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Red Crab Juicy Seafood and Bar, Delray Beach
At this Cajun-spiced fast-casual crab shack from owner Zhuang Hua Lin, customers can build make-your-own seafood combos (sides: corn-on-the-cob and potatoes) that include blue crab, shrimp, black mussels and king crab legs, along with steamed-oyster appetizers, lobster rolls and chicken po boys. 4979 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-774-2997, RedCrabDelray.com
The Krazy Vegan, Hallandale Beach
Plant-based hamburgers, French fries and smoothies are the main attractions of this vegan comfort-food eatery, which opened in late May by partners Alex Chisholm and Darryl Harris Jr. But so are Krazy’s “Loko Tacos” trio, “Main Chick” vegan chicken sandwich, Philly “cheezesteak” and barbecue “wangs.” 645 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Suite 111, Hallandale Beach; 305-475-7299, TheKrazyVegan.com
The Den Kitchen + Bar, Fort Lauderdale
Nightlife veteran Yaser Dashoush’s sporty, 4,600-square-foot eatery serves hamburgers, chicken wings, avocado salads, turkey wraps and other American pub grub, and shows NFL and University of Central Florida football games on the bar’s 10-foot-tall projection screen. 201 SW Second St.; 754-216-2736
Goji Juicery and Kitchen, Fort Lauderdale
The Fort Lauderdale location of this Broward mini-chain of salad-bowl eateries (once called Toss Up Salads) has rebranded in name only to Goji Juicery and Kitchen, but its menu of salads, sandwiches and smoothies will be identical. 706 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-626-0968, GojiJuiceryandKitchen.com
Burger 48, Oakland Park
What began as a hamburger pop-up inside NYSW Jazz Lounge in downtown Fort Lauderdale is now a corner storefront from chef-owner Corey Jackson (formerly of Kaluz in Fort Lauderdale) and partner Kenny Philyaw. 2152 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Oakland Park; 954-522-0969, facebook.com/burger48
Fat Tap Beer Bar, Oakland Park
The Oakland Park Boulevard craft beer bar has moved to a new, expanded home in warehouses on North Dixie Highway. One building houses a craft-beer taproom and kitchen, and a 2,000-square-foot beer garden behind the warehouses connects to Fat Tap’s brewhouse, a nanobrewery whose one-barrel system can pump out 31 gallons of suds per batch. 3553-3555 N. Dixie Highway, FatTapBeerBar.com.
Joyfull, Delray Beach
Tucked in a lush tropical space behind the Anuttara Yoga Shala, the cafe offers vegan soft serve and organic smoothies and lattes. It’s like a “yoga country club,” says operator Leah Landon, who envisions the space hosting movie nights, live music, fire ceremonies, workshops and pop-up dining with local restaurants. 2219 Seacrest Blvd. 310-774-7165, ChooseJoyfull.com
Rice and Roll, Pembroke Pines
The new fast-casual restaurant pairs sushi, Thai cuisine and ramen. Almost every drink on the menu, including sodas and ice cream floats, can add boba, those chewy balls of tapioca from Taiwan. 1491 N. Palm Ave., Pembroke Pines; 954-374-8887, riceandrollfl.com
Eat District, Boca Raton
Build your own bowl with a mix of flavors across Asia. Bases include yellow turmeric rice and pad Thai noodles, topped with a choice of seasonal roasted vegetables. Protein options include Thai coconut chicken satay, Korean steak bulgogi, Vietnamese pork chop and sesame organic tofu. Asian teas are also available. 1914 NE Fifth Ave. at the Fifth Avenue Shops. eatdistricts.com.
Cafe Mon Ami, Boca Raton
This kosher French eatery is health-focused, sourcing menu ingredients from local farms and purveyors. Options include classic French dishes to fresh pastries and homemade 14-inch halal bread. Chef-owner Michel Abitbol also cooks up Friday Sabbath dinners to anyone who wants to try it. 265 NE Spanish River Blvd, 561-757-3906
UB-Thai, Boca Raton
Chef-owner Lindee Usamanont (who’s operated Chopsticks House in Cutler Bay for 29 years) dishes classic Thai noodle dishes, Thai curry (from mild to “Thai hot”), tom kha gai soup, sushi, sashimi and bubble tea at this new restaurant, which opened in late June. 6063 SW 18th St., Suite 108, Boca Raton; 561-757-6934, UB-Thai.com
A vegetarian “urban hummus bar” and kosher restaurant from first-time owners Lior and Tovi Spector, Vish grinds fresh chickpeas for customers in its open kitchen and turns them into hot hummus dishes such as vegan shawarma, Maghrebi shakshuka (eggs poached in a sauce of Moroccan sweet pepper and spicy tomatoes) and falafel pita pockets. Hummus is served with Yemen pita bread, garlic lemon sauce and schug (a spicy Yemenite condiment). The restaurant, which has two other locations in Surfside and Tenafly, NJ, also serves plant-based “premium Ethiopian tahini” milkshakes. 2893 Stirling Road, Hollywood; 954-404-8855, Vish.rest
Bolay, Boca Raton
Florida build-your-own-bowl chain Bolay opened its third Boca Raton location (and 19th overall) inside the rising Uptown Boca shopping village. The fast-casual restaurant lets customers create protein bowls (some vegan-friendly, gluten-free) with teriyaki-glazed chicken, miso-glazed tofu and a variety of veggies and sauces. 9560 Glades Road, Suite 130, Boca Raton; 561-409-8745, Bolay.com
Proper Ice Cream, Boca Raton
Hoping to bring a “foodie” experience to a dessert crowd, scratch-made ice cream is churning here with flavors including blueberry muffin, caramelized fig and chocolate covered honeycomb. Plant-based options include Golden milk, peanut butter, and deep chocolate cookies and cream. Sorbet is also available along with freshly made pastries. 5560 North Military Trail, Unit 312, propericecream.com.
Batch, the Cookie Company, Plantation
This Flagler Village-spawned gourmet cookie shop and milk bar caters to late-night cookie cravings in Plantation, where its second location opened in mid June. The confection shop, which comes from Fort Lauderdale pastry chef Max Santiago and business partners Adam August and Nick Hicks, dishes cookie flavors such as iced oatmeal, molten chocolate lava, peanut-butter chocolate chunk and the all-vegan, gluten-free blueberry-lemon swirl. 801 S. University Drive, Suite G-101, Plantation; 954-533-8200, BatchCookieCo.com
New York Diner of Fort Lauderdale
The old Andrews Diner has new owners, a new name and a new location on Cypress Creek Road in the former home of Duffy’s Diner. 925 NE 62nd St.
RGS Brazilian Steakhouse, Pompano Beach
This all-you-can-eat Brazilian eatery replaces the former Burgers & Suds location on McNab Road. Gauchos (carvers) will serve cuts of beef, pork, chicken, lamb and Brazilian sausage straight from the grill. There is also a buffet of salads and hot items. 360 E. Mcnab Road; 954-889-4669, rgssteakhouse.com
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Boca Raton
The Orlando-based frozen treats shop has opened another location in South Florida. Each location offers over 40 flavors of Italian ice that can be combined to find your favorite. Their Jeremiah’s Gelati features layers of Italian Ice swirled with thick, homemade Soft Ice Cream. 8170 Glades Road, Suite K2, Boca Raton; jeremiahsfranchise.com
Toasted Bagelry & Deli, Fort Lauderdale
The short-lived Greek-style diner formerly known as “Toast” closed last winter after owner Gus Halmoukos died. Now Toast has become Toasted Bagelry & Deli, a Miami-born mini-franchise with locations in Brickell and Coral Gables. There’s little else in common beyond the name: Toasted is a breakfast-lunch bagel shop serving breakfast sandwiches, deli sandwiches, paninis and salads. A fourth location will also debut in Midtown later this year. 3020 N. Federal Highway, Suite 1, Fort Lauderdale; 954-533-2420, ToastedBagelry.com
Guacamole Station, Dania Beach
Tacos and guacamole are replacing the ice cream, hot dogs and poutine once served at the former Dairy Belle location on Federal Highway. Barbacoa, carne asada and pastor de pollo (chicken) are some of the taco selections at the location that makes their tortillas in house. Mexican bottled soda is available. 118 N Federal Highway, Dania Beach; 954-544-2259
[email protected] Rush, West Palm Beach
Palm Beach interior designer Sean Rush has transformed his Dixie Highway art studio into a global wine bar-slash-art gallery, which features boutique vintages from family-owned wineries by the bottle and glass, wine-and-chocolate flights, aged cheeses, bespoke charcuterie boards and a small-bites menu of ricotta crostinis, burrata salads and lamb fritters. 3700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-621-3700, Nomad.SeanRush.com.
Carrot Express, Coconut Creek
A 2,350-square-foot outpost of this Miami-based health-focused chain will debut this August inside the Promenade at Coconut Creek, and feature salads, wraps, power bowls, vegetarian burgers, soups, stuffed sweet potatoes and spinach pie melts. 4443 Lyons Road, Suite F-106, Coconut Creek; EatCarrotExpress.com
Subculture Coffee Roasters, Boca Raton
Hipster-friendly coffeehouse Subculture will open its fourth location at a 1,150-square-foot storefront inside Mizner Park later this winter, and include acai bowls and smoothies. 437 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; SubcultureCoffee.com
Pagoda Kitchen, Delray Beach
Decorated restaurateur Burt Rapoport (Max’s Grille, Deck 84, Prezzo) is behind this new restaurant opening this October at Delray Marketplace. Billed as “home-style Chinese cuisine,” and inspired by the pan-Asian travels of chef Bryan S. Emperor (one of Food and Wine’s Best New Chefs in America), the menu features Peking duck, bao buns, glazed Chinese barbecue spare ribs and shaved ribeye with shishito peppers. 14817 Lyons Road, Suite 100; PagodaKitchen.com
Mitch’s Downtown Bagel Café, Fort Lauderdale
A self-avowed “old school” New York-style deli with a website that cheekily proclaims, “no bearded hipster baristas here,” Mitch’s will debut nonetheless in hipsterfied Flagler Village later this July. The bagel shop will showcase Angus hamburgers, deli sandwiches, avocado toast and all-day breakfast sandwiches. 540 N. Andrews Ave.; 954-446-6446, MitchsDowntown.com
Papa Duke’s Deli, Wilton Manors
When it opens in August next to the Dairy Queen on Wilton Drive, Papa Duke’s will offer grab-and-go sandwiches of house-made roast beef, turkey, chicken, ham, corned beef and pastrami. There will be 10 outdoor seats if you want to linger. 1952 Wilton Drive; 954-530-4914, PapaDukesWM.com.
Point Break Poke House and Blue Wave Sushi, West Palm Beach
Opening at Grandview Public Market in West Palm Beach in late July, the double concept restaurant stall comes from Memphis Garrett, whose first Poke House in Fort Lauderdale is becoming a ghost kitchen along with a new Blue Wave Sushi. 1401 Clare Ave., garretthospitalitygroup.com.
Drift, Delray Beach
A future seafood restaurant opening this September inside the Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa, Drift will include a rooftop bar and join the luxury hotel’s Cascades and Monkey Bar eateries. 10 N. Ocean Blvd.; 561-274-3200, OpalGrand.com
Meso Beach House, Delray Beach
With a craft-cocktail bar, patio raw bar and seafood-focused Mediterranean menu that spans grilled octopus to whole roasted branzino, Meso’s trendy fare is designed to hook tourists and the local boating set, owner Bobby Khorrami says. This will be the first sister location to the original in Westchester County, N.Y. Expected to open in November. 900 E. Atlantic Ave.
Bruno’s Eats, Fort Lauderdale
Owners Bruno “Chef Max” Maxino and Peggy Ann Blain, who’ve been a food-truck power couple since 2013 – especially in Flagler Village – will open their first storefront on Fort Lauderdale’s buzzy 13th Street. Dishes, which mash up Haitian, Jamaican, Latin American and New York street-food influences, include the griot burrito stuffed with pulled pork, red and green peppers, mushroom rice and secret sauces. 603 NE 13th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-864-9679
Lickie Stickie BBQ, Sunrise
Pitmaster Juliette Johnson’s popular Southern Caribbean food stand — and sellout brisket— is restaurant-bound. After setting up at farmers’ markets around Broward County every weekend for seven years, Chef Juliette says she’s ready to offer her popular items all week long including: spare ribs, salmon, chicken, cheesy grits, collard greens and her homemade jerk and barbecue sauce. Her catering services will also continue. lickiestickiebbq.com; 954-638-2324
Mickey’s Dueling Piano Bar and Grill, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
New owners Michael Josephs and Luis Linares have rebranded the former Beef ‘N Reef Steakhouse, which opened a month before the pandemic and shuttered in May, into this dueling piano bar. The surf-and-turf restaurant will offer a rotating lineup of national dueling-piano acts, such as the Flying Ivories, when it debuts this fall. 4331 N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea; 954-351-0310, MickeysDuelingPianos.com
Truli Italian Food & Drink, Coconut Creek
This modern Italian trattoria and bar will debut in late September inside the Promenade at Coconut Creek, replacing the former Ciao Cucina space that shuttered this spring. Truli comes from Parkland restaurateur Doug Zeif (former senior vice-president of the Cheesecake Factory) and features build-your-own pasta bowls (with 10 pasta types and nine sauces from alfredo to “Sunday gravy”), build-your-own pizzas, and old-school entrees such as chicken Parmesan and steak tagliatta. 4443 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek; TruliItalian.com
Batch New Southern Kitchen and Tap, Fort Lauderdale
Flagler Village will be home to a second location, after West Palm Beach, of the restaurant serving Southern favorites, craft cocktails and an “epic brunch party.” The 5,500 square-foot restaurant with an outdoor patio will open in the former location of Mellow Mushroom. The locally sourced farm-to-table, comfort food menu includes slow-smoked burnt ends, shrimp n’ grits and a BBQ jackfruit “pulled pork” sandwich. An extensive whiskey menu and garden-to-glass cocktails are also planned for the restaurant expected to open in fall 2021. 525 N Federal Highway; batchsouthernkitchen.com
Sabor Latino, Boynton Beach
A celebration of Latin American dishes from Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, Peru and Argentina, the restaurant is opening its third location in Palm Beach County. The 6,300 square foot space will be a new addition to Compson Place at Renaissance Commons. 1880 N. Congress Avenue, saborlatinorestaurants.com.
Marco’s Top Burgers, Pompano Beach
Marco and Ana Paula’s sandwich food truck has graduated into its first storefront in Pompano Beach’s Whispering Lakes office park, taking over the space once occupied by Cuban restaurant It’s a Cubano B. The restaurant, opening in early fall, specializes in Brazilian-style Angus burgers topped with old standards (bacon, sunny-side up eggs) but also catupiry (Brazilian soft cheese) and prato (a gouda-style cow’s milk cheese). 3350 NW 22nd Terrace, #400b, Pompano Beach; 561-562-3925, MarcosTopBurgers.com
Twin Peaks, Fort Lauderdale
Opening July 26, this mountain lodge-themed sports “breastaurant” chain will replace the former Walk-ons Bistreaux, which last year went bust in the pandemic. (The move effectively puts Twin Peaks next door to a direct competitor, Hooters.) The casual gastropub specializes in burgers, chicken wings and venison chili, along with beer-battered fish and chips, 13-ounce ribeyes and 29-degree beer. 6401 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-741-3330, TwinPeaksRestaurant.com
Circle House Coffee, Oakland Park
The Flagler Village drive-thru coffeehouse owned by former NFL linebacker Stephen Tulloch will open a sister café on Oakland Park Boulevard in July. Along with Mojo Donut flavors, Circle House does CBD-infused coffee, breakfast sandwiches, empanadas, slushies, vegan cookies and guava cheesecake pie shakes. 119 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park; 954-870-6456, CircleHouseCoffee.com
Buoy Bites, Fort Lauderdale
The first sister location of this Oakland Park roadside seafood shack will open sometime in August, taking over the space formerly occupied by Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen. Buoy Bites features oysters on the half-shell, buckets of mussels and clams, crab cakes, fish-fry baskets, lobster clambakes and New England clam chowder. 4391 N. Federal Highway; 954-306-2775, BuoyBites.com.
True Food Kitchen, West Palm Beach
Co-founded by integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil, foods that boost your mood and overall health is this eatery’s vibe. A rotating menu of seasonally inspired dishes, handcrafted cocktails and fresh pressed juices will be available for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch starting July 30 at Rosemary Square. 700 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 112, truefoodkitchen.com
Gallaghers Steakhouse of New York, Boca Raton
The longtime Manhattan staple is opening a second location in South Florida replacing Madison New York Bar and Grill. The steakhouse is slated to open within six to nine months after a renovation that will make the venue look similar to its flagship location. 2006 NW Executive Circle, gallaghersnysteakhouse.com
Calaveras Cantina, Boca Raton
A shrimp and calamari diablo with red chili butter and spicy lobster crema will be an option on the Mizner Park restaurant’s opening menu. The eatery’s second location is south of its Jupiter flagship but will have the same Day of the Dead themed setting. Indoor and outdoor seating will be available. 409 Plaza Real; calaverascantinas.com.
French Quarter Seafood Bar & Grill, Hallandale Beach
This New Orleans-themed seafood house from owner Melissa William hasn’t posted its menu yet but will specialize in gumbo, crawfish, po’boy sandwiches, shrimp creole, blackened redfish and crab claws. 105 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach; 954-367-6037
El Camino, West Palm Beach
The fiesta continues to West Palm Beach where the popular Mexican location will open its third location at Rosemary Square later this year. The 6,500 square foot restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor seating along with Mexican beers and handcrafted margaritas. The food is described as “Mexican soul food.” Other locations are in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach. 700 S Rosemary Ave.; elcaminowestpalmbeach.com
Los Bocados, Boca Raton
Robby Bushman and Anthony Hoff’s former gas-station taqueria, which opened its first storefront in April in Parkland, is expanding again. Los Bocados’ second outpost, opening this July in a Boca Raton office park, will serve barbecue brisket tostadas and burritos. 980 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 7031 N. State Road 7, Parkland; 954-637-4984, LosBocados.com
Pig Beach BBQ, West Palm Beach
The first Florida outpost of this Brooklyn barbecue icon will open in October and dish smoked brisket and baby back ribs, cheddar-jalapeno sausage and homemade coleslaw. Pig Beach’s brisket-and-short-rib smash burger also won the People’s Choice and Best Dressed awards at South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s Burger Bash. 2400 S. Dixie Highway; PigBeachNYC.com
No Man’s Land, Fort Lauderdale
Restaurateur Memphis Garrett will turn his fast-casual Poke House into a ghost kitchen and convert the space into a No Man’s Land, a cocktail parlor and lounge. The lounge will offer a 10-item menu of small shareable plate dishes. 666 Federal Highway. NoMansLandFTL.com.
Lynora’s, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton
An Italian mother’s cooking is the inspiration behind the eatery expected to expand to a total of six locations between Palm Beach and Broward counties by the end of the year. The Abbenante family’s brand of traditional Italian recipes over the past 35 years includes dishes such as tagliolini alla carbonara, linguine alle vongole and cannelloni al forno. The Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale locations are expected to open by year’s end. 2364 N. Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale; Uptown Boca plaza, 9560 Glades Rd., Suite 180; Lynoras.com
Divieto, Coral Springs
Italian for “prohibition,” Divieto aims to takes diners back to the roaring ’20s in a new 5,907 square foot space expected to open at the end of the year. This is the restaurant’s fourth Florida location serving scratch-made Italian dishes, thin crust pizzas and era-inspired cocktails. 2729 N. University Drive; divietoristorante.com
Grampa’s Bagel Bakery Deli Café, Dania Beach
New York bagel-shop veterans Mark Fried (Bagel Boys Café) and Marc Goldberg (Goldberg’s Famous Bagels) plan to rebrand this 64-year-old bakery – closed since the beginning of the pandemic – as a New York-style deli serving New York water bagels, rugelach, housemade corned-beef brisket and other diner classics. 17 SW First Ave., Dania Beach
Kanpai, Boca Raton
A morning fire on July 5 has temporarily closed this Japanese barbecue and sushi restaurant, the restaurant wrote on Facebook. “Fortunately, nobody has been injured,” Kanpai explained on social media. “Our staff and patrons health and safety are our primary concern and we will be closed temporarily until further notice.” Caution tape, windows boarded-up with plywood and an unsafe structure notice was posted on the front door this week. 20 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561-361-8688, KanpaiBoca.com
Banyan Restaurant and Bar, Delray Beach
American eclectic” cuisine of blackened scallops with mango chutney, garlic-cauliflower flatbreads, stout-braised short rib and citrus-marinade mahi distinguished this Pineapple Grove restaurant, which closed this summer. Replacing it: a new restaurant from New York-based Host Restaurants (Avalon Steak & Seafood), which signed a five-year lease on the 2,300-square-foot restaurant and patio. 189 NE Second Ave.
Copenhagen, Boynton Beach
A Danish restaurant specializing in pan-European dishes, Copenhagen shut down in early June. The restaurant, frequently busy, served veal schnitzel alongside pan-seared calf liver, herb-breaded lamb Provençal and bourride, a Marseille fish stew of shrimp, fresh clams, calamari, fish and mussels. 3441 Woolbright Road.
True – A Maryland Bistro, Boca Raton
Struggling with summer sales and soaring Maryland blue crab prices (nearly $50 per pound), the intoxicating hub of Baltimore-style crab cakes and shrimp steamed in Old Bay will close temporarily next week, owner Robin Servidio says, while she searches for a less-expensive storefront. 147 SE First Ave.; 561-334-2144, TrueBocaRaton.com
Mellow Mushroom, Delray Beach
The Atlanta, Ga.-born pizzeria chain closed its Delray Beach location after 14 years “due to industry-wide staffing issues” related to the pandemic, the restaurant announced on its Facebook page on July 6. The unique restaurant featured stone-baked pizzas, munchies and liquid karma cocktails. 25 SE Sixth Ave.
Sweet Rustic Bake Shop, Fort Lauderdale
Neida and Todd Billings’ 3-year-old bakery, which drew buzz for its inventive pastries, has permanently closed on Cypress Creek Road, the bakery announced on Facebook July 7. Owners didn’t supply a reason for closing, writing on Facebook, “Owning a bakery has been a longtime dream and it has been such a blessing to serve you, our customers.” 2316 NE 62nd St.
Ichimora, Fort Lauderdale
This Japanese restaurant, which debuted last summer in downtown Fort Lauderdale, has permanently closed. The eatery specialized in dishes trendy (tonkatsu ramen, a bagel-bao bun mashup called pork belly baogel) and unabashedly traditional (yakitori, crockpot spicy fish stew). 124 SE First St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-982-8913, IchimoraFTL.com