Art has of course been a part of Miami culture in one form or another all along. But in the past decade Miami has developed one of America’s coolest modern-art scenes, partly spurred by the annual extravaganza Art Basel. This refurbed warehouse in the middle of that scene’s ground zero, the Wynwood neighborhood north of downtown, serves up Venezuela-born Miguel Aguilar’s creative Latin-inspired fusion in the form of small plates such as, say, Mexican corn anointed with cheese and chipotle aioli, or a delicate chicken empanada reincarnation of the classic tomato-based Cuban beef dish ropa vieja. The surroundings are even more striking—huge, dramatic paintings and sculptures inside, wall murals out on the patio that make it feel like dining in an art gallery, and a cool soundtrack ranging from progressive jazz to Colombian cumbia to Coldplay. Before or after your repast, take a meander through the attached art park, called Wynwood Walls, filled with striking murals done by well-known street and graffiti artists. Thursday through Saturday evenings, live music is added to the mix.
- David Paul Appell