Miami's dining scene continues to impress with its rapid growth. Each month sees new concepts serving interesting food by innovative chefs and restaurateurs.
The first half of 2017 brought eateries such as Scott Linquist's Olla and Stephen Starr and Justin Smillie's Upland, and second half seems just as promising.
Here are the ten most anticipated restaurants scheduled to open this summer.
James Beard winner Michael Solomonov's restaurant Dizengoff is coming to Wynwood. The eatery, named for one of Tel Aviv's busiest streets, is a take on Israel's beloved "hummusiyas." The menu is simple and fresh: House-made hummus is served solo or with a topping of the day, accompanied by pita and pickled vegetables. Because the hummus is plant-based, the restaurant will cater to vegans and vegetarians. And because plates are priced around $11 to $12, Dizengoff is a solid choice for budget-conscious diners who want a flavorful meal.
250 NW 24th St., Miami. Scheduled to open mid-summer 2017.
2. Stiltsville Fish Bar
Chefs Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis met on the line at Gigi in midtown Miami. The partners, both in the kitchen and in life, went on to open Root & Bone in New York City before making a triumphant return to Miami Beach with the opening of Sarsaparilla Club. Now the duo has partnered with Grove Hospitality Group to open Stiltsville. This seafood-centric restaurant, located in the former PB Steak location in Sunset Harbour, will offer fresh fish and a gorgeous sunset deck.
1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach. Opening summer 2017.
3. Groovin' Bean
This soon-to-open coffee and wine bar might be the catalyst historic Overtown needs to spark a renaissance. The eatery, scheduled to open in the Stirrup Building, will offer not only food and drinks but also live music and art — a nod to the days when Overtown was filled with bars and music halls where patrons could hear the song stylings of greats such as Aretha Franklin, Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald.
801 NW Third Ave., MIami. Opening summer/fall 2017.
4. Cielito Artisan Pops
Just as Miami gets hot, Wynwood will get a little cooler with the opening of Cielito Artisan Pops in the Wynwood Building. The shop will serve all-natural paletas ($4 to $7) in seasonal flavors such as starfruit pomegranate, ginger mint, mango lassi, café con leche, and tres leches. Plus, your beloved pup can get in on the action because the café will also offer dog-friendly versions.
2750 NW Third Ave., #20A, Miami. Opening July 2017.
Chef Todd Erickson takes his plant-based journey one step further with Glam in midtown. For some time, the executive chef/partner of Huahua's and Haven has produced vegan foods for various Seed Food & Wine Festival events and even won an award for his veggie burger. Now Erickson flexes his vegan muscles as the consulting chef at Glam (short for "Green Living Animals Matter"). Erickson, along with chef de cuisine Nuno Grullon, will create plant-based food that's "organic, flavorful, and craveable."
3301 NE First Ave., Miami. Opening June 2017.
6. Federal Donuts
Michael Solomonov's other Philadelphia-based fast-casual eatery, Federal Donuts, will open adjacent to Dizengoff. The shop, an obsession in the City of Brotherly Love, will serve freshly made doughnuts in the morning. When 11 a.m. rolls around, Korean-style fried chicken will be added to the offerings.
250 NW 24th St., Miami. Opening summer 2017.
7. Soul Tavern
When Soul Tavern opens in the next few weeks, it will offer indulgent comfort food such as burgers, liquid refreshments, and a chill, comfortable atmosphere. The thing that sets this gastropub apart from the others is that everything will be vegetarian. The eatery, set to open in Sunset Harbour, will offer 11 varieties of pizza, maki rolls, and internationally inspired burgers, along with a good craft beer selection. Founder Jason Gordon explains the reason behind his meat-free gastropub concept: "There are some great options, but the demand for high-quality vegetarian exceeds the supply. So there was a business opportunity, and it’s an extension of my lifestyle. I made it vegetarian and not vegan because it’s a larger market and more people can relate to it."
1801 West Ave., Miami Beach. Opening summer 2017.
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8. El Bagel
You would think a city deemed "the sixth borough" of New York City would have more than a smattering of places for stellar bagels. Miami's dearth of dough led 25-year-old Matteson Koche to start El Bagel. The purveyor, at the moment only a delivery service, will turn up in Wynwood behind Boxelder as a pop-up in the next few weeks. The shop, open on weekends, will offer bagels with shmear, tentatively priced at $5 each or about $35 for a dozen with a pound of cream cheese. Expect El Bagel to also find permanent digs in Miami.
Pop-up to open behind Boxelder early summer 2017.
9. Le Chick Rotisserie
Coco Coig and partners are weeks away from opening Le Chick Rotisserie, a Wynwood eatery that will serve rotisserie chicken dishes, burgers, and other comfort foods with a twist. The restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor dining and an extensive bar serving craft beer and cocktails. Prices will be in the $15-to-$20 range to keep the eatery accessible and welcoming.
310 NW 24th St., Miami. Opening summer 2017
10. BLT Steak
When BLT Steak closed in May 2016, Miami Beach lost more than a steakhouse. The restaurant at the Betsy Hotel served some of the best beef, seafood, and popovers Miami had ever tasted. Now BLT Steak opens at the new Iberostar Berkeley Hotel. The restaurant will offer signature steaks, including a 28-day dry-aged New York strip, a Kansas City bone-in strip, and a porterhouse for two, as well as classics such as tuna tartare, a lobster Cobb salad, and the restaurant's famous warm Gruyère-laced popovers.
1610 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Slated to open by the end of summer 2017.