The Miami food scene is exploding with food halls, collections of vendors and restaurant stalls in one space, usually vast. In 2017, there were none; now there are four and counting, offering alternatives to more formal restaurants as well as to casual street food. And you’ll discover these food halls in the sleek precincts of Brickell, among luxury boutiques in the Design District, and camouflaged by graffiti in Wynwood, an arts district just north of Downtown Miami. Miami Beach is poised to be home to a couple more in the next few months…
Beyond the umbrella-lined beaches and Art Deco architecture of South Beach, Miami is cementing its reputation as Florida’s cultural and culinary capital.
For those who haven’t visited in a minute, some of the recent changes Miami has undergone may come as a surprise. The Design District, which for years was a maze of traffic cones and construction dust, is now brimming with fashion boutiques and places to stop and grab a cup of coffee, a taco or a scoop of local soft-serve ice cream…
Beyond the ‘glitz and glam’ of Miami is an exciting food scene—one that’s creative, diverse, passionate and bequeathed with a lot of (hidden) talent and soul. As the late Anthony Bourdain had reflected on his time in the southern Florida city, “"[A]cross the causeway, there are other worlds, older worlds, I think it's safe to say, better ones."
There is a lot of talent within this thriving food scene. We spoke to eight local, “in-the-know” food people on their “Miami chefs to watch”—rising stars and up-and-coming talents who have either just moved to the city or are working at or running relatively new restaurants that have opened within the last year—who should definitely be on your radars, too.
Set inside Miami's upscale Design District, St. Roch unites 12 distinct food and drink concepts within a 10,000-square-foot hall. Inspired by the Big Easy's flagship St. Roch, Miami's version includes a vegan concept by chef Chloe Coscarelli, an Italian pasta spot and a Southern fried chicken joint.
The upscale St. Roch Market Miami has announced that it will open Saturday, Feb. 24, in the Design District’s Palm Court. Why is everybody so excited? Because at St. Roch, a New Orleans-based concept, chefs can try out their ideas on a small scale before launching stand-alone restaurants.
Entrepreneurs Will Donaldson and Barre Tanguis are bringing a taste of New Orleans to the Sunshine State with their modern food hall, St.Roch Market. Situated in the Design District, this foodie hot spot will be serving up inspired dishes from around the globe such as acai bowls, buttermilk biscuits, and handmade ravioli.