Welcome to Miami, St. Roch
When St. Roch Market first opened in New Orleans in 2015, food lovers in "The Big Easy" rejoiced. But the St. Roch Market they know and love today isn't the original-in fact, for more than 140 years, the O.G. St. Roch Market was an open-air market where locals could dine, shop and mingle together. That location was completely destroyed in Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and on the 10th anniversary of its closing, local entrepreneurs Will Donaldson and Barre Tanguis re-opened it as the lively southern food hall it is today.
Creating a community of chefs and small-business owners, Donaldson and Tanguis' mission-oriented food hall quickly earned nods as "World's Best Food Hall" by Food & Wine and a "must visit spot" by Architectural Digest. And lucky for us Miamians, the duo recently opened a second location right here in the Miami Design District.
And just like they did in The Big Easy, Donaldson and Tanguis are repeating their same mission in the Magic City: mentor local talent, up-and-coming chefs, small business vendors and entrepreneurial-focused shops, and put them all under one roof, right in the public eye, for all to enjoy. At St. Roch Market, there are 12 food and beverage vendors-but each have their own, very distinct story to tell.
After months spent searching for the perfect culinary concepts, here are the mini-restaurants Donaldson and Tanguis handpicked to join the first-ever St. Roch Market Miami:
Chef Chloe and The Vegan Cafe by Chloe Coscarelli: Chef Chloe Coscarelli is the only vegan chef to have ever earned the top prize on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, and since then, this award-winning chef, successful entrepreneur, and best-selling cookbook author has made vegan cuisine cool again. At this concept, she will offer both savory and sweet vegan plates: like cookies, cupcakes, scoops, and Butternut Nachos with butternut-cashew queso, honey-sriracha seitan, guacamole, pico de gallo, mango salsa and a coconut-lime drizzle, to name a few.
COOP by Robert, Ruben, and Giancarlo Rodriguez: This trio of brothers grew up eating Southern comfort food in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Now, they're bringing what they loved most about it to the Magic City! Just two years ago, they opened Barn Bites, a Southern-style pop-up in Hollywood's Yellow Green Farmer's Market, that South Florida foodies couldn't get enough of. Today, CooP brings an elevated take on the same style: like from-scratch buttermilk biscuits with candy bacon butter, and a 25-hour brined fried chicken served on a cheddar-chive waffle.
DAL PLIN by Massimo and Elisabetta Tundo: Massimo and Elisabetta grew up making pasta with their families in Milan until 2004, when they decided to bring what they learned to Fort Lauderdale. Solely operating as fresh Italian pasta makers, now, the duo has opened their first dining concept, Dal Plin, with pasta, gnocchi, and ravioli dishes like Spaghetti Chitarra al Pomodoro, fresh Bucatini Cacio & Pepe, and Tuscan Gnudi with Parmigiano Reggiano fondue sauce and fresh Italian Porcini mushrooms.
ELYSIAN SEAFOOD by Brandon Blackwell & Jennifer Sherrod: Elysian Seafood is the go-to seafood spot in New Orleans, and lucky for us, its opening its first location at St. Roch Market Miami. Expect responsibly-sourced seafood, East and West coast oysters shucked counter-side, marinated crab claws, specialty crab cakes, shrimp cocktail and other fresh-from-the-sea favorites.
HOT LIME by Daniel Gonzalez, Jaime Villanueva, and Carlos Padilla:
This craft taco and ceviche concept is the brainchild of three chefs who have worked at some of Miami's top dining establishments: like Vagabond Bar, Dragonfly Izakaya and Fish Market, BLT Prime and Island Bistro. Here, diners can munch on Peruvian-influenced ceviches-like smoked corvina marinated in aji amarillo-as well as Argentinian-influenced tacos, like those with sautéed shrimp, olive oil and a chile de arbol garlic sauce.
ITAMAE by Fernando Chang: Chinese-Peruvian Fernando Chang has become one of Miami's top local sushi chefs, honing his training in South Florida restaurants like Thai Treat, 26 Sushi & Tapas and Nisei. At Itame, hungry patrons can feast on his ingredient-driven sushi, nigiri, sashimi and specialty maki, all flavored Peruvian-style with ingredients like guava and aji amarillo.
JAFFA by Yaniv Cohen: Yaniv Cohen, who has been dubbed "The Spice Detective," has directed events for names like Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior, Cindy Crawford and David Bowie. At his concept, get a taste of his native Israel with dishes like turmeric roasted cauliflower, roasted carrots with labneh and staples of meze.
SABAL COFFEE by Chase Rodriguez: Partnering with Counter Culture and Miami tea favorite, JoJo Tea, coffee veteran Chase Rodriguez serves high-quality, espresso-based beverages and craft ready-brew, cold-brew and single-origin pour-overs at this coffee spot.
SWEETBLENDZ by Inbae Jin: Helmed by Chef Inbae Jin, this smoothie and acai concept is a regular on Miami's Farmer's Market scene. Here, get healthy options like organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads, acai bowls and more.
THE MAYHAW by Derek Brumfield: This spirits bar has something for every type of drinker. Focused on the classics, expect a menu of cocktail hits from Prohibition to Tiki, or choose from a 55-label wine list that specializes in rosés and bubbles. Adding a modern twist, however, all juices, syrups, modifiers and mixers are fresh and made in-house daily.
TRAN AN by John Nguyen: Chef John Nguyen has worked in kitchens all over the world-including a stint in his home country of Vietnam. This spot pays homage to his grandfather, who told him to open a banh mi shop almost 20 years ago. Named after Nguyen's grandfather, Tran An serves a menu of classic chicken pho, salads, snacks, bubble teas, and of course, banh mi with bbq pork, lemongrass sausage or shaking beef.
YUZU by Andrew Zarzosa: Miami-born chef Andrew Zarzosa spent a large part of his career cooking in hotel kitchens all over Asia, including those in Dubai, Jakarta, Borneo and even Manilla. This concept was inspired by his cross-border Asian travels, and serves dishes like foie gras dumplings, fried chicken mantou, and bowls like pork belly ramen, chicken curry noodle bowl and short rib rice bowl.
St. Roch Market Miami is located at 140 NE 39th Street and is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
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