Culinary adventures north of 395 rarely disappoint. With MiMo on BiBo, perhaps it’s because of the novelty of the new, er, revitalized.
According to Wikipedia, Miami Modernist Architecture, better known as MiMo, is a style of architecture from the 1950s and 1960s that originated as a resort vernacular unique to Miami and Miami Beach. It was a popular response to the various modernist and post world war architectural movements that were taking place in other parts of the world, adding glamour, fun, and material excess to otherwise stark, minimalist, and efficient styles. Today, the area along Biscayne Boulevard is designated the MiMo Biscayne Boulevard Historic District (aka “MiMo on BiBo,” for “Miami Modern on Biscayne Boulevard”) and is curated and promoted by a nonprofit, the MiMo Biscayne Association, formed in 2007. The MiMo Historic District runs roughly from 50th Street to 77th Street along Biscayne Boulevard, Miami’s Upper East Side, although MiMo can also be found in the Design District and Midtown. I think Plum TV does a great job summing it all up with this video.
Many annual festivals are held to promote MiMo architecture, such as “Cinco de MiMo,” but don’t wait until May 5 to explore its treasures. The following events are a perfect excuse to munch your way through this Saturday, March 28:
Noon – 5:00 p.m. – A Taste of MiMo – As reported in Daily Candy Miami’s Weekend Guide, 11 Upper East Side restaurants will be offering samples for less than $5 during A Taste of MiMo. This year’s participants include Casa Toscana, Ver Daddy’s Taco Shop, Wine 69 and Moshi Moshi. Biscayne Blvd., between 69th & 79th streets. The next festival is Saturday, May 2.
8:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Red Light, No Light – Red Light celebrates Earth Hour with dinner service on the river sin electricidad. I was there on Wednesday, chowing down a yummy snapper fish sandwich at a river-facing booth, when two massive manatees cruised by downstream. Chef Kris Wessel explained how when Good Morning America was there earlier in week, they waited patiently for hours, but the manatees came down with a case of camera shyness! Maybe you’ll get lucky like me when you go. Thrillist Miami reports that Wessel has just re-vamped 70% of the menu, so it’s a great time to pay a visit for newbies and regulars alike.