South Florida Restaurants Coming Soon

When it comes to food, South Florida is a great place to be. Many new places open every day. Below, find what’s coming soon for a city near you.

Big Beach BBQ, West Palm Beach

After a year of construction on the North Dixie Highway, Florida’s first outpost of barbecue icon is expected to finally open in Brooklyn on June 30—ready for smoked brisket, baby back ribs, cheddar sausage, cheese, and homemade coleslaw. Among its other menu items, the Pig Beach beef rib and short rib burger was awarded People’s Choice and Best Dressed at the 2021 South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s Burger Bash. 2400 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-803-0333;

Ocean One Bar & Grill, Royal Palm Beach

If this trendy sports bar is constantly bustling with crowds no matter the location, there’s a good reason for it: Everything on the brunch menu is $4.99—except for $3 local and imported beers, of course. (Even premium cocktails, at $10, are 3 for 1.) The partners behind the five tapas — Ron Rowe, David Stein, Tony and Rosetta Fison — anticipate the opening of the Royal Palm Beach location in early July, with another future outpost planned for later in Coral. Springs. Meals range from orecchiette pasta to half pound sirloin burgers to Mediterranean rolls. 11111 South Blvd., Royal Palm Beach; 561-350-6718;

Likey Sticky BBQ, Sunrise

The famous Southern Caribbean Pitmaster Juliette Johnson – and sells breast meat – is associated with the restaurant. After being at farmers markets around Broward County every weekend for seven years, Johnson plans to open the Lickie Stickie in July or August, serving up barbecue fixings all week: spare ribs, salmon, chicken, cheesy grits, collard greens, and a homemade jerk. And barbecue sauce. Its catering services will also continue. 7794 NW 44th St., Sunrise; 954-638-2324,

The Greek Village of Taverna, Fort Lauderdale

Not to be confused with the Greek Islands Taverna, the revered Greek icon on the Galt Ocean Mile, this bar from partners Michael Reppas, Theodoros Xidis and Theodore Dranias is set to appear this summer next to the Classic Gateway Theatre, replacing the old Mod Wine Lounge. No list or website available yet. 1828 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale,

House on the River, Fort Lauderdale

The historic River House will live again. That’s what restaurateur Stephen Dabozo of Society 8 Hospitality Group says about his plans to reopen the venue as The House on the River sometime this fall. Built in 1903, this landmark is the second oldest building (behind the 1901 Stranahan House) in Fort Lauderdale and was originally the home of city parents Tom and Reed Bryan. The city purchased the property in 1976 and leased it to several restaurant brands including Historic Bryan Homes Restaurant, Chart House, Reed’s River House Restaurant, River House Restaurant, and most recently Jonny NoBones Old Riverhouse Vegetable Village. Society 8 currently operates Sistrunk Marketplace, Park & ​​Ocean and Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery. 301 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale

El Camino Mezcal and Tequila Bar, West Palm Beach

The feast is headed to West Palm Beach, where the popular El Camino Mezcal and Tequila bar is expected to open its third location on the plaza on July 1. The 6,500-square-foot restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor seating, along with Mexican beer and handcrafted margaritas. The food is described as “Mexican soul food.” The other locations are in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach. 700 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 232, West Palm Beach;

Lasso Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse, Fort Lauderdale

Entering the growing playing field of Brazilian steakhouses in Fort Lauderdale (see Cheema and the upcoming Fogo de Chao in Las Olas), this churrascaria is supposed to replace the former Texas de Brasil this summer. Lasso Gaucho comes from co-owner Edson Munekata (South Carolina’s Brazilian Cowboy Restaurant) and co-owners Antonio Jochem, Rodimar Resch, and Chih-ku Lee. No website or list available yet. 2457 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

Hen and Pig, Boca Raton

This rustic greasy spoon with pig roasts every Friday, all-day breakfast, and decorative signs centered around ham (“Don’t go bacon into my heart”) is planning a second location in Boca Raton later this summer, to replace the Blue Ocean. Previous poke. The flagship is located on the Northern Federal Highway in Pompano Beach. The Hog, run by Yardlene Tabora and George Abbondante, serves smoked meat dishes, sandwiches, burgers, bowls, and salads. 2151 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 954-366-1572;

Violina Pasta House, Boca Raton

Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Fabio Trabucci plans to launch Pasta House in 2023 at the soon-to-be-opened Row in Boca Raton. The restaurant will occupy the largest space on the premises at 7,000 square feet and will include a market, pasta room and open plan kitchen. Trabuchi, also a James Beard Award winner, already has a viola in Coral Gables. His collection of restaurants in Washington, D.C. includes Del Mar and Sfoglina Pasta House. 5355 Downtown Road, Boca Raton;

Vicki’s Bakery, Broward and Palm Beach

This Miami-based bakery (with a large section of the menu serving breakfast dishes and lunchtime sandwiches) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with ambitious expansion plans north that include franchises in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach. As of now, it looks as if they will both open by January and February 2023.

Fogo de Chao, Fort Lauderdale

Founded in southern Brazil in 1979, this steakhouse is in the process of opening its fifth Florida location at The Main Las Olas early next year. The owners say the restaurant brings to life churrasco’s centuries-old cooking technique – roasting premium cuts of meat over an open flame. Deals include a Wagyu New York bar and 42-day tomahawk ribeye, along with seafood and Brazilian-inspired cocktails. 201 E. Las Olas Blvd;

Smile Empanadas, Wilton Manors

Once all inspections are completed, this new empanada restaurant will replace the previous empanada restaurant known as Almasín de empanadas. No, there is no empanada drama. In fact, Smile is moving in with the full support of Almacen’s owner, Elias Iskandarani, who says he’d like to focus his empanada empire on distribution across Davy’s Empanada commercial empanada machines and his kitchens in Oba Loka. Axel Timroth, one of the owners of Smile, says the new casual restaurant “aims to be McDonald’s in empanadas.” There are screens above the counter where diners can see exactly what the fillings are, unlike many empanadas. Tiemroth and business partner Lucas Capurro know the formula works because they tested SoFlo waters last year (both from Argentina) with a popular location in Coral Gables. Timroth says they’ve learned not to stick strictly to traditional recipes: “They’re not Latin American. We aimed to be more local flavours.” This means that popular menu options include cheeseburgers, pulled pork, and chicken marinara empanadas. Single empanadas are $2.99 ​​each; Big Smile combo of six empanadas is $15.99; Family package of 12 is $29.99; And a Party Pack of 48 is $109.99, or 96 empanadas for $199.99. 2041 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors.

Seafood Flamingo, Pompano Beach

An abandoned Marathon gas station between the Intracoastal Waterway and Umberto’s is being revived as Flamingo Seafood, a raw bar, wholesale market and seafood retailer, scheduled to open later this summer from owners Charles Parker and Jimmy Mattox. On the menu: oysters or clams on a half-shell, bouquet, smoked fish, charcuterie boards, French onion soup and terrine caviar. 2798 E. Atlantic Blvd. , Pompano Beach;

Tin Roof, Fort Lauderdale

This Nashville-oriented, music-leaning bar chain, with a popular location on Delray’s quaint Atlantic Street, is heading south to downtown Fort Lauderdale to open this fall within the former Township Bar, CEO Bob Franklin told the Sun Sentinel. Tin Roof will offer nightly live music and a menu almost identical to the one at the Delray Beach location: Nashville spicy chicken, fried pickles, grilled pork quesadillas, burgers, mac n’ cheese, and an array of eclectic tacos. 219 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale;

Salento Café, West Palm Beach

This 4-year-old Colombian café from owners Jaime and Johona Lara relocates later this fall from downtown West Palm Beach two blocks north to the coveted nightlife hive on Clematis Street. The new storefront, awarded to Laras by the Downtown Development Authority in West Palm Beach, places them inside the Mandel Public Library, and café seating will use the library’s courtyard. Named after the small Colombian town from which they source their beans, the shop offers juices, smoothies, aripas, paninis, and Colombian meals such as pastel de polo, carne (beef and chicken patties), pan de bono (cheese bread) and pastel gloria (pastry). Until they move in, Salento’s flagship at 120 S. Dixie Highway will remain open. 407 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach; 561-841-6138;

Swirl Wayne Bistro, Margit

After five years of serving the upscale Caribbean, European and American fusion of a nondescript mall in Coconut Creek, husband-and-wife owners Mike and Judith Apple are moving to high-profile digs on West Atlantic Boulevard in Margate. The couple’s bistro will take over the storefront once occupied by YiaYia’s Greek Kitchen later this year. But for now, they plan to keep the Lyons Road site open for business. Chef Judith Apple, a Johnson & Wales graduate (and one-time winner of Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Games), prepares an adventurous and whimsical menu that includes shredded chicken thighs, pork tacos with apple salad, oxtail ravioli, grilled octopus and salads Boiled pear. 4976 W. Atlantic Blvd., Margate;

Larry’s Café & Ice Cream, Boca Raton

The original Larry’s Ice Cream has been selling a sweet chill in Coral Springs since 1986. But now, new owner Janet McGuinness is expanding Larry’s to St. Andrews Plaza, near the Town Center Mall. Known for its sumptuous desserts and one-of-a-kind foods, the menu at Boca Raton will still be largely inspired by the New Jersey Boardwalk, but with a bit more sparkle and glamour. As of now, the McGinnis team plans to open the Boca Raton location in June or July. 21090 St. Andrews Street, Boca Raton;

La Curry Kitchen, Palm Beach Gardens

After two years of international small plates at Stage Kitchen & Bar, Chef Pushkar Marath (Ghee Indian Kitchen, 3030 Ocean) is turning to traditional Indian mezzes with Ela Curry Kitchen, expected to open in July inside Donald Ross Village Plaza. The 65-seat restaurant, which Marathe opens with business partner Andrew Dugard, will serve a la carte Indian street food and thali-style appetizers, where small plates of chutneys, naan, rice, lentils and protein are served on a large platter. 4650 Donald Ross Rd., Palm Beach Gardens

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