The food halls of Miami: A new Florida lifestyle
The food hall concept is “exploding” in Miami, said Florence Fabricant in The New York Times. A year ago, the city had no food halls; today there are four, with another four arriving in coming months. The appeal is obvious: These casual, cavernous operations provide a happy, air-conditioned middle ground between formal dining and food trucks, offering well-prepared fare at reasonable prices, an attractive proposition for tourists, shoppers, business people, and families alike.
La Centrale One of two Italian-themed food halls in the high-rise Brickell City Centre complex, La Centrale offers an array of restaurants and food stations. “On the ground floor, where the action is,” you can buy prosciutto or wine to go, or enjoy a pizza, a sandwich on fresh ciabatta, gelato, or that same wine at the tables and counters indoors and out. Brickell City Centre, 601 S. Miami Ave., (305) 720-2401
St. Roch Market The first food hall to open in the city’s high-end Design District offers “the most eclectic mix of food choices yet to be had under one roof in Miami.” Besides regional Italian, you’ll find home-style Southern, an oyster bar, Mexican ceviche, Vietnamese noodles, and Peruvian-style sushi. 140 NE 39th St., (786) 542-8977
1-800-Lucky In nearby Wynwood, an arts district just north of Downtown Miami, the team behind Coyo Taco have gathered an assortment of vendors under one roof to create a fun Asian market where you can find Peking duck, Chinese barbecue, banh mi sandwiches, poke bowls, ramen, beer frosties, and fish-shaped Japanese ice cream. 143 NW 23rd St., (305) 768-9826 ■