By: Kara Franker & Carla Torres
Check out these dining hotspots in the Wynwood Arts District.
The streets of Wynwood are awash with murals, boutiques, art galleries and hipster bars making this one of Miami’s most exciting neighborhoods. With so much to discover, be sure to take a break to refuel at one of these tasty restaurants.
The Salty Donut
What started out as a trendy pop up shop on the weekends, turned into the hottest place in town to score artisanal donuts. Helmed by executive pastry chef, Max Santiago, The Salty Donut is all about craft, small batch donuts and when they run out (which happens quite often), the shop closes for the day. So you're always guaranteed the best and most fresh donuts you can imagine. Just make sure you get there early. 50 NW 23rd St. #112, Miami, FL 33127
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
For a visual feast, head to Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, adjacent to Wynwood Walls. Dine indoors alongside an 11-foot, rainbow-hued “stick” man or on the leather-topped bar beneath high red ceilings. You’ll really want to enjoy the outdoor patio though, whose backdrop is the ever-changing murals of Wynwood Walls. The Latin-influenced cuisine is as colorful as the setting with vibrant reds and greens striking almost every dish. Don’t forgo the chicken ropa vieja empanadas with cilantro cream. 2550 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33127
For the ultimate American combination—burgers and beer—look no further than Kush. Besides having a diverse craft beer selection, everything on the menu is sourced locally. Take the alligator bites, made from Florida gator, or one of its five specialty burgers. Beef is delivered weekly from Cowart Ranch and ground by hand in house every day. For something different, the Frita is a pressed burger that puts guava jelly, melted Gruyere, potato stix, crispy bacon, and LoKal sauce between two patties. All burger’s come emblazoned with “Kush,” so you remember where you are with every last bite. 2003 North Miami Ave. Miami, FL 33127
The Wynwood Yard
This “backyard” hangout is equal parts food yard, events space, live-music venue and all-day hangout. From food trucks to yoga classes, The Wynwood Yard celebrates food, music and culture, and even has its own pop-up bar and edible garden. 56 NW 29th St., Miami, FL 33127
Zak the Baker
Zak Stern is the sourdough king of Miami and while his recipe is a secret, this popular hotspot in Wynwood draws quite the crowd. At Zak the Baker you'll find sweet and savory toast options, delicious sandwich platters and plenty of fresh-baked daily specials. 405 NW 26th St., Miami, FL 33127
Beaker & Gray
Located in an unassuming building in the heart of North Miami Avenue, Beaker & Gray invites a hip crowd to indulge in inventive, house-made cocktails much like “The Greenhouse,” a concoction of botanist gin, green chartreuse, basil and celery soda. Head there for happy hour – from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; and midnight to 2 a.m., Monday through Thursday – and choose from a mouthwatering menu of $5 cocktails and small plates. 2637 N Miami Ave,, Miami, FL 33127
With its fresh and tasty twist on Mexican street food, Coyo Taco has some of the best tacos in town. Chow down on old school favorites like pollo al carbon or al pastor. Or mix it up with something new like octopus, quinoa or grilled cactus. There's also a secret back bar that only opens at night. 2300 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33127
The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill
This unique spot is part German-style beer garden, and part restaurant and butcher shop. Along with a 24-foot meat case of cage-free Cornish hens, house-made sausages, chorizo, USDA Prime Black Angus beef and more, patrons can pull up a chair at its outdoor bar. The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill has every bottle of liquor you could ask for, plus a large menu of craft beers on tap. 165 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL 33127
Enriqueta’s Sandwich Shop
Open since 1942, the Cuban diner changed ownership in 2001 and added traditional Cuban dishes to their once sandwich-centric menu. Today, Enriqueta's reputation not only ensures you can get the best pan con bistec in town right from their ventanita (and for less than seven dollars), but at 3:05 (Miami’s official cafecito time) locals flock to Enriqueta’s to get their java fix and power through the rest of their day. 186 NE 29th St., Miami, FL 33137
Joey’s Italian Cafe
There’s a reason why Jay-Z and Beyonce chose Joey’s for chow while visiting Miami. It might be the al fresco garden outfitted with turf and shrubbery or the interior’s glass mosaic mural centerpiece. Chances are it’s probably the pizza, which Food & Wine Magazine declared as one of the top U.S restaurants shortly after opening its doors in 2008. Seven years later, the buzz (and pizza) is still sizzling. The “Joey pizza” satisfies with tomato sauce, mozzarella, Portobello mushrooms, shallots and oregano. House made pasta comes in all shapes and sizes, from linguine dressed with middle neck clams and garlic to pappardelle with Bolognese and béchamel sauce. 2506 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33127
Sabor De Peru
You’ll be in awe after sitting down and being handed a menu at Sabor De Peru, which has over 100 options – all authentic Peruvian dishes, and all under $16. The ceviche section alone offers 12 different varieties of the raw fish tropical concoction cooked in limejuice. Play it safe with just fish or be outlandish and opt for octopus, mussels, or tiger milk. Want your seafood fried? The jalea, an assortment of lightly breaded fried seafood usually served with tartar sauce, is a staple on any Peruvian menu and one of the best in town. 2923 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137
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