Welcome to Food Crawls, a series in which Eater Miami staffers guide you (virtually) on various food (and booze) crawls in the Miami area.
When we go out, we often find ourselves wanting to try more than one restaurant or bar at a time — a drink and a snack here, another drink and perhaps a dessert there — and want to share our favorite multi-stop combinations with you. These crawls are meant to be relatively walkable, and the amount of food and drink is meant to correspond roughly to a couple of average appetites (so bring a friend), although your mileage may vary. Email us if there’s a particular theme, specific dish or drink, or neighborhood you’d like to see covered in a future installment.
There is no lack of food available in the always buzzing Wynwood neighborhood. From doughnuts to tacos to ice cream and everything in between, there’s something for everyone and every budget no matter the time of the day. But for those looking to make a night of it in the artsy area — say an outing with a friend visiting for the weekend or a date night with that someone special — this is the guide to refer to.
5:30 p.m. Happy hour at KYU
251 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33127
Grab a seat at KYU’s perpetually busy bar area and feast on its steal of a happy hour menu offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Available Monday to Saturday, it features a bevy of $5 bites like crispy pork, roasted cauliflower, and crunchy kale. But the pièce de résistance is the fried chicken served with spicy, red chili butter sauce and wilted spinach, and the perfect, shareable dish to kick off the night.
7:30 p.m. Bites and drinks at Bar Alter
223 NW 23rd Street, Miami, FL 33127
While Miami’s culinary darling Alter is a tough reservation to get — especially on a coveted Friday or Saturday night — its adjacent outside bar offers guests a taste of the James Beard award nominee sans reservation. During the summer months, the entire a la carte menu is available at Bar Alter. Opt for the restaurant’s decadent soft egg topped with sea scallop espuma, truffle pearls, and chive, which helped put the restaurant on the map, washed back with a glass of one of its rotating punches or refreshing shandies.
8:30 p.m. Royale burger at Le Chick
310 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127
Alright, now it’s time to line that stomach with something hearty that can keep everyone going for the inevitable late night debauchery found in the neighborhood. Enter Le Chick’s Royale with cheese that features everything one might want in a burger: a slightly messy albeit tasty double patty, sharp cheddar and “secret sauce” with a hint of nostalgia. Cut the richness with a stiff drink and keep the buzz going for some more bar hopping.
10 p.m. Ice cream at 1-800-Lucky
143 NW 23rd Street, Miami, FL 33127
Can’t have a proper meal without something sweet, and luckily Wywnood’s food hall 1-800-LUCKY has that covered with its ice cream outpost, Taiyaki. Best known for its much photographed fish shaped ice cream cones, it offers various Japanese influenced frozen yogurt flavors like matcha and black sesame, which can be topped with everything from cotton candy to red bean paste — making for a proper sweet ending to the night and the perfect food picture. Because if the night wasn’t documented on Instagram, did it really happen?
11 p.m. Dance the night away at Gramps (oh, and there’s pizza too)
176 NW 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127
It’s time to dance and drink away the night at laid-back Wynwood mainstay, Gramps. Everything from the basic gin and tonic to a more refined Moscow Mule can be found on the cocktail menu to keep the party going until the wee hours of the morning. Plus, if the craving for food strikes again — or something is needed to soak up all that bar hopping — it has a on-site pizzeria, Pizza Tropical, serving up pizza by the slice until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.