Midtown who? Take a summer field trip to Downtown Miami, the city’s newest neighborhood-that-could, where shady electronics stores are being eclipsed by newly opened artisan shops like Bryan in the Kitchen.
When owner Bryan Underwood isn’t busy whipping up strawberry and basil cupcakes, he moonlights as a gallant community crusader. We asked him to give us the lay of this new culinary land.
Eternity Coffee Roasters
This shop has really elevated the coffee experience. They roast in-house, and the baristas allow you to try a variety of flavors.
Little Lotus Miami
The assortment of Asian tapas always interests me. Sure, you have the traditional staples like gyoza and edamame, but there are also things like fried gizzards and fish jerky.
Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue
I am a sucker for sauces, and owner Kevin Kehoe makes all of his from secret recipes — which he keeps tightly guarded. (Go-to order: the pulled pork sandwich with guava and habanero BBQ sauce.)
I love this Peruvian spot for the creative drinks. Go for the Pisco with cilantro or chile.
Order a bucket of Colombia beer and chomp on chicharrón.
Bryan in the Kitchen, 104 Northeast 2nd Avenue, Downtown (305-371-7777 or bryaninthekitchen.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Bryan in the Kitchen