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Miami is the “Foodie” city 2023 (recognized by Bon Appétit)

Miami is the “Foodie” city 2023 (recognized by Bon Appétit)

The city of Miami has been named the “foodie” city of the year 2023 by the renowned gastronomy publication, Bon Appétit. The magazine has highlighted Miami as a food mecca thanks to the wide variety of original restaurants that the city offers. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Dawn Davis, writes that as editors traveled the country looking for daring new places to eat, they admitted that the one place they always wanted to return to was Miami.

“The ever-evolving city is bustling with opportunity, and a wave of creative chefs and restaurateurs have caught that air of possibility,” she writes. “It has spawned a wave of bold and exciting restaurants that are contributing to the city’s rich culinary history, while bringing whole new dimensions to the dining scene.”

The magazine highlights several Miami hotspots, calling them “restaurants we fell in love with.” First on the list is Itamae, the Peruvian-Japanese restaurant in the Design District that last year was designated a Bib Gourmand (restaurant that offers great value for money) by the Michelin Guide. The seafood image on the magazine’s cover was taken at the restaurant, which started out as a vendor in the former St. Roch food hall (now called MIA Market).

The magazine also praises other Miami venues such as the Suite Habana Café in Wynwood; El Turco restaurant, in Upper Buena Vista; beloved southern brunch spot Rosie’s in Little River; Zak the Baker, in Wynwood; the Broken Shaker cocktail bar at the Freehand Hotel in Miami Beach, named one of the 50 Best Bars in North America for 2022; North Miami Beach’s Paradis Books & Bread pizza and wine bar; and Jaguar Sun in Miami, named one of the best restaurants in the country by Yelp earlier this year. She also recommends to the would-be diners to try Lil Greenhouse Grill restaurant and Red Rooster in Overtown; Ariete, by Michael Beltrán, with a Michelin star in Coconut Grove; and Doce Provisions and Azúcar Ice Cream Company in Little Havana (there’s also a new location in Suniland for Kendall’s ice cream aficionados.)

Miami has long been a culinary destination known for its Caribbean and Latin American cuisines in general, but in recent years a new wave of chefs and restaurants have emerged and are redefining the city’s dining scene. The city has experienced an increase in its economic prosperity, which has led to the opening of new restaurants and the arrival of chefs from all over the world.

The city has a large number of high-quality restaurants, including some that have obtained international recognition, such as the Bib Gourmand award from the Michelin guide or the James Beard award. One of the restaurants featured by Bon Appétit is Itamae, a Peruvian-Japanese restaurant located in the Design District. This Asian and Latin fusion restaurant is a family business run by Nando Chang, his father Fernando and his sister Val Chang Cumpa.

Another outstanding restaurant is Suite Habana Café, a very stylish cafeteria in the Wynwood neighborhood that specializes in Cuban coffee made organically and with local products. It is also a small family business that has won the hearts of the local public.

El Turco is a small Turkish food restaurant located in the Buena Vista neighborhood, decorated in the style of the Mediterranean country. This place is a must for lovers of Turkish food and is especially popular on Sunday lunchtime.

Zak the Baker is a very popular bakery in Miami that has been recognized for its organic and largely gluten-free product. Although they also offer some salads, their specialty is fresh bread, which has attracted a large number of customers who don’t mind standing in line for it.

Red Rooster is an Overtown classic, with classic American home cooking. Despite being in an unsafe area for a while, the owners have managed to keep it open and today it is one of the favorite restaurants in the city.

Ariete is another of the restaurants highlighted by Bon Appétit. Located in Coconut Grove and run by renowned chef Michael Beltran, this restaurant has earned a Michelin star and has become one of the most popular places in the city to enjoy elegant and delicious dining.

Lastly, Azúcar is an ice cream parlor located in Little Havana that has become a classic in the city. Its name refers to the phrase “Sugar!” by Celia Cruz, and its artisan ice cream is famous for being one of the best in the city.

In short, Miami is a city with a wide variety of culinary options that has been recognized by Bon Appétit as the city “foodie.


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