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Now there’s still another reason to go to Little River — The Citadel Miami. And when everything they have in the works is completed, it could very well become a destination in its own right. It’s billed as an all-day dining, shopping and entertainment destination in Miami’s historic Little River District. Check out some of the delicious eats at its food hall.

The Citadel now features 15 culinary concepts in its food hall and bar. On a recent visit, my group all gave the food a big thumbs up. Soon to come which I previewed is a spacious rooftop bar and a space for what they call “maker driven” retail . The industrial style space was well laid out, with lots of seating, and an appealing bar that went the length of the space.

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The bar stretches almost an entire side of the room © 2019 by FUJIFILMGIRL, LLC

 

Originally built in 1951 as a First Federal Savings & Loan Bank, the building was purposefully redesigned in 2016 to preserve the original landmark’s MiMo architectural style. The 62,000-square-foot, mixed-use building includes will also include radio and production studios, and a music and entertainment venue.

Here are the food concepts and my suggestions on what to order (plus my faves). Note that Tuesday through Friday 4 to 8 p.m. there’s happy hour. The Citadel opens daily at 7 a.m.

Food Hall at the Citadel – The 15,000-square-foot food hall is open with 15 craft food concepts including:

      • Palmar – Wynwood’s modern Chinese restaurant brings its tropical vibe, as Chef Raymond Li serves Chinese staples and standouts from Asian gastronomy. Thumbs up for the soy eggplant (good way to get your veggies)
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        Food from Palmar By @fujifilmgirl
      • Taquiza – Chef Steve Santana’s traditional Mexican taquería, crafting authentic tacos and street fare. Don’t miss the flor de calabaza quesadilla.
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        Taquiza
      • Ash! Pizza Parlor – From the owners of Stanzione 87, a wood-fired, Neapolitan pizza concept using ingredients imported from Italy and fresh, local organic produce. The thin crust pizza was delicious, especially liked the four cheese with truffles.
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      • Vice City Bean – Miami’s neighborhood coffee bar opens its second location serving coffee, pastries and beverages.
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      • Bianco Gelato – Marking its fifth location, the DiFranco’s artisanal Italian gelato, all-natural and organic, made fresh every day. They also feature Vegan and sugar free varieties.
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      • Rare Burger – The 33 Kitchen team, husband and wife duo Leslie Ames and Chef Sebastian Fernandez brings in a new delicious burger concept, incorporating all the right premium beefs, local ingredients, and vegetarian selections.
      • 33 Kitchen – The Peruvian inspired restaurant previously won the Best Peruvian in Miami by The Miami New Times. Now it’s back at The Citadel with traditional dishes and new additions by Chef Sebastian Fernandez, nominated one of the 60 best chefs in America by Food & Wine Festival.
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By @fujifilmgirl
    • Manjay – In its first Miami location, Manjay is a new approach to traditional Caribbean cuisine with no compromise to its bold and robust flavors. The jerk chicken is the one to get.
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    • Il Nuts – Yossef Roasting’s handcrafted and authentically roasted Israeli nuts and seeds.
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      Bachour
    • Bachour – Two concepts from award-winning pastry chef Antonio Bachour, featuring his famous pastries and gourmet chocolates and macarons, mais oui.
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    • Society BBQ – Chef Richard Hales brings the best of BBQ born in Texas to Miami. A Market Style pick your meats at the counter experience while watching everything hand carved to order. Using the best all natural meats, seasoned with the perfect spices then old school smoked with wood for many, many hours until the harmony of tenderness, smoke and time melt in your mouth BBQ. Society BBQ will have Chef Hales signature style of amazing food, grateful hospitality and quick service! (note: this wasn’t open yet on my visit).
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Charcuterie cone from Meet n’ Cheese By @fujifilmgirl
  • meet ’n cheese – meet ’n cheese is a new charcuterie concept based on imported cheeses and Italian salumi by Mauro Bortignon, ex Toscano Divino and other high profile Italian restaurants here in Miami. Loved the clever  to-go charcuterie cone which more places should offer.  Italian delicacies and classic boards and delicious panini .
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    Fried chicken from Sakaya By @fujifilmgirl
  • Palma Juice Co. – The Citadel’s quick and healthy, grab-and-go juice concept will feature an eclectic mix of seasonal juices, salads and soups. (not yet open).

Next to come are:

  • Vue at the Citadel – The 5,000-square-foot rooftop bar and lounge with expansive views of downtown, will serve handcrafted and signature drinks.
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  • Finery at the Citadel – The 9,000-square-foot makerspace will hold a variety of retail shops and artisanal vendors. Leasing is currently underway.
  • Entercom at the Citadel – This year, the 33,000-square-foot space on the building’s top floor will be the new creative regional headquarters for Entercom Communications, one of the largest radio broadcasting companies in the U.S., which operates several Miami-area radio stations, including Lite FM, the Beach, the Shark, WQAM Sports Radio, 790 the Ticket, Kiss Country, and Power 96. The space will include offices, radio production studios and meeting rooms.

Also planned for the space are Cultural events including live music, weekend workshops and pop-ups featuring local artists and creators.

The Citadel is located at 8300 NE Second Avenue in Miami’s Little River neighborhood.  For more information, visit www.thecitadelmiami.com. And in case you missed my writeup on things to do and see in Little River, click here.

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