Heavy pondering over countless abstract pieces can really work up the appetite, but where to eat? Here’s my snack size guide to noshing and sloshing your way through Art Week. .
Tip: Everything is in walking distance or a short Uber, Smart Car or taxi ride away.
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1. SOYA E POMODORO [$$]
My absolute favorite spot in Downtown Miami, Soya serves up traditional Italian cuisine in an off beat, bistro setting. Order up some spaghetti Bolognese or a lighter Caprese salad. This eclectic, whole-in-the wall, is open for lunch Monday-Friday (11:30-4:30); and dinner Thursday-Saturday (7:00-11:30) with live music at 9 p.m.
2. DB MODERNE BISTRO [$$$]
Daniel Boulud’s Miami eatery offers traditional French Bistro fare merged with an American twist. The restaurant offers a great prixe fixe lunch menu which includes two courses for $26, with menu items ranging from Duck Raviolo and Scallop Carpaccio. Dinner starts weekly at 6 pm.
3. VERDE AT PAMM [$$]
The on-site eatery at the Perez Art Museum is perfect for a quick snackaroo, or a formal sit down lunch. The menu consists of salads, pizza, sandwiches and pasta. You can also grab a latte and take a seat on the museum’s concrete bleachers while taking in the beautiful Miami bay view.
4. LE CHAT NOIR [$$]
Wine, cheese, and jazz; the perfect digestif to a long day of Baseling. This adorable wine bar serves quiche, salads, and numerous charcuterie offerings. Going for dinner? make sure to check out the basement for live music at 10 pm. and a nice glass of vino.
5. BALI CAFE [$]
If you enjoy the exotic, Bali Cafe is not to miss. This hidden downtown gem is serving up traditional Indonesian food on the cheap. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, but make sure to hit the ATM because it’s cash only.
1. R House [$$$]
The gallery/eatery allows you to enjoy fine dining surrounding by art. The deeply passionate Rocco Carulli offers a menu that is both beautifully executed and hearty. The wellrounded rusticc menu includes a unique marriage of cultures, European classics and Brazilian fare. The restaurant will be hosting a special Basel exhibition on December 7th, show your ticket for a complimentary glass of champagne. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emerging-worlds-art-exhibit-recital-art-basel-2017-tickets-39946251313
2. KUSH [$$]
Burgers, beers….and blunts? no, no…no blunts but Kush does offer a ridiculous bacon brownie! Kush is serving up craft beers, insane burgers (waffle burrrrrgerrrr…ahhh), and good times. They’re open for lunch and dinner; or just a cool spot to get saucy at.
3. ZAK THE BAKER [$]
Zak the baker offers fresh baked artisan breads accompanied with hearty soups, and open faced sandwiches. Grab a coffee and the Roast beet & feta za’atar. Sit back and enjoy the unadulterated taste of grains, open daily for breakfast & lunch [9am-4pm]
4. ENRIQUETAS [$]
Croquetas mannnn. If you’re seeking authentic Miami grub, traditional Cuban fare at Enriquetas is where its at! Stop by for a Miami pick me up, Cuban crack…I mean Cuban coffee and pair it with a media noche or a pan con bistec. Lunch Only.
5. 1-800 Lucky [$$]
The newest addition to the Wynwood neighborhood has been an instant success. The food-hall style concept allows eaters to bounce around to different stations for sushi, ramen, dim sum and the instagram craze Taiyaki’s fish shaped ice cream cones. The bar offers asian infused cocktails along with an extensive sake menu for some delicious after dinner drinks. Lucky is a one-stop shop, besides a comprehensive asian market, theres a karaoke bar, record shop and convenience store. Eat some bao buns, grab the karoake mic and pick up some last minute toilet paper while you’re at it.
1. TANUKI [$$]
The South Beach eatery is serving up Asian cuisine married with European flavors, you can find novel dishes like Foie Gras dim sum and Snapper truffle sashimi. The bar houses artfully crafted spirits with unique presentations, serving their drinks inside tea pots and samurai statues. The restaurant will be offering a Basel inspired cocktail called the “Sugarcane Highball” for $10 during happy hour (5-7), made with Espolon tequila blanco, Tio Pepe Lemongrass, Serrano pepper, passionfruit, mint, lime juice, and agave syrup. Tanuki will also have a late night happy hour from (10-midnight) December 7-10
2. LUCALI PIZZA [$$]
One of my favorite pizza spots in Miami, and usually.This joint is walking distance from the Miami Beach Convention Center and perfect for dinner (not open for lunch). Share a pie (and maybe some meatballs) and bulk up before a long, boozy night on the town.
3. SEMILLA [$$$]
This modern gastro-pub is dishing out tapas. Chef Frederic Joulin commands the restaurant’s open kitchen, bringing small plates ranging from ceviche to short rib pot stickers. Semilla is not only tasty, but utilizes sustainable and organic ingredients too. However, Semilla is only open for dinner, so make sure to make reservations, or take a seat at their u-shaped bar.
4. Sweet Liberty
237-B 20th St. Miami Beach, FL 33139
The kitschy bar and restaurant offers a hodgepodge of creative cocktails and vittles. Opt for cauliflower nachos, fresh oysters, a Reuben sandwich or shrimp and grits. Stop by for a Que Piña, The Botanist Gin, Green Chartreuse, pineapple & sage shrub] or a Sesame Julep, Cognac, Old Rum, Oloroso Sherry, sesame, almond, mint]. Happy hour runs from 4-7 pm. Sunday Brunch runs (12-5), make sure to try the Sweet Vigilante brownie, its pretty much sex in the form of dessert.