First came the artists. Then came everything else. In the past decade, Miami’s Wynwood, internationally recognized for its colorfully graffitied walls, has become a hotbed of cultural and culinary offerings. Art walks, food trucks, galleries, bars: Wynwood has it all these days–and it’s not at all far from South Beach. (If you’re staying at Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, it’s just a short 18-minute drive over Biscayne Bay.) There’s no excuse to not explore this nabe while you’re in town, and here’s where to eat while you’re there.
You would think Alter would swap its “e” for an “a” given how many people worship at the foot of it. Chef Brad Kilgore–a 2018 finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: South” award–turns out an exciting menu deserving of its surroundings. The restaurant is an experimental affair that focuses on “responsibly sourced” ingredients and seasonal flavors. Here, you’ll find dishes you won’t get anywhere else, like their famous soft egg with sea scallop espuma, truffle pearls, and chive. If you can’t manage to snag a reservation, head to the recently opened Bar Alter next door for a drink.
223 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127
Amsterdam import Le Chick opened earlier this year, bringing their Dutch-inspired fare to Wynwood. The focus is, perhaps oddly, chicken and cocktails. But executive chef Victoria Delloca also does wonderful things with pork ribs, burgers, and very American-friendly fried delights like onion rings and fries. And we mustn’t forget the cocktails. José ‘YeYe’ Ortega does a bev menu named after chicken breeds. Bet you’ve never sipped on a glass of Old English Game before.
310 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127
Tucked away behind a taco shop, you’ll find Hiden, a new sushi restaurant and welcome addition to the neighborhood. The menu is omakase-only, and the fish is sourced from Japan’s famed Tsukiji market. There are only eight seats and reservations are a must.
313 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
Wynwood’s first food hall is dialed in, so to speak. Opened at the end of 2017 by the team behind Coyo Taco, 1-800 LUCKY delivers a variety of Asian hits in a sprawling 10,000-square-foot space. Expect Chinese BBQ from Lotus + Cleaver, dim sum from YIP, poke from Poke OG, and highly Insta-genic soft serve ice cream courtesy of Taiyaki.
143 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127
Pronounced simply “Q,” like the letter, Kyu is a celebrated BBQ (get it?) joint that combines Asian and American flavors/ techniques to create dishes like bone-in ribeye with roasted onion miso butter and grilled jumbo tiger prawn with black bean vinaigrette and Korean mint. The menu is the result of chef Michael Lewis’s experience traveling through Asia and a nine-year stint at Jean-Georges Vongerichten. A marriage of experience, as it turns out, that’s made in heaven.
251 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
Dasher & Crank
Miami restaurateurs Daniel Levine and Ryan Elias have teamed up with pastry vet Thomas McCarthy to create one of Wynwood’s most talked-about new openings–and definitely one of the most inventive ice cream shops in town. McCarthy’s cold creations are often collaborations with local brands and restaurants. Here, you’ll find scoops with names like Chicken and Waffles (made with chunks of eponymous ingredients from nearby Kush) and Coffee and Cinnamon Rolls (which uses Knaus Berry Farm’s rolls and Per’La brew). What an efficient, strange way to truly taste Miami.
2211 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Photo courtesy of Meric Dagli