By David Landsel for Food & Wine
Once a largely-industrial blank space on the wrong side of the causeway linking Miami’s mainland with its world-famous beaches, Wynwood was always far from the obvious choice to become one of North America’s capitals of cutting-edge cool.
Then again, this is Miami we’re talking about, where it’s always best to expect the unexpected. And so, here we are today—where visitors (and most locals) once tread mostly by accident, they now flock for the art scene, the nightlife, breweries, bars, top restaurants and a slew of other diversions that make Miami Beach (at least a lot of Miami Beach) seem downright basic, by comparison.
Lately, too, because there weren’t enough reasons to go hang around Wynwood, the neighborhood has become something of a hub of terrific cheap eating, offering smart and fun alternatives to some of the pricier fare that has helped rocket Miami on to the national dining map. Hungry? Here are some of the recent additions worth considering.
Jose Mendín’s creative buns are a mainstay at the neighborhood’s new Veza Sur Brewery—taking inspiration from both sides of the Pacific Ocean (Korean BBQ Steak, Chicken Mole), these elevated snacks (starting at $4, with a minimum order of 2) are served up from a stationary truck-type setup. They’re a great compliment to the beer, brewed up in a partnership between Colombian craft fave Bogota Beer Company and Oregon’s innovative 10 Barrel Brewing. (Both are now Anheuser-Busch brands.)