If the last decade could have had a theme, we would have made Miami’s “food hall” since over a dozen have opened around our hometown in just a few short years. Located in the Virgin MiamiCentral train hub is Central Fare, one of the hidden secrets of the food hall scene with a sleek, modern twist featuring some of Miami’s homegrown favorites slinging their best dishes for commuters and curious foodies both. Since food halls seem to get overwhelming (talk about decision fatigue), we’ve broken it all down for you:
Many people don’t know this, but the original configuration of a crepe (or galette as purists would urge to call it) is made with buckwheat flour, making these delicious French classics naturally gluten-free. At Bucks Crepes, we suggest to stick to the traditional: Cheese and ham with a fried egg on top. France in a most satisfying plate. Okay, fine, and throw in a dessert one too (you can’t go wrong with caramel or nutella).
It’s no lie that Cuban cuisine is a pivotal pillar for Miami’s food scene, and CAO Bakery has been not-so-silently taking over the ranks as one of Miami’s new beloved favorites all over town. Most shoppers will head here for a quick bite and a cafecito boost, but we suggest to play the long game and not miss their version of the Cuban Sandwich, as perfect as they come.
From the brains and tastebuds at the culinary powerhouse Juvia Group comes a new American Brasserie inside Central Fare, La Estacion. While it might not be as quick as some of the other traditional food hall-style pop-ups, the sweeping restaurant still deserves your attention. If you’re on a budget, we suggest heading there during happy hour where things like ribs, pizza, sliders, and calamari are less than $10. If you want to splurge, head there for brunch or try the prix fixe menu.
For all you Argentine cuisine lovers, the local favorite Delicatessen Patagonia has opened a new concept inside Central Fare. They have everything from to-go bites and sit-down dishes, all made with the sort of love that only comes from a family meal. We suggest that you don’t overlook the empanadas which are freshly baked on-site and some of the most flavorful in town. The provoletta is as traditional as can be, but it’s their new venture of choose-your-own bowls that have us really excited.
In case you haven’t noticed, Rosetta Bakery is sort of taking over Miami’s baked goods scene, with a flagship store on Collins that started it all, they now have locations all over town from Brickell to Aventura and beyond. The quality of their goods is what truly stands out, so we suggest you sit down and take your time here. Make sure to try at least one flavor of croissant, but we highly recommend not missing the focaccia. Our favorite is topped with zucchini, onions, and a whole lot of hearbs.
That’s right. One of Miami’s most legendary purveyors of food porn inducing comfort foods also has a home in the Virgin MiamiCentral food hall. While they’re known globally for their Mac, don’t deprive yourself of their other great dishes. At Central Fare, you can dig into classics like World Famous Five Cheese Truffle Mac & Cheese, or go bougee and get the seafood mac & cheese featuring a split lobster tail on top. Don’t miss out on the new items like burgers and salads, too.
On the list of concepts opening later this year is a Mediterranean, wine-focus outpost called Art de Vivre. There’s the return of the Michelin-starred Kuenko, formerly at The Wynwood Yard. And an offshoot of the popular hotspot, 800-degrees by Chef Anthony Carron, 800-degree Woodfire Kitchen.