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Written by Geoffrey Anderson Jr. and Dianne Rubin, BT Contributors   
June 2019

Food news we know you can use

APix_Dish_6-19round this time of year, things typically slow down in the South Florida food scene. Many locals leave town to escape the brutal summer heat, and tourists set their sights elsewhere, so you might find a once-packed restaurant suddenly half empty on a Friday night. Miami Spice and the fall season can’t come soon enough for some eateries.

But this summer -- and the rest of 2019 -- is looking brighter than usual. A host of big names are poised to open up shop in the coming weeks and months. So if you’re thinking of skipping town this season, you might want to reconsider.

One of the biggest and most immediate summer openings will be Boia De (5205 NE 2nd Ave.) in Upper Buena Vista. The talented couple behind the Design District’s La Pollita food truck -- home to our favorite fried chicken sandwich -- will be cooking up New American cuisine with Italian influences at their new brick-and-mortar restaurant. Baked clams, bone marrow, and crispy potato skins are just a few of the items expected on the menu. Boia De is planning on a June opening, so it may already be operational by the time you read this column.

Later this summer, Sugarcane Raw Bar + Grill’s Timon Balloo is taking his talents to downtown Miami, where he’ll open Balloo: Modern Home Cooking (25 SE 2nd Ave.) at the famous Ingraham Building. There, guests will find a revolving dinner menu; details are sparse, but the fare will be reflective of Balloo’s mixed heritage. In the same building, Bar Lab -- of Broken Shaker and the Anderson fame -- will be opening a wine bar this fall. With Blue Collar’s Danny Serfer opening his Vinaigrette Sub Shop (159 E. Flagler St.) any day now as well, people in the area should plan to start walking more, instead of taking the Metromover.

Also making its debut this summer is Riverside (431 S. Miami Ave.), a spacious waterfront concept including full-service and counter-service restaurants, open event spaces, and more. Le Chick, Morgans, and Old Lisbon are among the familiar names that patrons will recognize once the Miami River space opens. They’ll be joined by a high-end steakhouse and an Asian restaurant called Awa, both of which will serve as Riverside’s anchors.

In the north, Aventura is upping its culinary game -- albeit in 2020. The Esplanade at Aventura (19505 Biscayne Blvd.), a new mixed-use space located on the former site of Sears at Aventura Mall, will be home to a wide range of fine-dining options next year, including a Japanese steakhouse, an upscale Mexican establishment, and a Latin food hall. However, we’re most excited for Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio’s second South Florida spot: Jarana. If La Mar at the Mandarin Oriental is any indication, we’re in for a treat.

Waiting for all these places to open is excruciating, but in the meantime, there are many just-opened eateries to keep us busy. Ember (151 NE 41st St., Unit 117, 786-334-6494), the latest restaurant from celebrated chef Brad Kilgore, is a tribute to all things wood-fired. Located under Kilgore’s other Design District concept Kaido, Ember features creative bites like mozzarella stick ravioli, fire-roasted lasagna, roasted cornbread custard, and imperial steak stroganoff. Most of the menu -- outside of the steaks -- clocks in at under $30, making a visit here easy on your wallet.

For something more casual, head over to GoBistro (315 NW 25th St., 786-332-3597) in Wynwood. The affordable Asian restaurant has a monstrous menu that includes hot buns, ramen, sushi, maki, and other mouthwatering selections. Whether you order a tonkotsu ramen, the Captain Crunch specialty roll (tuna, salmon, white fish tempura, the kitchen sink), or just some avocado fries, prepare for a lot of food on your plate; you get your money’s worth here.

 

CLOSINGS

Last month Miami bid farewell to Soyka. The namesake restaurant of notable restaurateur Mark Soyka was bought by 50 Eggs Restaurant Group last year. The group, which owns the popular YardBird Southern Table + Bar on Miami Beach, will reopen the space in the fall with a new concept. Further south, Wynwood Yard also shut down shop, but its operators will open a Doral version later this year.

 

Geoffrey Anderson Jr. and Dianne Rubin are co-founders of Miami Food Pug, an award-winning South Florida food blog that fuses the couple’s love of dogs and food.

 

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