Miami, the food halls are taking over.
The question is: have we jumped the shark? Apparently not. They’re everywhere.
So what exactly is a food hall? Isn’t it basically what we’ve been a calling a food court at our local mall for decades? Turns out the answer is a hard “no.” Food courts feature fast food chains. Food halls are a mix of local artisan and boutique concepts that don’t include things like Auntie Anne’s pepperoni pretzel nuggets. (Not that there is anything wrong with Auntie Anne’s pepperoni pretzel nuggets.) After all, there’s a time and place for everything, people.
So here are Miami’s food halls and what you’ll find there.
Time Out Market Miami
The food hall to conquer all food halls, Time Out Market Miami features 18 vendors including some of the top chefs in Miami (Jeremy Ford, Norman van Aken, Michael Beltran and Giorgio Rapicavoli among them). There’s a demo kitchen with residencies from top chefs (for the next three months it’s Miguel Massens). Most dishes are priced between $15 and $25, and there are three bars, with specialty cocktails created by celebrated mixologists from Broken Shaker, Sweet Liberty and the Generator Hostel. The Time Out Market in Lisbon, Portugal, where it all started, is now a tourist destination. Will Miami’s version turn out to be the same?
Time Out Market Miami, 1601 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach
This food hall at Sunset Place in South Miami features six restaurants - including Cracked by Chef Adrianne, Dr. Limon Express and the pride of Kendall, Killer Melts. There’s also a bar, The Tonic, which features happy hour from 3-7 p.m. At Yumbrella you don’t wander the vendor counters to order. A hostess will seat you, and a server takes your order.
Yumbrella, Sunset Place, 5701 Sunset Dr, South Miami
This food hall in the Little River neighborhood also features a marketplace space for pop-up vendors and, eventually full-time vendors. There’s also a rooftop bar and event space.
The Citadel, 8300 NE Second Ave., Miami
The rooftop bar isn’t open yet, but this food hall a block off busy Lincoln Road features such vendors as Cake Thai, TYO Sushi, Chill’N nitrogen ice cream and Necessary Purveyor.
Lincoln Eatery, 723 Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach
St Roch Market
Finding delicious food at the new St. Roch Market in Miami’s Design District is not hard. You can walk up to practically any of the counters manned by some of the most promising chefs in South Florida and walk away happy.
This is no surprise: St. Roch – a New Orleans-based concept – features counters manned by chefs trying out their ideas before launching stand-alone restaurants. You’ll find everything from Vietnamese fare to vegan cupcakes. See, St. Roch is more upscale than your basic food hall. You’ll pay more, but you’ll eat better.
St. Roch Market, 140 NE 39th St., Miami; open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 786-566-6656
Located within the swanky Saks at Brickell City Centre, this 18,000-square-foot Italian food hall from South Beach’s Casa Tua Restaurant features 10 different Italian and Mediterranean dining stations, a restaurant and a full bar. The sleek gray-and-white space also features a flower market and a home goods shop selling kitchen accessories, in case you had the urge to recreate one of the dishes at home — or at least make it look like you know what you’re doing.
Casa Tua Cucina, 70 SW Seventh St., Miami; 305-755-0320 or casatuacucina.com