It’s been a hectic season, so you may not have had a chance to try the many great new restaurants. Here’s a closer look at some of these culinary newcomers, when it also happens to be the week of the 20th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival. This year’s abridged edition moves from its usual February dates to May 20-23. Whether attending this foodie fundraiser or trying a new restaurant, there’s something for everyone who loves to eat.
Juvia restaurant had an instant hit when it expanded to Sunset Harbour with Sushi Garage. The gorgeous setting and “happiest” happy hour attracted patrons as much as the Japanese cuisine. A second branch opened on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard for custom sushi platters, pretty cocktails and matcha mille crêpe cake.
Named for Jupiter Inlet’s iconic lighthouse, Beacon brings an upscale, dinner-only destination to Charlie & Joe’s at Love Street. Chef’s table seating surrounds three sides of the stunning open kitchen to observe these talented toques at work. The eclectic American menu covers crudo to Allen Brothers chops to lobster bucatini “cacio e pepe.”
Stringers Tavern & Oyster Bar
Stringers Tavern & Oyster Bar creates the illusion of boarding a ship, since the Stuart eatery pays tribute to the area’s lengthy boatbuilding heritage. Clever themed décor encompasses yacht-inspired wood interiors and a raw bar station commissioned from Bonadeo Boatworks that mimics a glossy boat transom. Gallery-like displays share local maritime history.
Photo credit: Shannon Paku
The Oasis, a hybrid food courtyard and performance venue in Wynwood, made The New York Times for its colorful shipping containers. The 35,000-square-foot, al fresco concept features several dining options including outposts of Miami’s Mr. Mandolin and New York’s Prince Street Pizza and Alidoro sandwich shop. Sip cocktails at its Tower Bar, too.
Rather than a traditional restaurant, how about a three-course BYOB feast on a farm? Swank Specialty Produce is hosting cooking demonstrations followed by dinner at its new Swank Farmhouse culinary kitchen. Each of chef Dean James Max’s 12 intimate dinners from June 2-25 stars a farm ingredient such as heirloom carrots or eggplant.