Eating & Drinking in Wynwood Art District, Miami
Went on a little foodie rampage in Miami recently, something like Anthony Bourdain’s show that I love called Layover, except I did not fly in and I’m not an eccentric TV travel host.
Nothing better than hanging out with a local foodie and cutting right to the chase of the good places for eating and drinking in this eclectic neighborhood.
Scoot scootin’ around the streets:
My whole experience was in and around the Wynwood Art District. It’s a very chill neighborhood with an artsy vibe that doesn’t really feel like being in the busy city of Miami. Overall we tackled four restaurants, two bars, and a coffee shop.
Ready for some deliciousness?
Sabor a Peru, 2923 Biscayne Blvd
First night I arrived, we went for Peruvian food! Four words: Veulve a La Vida!!! Oh my god, if you love ceviche then this is right up your alley. It’s a finely chopped seafood dish, cooked in lime juice, like ceviche. I’m telling you, as a Pescatarian I eat a mostly plant based diet, and usually eat five times a day because vegetables and nuts don’t last long.
As I ate this Vuelve a la Vida, I began to feel so healthy and satisfied from the meatiness of it, not to mention the strong lime flavor. This would be a great hangover remedy to bring you back to life.
If I ate only that I would have been totally satisfied, but also tried fried yuca and garlic shrimp, served with fried potato and Hauncaina Sauce (BOMB sauce made from aji amarillo chile and queso fresco).
The place is new, and apparantly was so good that they decided to rent the space next door to add more tables. We sat on the new side so the waiters have to travel back and forth between the two rooms. I felt like our service was a little hindered by sitting in the new side, so if you go, try and sit in the original side, the one with the kitchen.
Enriqueta’s, Cuban Diner on 186 NE 29th Street
Somewhat small diner with delicious food and good portions! They have a breakfast bar and a street side service window and only serve breakfast and lunch.
Monday Special was Breaded fried steak with black beans, rice, plantains, and mixed salad. Cafe con Leche and guava and cheese empanada for dessert.
Gigi’s, Late night comfort food with a twist at 3470 N Miami Ave
We walked in around midnight STARVING, and started off with the 4/20 cream of mushroom soup that was the special for $5. Delicious! The truffle oil made the dish!
Got my veg on with the mixed green salad with honey-miso dressing, tomatos, egg, and bean sprouts.
And then there were BUNS. BUNS? Yes please! A little bundle of ingredients inside a doughy white bread bun that is still joined on one side. The Shiitake Mushroom Buns were killer and my carnivorous friend enjoyed the Duck Confit Buns.
The cornbread with honey bacon butter was scrumptious and brought some southern flair to the meal. It’s on the sweet side so it could even be dessert!
If you’re craving a real dessert this is the place because they’re all house made. I saw bread pudding on the specials menu, but a popular item was miniature sized soft serve cones for a dollar that they bring out on a little plate. Cute!
Buena Vista Deli, 4590 NE 2nd Ave
I’d have to say this was my favorite. A french style eatery with excellent fresh breads and salads! Full strength Iced Coffee!! YUM!
I had a Croque Veggy Croissant with a salad made of chickpeas, roasted eggplant, mini mozzerella balls, and grape tomatoes, served with an amazing balsamic and olive oil dressing.
My date had a Smoked Salmon sandwich on ciabiatta bread with avocado, pesto, and spinach, with a greek salad. Everything was so good!
And now for drinks:
Wood Tavern, 2531 NW 2nd Ave
It was my lucky night, ladies night Wednesday with free well drinks from 9-12 AM and on this particular night they had free drafts from MIA brewery. The IPA was on point! There was a DJ inside, and you could also play video games with friends. Outside in the courtyard there was plenty of seating where you could just chill or play jumbo jenga!
Electric Pickle, 2826 Miami Ave
If you’re in the mood for some dancing, head over to the Pickle. A small intimate club that was playing house on Thursday night. Alex the bartender and Avion tequila. BIG FUN.
Need a pick-me-up?
Panther Coffee, 2390 NW 2nd Ave
Cold Brew Coffee and Giant Cookies! Roasting and tasting is going on all day and it smells like coffee heaven in there! There will probably be a line out the door, but it moves along and allows for some good people watching time.
This neighborhood rocks! Plenty of cool places to hang out, lots of eye candy with all the art surrounding you, and a great variety of restaurants and bars to choose from. I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface! Check it out and let me know what you find!
A special thanks to Zhar for showing this hungry girl a good time! We found what felt good and we treated ourselves right. 😉