Best Restaurants In Wynwood

Alter

Alter

Beaker & Gray

Beaker & Gray

The Salty Donut

The Salty Donut

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By: Shayne Benowitz

Miami’s arts neighborhood has swiftly become one of the city’s hottest dining destinations. From James Beard Award nominated chefs to hip taquerias and artisanal donut shops, there’s something for every taste in this mural-splashed neighborhood. Read on for a guide to Wynwood’s very best restaurants.

Alter

Bradley Kilgore is one of Miami’s most original culinary stars. His sophisticated Wynwood eatery Alter specializes in artful, chef-driven tasting menus. The James Beard Award nominee’s daring dishes change seasonally and include items like snapper sashimi with feta, labneh, cucumber, kaffir lime and chili vinegar, as well as duck breast cured with sake and grilled over pinecones. It’s a one-of-a-kind culinary experience that should be on the top of every serious foodie’s list. The adjacent Bar Alter is a stylish and laidback venue for cocktails made with the same level of precision and creativity as Kilgore’s dishes. It boasts a bar menu that includes an Iberico burger and umami balls made of fried brioche. 223 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL 33127

KYU

A James Beard Award Best New Restaurant semifinalist and Time magazine’s best restaurant in Florida, KYU has swiftly become one of the hottest seats in town. With a vertical garden exterior wall and a minimalist, yet chic industrial interior, the scene is buzzy and sophisticated from lunch to happy hour and dinner. Serving a diverse menu of beautifully executed pan-Asian, wood-fired cuisine inspired by chef Michael Lewis’ world travels, this is the kind of place where you’re best off ordering one of everything. A few recommendations: cauliflower drenched in shishito-herb vinaigrette and goat cheese, hamachi with white ponzu and green chili, Thai fried rice stone pot, Korean fried chicken, red snapper with brown butter-white miso, wagyu beef brisket… We could keep going, but you get the idea, right? 251 NW 25th St., Miami, FL 33127

Coyo Taco

For a casual bite in Wynwood, pop into Coyo Taco, serving up a wide variety of tacos, ranging from grilled chicken to angus steak, charred octopus and crispy duck. It’s a great spot from lunchtime to late night. The popular spot usually draws a crowd, so don’t be surprised if there’s a line around the corner. And for those looking to party, there’s a hidden speakeasy-style club accessed through an unassuming door at the back of the restaurant. Now you know. 2300 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33127

Beaker & Gray

Under the guidance of executive chef Brian Nasajon and bar manager Ben Potts, Beaker & Gray is a Wynwood hotspot with a yen for seasonal, sustainable ingredients. As a result, their menu of small plates is packed with flavor. Not to be missed items include the baby beets with strained yogurt, key lime and pistachio, chipotle cobia with dashi and miso salt and the red shrimp risotto with wild mushroom and uni butter. Cocktails are equally creative with fresh ingredients including watermelon, cardamom whipped cream and house-made blackberry-sage shrub. 2637 N Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33127

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

Wynwood Kitchen & Bar arguably put Wynwood on the map when it opened back in 2009. Founded by developer, the late Tony Goldman, the restaurant is adjacent to Wynwood Walls, his outdoor museum dedicated to street art. The complex draws thousands of visitors everyday perusing the latest works by an international cadre of mural artists. Los Angeles-based artist Shepard Fairey is an original collaborator and also designed the interiors of the restaurant. Here, you can dine inside or on a patio overlooking the Walls and indulge in pan-Latin small plates ranging from empanadas to taquenos, as well as creative craft cocktails. 2550 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33127

Joey’s Italian Café

Joey’s is a stylish, yet casual Italian eatery under the Goldman Properties umbrella. Named for and founded by Tony Goldman’s son Joey, the restaurant serves an incredible array of pizza and pasta inside an inviting dining room with a back patio and courtyard. You can’t go wrong with the spaghetti alle vongole made with Middle Neck clams, olive oil, garlic and white wine sauce. When it comes to pizza, the Joey is made with Portobello mushrooms, shallots and oregano. They also feature an excellent wine list. 2506 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33127

Wynwood Yard

The brainchild of Harvard Business School alum Della Heiman, Wynwood Yard is a test kitchen moveable feast with pop-up restaurant concepts and food trucks situated on a gravel lot in Wynwood. Anchored by a central bar with picnic benches throughout, diners can divide, conquer and gather with their fare (everything from ice cream to mac ‘n cheese). A good place to start is Heiman’s own Della Test Kitchen serving a variety of vegan bowls with ingredients like black coconut sticky rice, adashah, marinated kale and avocado. For a more formal dining experience, Charcoal Garden Bar & Kitchen is the first full-service restaurant at The Yard specializing in grilled farm-to-table fare, ranging from branzino to fennel sausage. 56 NW 29th St., Miami, FL 33127

Salty Donut

What started as a pop-up food truck on a vacant lot in Wynwood has turned into a brick and mortar shop with a cult following. The Salty Donut’s menu is filled with beautiful, handmade, creative temptations and limited edition donuts like the Guava and Cheese or the Pumpkin Pavlova. You can’t go wrong with the traditional glazed buttermilk donut made with 24-hour brioche. It never disappoints. 50 NW 23rd St. #112, Miami, FL 33127

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