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St. Louis Ribs and baby back ribs with jalape–o cornbread and mashed potatoes from Wrigley BBQ in Palm Springs.

St. Louis Ribs and baby back ribs with jalape–o cornbread and mashed potatoes from Wrigley BBQ in Palm Springs. (Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

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Wrigley BBQ, Palm Springs

Eager to live closer to his retired parents, pitboss Mitch Liebovich packed up his smokers in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood and moved his entire Wrigley BBQ outfit to South Florida. His 5,900-square-foot barbecue house, open since Feb. 4, replaces the old Tom Sawyer Country Restaurant, and serves 12-hour brisket smoked with cherry wood, St. Louis-style spare ribs, gator wings and the Sam and Erna, a pulled pork-and-brisket combination sandwich named after his fussy mother and father. 3208 Forest Hill Blvd.; 561-720-2257,

Maxwell’s Plum, Wellington

Owner Jenny “Oz” LeRoy is behind the revival of this famed, flamboyant Manhattan singles bar that symbolized two 1960s revolutions – food and sex – and courted celebrities from Barbra Streisand to Warren Beatty before closing in the ‘80s. LeRoy is the daughter of Maxwell’s founder Warner LeRoy and granddaughter of famed Hollywood film producer Mervyn LeRoy (“The Wizard of Oz”). The restaurant, which opened in late January, features American fare such as rigatoni all’ amatriciana and dry-aged New York strips, chilled Maine lobster and oyster towers. 12300 South Shore Blvd.; 561-793-2110,

Bohemian Latin Grill, Oakland Park

Chef-owner Jose Salazar’s Mexican restaurant opened in late January, replacing the old Buoy Bites seafood shack. It is a sister location to his storefront in Fort Lauderdale’s North Beach Shoppes plaza (next to Smoke BBQ). On the menu are trendy tacos de birria along with build-your-own bowls, as well as burritos, quesadillas, beef sliders and salads. 1199 E. Commercial Blvd.; 954-530-8102,

Razzleberry’s Homemade Ice Cream, Fort Lauderdale

A sister to its flagship scoop shop on the corner of Atlantic Boulevard and A1A, Razzleberry’s debuted Feb. 1 in the Southport plaza on Southeast 17th Street. The parlor dishes 30 flavors spanning pistachio to vanilla Reese’s to Bailey’s Irish cream, along with sundaes and Key lime pies. 1499 SE 17th St.; 954-943-6944,

Sunset Club, Hollywood Beach

This rooftop bar and lounge opened Feb. 4 atop the new Costa Hollywood Beach Resort. The open-air venue has an ocean view on one side and a lounge area that rests in front of the Stranahan River. The menus include tropical craft cocktails and global cuisine with a seafood focus. The team behind Sunset Club is Last Call Hospitality Group, whose food and beverage stable includes Tipsy Flamingo, Sweet Caroline Karaoke Bar and Redbar in Brickell. This is their first property in Broward County. 777 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood Beach.

Hiccups and Churroholic, Pembroke Pines

This California-based teahouse chain founded by Sky Hoang opened Feb. 4 and excels in over-the-top Asian treats spanning crispy popcorn chicken to kimchi fried rice and build-your-own garlic noodle bowls. It’s also an outpost of Churroholic, Hiccups’ sister sweets shop, where Instagrammable boba teas are served alongside churros bent into a loop, dipped in chocolate and crusted with cereal (Fruity Pebbles!), nuts and more toppings. 10640 Pines Blvd., Suite 104; 954-639-4943,

McAlister’s Deli, Sunrise

A fast-casual chain specializing in sweet tea, salads and deli sandwiches, McAlister’s opened its 17th Florida location Jan. 17 in Sunrise. The shop includes 25 sandwiches ranging from turkey clubs and horseradish roast beef and cheddar to spicy southwest chicken and French dips, along with salads and baked potatoes stuffed with Angus beef. 9430 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 101; 954-530-1521,

A view of the indoor dining area as seen from the front entrance at Mister 01 Extraordinary Pizza on Tuesday Feb. 8, 2022 in Pembroke Pines.

A view of the indoor dining area as seen from the front entrance at Mister 01 Extraordinary Pizza on Tuesday Feb. 8, 2022 in Pembroke Pines. (Susan Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

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, which opened Feb. 1, 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;

Ya Mas! Taverna, Fort Lauderdale

The Mediterranean eatery from Memphis Garrett’s hospitality group (No Man’s Land, Poke House, Blue Wave Sushi) opened Feb. 1, promising to be a lively indoor/outdoor taverna focused on classic and modern interpretations from Greece, Turkey, Israel and more. Executive Chef Austin Blake’s menu includes mussels, farro salad, lamb meatballs, harissa Buffalo wings. 1103 E Las Olas Boulevard,

Jaffa Israeli Kitchen and Wine Bar, Hallandale Beach

Hate cauliflower? Not if chef Yaniv Cohen can help it: The most-popular dish at his test kitchen inside the MIA Market food hall in Miami’s Design District is his turmeric-roasted cauliflower, drizzled with tahini and spiced with za’atar and fresh herbs. That dish is on the menu at Jaffa’s second location in the Atlantic Village plaza, as will a hummus bar, deconstructed baba ghanoush and other meze drawn from Cohen’s family recipes. 801 N. Federal Highway;

Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar, Hallandale Beach

This all-day breakfast coffeehouse features egg sandwiches on baguettes and croissants, avocado toast, acai bowls, oatmeal, chocolate-chip pancakes and 21 styles of coffee and tea. The Miami-raised chain has been in rapid franchising mode lately, adding cafes in Davie, Doral and Miami Beach earlier this year. 701 N. Federal Highway, #101; 954-239-8763,

This Mediterranean restaurant with its expansive oceanfront view has opened along the terrace of Paramount Fort Lauderdale condo. Expect small dish mezze/appetizers and wood-grilled meats and seafood in the 275-seat eatery. The concept comes from Lou Moshakos, the restaurateur whose LM Restaurants also includes Two Georges at The Cove Restaurant in Deerfield Beach, Oceanic in Pompano Beach and the upcoming Lucky Fish Dania Beach. 701 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Quickie’s Burgers & Wings, Margate

A hamburger drive-thru with a loyal following at their Pembroke Pines, Dania Beach and Hollywood locations, Quickie’s opened in late January in the sparse area Margate dubs its downtown. The hamburgers are char-grilled and cooked over hickory, topped with onion strings and slathered in a spicy remoulade-style Quickie’s sauce (which we recommend). Stronger stomachs still should sample the meaty behemoth known as the MOAB – aka the Mother of All Burgers – a one-pounder stuffed with cheese and topped with onions and French fries. 1011 N. State Road 7, Margate; 954-366-3043,

Crumbl Cookies, Boynton Beach

Owner Tanner Reaveley opened Crumble after moving to SoFlo from Salt Lake City, where his family owned a catering business. “I moved to Florida last year for an employment opportunity,” Reaveley says. “We realized that this area didn’t have a Crumbl Cookies, which has always been my wife’s favorite dessert.” The franchise has a weekly rotation of specialty flavors as well as ice cream. There are other locations in Coral Springs, Davie, Kendall and Pembroke Pines. 546 East Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach.

Incontro Italian Cuisine and Steakhouse, Coral Springs

Owner Pedro Bitar’s Italian and steak restaurant opened Jan. 25 in the Walk of Coral Springs. Pastas and breads are made in-house, and the 180-seat eatery (and 30-seat patio) includes a private VIP room and lounge. 2752 N. University Drive; 754-547-7997,

Clean Juice, West Palm Beach

Tate Lehtio, former University of West Florida football player and wellness advocate, co-owns with his family this organic juice bar franchise in West Palm Beach (other SoFlo locations are in Boca Raton and Plantation). Clean Juice also offers smoothies, açaí and Greenoa bowls, toasts and wraps. 1900 Okeechobee Blvd., Suite A4, West Palm Beach. 704-918-1217.

Cucinova Las Olas Beach, Fort Lauderdale

This second Fort Lauderdale location, just three blocks from the beach at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard, quietly opened Jan. 22. Like the sign says, the menu at this fast casual eatery is basically “craft-your-own” pizza, pasta and salads in the $7.99-$14.99 price range. 2915 E. Las Olas Boulevard.

Butcher’s Club, Palm Beach Gardens

The star attraction at this luxury steakhouse inside the PGA National Resort is undoubtedly chef Jeremy Ford, the telegenic tattooed talent behind Miami Beach’s Stubborn Seed. Ford (winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 13) debuted the steakhouse in late January with a dining room adorned in gold tones and bamboo, and its menu features butternut squash agnolotti, Bell & Evans truffle chicken and prime cuts of dry-aged porterhouses and smoked ribeyes. 400 Ave of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens; 561-627-4852,

Sweetgreen, West Palm Beach

One of the oldest healthy-eats chains dishing build-your-own-bowls and salads, this fast-casual restaurant has a cult following and, at the Square, a celebrity endorsement from tennis champ Naomi Osaka. This 60-seat location debuted Jan. 25 and serves seasonal specials, including hot honey chicken with roasted sweet potatoes and kale cabbage slaw and roasted steelhead trout in remoulade dressing. Osaka’s eponymous bowl is built with goat cheese, blackened chicken, avocado, lime cilantro jalapeño vinaigrette and Sweetgreen’s hot sauce. 701 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 561-556-4700,

Cactus Grille and Tequila Bar, Palm Beach Gardens

This family-owned Tex-Mex restaurant, offspring of the original in Rhode Island, opened Jan. 22 with an expansive outdoor dining and bar area. The menu ranges from blackened grouper with corn risotto and prime pork cheeks with cheddar grits, to tostados and tacos. Brunch service will begin Jan. 30. 4650 Donald Ross Road, Suite 100; 561-249-3090,

Bronx Bagel & Deli, Coral Springs

Owner Michael Friedman’s bagel flagship in Deerfield Beach has expanded west, to Brookside Square. Like the original on Powerline Road, it wears its New York allegiances proudly: Yankees pennants on the walls, boiled-then-baked bagels, gourmet wraps named after the five boroughs and sandwich specials like the Brooklyn Bomber, the Yogi and the Bronx (roast beef, melted cheddar, horseradish sauce). There are also burgers, smoked fish and by-the-pound deli meats. 10645 Wiles Road; 754-227-7276,

The Katherine, Fort Lauderdale

Truli Italian Food & Drink, Coconut Creek

This modern Italian trattoria and bar debuted Jan. 15 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; 954-399-7677,

Pure Green Garden Shops, Boca Raton

This Lake Mary-raised juice-bar franchise opened its second South Florida location on Jan. 15 inside the Gardens Shops at Boca Del Mar plaza and features pitaya bowls, superfood smoothies, steel-cut oatmeal, cold-pressed juices and at least one probiotic drink created by Instagram influencer Foodgod. After opening a South Beach location in 2021, the wellness outfit will next add a store in Aventura this summer. 7036 W. Palmetto Park Road; 561-826-7800,

TropiBowls, Pompano Beach

Founder Natasha Teague debuted her juice and bowl bar at the height of pandemic shutdowns in 2020, and now she’s expanding with TropiBowls’ sister location in Pompano Beach, across the street from the Airpark. TropiBowls, which debuted Jan. 15, does build-your-own bowls, coffees, teas and breakfast sandwiches, along with lunchtime rice bowls, paninis and wraps. 1162 N. Federal Highway; 954-532-4121,

Coco Sushi Lounge and Bar, Delray Beach

Husband-and-wife owners Tina Wang and chef Jason Zheng rolled out another sushi haven in late December, this time touting signature rolls, Peking duck, beef short rib and lamb chops cooked over a robata charcoal grill, and a massive menu of rare sakes and sake cocktails. Coco’s owners also operate Saiko-i Sushi Lounge & Hibachi and Yakitori Sake House, both in Boca Raton, and Koi Sushi Lounge in Fort Lauderdale. 25 NE Second Ave., Ste. 208; 561-908-2557

This kosher-certified gourmet sushi restaurant, which owners Sabina Balkind and Lopinto Salvatore debuted in December, serves high-grade fish inside handrolls and an omakase experience served as a four-tier sushi tower of nigiri and sashimi. 8177 Glades Road, No. 20; 561-617-7129,

Coyo Taco, Fort Lauderdale

This clubby high-end taqueria from Wynwood is migrating north to Las Olas and will debut Feb. 14 in the former SuViche on the ground floor of the 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.;

The first South Florida offshoot of this Virginia-born Korean fried chicken chain will roost in Davie on Feb. 10 under local owner Daven Sawh. Choongman’s deep-fried birds – served in tender, drumstick, wing and whole-chicken forms – are crispy and tossed in soy-garlic glaze and spicy gochujang sauce (a kind of red chili paste). There is also tikkudak, in which Korean fried chicken is fried then baked in charcoal ovens for extra crunch. 4900 S. University Drive, #100; 954-999-0235,

This Tampa-born chain emporium of porters, stouts, IPAs and Belgian ales opened inside the new Miramar Park Place shopping plaza on Feb. 15. Along with craft suds, the 4,240-square-foot restaurant offers flatbread pizza, pretzels, salads, chicken sliders and other comfort-food nosh. This is World of Beer’s third South Florida location – there’s a Coconut Creek outpost and another new location in Doral. 11225 Miramar Parkway;

Ribeye with Cajun butter, bacon-wrapped asparagus and crispy parmesan red potatoes from Matchbox.

Ribeye with Cajun butter, bacon-wrapped asparagus and crispy parmesan red potatoes from Matchbox. (Chris Schwalm / Courtesy)

Matchbox and Big Buns Damn Good Burgers, Fort Lauderdale

Two Thompson Hospitality restaurants are close to opening at Society Las Olas along the New River. Matchbox, scheduled to open March 21, will take on a larger space with 90 indoor and 124 outdoor seats, serving items like the “ginormous meatball” and “hangover burrito.” Big Buns Damn Good Burgers, opening Feb. 28, with 40 indoor and 75 outdoor seats, will offer all types of stacked burgers or burger bowls with side options like fried Brussels sprouts and milkshakes that can be boozy or not. 301 SW First Ave., South Tower;,

Carousel Club at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach

Described as an “open-air gathering spot” for food, cocktails and entertainment, this dining destination will open at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino on Feb. 18. So-named because of the antique carousel bar at its center, the trackside venue will have pop-ups by Spris Artisan Pizza and Los Altos Taqueria with more to be announced. Carousel Club will be open noon until late evening (with DJs spinning) Fridays-Sundays. 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach; 954-228-3378,

Pagoda Kitchen, Delray Beach

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

Buoy One Seafood, Fort Lauderdale

After a year and change of dishing salty-sweet New England eats out of its distinctive seafood shack on Commercial Boulevard, Buoy Bites closed in January, the restaurant posted on its website. The restaurant picked up anchor and will reopen as the rebranded Buoy One Seafood this winter on North Federal Highway, in the space formerly occupied by Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen. Buoy One shares it named with founding chef Dave Girard’s seafood markets on Long Island, and Buoy’s menu is filled with fresh catches, clam chowder, clam fritters, clambakes and fish-fry baskets. 4391 N. Federal Highway;

Estrellita Poblana, Fort Lauderdale

Isla & Co., West Palm Beach

An all-day café from New York’s Parched Hospitality Group, this 100-seater expects to open this spring next door to Grandview Public Market in the growing Warehouse District south of Okeechobee Boulevard. On the menu is brunch and specialty coffee from Australia – a nod to founder and CEO Barry Dry’s Australian roots – along with egg breakfasts and a dinner menu that will include burgers, pastas and salads. 1401 Clare Ave.;

Sometime this year a restaurant will rise where the Cash Only club used to be at Riverfront. No word yet on what the cuisine concept will be, but we do know that there are plans for two dining rooms on the first floor and a private lounge on the second floor. The team behind Timbr is 3 Hospitality, made up of Michael Tronn (Liquid and Crobar in South Beach), Paul Brown (Pawn Shop in West Palm Beach and Miami) and Max Van Fleet (scion of The Las Olas Company family). 15 W. Las Olas Blvd.

Cork & Barrel Wine Bar and Tapas, Tamarac

Replacing the old Tamarac Diner will be this upscale neighborhood restaurant next to the Paradigm Cinemas movie theater. Cork & Barrel comes from partners Santese Gatlin, Wendell Robbins, Lakedra Howard and Adrienne Hibbert, and features light bites, flatbreads, charcuterie boards and many varieties of wine and craft beer. 10052 W. McNab Road. Tamarac;

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;

Baires Grill, Fort Lauderdale

This Argentinean steakhouse hopes to open in late March 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.

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Bufarella Gourmet Italian Cuisine, Oakland Park

This 1,200-square-foot strip-mall space, home to mozzarella, burrata, stracciatella di bufala made fresh daily plus handhelds on crunchy Gran Forno ciabattina bread, sold its last cold cuts and whole-milk cheese on Jan. 6 after three-and-a-half years in business, co-owner Filippo Trecca told the Sun Sentinel. Trecca says months of bankruptcy proceedings, a risky handshake deal and a lease dispute doomed the sandwich shop. 1682 E. Oakland Park Blvd.;

Luv’s Donuts, Coral Springs

Married couple Juan and Kelly Fiallos’ doughnut emporium on Sample permanently closed on Jan. 30, ending 18 months of whimsically fluffy pastries topped with all manner of toasted coconut, honey-maple glaze and chocolate buttercream. Juan Fiallos, a onetime baker at Dandee Donuts, broke the news on social media, closing, “We hope that we were able to deposit some love into our community.” Along with deep-fried rings, Luv’s sold scratch muffins, cookies, croissants and puff pastries. 7893 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs

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