind spot has dinner seating from Thursday to Saturday, as well as a resident 11-piece Latin orchestra, led by two-time Grammy award-winning artist, Marlow Rosado.

Although Miami is known more for fabulous cocktails at nightclubs, there is one winery in the region. Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery in the Redland agricultural region is drawing attention with their innovative wines and beers crafted from tropical fruits unique to South Florida – a hidden gem for wine lovers looking to taste on a new frontier.

Miami recently welcomed its first craft production brewery – the aforementioned Wynwood Brewing Company in the heart of Wynwood Art District. This 15-barrel brewhouse distributes Blonde Ale, India Pale Ale, Gold Medal-winning Robust Porter, barrel aged Strong Ales and a rotation of seasonal offerings. Miami’s first distillery recently opened as well, the Miami Rum Club, whose artisan rum producers utilize South Florida sugarcane and other superior local ingredients.

Food Hall Boom

Miami is on its way to becoming the world capital of food halls, an international trend that promotes not just delicious, but quality food. By the end of 2019, 9 gourmet temples will open their doors in the magic city. They all combine great culinary concepts and the most popular restaurants. Food offers vary from the most exclusive gourmet temples to street food corners and meeting places that host cooking classes, working spaces and shopping areas.

1-800-LUCKY, the first of many food halls coming to Miami, opened December 2017 in Wynwood. The Asian food hall is the brainchild of Sven Vogtland and Alan Drummond, in partnership with Gaby Chiriboga, the team behind Coyo Taco. 1-800-LUCKY offers seven food vendors from around the country, a karaoke bar, and a small theater in a 10,000 square-foot space — all disguised as a record shop and convenience store. 1-800-Lucky’s restaurants focus on different specialties, including sushi, bao buns, wok dishes, Peking duck and Asian barbecue, ramen, dim sum and desserts. The team hired a company to recruit restaurants for 1-800-LUCKY, and found them everywhere from Japan to California to New York, including in South Florida’s own backyard.

In early 2018, La Centrale, opened inside the new Brickell City Centre, in Downtown Miami. A 3-story building on a total area of 40,000-square-foot, La Centrale is the brainchild of New York City-based Italian restaurateur Jacopo Giustiniani and hospitality management industry veteran Matthias Kiehm. La Centrale promises to offer an authentic take on the Italian lifestyle and the culinary diversity of the “Belpaese”; even its architecture will be inspired by the 20 prominent regions of Italy. Besides themed culinary offers, La Centrale will host a huge winehouse for tastings, an ice-cream shop, a cooking school and a cocktail bar.

At the beginning of 2018, the flavor temple St.Roch Market opened its doors in the Miami Design District Palm Court. This Food Hall concept takes inspiration from the flagship restaurant in New Orleans. It had been open for business for over 140 years, until Hurricane Katrina hit the city. In 2015, the restaurant opened its doors again thanks to new owners, the entrepreneurs Will Donaldson and Barre Tanguis, decided to change its style hosting producers and emerging food brands in the same place. The new concept will give the opportunity to try 12 innovative culinary concepts. St. Roch Market includes staples such as Itamae Miami, a sushi bar with Peruvian influences and the Asiatic restaurant Yuzi Miami, an oyster bar in New Orleans. In addition, St. Roch Market is characterized by a huge wine selection, with prices close to retail costs, so guests will have the opportunity to open a bottle and share it with friends, discovering new wines. The food and wine specialties will be accompanied by high quality experience and minimalist Miami-inspired interiors. Furthermore, the venue will host a library of modern art books of the 60s, 70s and 80s and will display porcelain glasses and plates instead of disposable.

In the Little River District, The Citadel is on its way to delight visitors and residents with multicultural delicacies. The Food Hall will rise inside a MiMo architectural building, built in 1951 to host the Federal Reserve Bank. The Citadel will occupy an area of 60,000 square foot and it will become the meeting point for food, fashion, services, shopping and new working spaces. Not just a Food Hall, The Citadel will be a platform for community growth and creative development, where there will be also a rooftop bar. The Citadel will satisfy all needs: residents and visitors will have the opportunity to find inspiration on every floor without leaving the building. An innovative center and a driving force for the cultural rebirth of Miami, The Citadel will become a destination for brains and food to gather. Inside the building will be 20 culinary corners and a permanent space for Food Trucks outside.

In early 2018, “All Board Florida” will open Central Fare, an indoor Food Hall that will occupy the first and the second floor of MiamiCentral, covering an area of 50,000 square feet. MiamiCentral will converge the transport system of the Metrorail, Metromover, Tri-Rial and the new Brightline, one of the most advanced national inter-city railway lines that, once completed, will connect South-West Florida in a fast and comfortable way. MiamiCentral will not only offer transportation, but also entertainment and great fare. Central Fare residents and visitors will be able to try 20 different culinary offerings developed by local producers and regionals and famous chef, like Bryan and Michael Voltaggio. From high quality drugstores, to fast meals and formal restaurants, Central Fare will offer a personalized culinary experience.

Miami Beach will soon be home to a truly unique food and cultural market as Time Out Market is set to open in Summer of 2018. Located at 1601 Drexel Avenue, just off Miami Beach’s famed Lincoln Road, Time Out Market Miami will bring together the best of the city under one roof: its best restaurants, bars and cultural experiences, based on the editorial curation Time Out has always been known for. Time Out Market will feature a curated mix of 17 kitchens, three bars, an art space and a demonstration kitchen, representing the city’s most celebrated chefs and restaurateurs, cocktails from award-winning mixologists and stunning art works by rising talent. It will showcase the people who make Miami the vibrant city it is and consistently create the best of what the city has to offer.

Treats Food Hall has officially opened in Aventura Mall. Among their list of nearly a dozen vendors is Figs by Todd English, Shake Shack, and Luke’s Lobster. It will be located on the third floor of the mall and it also offers a huge observation deck. Outside the new space will be a 93-foot installation known as the Aventura Slide Tower, which was created by Carsten Höller and will allow visitors to actually whirl down the mammoth artwork. Additionally, The Haas Brothers created a water sculpture called Gorillas in the Midst, depicting three large-scale bronze gorillas and four bronze trees.

In the center of the new NoLi District (North Lincoln), in Miami Beach, the last project of Terranova Corporation will be Lincoln Eatery, built at the crossroad between Meridian Avenue and North Lincoln Lane and enriched with an observation deck. Foodies that love spending all day at the beach will have the possibility to taste fast, convenient and informal meals, from the American cuisine to the most multicultural specialties. The opening is set for Fall 2018.

Last but certainly not least, The opening of Wynwood Food Hall is forecasted for Winter 2019. The concept, developed by the brand agency of restaurateur Jastor, predicts Wynwood to become the point of reference for Pan-American cuisine with a focus on Latin American specialties. The Food Hall will offer Cuban, Mexican, Colombian, Peruvian, Venezuelan, Argentinian meals prepared by some famous restaurants of Greater Miami and Beaches like Versailles, La Guadalupana Oaxacan Botaneria and Nanndi Frozen Cream.

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