The food halls of Mi­ami: A new Flor­ida life­style

The Week (US) - - Leisure - La Cen­trale St. Roch Mar­ket 1-800-Lucky

The food hall con­cept is “ex­plod­ing” in Mi­ami, said

Florence Fabri­cant in The New York Times. A year ago, the city had no food halls; to­day there are four, with an­other four ar­riv­ing in com­ing months.

The ap­peal is ob­vi­ous: These ca­sual, cav­ernous op­er­a­tions pro­vide a happy, air-con­di­tioned mid­dle ground be­tween for­mal din­ing and food trucks, of­fer­ing well-pre­pared fare at rea­son­able prices, an at­trac­tive propo­si­tion for tourists, shop­pers, busi­ness peo­ple, and fam­i­lies alike.

One of two Ital­ian-themed food halls in the high-rise Brick­ell City Cen­tre com­plex,

La Cen­trale of­fers an ar­ray of restau­rants and food sta­tions. “On the ground floor, where the ac­tion is,” you can buy prosci­utto or wine to go, or en­joy a pizza, a sand­wich on fresh cia­batta, gelato, or that same wine at the ta­bles and coun­ters in­doors and out. Brick­ell City Cen­tre, 601 S. Mi­ami Ave., (305) 720-2401

The first food hall to open in the city’s high-end De­sign District of­fers “the most eclec­tic mix of food choices yet to be had un­der one roof in Mi­ami.” Be­sides re­gional Ital­ian, you’ll find home-style South­ern, an oys­ter bar, Mex­i­can ce­viche, Viet­namese noo­dles, and Peru­vian-style sushi. 140 NE 39th St., (786) 542-8977

In nearby Wyn­wood, an arts district just north of Down­town Mi­ami, the team be­hind Coyo Taco have gath­ered an as­sort­ment of ven­dors un­der one roof to cre­ate a fun Asian mar­ket where you can find Pek­ing duck, Chi­nese bar­be­cue, banh mi sand­wiches, poke bowls, ra­men, beer frosties, and fish-shaped Ja­panese ice cream. 143 NW 23rd St., (305) 768-9826

A pizza mecca at La Cen­trale

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