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When it comes to food, South Florida is a great place to be. So many new restaurants open up every day. Here’s what’s coming soon to a city near you.

Cake Daddy’s, Wilton Manors

Cuban-born baker Victor Calderon is the culinary muscle behind this new Wilton Drive bake shop — emphasis on the muscle. A banner facing the Drive depicts the tattooed and shirtless Calderon sporting an apron, triumphantly hoisting a 9-inch cake. The bakery expects to debut sometime in October or November. Calderon, who immigrated to the states in 2012, says in a GoFundMe post that he originally baked and sold cakes to support himself and his mother while funding his way out of Cuba. No menu is yet available, but the website is filled with images of cupcakes and custom cakes. 2047 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors; 954-361-1239;

Cafe Americano Supper Club, Boca Raton

Classic meets contemporary Italian at this posh sit-down, which is registered to Christopher Gallo and Joseph Esposito and is expected to debut in October next to Doris Italian Market, within the Yamato Village strip mall. The old-meets-new dynamic even extends to the decor, with a large chandelier in the dining area and octagonal light fixtures over the bar. That mashup also is reflected in the in-progress menu, which includes seared ahi tuna and pasta al pomodoro, along with salads, cheese appetizers, and vanilla cheesecake and apple pie for dessert. 9101 Lakeridge Blvd., Suite 1, Boca Raton; 561-576-3000;

Ana’s Killer Empanadas, West Palm Beach

After opening their flagship in Delray Beach in March, John and Ana Brice’s second location is expected to debut this fall on South Dixie Highway. Here, Ana Brice will stuff her Argentine-style empanadas with bold, arguably trendy flavors, such as chicken and oregano, Cuban sandwich (slow-roasted pork, smoked ham, Swiss, dill pickle, yellow mustard), coconut curry chicken, meatball parmesan, Philly cheesesteak, and Southern barbecue beef brisket. There are also sides of black beans and cilantro rice. For dessert: apple pie empanadas. 3244 S. Dixie Highway; 561-331-0897;

The Philly cheesesteak empanada at Ana's Killer Empanadas, opening its second location in West Palm Beach sometime this fall. (John Brice / Courtesy)

John Brice / Courtesy

The Philly cheesesteak empanada at Ana’s Killer Empanadas, opening a location in West Palm Beach sometime this fall. (John Brice / Courtesy)

Revelry Plates & Potions, Pompano Beach

Pompano Beach’s newest bar is a nostalgic craft beer and wine lounge that resembles “your crazy aunt’s living room,” co-owners Zena Tarantino and Brando Garcia tell the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The 2,500-square-foot hangout is a revival of the duo’s original Revery bar on Lake Avenue in Lake Worth Beach, which shut down in 2021 during the pandemic. Tarantino and Garcia’s new location, scheduled to open in October, will be three times larger, and include a menu of burgers, salads and flatbreads under new chef Paul Pincus as well as an emphasis on live local bands and burlesque shows on weekends. (Tarantino is a burlesque dancer and will join in.) Revelry will also screen 1980s movies and TV shows and host nerdy tabletop games in its dining area, which is adorned in eclectic, mismatched furniture. 227 Federal Highway, Pompano Beach;

Sicilian Oven, Cooper City

The ninth location of this landmark local chain, where pies are wood-fired at 700 degrees, is heading to the Countryside Shops plaza, replacing the storefront once occupied by the late, great Beverly Hills Cafe, which closed in 2021. The 125-seat pizzeria, from owner Ralph Di Salvo, expects to open in October. It offers a menu of 17 specialty pies from the square, Grandma-style Nonna to the cheeseless Marie to the New York-style Brooklyn to the Margherita-style Boss. There are also oven-roasted panetta sandwiches and soups (escarole and beans), cervellata (a cheese-and-parsley sausage) and pastas. 5544 S. Flamingo Road, Cooper City;


Pixie on Dixie, West Palm Beach

The short-lived SoSo Cafe lasted a year in the city’s trendy SoSo (South of Southern) nabe before shuttering in April, but that casual healthy-eats spot will live on in spirit with its replacement: Pixie on Dixie. The new eatery — also health-focused — expects to open in October. Not only has former SoSo chef Cesar Brea been rehired at Pixie, but the new restaurant will carry a few of its predecessors’ dishes, including chicken empanadas and a Mediterranean salad bowl. There will also be herb-marinated chicken sandwiches, acai bowls and chorizo tostadas for brunch. Pixie is co-owned by Hess Musallet, operator of the Field of Greens mini-chain in Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Wellington and North Palm Beach. 4802 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; no phone number or website yet available

A rendering of the new Mia Rosebud, an Illinois-born restaurant chain, which will bring huge portions of Italian classics when it opens sometime this fall in Boca Raton. (Rosebud Restaurant Group / Courtesy)

Rosebud Restaurant Group / Courtesy

A rendering of the new Mia Rosebud, an Illinois-born restaurant chain, which will bring huge portions of Italian classics when it opens sometime this fall in Boca Raton. (Rosebud Restaurant Group / Courtesy)

Mia Rosebud, Boca Raton

The 10th location of this Illinois-born restaurant chain, known for dishing huge portions of Italian classics, is set to arrive in downtown Boca Raton “this coming fall,” according to a message posted on its website. At 7,700 square feet, the 164-seat restaurant with an exterior bar and patio seating on Palmetto Park Road, comes from restaurateur Alex Dana, whose restaurant group in Chicago’s Little Italy is expanding into Florida for the first time. A Boca menu isn’t yet available, but Chicagoland locations serve pastas including cavatelli cacio e pepe and rigatoni alla vodka, along with NY strip steaks, brick chicken and veal cutlets for entrees, and tiramisu and ricotta cheesecake for dessert. 150 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton; 561-462-3000; and

H&H Bagels, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach

As Cosmo Kramer once said, “Toss me an apron: Let’s bagel.” The New York bagel chain once featured on TV’s “Seinfeld” is making an aggressive countrywide expansion for the first time outside the Big Apple, with the first of 25 new stores set to open in Boca Raton by this fall. A second franchise is expected to debut inside West Palm Beach’s tony NORA commercial district in 2024. “We’re working with like-minded entrepreneurs who are eager to bring an iconic brand and an authentic New York City bagel to cities all across the country,” Jay Rushin, CEO of the 51-year-old bagelry, says in a news release. Five stores will also open in Tampa. The shop serves tuna and chicken salad sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches and housemade bagel spreads, from lox to flavored cream cheese. Try to get there before Kramer sabotages the bagel machine again. 2200 Glades Road, Boca Raton, and 890 N. Railroad Ave., West Palm Beach;

Wrap City Sandwich Co., Lake Worth Beach

The northeastern migration of restaurants into South Florida continues with the first local offshoot of this New Hampshire chain, which is plotting an October opening on North Dixie Highway inside a former Dunkin’. The handheld shop — which comes from business partners Bernie Lebs, Jana Croft, Gregg Ryan and Peter Ackerman — touts 18 sandwiches and 21 wraps. Creations range from the Thanksgiving-esque Plymouth County (turkey breast, stuffing, gravy and cranberry) to the Bangkok Nights (Thai chicken, spicy peanut sauce, carrot sticks, lettuce, tomato), along with salads and housemade potato chips. 2200 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth Beach;

Oriano’s Chicago Ave, Coral Springs

If Hulu’s breakout comedy-drama “The Bear” had you craving a hoagie stuffed to the brim with giardiniera and tender Italian beef chuck, this sandwich-and-pizza takeout spot aims to bring the Windy City to the suburbs this fall. Oriano’s is registered to Eugene Fontanini, who sold his foodservice business, Fontanini Italian Meats and Sausages, to Hormel Foods Corp. for $425 million back in 2017. The eatery, which replaces the short-lived Just Pizza & Wings Co. (it closed after six months), also offers meatballs, Chicago-style pizza by the slice, Maxwell street polish sausage and charcoal-grilled Italian sausage. According to records, future locations are also heading to Lauderdale Lakes (4101 N. State Road 7), Oakland Park (2901 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite A23-A24) and Pompano Beach (1 E. McNab Road). 2359 N. University Drive, Coral Springs; no website or phone number yet available 

Burtons Grill & Bar, Plantation

Born on Massachusetts’ South Shore, this upscale American chain will debut its newest outpost — and second in South Florida — in the Market on University strip mall this fall. The 248-seat eatery (188 indoor, 60 patio) will replace a former Carrabba’s Italian Grill that was destroyed in a gas-leak explosion that rocked the plaza in 2019. Burtons, which operates 19 locations in eight states, including one in Boca Raton, is registered to John Haggai and Mitchell Kahn. It will serve familiar staples including lobster shrimp pasta, Mediterranean chicken risotto, salads and protein bowls, Angus beef burgers, short-rib grilled cheese and 28-day aged ribeye with bone marrow butter and garlic mashed potatoes. 1003 S. University Drive;

YOLO Korean BBQ, Tamarac

At 10,000 square feet, this massive all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue house will offer 60 tables with built-in burners and two karaoke rooms when it debuts this fall in the University Commons plaza. It will join an already bustling Korean restaurant row on University Drive, packed with groceries and barbecue joints such as Gabose, ROK and Manna Korean. YOLO, registered to owner Ray Park, will feature barbecued proteins like bulgogi and samgyeopsal, as well as kimchi jjigae (stew) and banchan (basically tiny side dishes) such as gyeranjjim (steamed eggs) and japchae (stir-fried glass noodles). 6800 N. University Drive, Tamarac; no website or phone number yet available

Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar, Davie

This Missouri sports-bar franchise devoted to wings, steaks and banks of flat-screen TVs is plotting its first Florida location with a 5,500-square-foot space on South University Drive, replacing the former Crab-Holic. The eatery expects a Nov. 1 debut. The 250-seat spot, where University Drive meets Griffin Road, is a “perfect place” to draw families and traffic from nearby Nova Southeastern University, franchisee Steve Swanson said. “You could say it’s another sports bar, but I think of it as more of a fun, energetic hangout, and that’s what sets it apart from sports bars like Duffy’s or Chili’s,” he says. Swanson, who operates Walt’s American Grille & Bar in Boca Raton and once ran six South Florida IHOP franchises, says Big Whiskey’s will serve 120 types of whiskey and bone-in wings with 14 sauces, along with salads, soups, New York strips, baby back ribs and seven handhelds from turkey gouda to Philly cheesesteak. Swanson is eyeing southern Palm Beach County for Big Whiskey’s second location. 4599 S. University Drive, Davie; 


The Ray Hotel Delray Beach, better known as The Ray, opened in the city's Pineapple Grove Arts District in 2021 at 233 NE Second Avenue.

Rod Stafford Hagwood / South Florida Sun Sentinel

The Ray Hotel Delray Beach, better known as The Ray, in the city’s Pineapple Grove Arts District. (Rod Stafford Hagwood / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Campi at The Ray Hotel, Delray Beach

This new concept from restaurateur Curt Huegel is expected to open in The Ray Hotel sometime this fall, taking the space that formerly housed Ember Grill. Known for Manhattan’s Campagnola, Bill’s Townhouse, American Cut and Scarpetta, Huegel also has Avalon Steak & Seafood as well as Lulu’s Café & Cocktails in Delray Beach’s dining and entertainment enclave. “We’ve found a new culinary home here in Delray Beach, with this being our third restaurant we will open in the downtown area,” Huegel says. “Coming to The Ray Hotel was something of a no-brainer for us, as the property itself exudes that vibrant, beachy-yet-modern feel, a perfect fit for what Campi is.” In other news at the hotel: Chef Akira Back will, in addition to helming his eponymous eatery, also take over Rosewater Rooftop. “I could not be more excited to be expanding in Delray Beach with Rosewater Rooftop,” Back says. “Delray Beach is a special culinary and hospitality destination that I’m happy to be able to add my vision and concepts.” 233 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561-739-1700;

Saiko-i Sushi Lounge and Hibachi, Plantation

Before year’s end, this Japanese restaurant and lounge plans to debut inside the city’s Shoppes at Broward plaza on Broward Boulevard. The hibachi comes from husband-and-wife hospitality vets Jason Zheng and Tina Wang (Koi Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Lounge, Coco Sushi Lounge & Bar, Yakitori Sake House), who also operate a Saiko-i in Boca Raton. The restaurant will also offer entrees such as lobster pad thai and salmon kha pow, pan-seared Chilean sea bass and Thai red curry organic chicken, as well as fried rice, ramen bowls, stir-frys, sushi boats and 30 signature rolls. 8100-8160 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; 

Hurts Donut Co., Plantation

This Missouri-born treat shop founded by Timothy and Kas Clegg is expected to open its first Florida location sometime this year at Plantation Walk, a spokesperson for the mega-shopping playground has told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The bake-shop chain serves goodies themed around Cookie Monster (yes, with googly eyes), Homer Simpson (pink, multicolored sprinkles) and cotton candy (topped with a hunk of cotton candy), along with custard-filled Long John and cake doughnuts studded with Reese’s Pieces and Fruity Pebbles. Though a lease was reportedly signed in early June, no exact address is yet available.

The Wagyu House, Hallandale Beach

Sometime this fall, the premium meatheads behind online butcher shop Meat N’ Bone and The Wagyu Bar on Miami’s Coral Way will join the fray of trendy restaurants filling the third phase of buzzy Atlantic Village on North Federal Highway. The restaurant, billed as a “casual steakhouse” by owners Luis Mata and Gabriel Llaurado, will offer dozens of rare, dry-aged and high-end steaks. While a full menu is still in the works, the cuts will be sourced from Mata and Llaurado’s Meat N’ Bone online shop, started in 2018. That store offers 300 cuts of meat, poultry and seafood, and has since expanded into brick-and-mortar butcher shops in Coral Springs and Pinecrest. 601 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach;

Mission BBQ, Royal Palm Beach

This pit joint —- the second in Palm Beach County — is coming this year to the Boulevard Shoppes at Cypress Key plaza, adding to the flurry of new restaurants heading to the once-sleepy Southern Boulevard drag. The Maryland-born chain is a hub of pork and patriotism where, at lunchtime each day, TV screens burst to life with the American flag and customers rise to sing The Star-Spangled Banner. Its menu is built around entrees of Texas-style brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, salmon, pulled chicken “bay-b-back” ribs and spare ribs, along with sides such as coleslaw, green beans, baked beans and mac-n-cheese. 11929 Southern Blvd., Royal Palm Beach;

Mission BBQ's sampler allows diners to make their own tray of two-three meats, two sides and cornbread - in this case, pulled chicken, brisket, and sausage.

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A sampler platter of pulled chicken, brisket, sausage and sides at Mission BBQ, which will soon open a new location in Royal Palm Beach. (Lauren Delgado/Orlando Sentinel )

Vote for Pedro, Boca Raton

This Mexican-American cantina from restaurateur Anthony Monticello is the answer to the never-asked question: What happens if I mash up “Napoleon Dynamite” and tacos? Expected to open this fall in The Shoppes at Village Pointe, it will replace the former The D in Delicious chocolate shop. If the name sounds familiar, Monticello’s Where Hospitality originally brought his taco stand from Manhattan to Delray Beach Market in 2021 but left a year later amid rising rents and a rebranding of the food hall. The new shop will serve tacos de birria, along with Mexican street foods in a sports bar-style setting. 6018 SW 18th St., Suite C9, Boca Raton;

Livia Bar & Grill, Fort Lauderdale

This Southern Italian restaurant expects to open in Fort Lauderdale’s exploding Flagler Village nabe this fall, in time for the NFL’s season kickoff. The 150-seat Livia, which is registered to Daniel Mendoza, will serve Neapolitan-style pies, linguine and clams, chicken parmesan, beer and craft cocktails, and feature plenty of flat-screen TVs for sports games. 500 N. Andrews Ave., Unit 106, Fort Lauderdale

Ya Mas! Taverna, West Palm Beach

More than a year after hospitality honcho and “Big Brother” star Memphis Garrett (No Man’s Land, Point Break) brought his first Greek restaurant to tony Las Olas Boulevard, Ya Mas! will expand into its first sister taverna on West Palm Beach’s bustling Clematis Street restaurant row. Expected to open in late 2023, the new Ya Mas! will dish an identical menu of modern and classic fare, such as dolmades and muhammara, bechamel short rib, and loukaniko with melted leek and pepperoncini. 216 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 

Topgolf, Pompano Beach

This three-level golfing attraction touting a restaurant-bar, rooftop terrace, patio and 102 climate-controlled hitting bays will anchor a new 223-acre project being built near the former Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. Topgolf, slated to open in late 2023, hasn’t unveiled its Pompano Beach menu yet, but its Miami Gardens location serves American pub fare: burgers and buttermilk fried-chicken sandwiches, chicken wings and nachos, meat lover’s flatbreads and injectable, cinnamon-dusted doughnut holes for dessert. Intersection of Powerline Boulevard and Race Track Road;

Gregory’s, West Palm Beach

Miami-chic Greek eats, south of downtown West Palm Beach? That would be Gregory’s, co-owner Max Ricci and entrepreneur Michael Katzenberg’s restaurant opening sometime this fall in the city’s so-called SoSo (south of Southern) neighborhood on South Dixie Highway. An offshoot of Ricci’s acclaimed Mandolin Aegean Bistro in Miami’s Design District, Gregory’s will serve coastal Greek and Mediterranean, although a full menu is not yet available. 5700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach

Maggie McFly’s Local Craft Eatery & Bar, Boca Raton

Touchdown probably won’t be until October for this concept flying into SoFlo out of Connecticut. Celebrating its 30th anniversary with this first foray into Florida, Maggie MacFly’s is doing a total down-to-the-studs makeover of a space inside Town Center at Boca Raton mall (where Rex Baron once stood). The Maggie McFly’s menu has more than 180 items including burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, street foods (tacos, gyros, sliders), pastas, chicken dishes, salads, seafood, steaks and ribs, house specialties (such as Shepherd’s Pie, Pot Roast, Cajun Jambalaya), appetizers, snacks and desserts. “We will do seasonal specials that will be much more focused on Florida and Boca, more fresh fish,” says founder and owner Ray Harper, a snowbird in Palm Beach Gardens. The company also touts the use of locally sourced products, both in the kitchen and the bar. 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton;


Fiolina Pasta House, Boca Raton

Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning chef Fabio Trabocchi is coming to Boca Raton. Not only is he opening Fiolina at the highly anticipated Restaurant Row this fall, but Trabocchi is also moving his family to Boca Raton, where he and his wife first met. Fiolina will occupy the venue’s largest space at 7,000 square feet and, in addition to the main dining room, will feature a lounge, pasta room, show kitchen (with counter dining), private dining room, outdoor terrace and an open Mozzarella Bar Kitchen (with charcuterie station and wine room). “While memorable food and exceptional service will be the core draw, Fiolina Pasta House will be much, much more,” Trabocchi says. “It will be the place where you will always find a sense of community, and everyday life celebrations happen.” Trabocchi already has Fiola in Coral Gables, and his Washington, D.C.,-based restaurant group includes Del Mar and Sfoglina Pasta House. 5355 Town Center Road, Boca Raton;

The Baked Bear, Dania Beach

The Baked Bear plans to open its second South Florida location sometime this winter at Dania Pointe, the sprawling al fresco mall and entertainment enclave in Dania Beach. As with the other location in Sawgrass Mills, this new novelty dessert shop will feature 13 baked-from-scratch-daily cookies and 13 premium craft ice cream flavors. You will also be able to mix and match two cookie flavors and choose an ice cream flavor for the filling, thus creating your own customized ice cream sandwich. Additionally, The Baked Bear will serve pints, sundaes and Bear Bowls (a warm cookie and brownie served with a scoop of ice cream). There are two more shops planned for Miami-Dade County. 139 S. Compass Way, Dania Beach; and

Chip City, Pompano Beach and beyond

The latest New York-born restaurant to bet its chips on South Florida is this growing cookie monster, which is scheduled to open five new storefronts in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties by fall 2023. The sweet shack founded by childhood friends Peter Phillips and Teddy Gailas in 2017 has 17 spots in New York and New Jersey, but a $10 million investment by Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer spurred the South Florida move. Their chunky five-and-a-half-ounce cookie menu includes dairy-free chocolate chip made with oat milk and coconut oil, chocolate peanut butter, blueberry cheesecake, and seasonal outliers such as hot honey cornbread and cannoli (stuffed with toasted pistachios, cannoli shells and cream). A Miami Beach outpost is expected to debut this spring, followed by spots in Pompano Beach, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami’s MIMO District. 2083 N. Powerline Road, Pompano Beach, and 302A E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach;

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