New restaurants: Dos Amigos Tacos now open in Delray. Batch debuts next week in Fort Lauderdale

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Dec 23, 2021 6:28 AM

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Dos Amigos Tacos, Delray Beach

Founded by Derek Mazer and chef Michael Jameson, two employees from Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ next door, this fast-casual taqueria slings 18 house-made tacos ranging from familiar (chicken, carne asada) to trendy (sliced tenderloin) to adventurous (Philly cheesesteak). The 2,303-square-foot restaurant at Delray Marketplace also serves quesadillas, burritos and salad bowls. 14917 Lyons Road; 561-908-2161,

Bandolero Taqueria y Mas, Fort Lauderdale

A quaint, festive location is taking shape in Himmarshee Village serving tacos, quesadillas and burritos. Cocktails include La Bruja (Grey Goose, watermelon, hibiscus, pineapple and lemon) and Señor Bandoleros (Patron Reposado, honey and lime juice). For dessert, Nutella nachos and “a really good flan.” 208 SW Second St.; 786-913-9307

Pura Vida, Fort Lauderdale

This Miami-based chain opened its ninth location — its first in Broward County — on Dec. 17 in the Society Las Olas building downtown. Its all-day breakfast and lunch menu features juices and smoothies, kombucha, baked goods and a range of avocado toasts, free-range egg sandwiches, wraps, bowls and salads, with a variety of gluten-free and vegan sweet treats. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 221 SW First Ave.,

Palmyra Lounge, Wilton Manors

Ahmad Alkhaldi opened his restaurant and hookah bar in Wilton Manors because “this is my community. I’m gay. I wanted a Middle Eastern place I can go to with my boyfriends and not be judged.” Palmyra, open since October, seats about 100. Popular dishes are kebobs ($18.99-$25.75), kibbeh ($9.99) and hummus ($8.99). This is his first restaurant, after working for AT&T in South Florida and previously living in Syria and Saudi Arabia. Why call it Palmyra, a city in Syria? Alkhaldi’s family owned farms there, but more importantly, it is where his grandparents fell in love. “Palmyra means love to my family.” 2031 Wilton Drive; 754-216-2727.

Taj Indian Grill, Cooper City

Almost from the moment this restaurant had a soft opening about two weeks ago, it has had lines for takeout. And that’s based on nothing but word of mouth and glowing online customer ratings. So far the popular dishes are the garlic naan, butter naan, tandoori chicken as well as butter chicken, aloo gobi and masala dosa, according to one of the owners, Melepurackal V. Chacko. 5602 S Flamingo Road, Cooper City. 954-314-7314.

Bolay Fresh Bold Kitchen, Hollywood

From the family who founded Outback Steakhouse, this build-your-own-bowl concept is adding to its list of Florida locations. The 2,391-square foot restaurant officially opened Dec. 16 offering indoor and outdoor seating. Pick your protein, veggies, sauce and go. Vegan, vegetarian and dairy-free selections are on the menu. 3255 Hollywood Blvd Suite 1;

Holly Blue, Fort Lauderdale

Corvina Seafood Grill, Boca Raton

Acclaimed Washington, D.C., chef Jeff Tunks’ new ocean forward menu offers locally sourced daily catches, seafood towers and a selection of oysters. The 235-seat indoor/outdoor restaurant also has a separate happy hour menu that includes Rock Shrimp Nachos, Tito’s Bloody Mary Oyster Shooters and Crispy Smashed Potatoes Patatas Bravas with a spicy smoked paprika sauce. 110 Plaza Real South;

Quietly opened in late October, chef Eric Baker’s (Rebel House, Uncle Pinkie’s Deli) new dinner-only izakaya dishes inventive Japanese fare, including lobster ceviche, king crab tacos, shrimp crispy rice, crispy octopus and eight sushi rolls. There’s an omakase option (eight items chosen by the chef) and eyebrow-raising meat items, including wagyu beef dumplings, hot fried chicken, barbecue lamb ribs and – in a nod to his Jewish-style deli up the street – even a pastrami sandwich. 409 SE Mizner Blvd.; 561-717-8415,

Drift Kitchen and Bar in Delray Beach, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021.

Drift Kitchen and Bar in Delray Beach, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. (John McCall / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Drift Kitchen & Bar, Delray Beach

Bruno’s Eats, Fort Lauderdale

Owners Bruno “Chef Max” Maxino and Peggy Ann Blain, who’ve been a food-truck power couple since 2013, have opened their first storefront on Fort Lauderdale’s 13th Street for take-out. 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

Carrot Express, Coconut Creek and Weston

A 2,350-square-foot outpost of this Miami-based health-focused chain will simultaneously opened Dec. 10 at the Promenade at Coconut Creek and at Weston Town Center. The restaurant, which features salads, wraps, power bowls, vegetarian burgers, soups, stuffed sweet potatoes and spinach pie melts, is expanding into Broward and Palm Beach counties. Locations are planned for west Boca Raton, Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Plantation and Pembroke Pines. 4443 Lyons Road, Suite F-106, Coconut Creek, and 1732 Main St., Weston;

Dune by Laurent Tourondel, Fort Lauderdale

The elegant beachfront restaurant inside the Auberge Beach Residences and Spa that closed in June has reopened under new owner Laurent Tourondel, the Michelin-star chef best known for his BLT Prime and BLT Steak brands. Dinner and happy hour are available now while lunch and brunch are still coming soon. 2200 N. Ocean Blvd.; 754-900-4059,

Bee’s Knees Diner, West Palm Beach

This upscale diner from restaurant owner Leo Koel (recently of Emko Palm Beach) opened Nov. 24 and features classic greasy-spoon staples, including ham benedict, poached eggs, bacon, home fries and toast. 3027 Forest Hill Blvd., Suite A1; 561-223-2614,

Night Owl Cookies and Cream, Pembroke Pines

Eighteen months after announcing its first Broward location, this Miami-spawned cookie monster finally baked its first batch for the public on Nov. 23 in Pembroke Pines. Night Owl comes from Andrew Gonzalez, who dropped out of Miami Dade College to fire up his cookie empire and earned a ranking on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of top young entrepreneurs for his effort. On the menu are 12 gourmet cookies including Ave Maria (guava, Maria cookies, white chocolate chips) and Plantain Papi (plantains and Nutella topped with Nutella drizzle). Along with three Miami locations, future bakeries are planned for Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. 217 N. Hiatus Road; 954-505-4143,

Spadella Restaurant & Café, Delray Beach

This Italian fast-casual comfort food from partners Felletti Max, De Lorenzo Maurizio and Habona Fuad had its grand opening Dec. 1 in western Delray Beach. Spadella uses Italy-sourced ingredients to flavor 14 styles of pizza, eight kinds of paninis, build-your-own pasta bowls and Italian classics, such as cannelloni with ricotta and spinach. 15280 Jog Road; 561-270-3442,

Prezzo, Palm Beach Gardens

The Italian trattoria founded by Burt Rapoport and Dennis Max first brought the concept of the wood-fired pizza oven to South Florida in 1989. Their new location in PGA Commons brings back their signature pizza along with soulful Italian dishes reimagined, including spaghetti squash pomodoro and cavatappi vegetariana. Their Boca Raton location has been open since 2017. 4520 PGA Boulevard; 561-429-6938,

Vandana and John Janho bought Asia Bay in 2020 and rebranded the Las Olas Boulevard restaurant as Eve on the Water in 2021. The name?

Vandana and John Janho bought Asia Bay in 2020 and rebranded the Las Olas Boulevard restaurant as Eve on the Water in 2021. The name? “Since we are opened in the evenings, we thought why not? ‘Spend an Eve-ning with us’ is our slogan.,” explains Vandana Janho. (Rod Stafford Hagwood / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Eve on the Water, Fort Lauderdale

You may have seen this fairly new restaurant’s Chicken à la Eve dish featured on WSVN-Ch. 7’s “Bite with Belkys.” The recipe is indicative of the menu changes that owners Vandana and John Janho made when they bought what was formerly Asia Bay, only to be shut down by the pandemic on their opening day, March 11, 2020. They spent the next year re-tooling the restaurant to more of a curated food and beverage service to cut down on the number of staff needed. The two also own Posh Lounge at the Waverly at Las Olas condos. 1111 East Las Olas Blvd; 954-848-9900;

Maple Street Biscuit Company, Pembroke Pines

Biscuit-based creations are the big attraction at this Jacksonville-born fast-casual chain bought by Cracker Barrel in 2019. Maple Street dishes biscuit sandwiches include the Squawking Goat (fried chicken breast, fried goat-cheese medallions, pepper jelly), topped with sausage or shiitake mushroom gravy, plus hash brown cakes, fried green tomatoes and collard greens. This is the eatery’s first South Florida location. 10280 Pines Blvd., Suite 102;

Sicilian Oven, Delray Beach

This growing regional pie chain from owners Ralph DiSalvo and Andrew Garavuso has opened inside the new Plaza Delray. Sicilian Oven, a disciple of the well-done pizza trend, does pies and wings to burnt exterior crispness after being fired inside 725-degree wood-burning ovens. 8854 W. Atlantic Ave.; 561-639-0099,

Miller’s Ale House, Palm Beach Gardens

The Orlando-spawned sports-bar chain has opened its new 220-seat eatery inside the Alton Town Center, and it includes two bars and a bank of flat-screen TVs in every direction. The pub specializes in boneless, sauce-drenched Zingers wings, fajitas, flatbreads, burgers and steak dinners. 5430 Donald Ross Road; 561-210-4309,

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 nonetheless has opened in hipsterfied Flagler Village. The bagel shop showcases Angus hamburgers, deli sandwiches, avocado toast and all-day breakfast sandwiches. 540 N. Andrews Ave.; 954-446-6446,

Sushi Maki, Fort Lauderdale

For entrepreneur Abe Ng, what began as his father’s Chinese takeout empire is now a thriving dynasty of sushi houses, the latest of which has opened inside the former Beehive Kitchen on Las Olas Boulevard. The 2,500-square-foot Sushi Maki features poke -bowls, sushi boats, pad Thai and wok-fried rice. 200 E. Las Olas Blvd.;

Batch New Southern Kitchen and Tap will debut its Fort Lauderdale location Dec. 30 and serve Southern comfort food like the Batch Chicken 'N' Waffles, which is sweet tea-brined fried chicken on a cornbread waffle, and served with chili-thyme honey and bourbon-maple butter.

Batch New Southern Kitchen and Tap will debut its Fort Lauderdale location Dec. 30 and serve Southern comfort food like the Batch Chicken ‘N’ Waffles, which is sweet tea-brined fried chicken on a cornbread waffle, and served with chili-thyme honey and bourbon-maple butter. (Batch Hospitality Group)

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 will debut Dec. 30 with an outdoor patio in the former Mellow Mushroom location. The locally sourced farm-to-table, comfort food menu includes slow-smoked burnt ends, shrimp n’ grits and a BBQ jackfruit “pulled pork” sandwich. 525 N Federal Highway;

Kachi Afro Caribbean Lounge, Fort Lauderdale

Baires Grill, Fort Lauderdale

This Argentinean steakhouse hopes to open by Feb. 1 on Las Olas Boulevard, making Fort Lauderdale the fifth location after Weston, Sunny Isles, Brickell and Coral Gables. “We’ve been wanting to expand further north,” says Alejandro Koenig, chief financial officer for Baires Grill. “There is a lot of potential there, a lot of young people.” Baires Grill will fill the space formerly Talento Restaurant. 1307 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Giorgio’s Bakery & Bistro, Fort Lauderdale

Owner Peter Tsialiamanis’ European-style restaurant-bakery, which has dished Greek and American classics on the Hollywood Intracoastal since 1996, will debut its second location this winter on Fort Lauderdale’s Galt Ocean Mile. The 3,000-square-foot restaurant, replacing the old Whale’s Bar & Grill, will offer the same menu as its flagship: wood oven-fired pizzas, 11 sandwiches on house-made baguettes, and entrees such as moussaka and baby back ribs. 3537 Galt Ocean Drive;

Blue Dog Cookhouse & Bar, Boca Raton

Billed as “New American fare with New York City roots,” this Florida offshoot of JM Spear and Morgan Nobles’ Manhattan restaurant will debut this January inside Boca Town Center, next to the Container Store. The restaurant will dish braised short rib and grilled octopus entrees, 11 types of hamburgers, brunch and craft cocktails. 6000 Glades Road, Suite 108, Boca Raton;

Rob’s Family BBQ, Plantation

Rob Scruby, the former owner of longtime pit stop Scruby’s BBQ, is now smoking meats at Rob’s Family BBQ, and plans to open a second location this February inside Plantation’s Vizcaya Square. The Plantation Rob’s, at 2,100 square feet, will mostly cater to carryout crowds and feature 14-hour slow-smoked brisket sandwiches, along with pulled chicken, smoked turkey and sides that include sweet corn nuggets, crispy breaded okra and fresh cornbread. 837 N. Nob Hill Road;

Truli Italian Food & Drink, Coconut Creek

This modern Italian trattoria and bar will open in early January 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;

Coyo Taco, Fort Lauderdale

This clubby high-end taqueria from Wynwood is migrating north to Las Olas and expects to debut in mid-January inside the former SuViche on the ground floor of the downtown Bank of America building. The 2,905-square-foot restaurant won’t feature a speakeasy lounge like its Miami counterparts, co-owner Sven Vogtland says, but the taqueria will serve hand-pressed corn tortillas filled with cochinita pibil, alambre, pollo al carbon and crispy duck, plus salads and burrito bowls. 401 E. Las Olas Blvd.;

Phat Boy Sushi and Kitchen, Davie

The trendy Japanese mini-chain from chef-owner John Maser, which has been on a roll recently, will open its next location in Davie in January, replacing the former Burger 21 on University Drive. The new location, which had a “Coming Soon” banner posted above the door, will feature shoyu ramen bowls, yakitori skewers, katsu sliders, a full-liquor bar with craft cocktails, and sushi staples including toro and Hamachi. 2451 University Drive, Davie;

Mister 01 Extraordinary Pizza, Pembroke Pines

The name of this Miami-spawned pizzeria may sound boastful, but the proof of Renato Viola’s pizza supremacy comes straight from the U.S. government. Viola, who grew up in the Italian province of Salerno, gained entry into the United States under an 0-1 visa, handed to “individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement.” Food & Wine shouted out Mister 01 in this year’s ranking of “The Best Pizza in Every State.” Viola’s 13-inch Neapolitan pies are star-shaped, with a pouch of ricotta cheese in each of the eight points, and come with ingredients such as gorgonzola, local honey, spicy salami and imported coffee. The Pembroke Pines location, debuting in December, is his sixth Florida pizzeria, and more outposts will follow in 2022 in Boca Raton, Aventura and Melbourne. 10640 Pines Blvd, Suite F101, Pembroke Pines;

Tacocraft Taqueria and Tequila Bar, Plantation

Expanding Tulum vibes into west Broward, this Mexican-themed eatery’s fourth location is set to open in February inside the new Plantation Walk complex. The restaurant from Handcrafted Hospitality (Henry’s Sandwich Station, Pizzacraft) touts an expansive tequila selection and homemade tortillas expected to hit booths and bar counters inside the new 4,000-square-foot space in January. 333 N University Drive;

Pagoda Kitchen, Delray Beach

Decorated restaurateur Burt Rapoport (Max’s Grille, Deck 84, Prezzo) is behind this new restaurant opening in December 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;

Angelo’s Craveable Italian, Fort Lauderdale

A to-go restaurant dishing entrees designed for takeout, Angelo’s serves Italian classics such as meatball heroes, oven-baked lemon oregano chicken, eggplant Parmesan, fettucine alfredo, salads, cannolis and “nonna’s cheesecake.” Angelo’s replaces the former Empire Pizza and comes from Angelo Landi (formerly of Miami-based Southern comfort food eatery Yardbird). A second Angelo’s debuted earlier this year in Boca Raton’s Mizner Plaza. 15 N. Federal Highway;

The Katherine, Fort Lauderdale

Throw Social, Delray Beach

A 12,000-square-foot entertainment village on Delray Beach’s Atlantic Avenue is slated to open Dec. 26 inside former clubby Italian grill il Bacio. The project is the second location of Throw Social’s Washington, D.C. flagship, and will feature ax throwing, darts, shuffleboard tables, two outdoor stages pumping live music and a menu of gastropub fare. 29 SE Second Ave.; 800-561-0755,

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, Plantation

Incontro Italian Cuisine Steakhouse, Coral Springs

Owner Pedro Bitar’s Italian and steak restaurant expects to open in late December inside the Walk of Coral Springs. Pastas and breads will be made in-house, and the 180-seat eatery (and 30-seat patio) will include a private VIP room and lounge. 2752 University Drive

Hollywood Brewing Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale

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Owner Johnny Quinones’ taproom, which debuted a month before pandemic lockdowns, closed in early December on Las Olas Boulevard. The sports-themed brewpub, an offshoot of the Hollywood Brewing Co. brewery on the Hollywood Broadwalk, poured 10 brews on tap including the tropical fruit-punched Mango IPA, a full-liquor menu and pub grub, such as hamburgers and fried calamari. The brewery’s original location on the Broadwalk will remain open. 1103 E. Las Olas Blvd; Hollywood.Beer

Oak Bistro and Wine Bar, Royal Palm Beach

The cozy neighborhood hangout said goodbye to their customers after seven years posting on Facebook, “Cheers to the end. As with all good things, they must end!” The bistro is offering bottle specials for their last weekend open on Dec. 11 and 12 and a last chance to dig into their signature Chicago beef sandwich (toasted hoagie, thinly sliced beef, mozzarella, provolone, and spicy giardiniera with a side of au jus). 11051 Southern Blvd., Suite 210;

YiaYia’s Greek Kitchen, Margate

A Greek cuisine staple in suburban Margate that specialized in char-broiled baby back ribs, roasted lamb and moussaka has permanently closed, longtime owner Louis Poulias posted on social media. YiaYia’s, open since 1987, served its final meal Nov. 27, and Poulias blamed staff shortages and a “crazy fluctuation of costs” on his decision to retire after 47 years from the restaurant industry. “The last 19 months have made me reevaluate my life,” Poulias wrote. “COVID opened my eyes to what life could be.” 4976 W. Atlantic Blvd.

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