Best Restaurants In Wynwood

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By: Shayne Benowitz

While Wynwood is known as one of Greater Miami’s most artsy neighborhoods, it’s also one of its hottest dining destinations. From James Beard Award-nominated chefs to hip taquerias and a buzzy Asian food hall, there’s something for every taste in this mural-splashed neighborhood. Read on for a guide to Wynwood’s best restaurants.

Kyu
KYU's roasted cauliflower in shishito-herb vinaigrette and goat cheese

KYU

Whether you arrive for lunch, happy hour or dinner, expect this Wynwood hot-spot to be jumping with energy. Serving a diverse menu of beautifully executed pan-Asian, wood-fired cuisine, KYU is the kind of place where you’ll want to order one of everything. Some of the must-have dishes meant for sharing include a huge slab of roasted cauliflower drenched in shishito-herb vinaigrette and goat cheese; a hot pot of Thai fried rice crowned with an egg; kicked-up Korean fried chicken; and pillowy buns stuffed with crunchy soft-shell crab. If you can’t decide what to try, order the chef’s tasting menu.

Taiyaki ice cream in fish-shaped cone
Taiyaki ice cream served in a fish-shaped cone

1-800-LUCKY

The sprawling indoor-outdoor Asian food hall 1-800-LUCKY draws a hip crowd that craves dumplings, late-night DJ beats and endless sake. There are seven vendors to choose from, and you should start your food tour at Poke OG for fresh Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls, then move on to Yip for piping hot bamboo baskets filled with pork shumai and steamed shrimp dumplings. Popular additions to the hall include the inventive sushi concept, B-Side by ITAMAE, as well as Jeepney Miami, a Filipino gastro-pub by James Beard-nominated author Nicole Ponseca, where adventurous types can try creative barbeque dishes and a selection Philippine pastries and delicacies. Don’t leave until you’ve sampled (and snapped an Instagram-worthy photo of) Taiyaki NYC’s ice cream served inside a fish-shaped cone.

Coyo Taco
Enjoy a wide variety of dishes at Coyo Taco

Coyo Taco

Whether it’s “Taco Tuesday” or any other day of the week, you’ll find some of the best and most creative tacos in town at Coyo Taco. At this casual joint, avocados are smashed for made-to-order guacamole, tortillas are handcrafted on the premises, and most veggies are locally sourced. Expect a wide variety of tacos bursting with flavor, ranging from the al pastor, crafted with slow-roasted pork and pineapple; the camaron, stuffed with seared Gulf shrimp and a citrus slaw; and the alambre, filled with seared angus steak and smoked bacon. You can also turn your favorite taco into a burrito or salad bowl, and don’t miss the dressed-up elote (corn on the cob) with a kick. At night, those looking to keep the fiesta going can access a hidden speakeasy-style club through an unassuming door at the back of the restaurant.

Wynwood Kitchen
Enjoy a killer craft cocktail at Beaker & Gray

Beaker & Gray

Known for its killer craft cocktails and dishes made with seasonal and sustainable ingredients, Beaker & Gray is a Wynwood staple. The dishes are packed with flavor, and not-to-be-missed dinner items include cheeseburger croquettes with aji amarillo, a bubbling queso fundido and the whole fish. When it comes to brunch, go for the creamy shrimp polenta and the Cuban Benedict. Cocktails are equally creative, with fresh ingredients including watermelon, pineapple, ginger honey and matcha; and they treat you (and your wallet) right with a daily happy hour, even on weekends.

Joey’s Italian Café

Whether you’re seated in the intimate dining room or the lush courtyard, at Joey’s you’ll feel like you’re dining at a friend’s welcoming home. The casual Italian eatery – which was one of the first restaurants in Wynwood – is all about the carb life, with an array of authentic pizzas and pastas. You can’t go wrong with the spaghetti vongole, made with middleneck clams, olive oil, garlic and white wine sauce. When it comes to pizza, try “The Joey,” topped with portobello mushrooms, shallots and oregano; or, go for the indulgent Carbonara, crowned with two eggs, cured pork and Pecorino cheese. Like any authentic Italian restaurant, Joey’s boasts an excellent wine list and a scrumptious array of desserts.

Salty Donut Dozen
Try handmade donuts like guava and cheese and maple bacon at The Salty

The Salty

Look for the long lines, and you’ll know you’ve found this artisanal donut shop with a major cult-like following. The Salty's quickly transformed from a pop-up food truck to a permanent institution in Wynwood thanks to its fluffy, handmade donuts flaunting flavors such as guava and cheese, maple bacon and white chocolate tres leches, along with seasonal and limited-edition donuts. For something simpler, try the traditional glazed buttermilk donut made with 24-hour brioche, and order a specialty coffee to wash it all down. Our advice: Take home a big box and try them all.

Kush Wynwood

Kush dominates the burger scene with made-from-scratch burgers and an eclectic craft beer selection. The beef is locally sourced and hormone-free. Carnivores should choose the classic burger stacked with cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles, or the award-winning Johnny Utah, topped with hot pastrami and LoKal sauce. Other fan-favorites include the crispy fried chicken served with Belgian waffles and chopped bacon; alligator bites with creamy garlic and spicy mayo; and the Frito pie, served in an actual bag of Fritos.

Uchi

Quickly becoming one of the most coveted reservations in town, Uchi, an Austin, Texas, import from James Beard Award-winning Chef Tyson Cole offers an untraditional spin on Japanese cuisine. The sophisticated menu consists of hot and cool tastings, and adventurous diners will be elated with the unique fish offerings. Highlights from the core menu include Machi Cure, which is smoked yellowtail layered with yuca crisp, Marcona almonds and Asian pear, and the hot rock wagyu beef. Guests can also indulge in three Omakase offerings: a 10-course chef’s tasting, a six-course signature tasting, and a six-course vegetarian tasting.

With so many options, dining out in Wynwood will always leave you hungry for more.

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