Joey’s Italian Cafe
THE STORY: Joey Goldman opened up Joey’s in 2008. Joey’s was the first restaurant in the Wynwood district, making it a true landmark. This authentic Italian spot is serving up the most delicious pizza, which caught the eye of Food and Wine magazine. The one responsible for the Italian cuisine deliciousness? Chef Ivo Mazzon from the Veneto region of Italy. Daily specials are featured on the blackboard.
WHAT TO EAT: Parma e Funghi Pizza: pomodoro, mozzarella, and mushrooms topped with sliced prosciutto crudo.
WHAT TO DRINK: Wine. Joey’s list is carefully curated with great values and stellar picks.
2506 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127; Joeys Wynwood
R House Wynwood
THE STORY: R House is a vibrant restaurant with a laid back atmosphere. Chef Rocco Carulli’s fusion of American, Mediterranean, Asian, and Latin dishes keep people coming back for more. The trendy scene along with the occasional DJ and live music, plus an art gallery, create the perfect ambiance.
WHAT TO EAT: Brazilian Seafood Moqueca: wild local mahi, wild tiger shrimp, scallops, bell peppers, tomato, coconut milk, dende oil, and basmati rice.
WHAT TO DRINK: Berry Bourbon: berry infused Wild Turkey, lime juice, and berry purée.
2727 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127; R House Wynwood
Wynwood Kitchen & Bar
THE STORY: Jessica Goldman and father Tony Goldman are the two visionaries behind Wynwood Kitchen and Bar. This restaurant is right in the heart of it all, where guests can dine outside with the artsy Wynwood Walls in the backdrop. Chef Miguel Aguilar offers Latin-influenced cuisine with an array of tasty small plates. Wynwood Kitchen and Bar is adorned with all sorts of artwork, like a colorful collage mural by Shepard Fairey, 20-foot paintings by Christian Awe, and a pretty impressive sculptural man at the entrance that’s eleven feet tall.
WHAT TO EAT: Ropa Vieja Empanadas: chicken, cilantro crema, and sauteed clams with cantimpalo sausage, celery, caramelized onions, and aji panca broth. Served with sweet potato fries.
WHAT TO DRINK: The wine list is long, but the assortment of beers is better. From International lagers to extra “large format” bottles from Germany, Belgium, and the states, they definitely didn’t forget about the “bar.”
2550 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127; Wynwood Kitchen and Bar
ABOUT: “Good beer ain’t cheap and cheap beer ain’t good” Kush’s motto. Matt Kuscher is the owner of LoKal in Coconut Grove and then decided to open up this small hot spot together with his friend David; both beer aficionados. Kush is all about quality beers and food, which is why all their dishes are made using locally sourced food. Their beer menu consists of 18 taps, one nitro tap, a cask and an aged and reserve bottle list. Beer geek or not, Kush is a must.
WHAT TO EAT: Florida Alligator Bites to start off and Frita burger for main dish: burger served with guava jelly, melted Gruyere stuffed with potato stix, crispy bacon LoKal sauce and then pressed down
WHAT TO DRINK: Beer, beer, and more beer. Cheers!
2003 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127; Kush Wynwood