A few years ago, I searched for a place to spend time in downtown Miami. I figured I’d write, entertain a bite to eat and perhaps a cocktail; I held low expectations. But, I stumbled on a place I’d return to week after week and then again the following year. I discovered the downtown delight known as Bin 18 on Biscanye Blvd.
The wine bar with high tables and photography for sale on the walls (someday perhaps one of mine) seemed a good place as any for a stop to spend an hour. And it was. Yet, the food caused me to return and still does today.
I usually arrived at the tail end of lunch and right before happy hour and the shift change. The restaurant, never crowded (at this time) never rushed me on my order.
I started with the lunch specials. The soups and homemade pastas. All delicious. Then on return trips I ordered the sliders and other times a sampler of artisan cheeses and cured meats. I tried most items and regardless of where I pointed on the menu, I left impressed. Very impressed.
So, if you ever find yourself in downtown Miami and hungry for quality meal, or for some wine and socializing (the place can get crowded in the evening) ask yourself how far am I from bin 18. If it’s “close enough” make the trip and sign your name in chalk on the records hanging in the unisex bathroom.
Tell them I sent you, because I’ll be back and it might lead to a healthier pour in my wine glass.
Stay Adventurous, Craig
Tip: Bin18 offers many specials, from 50% wines on Tuesdays to pre-theatre three courses with a glass of wine for $35 plus nightly happy hours. For all these and other special details you can find them online.
This post is part of the Culture Thru Cuisine Series and is the second of five posts on Miami.