Once upon a time there were few options to grab a bite in the Wynwood neighborhood. Choices consisted of a random food truck or one of two restaurants that first set up shop in conjunction with the first murals being painted over at the Wynwood Walls in 2009. That or trek on up the road to Midtown for a Five Guys burger or a stop at Sakaya Kitchen. Oh, how things change. In this rapidly evolving neighborhood new food joints, cafes and now also fancier restaurants pop up almost monthly. The evolution of the area has brought in an influx of new visitors with tourist buses now making regular stops, a free trolley dropping of locals and parking is a little harder to come by as, more people make this a destination. Most everyone visiting will want to sit down for an interesting meal at some point in between taking in the art installations, galleries, and trendy boutiques so below we bring you our suggestions for the best Wynwood cheap eats. Let us know if we missed your fave.
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
2550 N.W. 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33127
This is the place to go if you want to be surrounded by art as you scarf down some bites. Sit on their patio overlooking Shepard Fairey murals and retro inspired walls or in the cavernous bar area facing a gorgeous elephant mural by, you guessed it, Fairey, again. The inside dining room also showcases art on the walls plus a lovely mega tall sculpture in one corner. Nosh on a large and fun selection of small plates with Latin influences such as Ropa Vieja Empanadas, Ceviches, Tacos, Chimichurri Steak and assorted seafood dishes. Chorizo (yum) is featured in several recipes and there are some good choices for veggie lovers as well; asparagus, bok choy, elote (grilled corn), roasted ‘shrooms or beets and gazpacho, as well as several fun salads. Prices are very reasonable at this prime location with each plate running $6-$12. They close for two hours in the middle of the day from 3-5PM, so plan accordingly.
2601 NW 2nd Ave. Miami FL 33127
Tel (305) 747-7888
Funky decor and a bit of a disorganized vibe lend this centrally located place its charm. The food is a fun mix of breakfast egg dishes, waffles partnered with berries or chicken, creative sandwiches and burgers, salads and small bites such as Popcorn Shrimp and Fried Green Tomatoes. The oh-so-ubiquitous Brussels sprout makes an appearance as do quinoa and kale in the way of salads or sides and for main courses, there is Salmon with Fennel and Asparagus, traditional meatloaf, Steak Frites with Chimichurri sauce or Fried Chicken with Leeks and Cheese Stuffed Spuds. Lots of creative cocktails to choose from and a cool selection of craft beers. Prices are reasonable($7-$16 for everything except a few entrees which are around $20) and service friendly albeit a bit harried.
2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami Fl 33127
Tel (305) 573-1216
The taco mania that arrived on the scene a few years ago shows no sign of abating, and that, friends, is a good thing. What’s not like about small bites of your preferred meats, seafood or veg, usually bursting with flavor and packed onto their own vessel or “plate” whether it be a corn or flour tortilla in the shape of a half moon or taco or a torpedo-like burrito with added heft in the form of rice and beans. Coyo Taco serves up the traditional options of chicken, pork, fish and shrimp as well as crispy duck, quinoa, octopus, and nopales or huitlacoche (cactus fruit or fungus). Fun sides include Esquite (epazote scented corn pudding) and grilled green onions. Expect reasonable prices as is usual at this type of joint, an order of two Tacos will run you $6 to $9.
Della Test Kitchen
56 NW 29th Street, Miami, FL 33127
Tel (305) 771-4810
On the northern edge of Wynwood along 29th St. and inside the Wynwood Yard sits this permanent location food truck serving up plant-based food with vibrant flavors and colors. Locally sourced, organic and good for you till the last nibble the food here is not only reasonably priced, it is delicious! Bowls consist of your custom made choices of grains or greens, veggies, nuts and toppings such as nuts, herbs and seeds and 5 flavorful sauces it to top everything off with. If you feel lazy and don’t want to build you own, there are some standard bowls also offered, such as the Mediterranean, Curry or Dale bowls. Delicious smoothies include Choco-Berry, Almond Joy or Leafy Greens while drinks showcase mint, ginger, lemon, carrots and more. Seating is outside, in a shaded garden/patio like setting. Prices hover at around $10 per bowl.
186 NE 29th St, Miami FL 33127
Tel (305) 573-4681
As neighborhoods gentrify many of the best and mostly affordable Cuban food joints sadly disappear. Let’s hope the same fate doesn’t befall Enriqueta’s, a neighborhood staple where they cook with soul and serve up hearty soups and giant platters of traditional Cuban dishes such as Ropa Vieja, Vaca Frita or Arroz con Pollo. all accompanied by generous portions of rice, black beans, salad and Maduros (Fried Plantains). Breakfasts and daily specials are always a great bargain here. The main attraction, however, as their name implies, are the large, overstuffed sandwiches. Lovingly seasoned and perfect for sharing, choices include the traditional Cuban, Fried steak or Chicken or breakfast sammies as well as Medianoches (a Cuban on sweet bread). Other popular Cuban staples such as croquetas come in creative variations such as chorizo or bacon. Wrap up your meal with an intense Cuban coffee and a scrumptious flan and plan for a nice siesta after. Prices are great and almost every item on the menu is under $10. Please note, this is strictly a Breakfast or Lunch spot as they close at 4pm and are also closed all day Sunday.
Zak the Baker
405 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127
Tel (786) 347-7100
It is all about the bread at this popular bakery where you may have to wait in a line for a bit before enjoying your Avocado Toast, Salmon Pastrami Reuben or one of their delicious pastries. Having supplied some of the best bread in town to many area restaurants Zac the Baker finally opened up to the public – which much success – on a small side street to the main action in Wynwood. Enjoy an Avocado or Beet toast, Israeli Sabich sandwich, daily soups and specials, quiches and tarts and other seasonal delicacies to accompany the delicious bread. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a large array of pastries, cookies, croissants fruit tarts and more. Toasts run from $4-$8 each, sandwiches $10-$14, salads and soups will set you back $4- $7 and sweets run $2.50-$4. Zak the Baker is only open until 5 pm and closes all day Saturday.
2003 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
The go-to place for when you get a hankering for Alligator Bites, Kush also showcases high-quality craft beers and foods sourced from local Florida farms and made from scratch daily, including their condiments and desserts. This eco-friendly restaurant was named “Most Green Restaurant in Florida” by the Nature Conservancy. Nothing on the menu costs more than $15.00 and apart from the gator nibbles you can also enjoy a great selection of sandwiches, like the Farm Style Chicken, Veggie Meatball Parm or Miami Smokers BLT. Their burger options include A Frita (Miami style with guava and potato stix), the Kush & Hash served on a waffle and topped with egg & bacon or the Johnny Utah which was voted best burger in Miami. There are a few salads as well as several interesting starters. Wash it all down with a delicious craft beer from one of their 18 taps or specialty bottles.
450 NW 27th St, Miami, FL 33127
Tel (305) 576-1105
As the home of the $3.00 sandwich, the Wynwood Cafe had to be part of our list. Not only do they offer a great selection of inexpensive, creative and tasty grilled sandwiches like Prosciutto, Pastrami, Turkey or Veg ($3.00-$9.00), they do it in a cafe nestled inside a gallery at the Art Place Wynwood. The cafe also offers $4.00 smoothies and $6.00 salads as well as $1.00 Espressos and a $3.00 Frappuccinos. An assortment of brownies, cakes and croissants is also available daily.
2711 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33140
Tel (305) 573-2557
Cozy neighborhood spot serves up seasonal, Mediterranean and Asian inspired cuisine at moderate prices. Chef Adi uses inspiration from her world travels to spice her dishes and builds up a tantalizing menu of global flavors in the process. Expect bright salads such as the Haloumi, Fatoush or Oriental Kale ($12-$13), innovative starters such as Grilled Octopus with Spaghetti Squash and entrees such as Pad Thai and several Italian style Pasta dishes ($15), Lamb Shawarma ($16), and several fish, chicken and steak options ($16-$24). Focaccia sandwiches and burgers and also make it onto the menu – including a salmon one – and as if that were not enough, several weekly specials make an appearance as well.
Jimmy Z’s Kitchen
2700 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Tel (305) 573-1505
If Mofongo is your thing, search no more, you have found the best place for it at Jimmy Z’s Kitchen as it is the specialty at this American-Latin Fusion restaurant. You can order this plantain-based Puerto Rican staple, smothered in a tomato and culantro based sauce, in your choice of proteins: Shrimp, Mojo pork, Churrasco, chicken or fish. Mofongo is a hearty dish that can easily be shared. It will set you back $13-$18 per order. Also on the menu, an eclectic mix of sandwiches ($8-$12), salads ($8-$12) and entrees. Wrap up your meal with a Cortadito and a traditional Latin American dessert such as Guava Cheesecake or Coconut Flan.