By: Rebecca Charur
What happens when you combine hip bites with sleek aesthetics? You get the the cool cousin of all food halls.
Originally built in 1951 and once home to the First Federal Savings and Loan Bank, The Citadel has undergone a serious remake since its old-school MiMo days. But design is still at the building’s core. The food hall combines the clean cut edges of an industrial space with the rustic wooden beams and typical greenery of a hipster hangout.
Inside its white and black walls, the multipurpose space is slated to house a rooftop bar, shopping, entertainment, and office space, in addition to its already buzzing food hall. Given that I passed by just before the launch of phase one (food hall), I was lucky enough to experience the bites that help make this food hall one of Miami’s most impressive.
For a quick slice: Ash! Pizza Parlor
From the owners of Stanzione 87 in Brickell comes The Citadel’s very own pizza stop that dishes out wood-fire Neapolitan pizzas at an impressive speed.
For a sugar fix: Bachour
In not one but TWO outposts at The Citadel, award-winning pastry chef, Antonio Bachour, brings stunning pastries to life. Famous for their mirrored glaze, the cakes are admittedly almost too pretty to eat.
For the taco enthusiast: Taquiza
With Chef Steve Santana at the helm, the outpost of the wildly popular taco spot does not disappoint. Taquiza customers will find an ample selection of classic fan-favorites like their puffy blue corn chips and tacos.
For a twist on your classic Chinese takeout: Palmar
Another outpost of a popular restaurant, Palmar brings its signature contemporary Chinese cuisine from Wynwood to the Little River District. This restaurant sat pretty at the top of my Miami bucket-list for some time and I can confirm that the flavors did not disappoint. I recommend you try one of my favorite dishes of the night, the eggplant, which is a far cry from your average veggie dish.
For island vibes: Manjay
Probably the biggest surprise of the whole night was Manjay, a Caribbean eatery that brings a fresh approach to the islands’ traditional cuisine. For a standout dish, order the jerk chicken bites with plantain fries. Literally insane.