• UO Guide: Road Trip Restaurants

    Exciting news: our UO road trip is finishing up in Miami this week! After all those miles traveled, our team is hungry and ready for some great food. Luckily for us, Miami has a vibrant food scene that draws upon many different cultures and ethnicities. To get acquainted with the city, we asked Geoff and Dianne from Miami Food Pug to give us a rundown of their favorite local food spots, and must-eat restaurants in Miami.
    Lead photo shot at Wynwood Yard


    Located on the famous Calle Ocho (8th Street) in Little Havana, this cozy ice cream shop is always slammed – and for good reason. Three words: Cuban ice cream. As if the portrait of Latin singer Celia Cruz wasn’t a dead giveaway, this place embraces its island roots wholeheartedly. Don’t come here for vanilla, strawberry and chocolate flavors. Come here for the Abuela Maria (guava, cream cheese and Maria cookie pieces), Café Con Leche (Cuban coffee and Oreo) and Caramel Flan flavors.

    Azucar also offers sorbets and sugar-free offerings for visitors looking for something a little less decadent. Your best bet is to come when they first open or around closing time. Otherwise, you might find yourself in a long line with other hungry customers. While here, make sure to also look around at all the merchandise. They have a line of funny shirts with Cuban dichos (sayings), including the ever-popular “Dale!"

    Wynwood Yard

    This open-air community space in the heart of the Wynwood arts district is home to multiple culinary concepts, which serve everything from plant-based cuisine (della) and Neapolitan pizza (Ash by Stanzione) to hot chicken and ribs (Bird & Bone), “Ice Cream With a Fork” (Mr. Bing) and omakase (Myumi).

    Mortar & Pistil, the culinary incubator’s center bar, crafts some refreshing – and funny – drinks to wash everything down, including the Shit I’m Balding (Tequila Reposado, jalapeño, agave, lime juice, pineapple juice). The bar is a collaboration between the Yard and Tactivate, a unique organization that takes special ops training and practices and applies them to entrepreneurial projects to help stir creativity. So while you’re eating and drinking, you can also be learning handy emergency skills like how to pick locks or make a tourniquet.

    Don’t be surprised if you spend the whole day here. It’s easy to do, especially with live music, cooking classes and professional development workshops going on all the time, too.

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