Think Local, Eat Global
Business Traveler|April/May 2021
The culinary scene in Miami’s South Beach is an international adventure
By Michael Alpiner

LEFT AND ABOVE: The Bazaar, Time Out Market Miami, Katsuya

Florida – the Sunshine State – is not always so sun-shiny. Throughout its history the peninsula, and particularly its southern tip, has from time to time been the target of major Atlantic hurricanes. Nevertheless, the (mostly) sunny weather, the beaches and the desire for both are a continual draw for people to South Florida’s shores. And when disaster does strike, these resilient folks have picked up the pieces and gone back to living life in paradise.

That’s certainly the story of South Beach, aka SoBe, a strand of barrier islands between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic. Here, Ferraris of all styles and colors rumble through the streets with unrestrained bravado, women and men parade along the sun-baked sidewalks wearing their well-earned tans and aloof attractiveness, and the chatter from the street-side cafes pronounce man’s temporary dominance over the forces of nature.

The Art Deco style, synonymous with the original South Beach ambience of the 1930s, has been preserved with almost a square mile of the area on the National Registry of Historic Places. Just as the glamorous style coexists with the attributes common to nearly all American cities (not everyone who lives in South Beach can afford Ferraris), so too the food choices are geared for all lifestyles and wallets.

Here, one will find haute cuisine a stone’s throw from inexpensive tapas and happy hour beer and margaritas. Whether beachfront dining at a fancy restaurant or camping out with a hotdog on the beach, the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean is unconditional.

TIME OUT

One highly anticipated gustatory cornucopia in South Beach is Time Out Market Miami. (timeoutmarket.com/ Miami/) The city was chosen as the first US outpost of the original Time Out Market in Lisbon, Portugal, which opened six years ago. The choice was obvious, not only because of South Beach’s ethnic diversity, but also because of its renowned food culture. The reopening of Time Out Market in March was accompanied by the introduction of a new Time Out Market app that diners can use for contactless ordering.

The concept of Time Out Market is simple: The chefs must be local to the city where the market is featured; the chefs must represent the best of their particular cuisine in the city; each chef serves from 5 to 7 dishes from his/ her existing menu, or experiments with a dish that will one day appear on his/her restaurant menu. Thus, Time Out market becomes a showcase for current and future cuisine.

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