223 NW 23 St., Wynwood
Miami foodies are quick to brag about local star Alter, Bradley Kilgore's fine dining establishment in the heart of Wynwood. One of Food & Wine's best new chefs last year, Kilgore's quickly become known for a menu that focuses on locally sourced ingredients and leans heavily on non-food descriptors—at the time of this writing, there's a dish on the menu called "fallen tree" that contains palm trunk, trumpet stump, twigs, moss, mud, and funghi. Each of the prix fixe menus (you can choose between five and seven courses) finishes with a dessert from Kilgore's wife, pastry chef Sonya Kilgore, who has a reputation for complex, textured, and ambitious dishes.
2300 NW. 2 Ave., Wynwood
Coyo is all about straightforward Mexican street food—the focus is on tacos, but you can get any of their meats as a burrito, bowl, or quesadilla (plus, there are excellent sides like corn on the cob with cojita and chipotle aioli). The uncomplicated menu makes it a great place to come with the littles in tow, though the Wynwood location can get rowdy later in the evenings as people make their way to the secret bar in the back, where they serve super-fresh margaritas and a crazy-long list of tequilas and mezcals. The recently opened Brickell location has a slightly expanded menu and the notable addition of Spanish tortas to the offering.
2601 NW 2 Ave., Wynwood
A Wynwood standout, this space is split into three sections. The first room is a fun play on the traditional diner, with large, maroon banquet booths, a black-and-white checkered floor, exposed ceiling beams, and large industrial windows that make the space feel open and bright. They do breakfast all day, plus more classics (burgers, Cubano sandwich, cobb salad). The diner space gives way to a library-like lounge room filled with plants, a bookshelf-stocked bar, eclectic furniture; and beyond it is a supremely charming garden patio with Moroccan-inspired lanterns hanging overhead.
Zak the Baker: Deli
405 NW 26 St., Wynwood
Zak Stern (aka Zak the Baker) has become legendary in Miami. His Kosher baked goods are beloved, and deservedly so. At the beginning of 2017, without fanfare, Stern turned his bakery space into an Eastern European style deli/restaurant—making Kosher corned beef and gravlax sandwiches and potato kugels—overseen by twenty-five-year-old Chef Melissa Sosa, who spent the past few years working for Stern. The deli started selling out right away. It's worth going to the newly located bakery, too, which is in a bigger space, just a block away. (The croissants are perfectly crispy, buttery, light.)
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