Now open: Phat Boy in Davie, Blue Steel Pizza in Fort Lauderdale

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Mar 09, 2022 2:37 PM

Thank you for supporting our journalism. This article is available exclusively for our subscribers, who help fund our work at the Sun Sentinel.

Samurai Roll at Phat Boy Sushi, which has opened a new location in Davie.

Samurai Roll at Phat Boy Sushi, which has opened a new location in Davie. (Amy Beth Bennett / Sun Sentinel)

Stay up to date with the South Florida dining news:

Phat Boy Sushi and Kitchen, Davie

The trendy Japanese mini-chain from chef-owner John Maser, which has been on a roll recently, opened its newest location in Davie on March 7, replacing the former Burger 21 on University Drive. The new location will features 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;

This star-shaped pizza, topped with spicy salami Calabrese, mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil, with dollops of ricotta cheese in the eight points, is on the menu at Mister 01 Extraordinary Pizza, which opened its latest location March 1 in Boca Raton.

This star-shaped pizza, topped with spicy salami Calabrese, mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil, with dollops of ricotta cheese in the eight points, is on the menu at Mister 01 Extraordinary Pizza, which opened its latest location March 1 in Boca Raton. (Susan Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Mister 01 Extraordinary Pizza, Boca Raton

Chef Renato Viola’s fast-growing pizzeria chain debuted its latest storefront on March 1 inside the former Smoke BBQ space, less than a month after opening in Pembroke Pines. Mister 01, which began its life in a sign-less, nondescript office building in Miami Beach, specializes in sharable, 13-inch star-shaped pies with a pouch of ricotta in each of the eight points. Its next location will open this spring in Aventura. 555 N. Federal Highway, Suite 5-6, Boca Raton; 786-677-2903,

Hive Bakery and Café, West Palm Beach

High-end breakfasts and lunches are abuzz at this new storefront across the street from the Norton Museum of Art, an offshoot of Palm Beach interior designer Sara McCann’s nearby cluster of Hive home-décor showrooms. The bakery café, which debuted March 8, is helmed by married chefs Jay and Amber Felton, who serve veggie frittatas and smoked salmon, deviled egg salad on grilled sourdough, confections and artisanal breads. 1603 S. Dixie Highway; 561-360-2196,

Subculture Coffee, Boca Raton

This hipsterfied java joint from Palm Beach restaurateur Rodney Mayo (Dada, Respectable Street, Dubliner) debuted March 3 inside Mizner Park. The 1,150-square-foot café – like its Delray Beach, West Palm Beach and Jupiter locations – serves breakfast sandwiches, acai bowls and smoothies. 437 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561-430-4341,

Blue Steel Pizza, Fort Lauderdale

Leaves & Roots Lounge, Fort Lauderdale

Clean Juice, West Palm Beach

This family-run juicery franchise from owners Flavia, Tate and Martin Lehtio opened in late January and offers cold-pressed juices packed with superfood add-ons, along with açaí bowls, smoothies, avocado toasts, wraps, salads and sandwiches. 1900 Okeechobee Blvd.; 561-944-6189,

The Hungry Pelican, Deerfield Beach

When owner William Sakowski took over the old Antonio’s Ristorante pizzeria in the Cove Shopping Center, he rebranded – to Cove Pizza – and added this sister barbecue spot at the same storefront. The Pelican, which opened in late February, turns out slow-roasted beef brisket, burnt ends, St. Louis-style pork ribs, Philly-style cheesesteaks and Angus hamburgers. 1636 SE Third Court; 954-573-7454,

Broad Shoulders Sandwiches, Fort Lauderdale

Chicago native and chef-owner Tom Azar (Emeril Lagasse’s NOLA restaurant) is behind this gourmet sandwich shop and deli steeped in New Orleans flavors, which debuted Feb. 22 in the former Eduardo de San Angel space on Commercial Boulevard. The sandwicherie will feature Reubens with scratch-made corned beef on seeded rye, shrimp po’boys, Italian beef, chicken and andouille gumbo soup and creamy creole coleslaw. 2822 E. Commercial Blvd.; 754-779-7220,

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Deerfield Beach

The latest South Florida location of this national frozen treat franchise is owned by dad and son dynamic duo Daryl and Anthony Cappiello (Daryl decided to sign on with Jeremiah’s the same day he was to retire after 20 years in the food industry). The brand Jeremiah’s — with a motto of “Live life to the coolest” — offers more than 40 flavors of Italian ice as well as house-made soft ice cream. 3849 West Hillsboro Blvd.; 954-420-9895,

Matchbox and Big Buns Damn Good Burgers, Fort Lauderdale

Two Thompson Hospitality restaurants are opening side-by-side at Society Las Olas along the New River. Big Buns Damn Good Burgers debuted Feb. 24 with 40 indoor and 75 outdoor seats, and offers all types of stacked burgers or burger bowls with side options like fried Brussels sprouts and milkshakes that can be boozy or not. Matchbox, the other restaurant 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.” 301 SW First Ave., South Tower;,

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, West Palm Beach

Pagoda Kitchen, Delray Beach

Decorated restaurateur Burt Rapoport (Max’s Grille, Deck 84, Prezzo) is behind this new restaurant that opened Feb. 17 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;

North South Grill, Pembroke Pines

Juicy hamburgers smashed to oblivion on brioche buns, Greek gyros, buttermilk chicken tenders, American Wagyu steak hoagies and grilled chicken sandwiches are all on the menu at this comfort-food hangout across the street from C.B. Smith Park. The grill, which opened in late December and is registered to owner Theodore Maniatis, also serves Canadian poutine (albeit with shredded cheese) and salads. 154 S. Flamingo Road; 954-404-8308,

Spud’s Coffee, Fort Lauderdale

Owner Megan Wilson originally wanted to open Spud’s, a coffeehouse and brunch café named after her grandfather, in mid 2020. That was until the pandemic delayed her opening nearly two years. While she waited, she sold sweet potato, pecan and apple pies out of another pandemic pop-up, Drinking Pig BBQ in North Miami. Spud’s, which opened Feb. 20 in Fort Lauderdale’s North Beach Shoppes, serves house-smoked pork belly eggs benedict, burrata toast and fluffy, sticky cinnamon buns, among other caffeinated creations. 3301 NE 32nd St.; 754-212-3732,

Restaurateur Ron Rosa (of New York’s Campagnola and Ecco) and his wife, Dominique, are behind this outpost of Rosa’s Greenwich, Conn., Italian restaurant, which debuted Feb. 1 inside the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa. The 140-seat eatery – which drew the likes of Bill Clinton and Judge Judy Sheindlin at its flagship – serves breakfast fare such as Panettone French toast, as well as baked clams oreganata, beef carpaccio and grilled octopus. 100 S. Ocean Blvd.; 561-533-6000,

Coyo Taco, Fort Lauderdale

This clubby high-end taqueria from Wynwood is migrating north to Las Olas debuted 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 roosted 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,

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,

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;

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;

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,

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.

Tacocraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar, a boutique chain known here in SoFlo for Mexican cuisine and craft cocktails, will open to the public on Friday, March 18 in west Broward’s new luxury dining and shopping complex, Plantation Walk.

Tacocraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar, a boutique chain known here in SoFlo for Mexican cuisine and craft cocktails, will open to the public on Friday, March 18 in west Broward’s new luxury dining and shopping complex, Plantation Walk. (Tacocraft / Courtesy)

Tacocraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar, Plantation

On Friday, March 18 Tacocraft will be the first restaurant to open in the shiny new shopping/restaurant/entertainment/residential/hotel center Plantation Walk. There are other Tacocrafts in Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and South Miami, but the latest location in Plantation will be the largest and the first to have both indoor and outdoor bars, as well as two patios. The concept is owned by Handcrafted Hospitality and has A-list partners, including gridiron great Dan Marino, radio star Paul Castronovo and restaurateurs Anthony Bruno, Pat Marzano and Marc Falsetto. 321 North University Drive.

This new gastropub replacing the former Mellow Mushroom off Atlantic Avenue will debut this spring. In a testament to how fast Delray Beach’s dining scene moves these days, Bar 25 owners Nick Laudano and Anthony Giovanniello – who operate Boca Raton’s Nick’s New Haven Style Pizzeria & Bar – snapped up the lease last summer, just five days after Mellow Mushroom closed. No menu is available yet. 25 SE Sixth Ave.;

HoneyBelle, Palm Beach Gardens

James Beard Award-semifinalist Lindsay Autry (The Regional in West Palm Beach) will bring this all-day Mediterranean-meets-Southern kitchen to PGA National Resort and Spa sometime this spring. Along with wood-fired pizzas and breakfast buffets, entrees will include lemon and rosemary-brined fried chicken, butter-poached lobster and trofie pasta, and Berkshire pork chop with stone-ground grits and cider gastrique. Autry’s restaurant joins the recently opened Butcher’s Club steakhouse from Jeremy Ford – another chef with James Beard bona fides – as part of PGA’s $100 million makeover. 400 Ave of the Champions; 561-627-2000,

Casa Monarca Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar, Fort Lauderdale

Planta Queen, Fort Lauderdale

This Asian-inspired offshoot of South Beach vegan hotspot Planta will bloom on Las Olas Boulevard during the first week of April. The upscale menu, from restaurateur Steven Salm, will feature spinach shiitake, potato truffle and crab Rangoon dumplings without a trace of meat or fish, along with plant-based sushi, cauliflower tots and dan dan noodles tossed with szechuan kamut, cilantro and coconut milk. 1201 E. Las Olas Blvd.;

Carousel Club at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach

Described as an “open-air gathering spot” for food, cocktails and entertainment, this dining destination had a celeb-filled sneak peek at the Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 30. But plans to open at Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino in February were delayed. 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,

Santiago’s Bodega, Fort Lauderdale

The Key West stalwart for the last 17 years will open a fourth location in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s booming Flagler Village sometime in March. Founder and operator Jason Dugan says, “Flagler Village is a neighborhood on the move — art, restaurants, music, great energy and walkable, everything one can ask for in a neighborhood. We are excited to be a part of the growth.” The latest Santiago’s Bodega can handle 160 people inside and another 30 on the patio. There will also be a full bar, weekend brunch service. two happy hours daily and the kitchen will remain open until 1 a.m. 445 NE 4th St., Fort Lauderdale.

Estrellita Poblana, Fort Lauderdale

Damn Good Sweets, West Delray Beach

Well, maybe not exactly soon. But this bakery is already promising eye-popping, over-the-top desserts when it opens sometime this summer west of Florida’s Turnpike at the intersection of West Atlantic Avenue and Lyons Road. Already planned showstoppers by chef Morgan “The Danish King” Larsson include a towering mango sundae and something he calls a “Pizzookie” (a pizza-meets-cookie mashup). The owners are Damn Good Hospitality with a stable of concepts that include Revolution Live, Stache Drinking Den, Green Bar & Kitchen, Backyard and Warren American Whiskey Kitchen. Plaza Delray, 8728 W. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach (suite B).

Monster Subs, Fort Lauderdale

After 26 years in Fort Lauderdale’s Gateway Plaza, this hub for hoagies, salads and wraps permanently closed on Feb. 22, owners John and Kindia Robinson posted on the Monster Subs website. Like kitschy clothing shop Jezebel a few doors down, the owners cited surging rent increases in the strip mall as their reason for closing, writing, “We will miss our loyal customers very much […] and it was a pleasure feeding you all these years.” 1978 E. Sunrise Blvd.; 954-463-7997,

Grapes Wine Cafe and Market in Fort Lauderdale opened about a year ago. It's now a catering company and cooking school.

Grapes Wine Cafe and Market in Fort Lauderdale opened about a year ago. It’s now a catering company and cooking school. (Carline Jean / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Grapes Wine Cafe & Market

The Eat Beat – Restaurants, Bars and Recipes Newsletter


Dining out, cooking in and all the South Florida restaurant news and information you need.

Chef Lenore Nolan-Ryan’s boutique-y boîte had to shut down due to the pandemic, just a little over a year after opening on Galt Ocean Mile. The space has now reverted back to a catering business as well as Nolan-Ryan’s ongoing cooking classes with occasional pop-up dinners and brunches. Grapes may be no more, but the Lenore Nolan-Ryan Catering & Cooking School lives again. 3311 North Ocean Blvd., (or A1A), in the Galt Ocean Plaza, Fort Lauderdale. 954-491-2340.

PAC Pastries, Wilton Manors

Owned by Shelbey Chiavari, this vegan and gluten-free bakery on Wilton Drive shuttered Feb. 19 after three years in business, the shop announced on social media. Her funky shop – where pink playground swings were suspended from the ceiling – served creations such as slutty brownies, vanilla-matcha doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, blueberry pop tarts and Black Forest cookie bars. 2348 Wilton Drive; 954-530-9783,

Corner Bakery Café, Boca Raton

This Chicago-spun neighborhood bakery chain has shuttered its Boca Raton spot – the last in South Florida – after 10 years inside Glades Plaza, and its location has been scrubbed from Corner Bakery’s website. Corner Bakery, which closed in late January, dished all-day breakfast sandwiches, muffins and coffee, along with soup-and-sandwich combos, salads and pasta bowls. The last remaining Corner Bakery in Florida is in Brandon, near Tampa. 2240 NW 19th St., Suite 800;

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

VIP Societe
Cocktails & Coworkers
Jackets Required
MILF Society
The List