223 NW 23 St., Wynwood
The food crowd in Miami is 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 in 2016, Kilgore 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 (choose between five and seven courses) finishes with a dessert from Kilgore's wife, pastry chef Soraya 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.
313 NW 25th S., Wynwood
If you’re in town for only one meal, eat here. Hidden within a nondescript taco joint is what may be the best sushi restaurant in Miami. The roughly painted wall slides open to the big reveal: chef Tadashi Shiraishi searing tuna to perfection or slicing yellowtail snapper with the skill of an artist. Born in Brazil and raised on his grandmother’s traditional Japanese cooking, Shiraishi runs the kitchen, while his wife handles the front of house. You won’t see even the suggestion of a spicy tuna roll here—everything served at Hiden is true to traditional Japanese cuisine, like firefly squid or octopus blanched and tenderized in a dashi and sencha broth. Dinner at Hiden is sixteen courses long and $130 per person—and don’t expect a menu. It changes daily depending on what’s fresh and what fish has arrived from Japan, flown in twice a week.
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 classics (burgers, Cubano sandwich, Cobb salad). The diner space gives way to a library-like lounge room filled with plants, a bookshelf-stocked bar, and eclectic furniture; beyond that 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 bakery, too, which is in a bigger space, just a block away. (The croissants are perfectly crispy, buttery, light.)
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