By: Dana Rozansky
Food halls are all the rage right now, and it’s no surprise why. Where else can you go enjoy a meal that will satisfy your vegan mom, your carb-loving boyfriend and your sushi addict friend under one roof? If the success of 1800 Lucky in Wynwood is any indication, Miami’s feelin’ the food hall craze and we’re ready for more!
Luckily, our plea has been answered, and we’ve recently been graced with Miami’s latest (and arguably greatest) food hall: St. Roch (pronounced ‘rock’ for inquiring minds). Located in the heart of the Design District, St. Roch is home to a dozen local and regional entrepreneurs ranging from southern comfort food to pasta to seafood and more. So those with picky palates and restrictive diets are welcome, since there’s truly something for everyone.
St. Roch is the epitome of understated sophistication. No bells and whistles here, just a bright, open space with enticing food options at every turn. There’s also a bar in the middle if you want to kick back, enjoy a drink and nosh on a bite or two.
So now let’s get into the dozen delicious offerings you can expect upon visiting St. Roch.
For Southern Comfort Food: COOP
Here you can indulge in dishes like buttermilk biscuits (from scratch!) with candy bacon butter and 25-hour brined fried chicken served on a cheddar chive waffle. Safe to say you won’t want to fly the coop after your meal.
For Italian Eats: DAL PLIN
When the pasta recipes have been passed down through generations of Italians, you know you’re working with the real deal. Choose from favorites such as Spaghetti Chitarra al Pomodoro, fresh Bucatini Cacio & Pepe, and Tuscan Gnudi with Parmigiano Reggiano fondue sauce and fresh Italian Porcini mushrooms.
For Fresh Fish: ELYSIAN SEAFOOD
Once you try Elysian Seafood’s oysters, you’ll be saying ‘Shuck Yes!’ But beyond oysters, you can also enjoy other standout seafood items such as crab claws, crab cakes and shrimp cocktail.
For Tacos & Ceviche: HOT LIME
Taco bout delicious food! Here you can toss back craft tacos and Peruvian-influenced ceviches like smoked corvina marinated in aji Amarillo. Can’t decide between tacos or ceviche? Get both!
For #SUSHIPORN: ITAMAE
Sushi lovers, you’re in for a treat. Itamae features classic nigiri, sashimi and specialty maki – but we’re not talking about your basic salmon avocado roll here. Peruvian ingredients like guava and aji Amarillo set this sushi apart.
For Israeli Eats: JAFFA
Yaniv Cohen, or “The Spice Detective” is serving up Israeli eats that will make you kiss your store-bought hummus days goodbye. Just close your eyes when digging in to his falafel, roasted cauliflower or beet hummus and you’ll be transported to the streets of Tel Aviv. Believe me when I tell you the hype ISREAL.
For a Caffeine Fix: SABAL COFFEE
To keep you energized as you make your way from one food station to the next, there’s Sabal Coffee. This high-quality craft coffee and tea will keep you buzzing all day long. Whether you’re looking for an espresso-based beverage, a cold brew or a single origin pour-over, Sabal has got you covered.
For Smoothies & Salads: SWEETBLENDZ
SweetBlendz serves up smoothies, acai bowls and salads for the healthy ones in the bunch. Or you can simply opt for a refreshing cold pressed juice to keep you hydrated mid-power shopping in the Design District.
For a Liquid Diet: THE MAYHAW
St. Roch’s bar The Mayhaw, is set smack dab in the middle of the joint. Wine snobs, rest assured that The Mayhaw has a 55-label wine list, so peruse at your leisure. You can also enjoy a variety of craft cocktails that are equally delicious as they are Instagrammable.
For Bomb Bahn Mi: TRAN AN
When it comes to Vietnamese food, it doesn’t get much more authentic than this. Inspired by the owner’s family recipes, the menu includes classic chicken pho, salads, and of course, banh mi. Decisions, decisions…and to wash it all down, Tran An offers a variety of bubble teas and thai teas.
For Asian Eats: YUZU
You don’t have to travel halfway across the world to get your Asian food fix. Yuzu offers up an inventive menu of Asian-inspired delights including foie gras dumplings, fried chicken mantou, and a variety of bowls including pork belly ramen, chicken curry noodle bowl, and a short rib rice bowl.
For Vegan Treats: CHEF CHLOE & THE VEGAN CAFÉ
Take it from a meat and cheese lover – DO NOT pass up the opportunity to try this adorable vegan café. I’m speaking from experience when I tell you that Chef Chloe’s vegan nachos have turned the biggest carnivores into believers with just one bite. After devouring your generous helping of nachos, go back and treat yourself with one of Chef Chloe’s renowned vegan desserts.
Twelve enticing options…that’s a lot to chew on, huh?