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Best Bites From Smorgasburg Food Markets in Miami, L.A., & New York!

06-21-2022 by Geno Fernandez

   
(Rutina Verde/@rutinaverdemiami/Instagram)

 

Crunchy birria tacos, stretchy rainbow grilled cheese sandwiches, chewy mochi donuts, and refreshing fruity cocktail elixirs are only a few tasty treats found at this year’s Smorgasburg Food Markets. The annual event runs through Summer and Fall in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami, where foodies of all kinds attend to explore and try new creations from local vendors and restaurants. Out of the hundreds of food finds out there, we’ve put together a must-try list to satisfy your Summer cravings!

 

SMORG MIAMI (Saturdays 12-7pm)

 

This year marks the inaugural debut of Smogasburg Miami, located in the Wynwood area of Miami across from the Wynwood Walls. The venue hosts more than 60 vendors weekly serving foodies’ delicious eats from all over South Florida, including:

 

1. Vice Burger

Any burger lover out there knowns what makes the best burger, from perfecting the cheese and meat ratio to using fresh, warm, pillowy buns. Miami-based burger company Vice Burger holds top burger spot for local Floridians. The art deco colors of the company’s logo and simple foil wrapping already should tell us that each burger is made to perfection. The blend of brisket, short rib, and chuck roast patties, fresh onions, pickles, and secret Vice Sauce got them a winning spot at this year’s Burger Bash at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

 

2. Rutina Verde

Reinventing traditional Venezuelan Food is Rutina Verde, creating new vegan flavors for traditional arepas. Attendees could find them over the weekend serving one of their popular arepa filling combos of smoked oyster mushrooms, avocado, tomato, and chunky salsa. South American food with a healthy kick feels right at this year’s Smorgasburg.

 

3. The Lazy Oyster

The traveling oyster company of Miami’s The Lazy Oyster brings seafoodies together, providing attendees with top quality mollusk morsels. Celebrating its second year, the team of Alexander Gilardi and Brandon Mesa set out to satisfy South Florida’s hunger through private oyster shucking events and delivery service with fresh batches of oysters curated weekly by the team.

 

SMORG L.A. (Sundays 10am-4pm)

 

Smogasburg Los Angeles celebrates it’s 5th year serving Angelenos local and new treats to devour every weekend located at The Row DTLA. Influencers and foodheads alike gather and enjoy everything from mochi donuts to deep fried octopus balls.

 

1. Shrimp Daddy

Bringing sweet and savory Hawaiian flavors to the food market since 2018 is Shrimp Daddy. The Hawaiian garlic butter sauce brand serves up their best marinated shrimp in a pineapple bowl along with macaroni salad, pineapple, and a helping of rice.

 

2. A Little Salty Pie Company

What do you get if you mix a pretzel with baked cinnamon apples? You get an apple cinnamon pretzel pie, obviously! Revemping the traditional cookie crumb pie crust is A Little Salty Pie Company, run by L.A. pastry chef Lindsay Miller, where the pie crust is of a pretzel consistency, taking it to the next level. The company was featured in a recent episode of "Bakers Dozen" on Hulu. Ther ever-changing menu has anything from pretzeled strawberry and cream cheese danish to pretzeled coconut cream pies.

 

3. Sweet Grass

Juicing up the festival is Long Beach-based company Sweet Grass with their sugarcane juices in a variety of flavors. The Pandan Cane drink with coconut milk, strawberry milk, sugarcane juice, and passion fruit cane drink are a few flavors that made our taste buds sing.

 

SMORG NYC (Fridays thru Sundays)

 

New York is where it all began! The food festival has 4 locations: the World Trade Center in Manhattan, Jersey City, Williamsburg, and Prospect Park. The festival showcases more than 70+ vendors for New Yorkers and choose from.

 

1. Knead Some Love NY

Donuts have always been a staple at these food events where bigger is better, mini is mighty, and mochi is king. But in a world of "who has the best donuts in town one?", brand has taken us by surprise. Knead Some Love NY is a New Jersey-based donut and pastry shop by Priyanka Poddar, who infused traditional Indian flavors into her flavorful and beautifully crafted donuts. Rose pistachio, vegan toasted coconut praline laddoo with coconut cream, and malai kulfi tres leches donuts are a few flavors that we needed to try when visiting.

 

2. Takumi Taco

Just like donuts, we also love our tacos and expect our favorite food to make an appearance at these events. NYC-based Japanese and Mexican fusion taco shop Takumi Taco won't disappoint with their huge variety of infusing flavors. We loved the chicken adobo, chipotle shrimp tacos, as well as their signature sake sangria.

 

 

Which ones would you try first?!