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For Miami, Wynwood District is what Williamsburg is to New York or Silverlake is to Los Angeles, it’s hip and getting hipper. The once-dangerous neighbourhood is now Miami’s epicentre for restaurants, independent theatres, music venues and art galleries. Wynwood’s regeneration includes Wynwood Walls, the world’s largest permanent art exhibit, and a boom in local cuisine. Here are ten local restaurants not to miss in Wynwood.
The tapas-style cornerstone of the Wynwood District, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar is surrounded by graffiti walls by famous international street artists such as Shepard Fairey, Aiko and Invader. It is home to a gallery space, as well as a common place for Saturday night al fresco dining and live music. Culinary recommendations are the steamed Brussels sprouts with bacon, chicken skewers with chipotle aioli and scallion; and sautéed clams with sausage, celery, caramelised onions, aji panca broth and sweet potato fries. There is also a selection of wine and beer to complement anything on the menu.
The two-storey refurbished house on 29th street borders Miami’s Midtown neighbourhood and is the popular go-to brunch spot known as Morgan’s. Family owned-and-operated, Morgan’s serves all natural dishes from the farm to the table. The restaurant’s interior is a breezy linen-and-leather white with mid-century accents, while the exterior is composed of a large southern style porch and outside terrace for dining. On Saturday or Sunday mornings the tables are lined with mimosas and bloody marys helping nurture bodies from the previous night. Ordered often are the eggs Benedict, homemade sticky buns and the chicken and waffle sandwich accompanied with a glass of freshly squeezed Florida orange juice.
Enriqueta’s is a Miami landmark offering authentic Cuban cuisine in the northeastern corner of the Wynwood District. This hole-in-the-wall restaurant was a little known neighbourhood secret until it featured in the Miami Herald and Food and Wine. Meal prices are low and the food is full of flavour. The house-converted-to-diner is dressed with 1950s style aluminum and vinyl tables for those who wish to dine in. Enriqueta’s also offers a drive-up window for an easy pick-up meal. The favourites here are the pan con bistec (steak sandwich), croquetas (fried mashed potatoes) and coladas (shots of Cuban coffee with sugar).
Enriqueta’s 2830 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL, United States +1 305-573-4681
For dessert, this kosher, vegan and gluten-free bakery in the Wynwood District offers coffee, tea, sandwiches, soup, cakes and pastries. With a compelling story and business start, Bunnie Cakes is the brainchild of Mariana Cortez, a mother whose son is allergic to dairy products. One year Cortez struggled to find a cake for his birthday, so she created her own vegan recipe and the rest is history. Bunnie Cakes is a one-of-a-kind establishment in Miami, which helped it in landing a spot on The Food Network’s TV show Cupcake Wars. On the menu, one can find an array of kosher, vegan and gluten free donuts, cupcakes, chia pudding, pizza rolls, empanadas and stuffed biscuit sandwiches.