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The Miami Food Scene Is Making Moves PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mandy Baca, BT Contributor   
October 2015

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TPix_Dish_10-15hey say you don’t know about the making of history until after it’s done. Miami’s food scene is currently undergoing some major transitions that will help define it in the years to come.

A good indicator of this was the second edition of the monumental event Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress, a traveling forum sponsored by the Spanish brewery that focuses on the future of modern gastronomy. Held at Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus on September 21, and hosted by the Miami Culinary Institute, the event featured as a speaker the world’s most awarded chef, Ferran Adrià of the el Bulli Foundation, an incarnation of his late Michelin 3-star Spanish restaurant, el Bulli, in the Catalonian coastal town of Roses. Other prominent head chefs included Diego Muñoz (of the Michelin-starred Astrid y Gastón in Lima) and Fran Agudo (of the Michelin-starred Tickets in Barcelona).

As we officially move into the fall season, we start anew, excited about coming attractions that await. Set to open in November, Wynwood Yard (70 NW 29th St.) will be an innovative pop-up, mixed-use complex featuring rotating food trucks, bars, events, fitness classes, and much-needed green space. One food truck taking center stage is Della Test Kitchen, where you’ll be able to “eat the rainbow via a menu of customizable, globally inspired, plant-based bowls that pop with flavor and color,” like the Southwest bowl with brown rice, quinoa, greens, tofu, sweet potatoes, avocado, and romesco sauce.

Now all we need is a different sort of transition -- a little cool weather, perhaps.



More evidence that foreigners want a piece of the Miami action. Offering Spanish fare like paella, jamón, meatballs, and other tantalizing tapas, the Spanish La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel quietly opened under a 9000-square-foot tent at Bayfront Park (301 N. Biscayne Blvd.) in the last days of September. Admission is free, and food ranges in price from $2 to $8. It runs through January 2016.

Two-in-one never sounded so delicious! In Brickell, sharing both a space (1111 SW 1st Ave.) and pedigreed chef Jean Paul Lourdes are the two very different concepts of Marion (786-717-7512) and El Tucán (305-535-0065). Marion offers yet another spot for gourmands in the neighborhood, with a space that functions as a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, oyster bar, and bakery. El Tucán, meanwhile, promises a return to the lost tradition of dinner and a show. Expect Caribbean and South American fare, including Amazonian ingredients and cocktails by Bar Lab, all amplified by a rotating dossier of musical performances ranging from jazz to Afro-Latin and Parisian pop.

Brasserie Azur (3252 NE 1st Ave., 786-800-9993) has brought its Parisian swag to Midtown. It’s nestled between Bocce Bar and Sugarcane, so there’s some stiff competition. Better for us, we say.

Cheeseburger Baby has opened a second location in Little River (212 NE 79th St., 786-536-2933), which just means that you no longer have to trek to the Beach for your juicy burger or cheddar cheese fries fix.

Finally, Boulevard darlings Ni.Do. Caffe (7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-960-7022) have opened a second location not too far away in the former Tunky Tunky/North One 10 space (11052 Biscayne Blvd., 305-960-7022). Why so close? Well, that ten-block radius holds the prospect of becoming the next dining hot spot. Plus, the new location offers more space for dining and a new bakery section.



The late Pamela Robin Brandt poignantly highlighted the dark summer of closings back in July’s “Dish” column titled “Dark Clouds and Some Bright Linings.” Since then, neither the summer heat nor the closings have eased up. Now we bid farewell to Pilar, Luca Bella, The District, Moye, Biscayne Diner, and Jeremiah Bullfrog’s short-lived gastroPod outpost in Aventura Mall.



Resurrected Relics: Natives and long-time Miamians will be happy to know that one of their childhood favorites, Velvet Creme Doughnuts, is coming back with a new flagship store in the Little River neighborhood (8291 NE 2nd Ave.). It was also recently announced that Bar Lab boys Elad Zvi and Gabe Orta are expanding their cocktail-pertise to the mainland, taking over the iconic Magnum Lounge. And while they have infused their craft into programs all around the area, this would be their own dedicated space. We can thank MiMo matron Avra Jain for this toque. Specifics are still being worked out, but we’ll be sure to keep alert for any updates.


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