Five New Year's Resolutions for Miami Food

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We could really use better farmers' markets.
It's that time of year again. You're considering Crossfit and the Master Cleanse as part of your New Year's resolution, and you're certainly not alone. Miami's food scene should be making promises, as well.

The city could use a couple of things. Here are just five of 'em.

See also: In 2013, Miami's Food Scene Finally Blossomed

1. We need good European-style bakeries.
Miami makes a helluva pastelito de guayaba, but we sure suck at lemon tarts, croissants, and layer cakes. In the last few years, we got two vegan bakeries: Bunnie Cakes and the House of V. And yes, we also got True Loaf in Sunset Harbour. (But come on, who can afford a $12 olive loaf?) We've got Zak the Baker's bread, which is a revelation. But his bakery is still in the works. It's not too much to ask. All we need is a storefront, a place where we can score crusty sourdough bread, fresh fruit tarts, and delectable pastries.

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2. Miami, why don't you have more Indian food?
This isn't a new problem. The Magic City has been lacking Indian food for years. But we're also missing out on other cuisines, like Ethiopian. Miami could also use more Korean joints, too. (Gabose, we're talking to you.)

See also: Nile Ethiopian in Orlando Is Worth the Three-Hour Drive

3. The Magic City needs better farmers' markets.
If you're a regular at Miami farmers' markets, then you know how difficult it is to find local produce here. Some markets run year-round, even though vegetables are primarily harvested in the winter. Others peddle incense and soaps, not fruits and greens. Sure, there are exceptions: Bee Heaven Farm and Little River Market Garden can be found at Pinecrest and the Upper East Side, respectively, on the weekends. But that's about it.

It's all part of an even bigger problem: Where the heck can you get affordable, organic produce in this town?

4. We need more specialty food shops.
Miami lacks locally-owned food shops, little boutiques that specialize in one thing like bread bakeries or pastry shops. Right now, we have one or two small wine stores and butcher shops, but we could really use more. Think cheese, tea, spice, or even craft beer stores.

5. Someone open a vegetarian restaurant! Please?
A vegetarian restaurant would be a great. A vegan restaurant? That could be interesting, too. If anything, it would be great to have a vegetable-oriented place, the kind of restaurant where bacon steps aside and lets Brussels sprouts be the star. We have a couple of casual joints, but what we lack is a chef-run vegetable-centric place.

See also:
- Vegan Chefs, Dreaming of Success, Emerge in Miami
- Enough With the Pork, Miami: Here's a Case for Vegetables

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OurBiscayne
OurBiscayne

A brand new farmers market is opening in downtown Miami starting Saturday, February 8th. This market is one of the winning proposals from The Miami Foundation's Public Space Challenge. To learn more visit www.facebook.com/OurBiscayne.

We'd love to hear from you so please leave us a comment on our page. More importantly we'd love to see you as we're working to build a sense of community and connectivity through our market.

Anthonyvop1
Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

If there was a need for more Indian Food or Vegetarian/Vegan restaurants there would be more.  Same with "European" style bakeries.

Tatiana Amaro
Tatiana Amaro

If you want more "vegetarian" options go to California.

Danny Diaz
Danny Diaz

Hakim Vegetarian restaurant off I-95 & 163rd is LEGIT, absolutely great service and good.

Danny Diaz
Danny Diaz

Definitely more European bakeries are wanted. For number 3 there's the farmers market in Coconut Grove every Saturday. :) These are the articles that I like to see Miami New Times!!

Shayla Walsh
Shayla Walsh

Thank you! I give up on Miami farmers markets. Makes me miss cali where I can get two weeks worth of veggies all organic for $10.

Jaci Peña
Jaci Peña

Ashley Valle i thought bout when reading this

sancrisabel
sancrisabel

My fav Organic place to eat is in the grove- Green Garden Organics - 4750 Jefferson Street . They have an excellent juice bar and fresh food!


nicholas.bernal
nicholas.bernal

Farmers' markets are difficult here because most non-native Miamians won't buy produce in season. Sure everyone loves strawberries and onions, but what about canistel and mamey. I operate the Grove Green Farmers' Market and we are trying to better connect farms such as ours with buyers. What we need is better education about what is local, sustainable, and seasonal. Until boniato and papaya become staples in all households, it will always be difficult for farmers' in South Florida to thrive year round.

Nick Bernal
Nick Bernal

check out Grove Green Farmers' Market on Thursdays. Real farmers. Real food.

Street Art
Street Art

Miami needs more patrons of all things fine.

OurBiscayne
OurBiscayne

Farmers markets should also connect and build community. Downtown Miami is getting a brand new market called "Fresh Start @ Our Biscayne." The project is one of the Miami Foundation Public Space Challenge winners. Visit www.facebook.com/OurBiscayne to learn more.

Vanessa Ortiz
Vanessa Ortiz

this! also, thanks for the heads up on the vegan bakeries. :)

Mariposa Negra
Mariposa Negra

WELL, WELL, WELL, I WILL BE LETTING MY UTAHN FRIENDS TO MOVE DOWN AND DO THEIR GARDENING SPECIALTIES AND REALLY SHOW MIAMIANS WHTA FARMER'S MARKT IS ALL ABOUT!!!!

Jason Koerner
Jason Koerner

True. Study what is in season and buy accordingly.

Naomi Comerford
Naomi Comerford

Most of the produce sold at Glaser is not local. A lot of it come forms California.

Jason Koerner
Jason Koerner

I bought all my produce for the whole week at the market for $11.50. Seems right to me.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

And pay New England prices on locally grown food?! Y'all know once shit becomes "trendy & chic", the prices will spike! A Hialean tried to sell me a case of grapefruits for almost $30, citing "the Libyan conflict and transportation costs." I'm like: " mufucka, u got this shit in homestead, not Iraq! Is not like you drove over there!!" He just laughed and I got it for $12.

Orlando And-Lady Raven
Orlando And-Lady Raven

They need better, cheaper and to be more accessible. They come to South Beach and jack up the prices just because they feel like they should. Keep the prices reasonable and you will get more happy costumers

Jason Koerner
Jason Koerner

Surprised not to see the market in the Grove from Glaser Organic Farms or the market on Lincoln Road? You will find plenty of in season items to make great meals all week.

Alex Porro
Alex Porro

Norman Brothers on 87th ave right before Kendall dr

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