As many things closed due to the effects of the pandemic, many things opened as well.
New restaurants and hot spots are popping up across South Florida that are worth knowing. Whether you’re just stopping by for a quick cocktail or looking for a sit-down, one of these south Florida restaurants will have you covered. These new kids on the block will be opening by spring 2021.
Here are six new South Florida restaurants you’ll want to visit.
The first gin-centric eatery is coming to Miami. It’s a place for contemporary cuisine and neighborhood gin. The partners and co-owners Ricardo Ordoñez and Chef Gerardo B. De Negri picked a location in the heart of Coconut Grove. Chef Gerry has taken his French training and inspirations from his culinary sojourns to create an upscale menu with an approachable dining experience. Some standout items will be octopus carpaccio, arepas topped with duck confit, short rib, and pulled pork also a French burger served on a croissant bun.
Summer is all about BBQs and this one in a Texas-style craft barbeque in Miami. Set to open in May 2021, the place holds 28 seats indoors and 32 outside. Unlike their original pop-up-style “first come, first served.” The holy-grail BBQ has a cool and fast-casual feel with hopes that the outdoor space will give it a true homestyle atmosphere. Barbeque lovers can enjoy a Brisket Sundae with mac and cheese base, then layered with baked beans and cream corn, topped with smoked brisket, cheese, and house sauces. Or Brisket y Queso Empanadas and Smoked Pork Rib Croquettes. Beer and wine selections will also be available.
No Man’s Land
The brains behind Garrett Hospitality Group, Memphis Garrett, also the star of CBS’s Big Brother All Stars, is opening a vibey cocktail parlor and lounge. The menu will feature craft cocktails with an array of small plates. Garrett Hospitality is known for serving up in a sultry place with plush seating, dark woods, and ambient lighting. The small plates will complement the boozy libations, including deviled eggs with caviar, an array of unique dips and spread, and more.
Brooklyn’s acclaimed wood-fired restaurant and bar, Shelter, has made its way to South Florida. Shelter Wynwood opened its doors in March 2021, and it has the same hunting lodge chic design similar to the one in Williamsburg. It’ll be a sweet addition to the Wynwood artsy, bohemian vibe. The rustic fare includes a wood-burning oven for bold flavors and simplicity. Steamed mussels, crispy artichokes, and mac & cheese all go great with the local beer that’s on the menu. They also have a thoughtful wine and craft cocktail list for those who fancy.
Just a few feet from the ocean, Sushi by Bou Beach Club will offer an electric beach club menu for a relaxed beachside experience. The restaurant will feature the brand’s signature intimate, “chef’s choice” omakase bar, with indoor and outdoor seating. During the allotted hour, guests will have a variety of nigiri sushi, like Bluefin tuna. They will also offer sleek, signature cocktails that are handmade with imported sake and Japanese whiskies. Frozen cocktails and large drink packages can be enjoyed by the waterfront.
When Tobacco Road, the Magic City’s oldest bar with a liquor license that dated back to pre-Prohibition, closed its doors in 2014. The city was blessed with the power of reinvention; the Road was a holdover from the bygone era. An era of bootleggers and gangsters, barflies, and brawlers. A new chapter has begun, and Matt Kuscher of Kush Hospitality Group has opened Tobacco Road by Kush. As a tribute it will be 50% pop up, 50% homage, and 100% dive bar chic. They offer an impressive complication of American bar food with the perfect amount of elevation.