The Best Dishes at Every Concept at Time Out Market
We think that Miami has finally found the answer to separate checks. Two words: Food. Hall. And with what seems like a new food hall opening each month, there truly is no excuse to ever split the bill again. #canwegetanamen? The newest member of the food hall boom? The much-anticipated Time Out Market. The international media company chose Miami as its first of several US locations which officially opened just last month to already wildly popular success–a perfect intersection of destination and ode to the growing local food scene.
With a mix of 18 of our most beloved Miami eateries and talented chefs, like Miami Smokers, Coyo Taco and Kush, we must say, the amount of self-control practiced to not eat here for every meal is award-winning. Each concept has not only perfected their respective staples, they all come with merch and accompanied quotes to introduce travelers to every chef’s story. We’ve narrowed down what the best dish at each spot is to help minimize the decision fatigue:
From the authentic Japanese cuisine of Shuji Hiyakawa, Wabi Sabi brings fresh poke to Time Out. A concise but well-read menu proves quality over quantity, for this chef-driven pop-up. A must have: the Wabi Sabi Bowl with fresh tuna, salmon and lump crab, finished with tobiko, cucumber, avocado, seaweed, and shiitake mushrooms. And yes, it is just as good as it sounds.
SALT & BRINE
We’re happy that oysters are making a huge comeback, especially in Miami. The beloved Little Havana spot, Ella’s Oyster Bar has opened an off-shoot at Time Out Market, Salt & Brine. The seafood and raw bar masters oysters of course, and our absolute favorite twist on presentation was topped with kimchi and crab.
LOVE LIFE CAFÉ
Vegan Mac & Cheese. One of our favorite Wynwood vegan cafes, Love Life, has found a second home at the amongst the Time Out Market residents. And they’re bringing along with them, a few of the classics. Like their Vegan Mac & Cheese with lentil macaroni, alfredo cheese sauce and “parm” crumble. ‘Carbo-loading’ never tasted so good. If that’s not enough, their burger was voted #1 Vegan Burger in the country.
BEACH PIE BY NORMAN VAN AKEN
Beach Pie is the first attempt at a pizza place by James Beard Award–winner Norman Van Aken. The brand new concept is elevating the simple thin-crust pizza with some truly world-class ingredients. With five specialty pies, this one is a light and beach-friendly spin on everyone’s favorite munchie food. Their Redland CSA is a veggie pie with creative local vegetables you wouldn’t usually find on a pizza but we’re not complaining.
NORMAN VAN AKEN
Speaking of which, the star-studded chef has a second concept inside Time Out Market entirely dedicated to his early years as a chef in Key West. K’West is a homage to the deliciously fresh seafood and surprisingly cavalier culinary scene in The Keys. Things like conch chowder, fish sandwiches, and shrimp ceviche are all on the menu but it was the papaya BBQ duck meatballs that threw us for a loop.
Crackling Maitake Mushroom and Shishito Peppers. Stubborn Seed’s very own Jeremy Ford isn’t done proving his talents in the kitchen. His newest concept: “Krunchi”, Southern-inspired Korean cuisine . Though it may not be what were used to seeing from this young Chef, after tasting his crackling fried maiitake mushrooms with shishito peppers, Korean chili mustard, sesame, mint and lime, you’ll soon lose any doubts.
Veterans of the Miami meat scene, Miami Smokers have been treating us to some of the best smoked cuts in the city for years. Whether you can eat a whole bag of their famous candied bacon in one bite, or crave their bacon-wrapped plantains as often as we do, you’ll love everything about their pop-up here. Our suggestion? Make yourself an epic charcuterie board so you can try as much as possible in one sitting.
What would a food hall in Miami be without tacos? You’re right – we can’t even imagine it. From one of Miami’s favorite late-night taco spots, Coyo Taco, finds its next home in the Time Out Market. And this time, with a few new additions to the menu. On weekends, they’ll be serving up traditional Mexican menudo, for those impossible to cure hangovers, along with mole pozole and rotisserie lamb. We died over the fried fish taco.
The Hialeah staple has seen a new life thanks to the man behind Miami favorites like Kush and LoKal, Matt Kuscher. Stephen’s Deli will of course specialize in all things delicatessen over at Time Out’s Miami Market, pickles included. There’s no way we’ll let you go here and not try his Reuben, every bit as good as the age-old delis in New York’s best districts.
Which brings us to the only concept in the market dedicated to the American classic: the hamburger. By now, Kush’s hamburgers are legendary around town, and they’re not stopping here. Their “slider bar” features all their staples like the Frita Burger with guava jelly and Gruyere cheese, but it was the alligator bites we were pleasantly surprised by. Seriously, they’re that good.
Vietnamese definitely needs more representation in Miami, which is why the MiMo favorite, Phuc Yea has always been a pleasant addition to the food scene in town. Their latest venture in Time Out Market blends the Vietnamese traditions with Cajun flavors in a way that’ll have you coming back for more. Their buns are great and all, but you just have to try the pho.
Chile-born Chef Sebastian Fernandez’s trademark European and Latin fusion has been making its way around town. First at his former outpost in Coconut Grove and then at The Citadel in Little River, and now at Time Out Market. Flavorful yet simple classic dishes like ceviche shine here, but it was the grilled octopus with sweet potato puree that really got us.
Dulce de Leche & Domino Ice Cream. With the opening of their second Miami location, Azucar brings Little Havana to South Beach. And in the form of classic Cuban Ice Cream. Facts: it’s near impossible to find a ‘bad’ flavor of ice cream from Azucar, but if we have to choose our favorites? The Dulce de Leche and Domino Cookies ‘n’ Cream. Because having only one flavor is just not an option.
Since his amazing win on “Chopped” in 2012, Giorgio Rapicavoli has helmed wildly popular spots like Eating House, where he serves plates that not only please the palate but also linger in the mind for weeks. At Time Out Market, you’ll be able to dig into favorites like his Cap’n Crunch Pancakes or the even more indulgent take on the carbonara pasta.
THE LOCAL CUBAN
The Arroz Imperial. If you’ve been to any Latin American party, you’ll know the feeling of comfort that envelopes you when you dig into a warm arroz imperial. But at The Local Cuban, a brand new concept by chef Alberto Cabrera, there’s something new in the dish: duck. That’s right. The classic gets taken up a notch with new fowl but is still served in the same porcelain casserole your grandma would.
Red Velvet Croissant. When it comes to the pastries of Bachour, decadent is an understatement. From Guava & Cheese Macarons to Gianduja Cake, Antonio Bachour doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘skimp’ and boy are we glad. The Time Out stand out, the Red Velvet Croissant, frosted and filled with cream cheese mousse. Trust us, you’re gonna wanna save some room.
THE DEMO KITCHEN
One thing we loved about Time Out Market Miami was that they’ll have a demo kitchen entirely focusing around a roster of emerging local chefs already showing culinary promise. They’ll lead classes and workshops, but also get the chance to expand their talents with this big first chance. Right now, Miguel Massens is calling it home and we’d build a kingdom around his Dominican Mojo Braised Pork with plantain fufu.
Chef Michael Beltran has made a loud name for himself in Miami for his charming, Coconut Grove ode to growing up in Miami as a Cuban-American. The same mouth-watering flavors that have earned him some serious culinary stripes can be found at Leña. Here, you can taste a mix of gastronomic feats and serious comfort food. The pastrami-style short rib was out of this world.
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