What I love the most about Miami’s food scene is that it’s eternally and exponentially growing. I remember when I moved here from Spain, we had the basics. We’ve always had top of the line restaurants, but now, you see more celebrity chefs opening up here in Miami. Major Food Group is opening up Sadelle’s and they already opened up Carbone — concepts that are very popular in leaders such as New York. It’s been very nice to see Miami develop as a culinary hub over the past few years.
There are a variety of cultures in Miami including Cuban, Mexican, Colombian, Venezuelan, Brazilian, and other Latin American cultures, and you see that cultural mix come through in some unique restaurants in the city. For example, Bakan, a Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Wynwood, transports you into Mexico via unique decor and traditional dishes such as aguachiles, escamoles (ant eggs), and flor de calabaza quesadillas. They also boast a spectacular bar with over 500 mezcal and tequila options. Cielito Artisan Pops is owned by Sindy Posso, a Colombian woman who brings the flavors of the country’s most traditional fruits into paletas (or ice cream pops). Some flavors include maracuyá (passion fruit), guanabana, and guayaba (guava).
Another example of this is local favorite Sanguich de Miami, a Cuban restaurant that serves award-winning sandwiches such as pan con lechon (shredded pork with mojo onions and garlic cilantro aioli) and croqueta preparada (Cuban bread filled with pork, ham, croquettes, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard). Touching on the Brazilian community, Boteco serves some of the most authentic and delicious feijoada (black bean stew with salted and smoked pork, spare ribs, and carne seca) in the city.
Because it’s hot all the time in Miami, the thing that differentiates the changing of the seasons here are the different menus that start popping up at restaurants, and in the fall they’re very warm and earthy. For instance, Como Como marisqueria, a Mexican concept located in Miami Beach, is adding a special fall menu that will include dishes such as chiles en nogada, which is the signature dish of Mexican Independence Day and commemorates the colors of the “bandera.” They’ll also have chocolate fundido served with polvorones (Mexican wedding cookies), churros, homemade passion fruit marshmallows, and fresh seasonal fruits for dipping.