Openings

New Restaurants to Try This Week: George Lopez Tacos, Behn Mi, and Forte

George Lopez Tacos are now available in Miami.
George Lopez Tacos are now available in Miami. Photo by Greg Cahill
click to enlarge George Lopez Tacos are now available in Miami. - PHOTO BY GREG CAHILL
George Lopez Tacos are now available in Miami.
Photo by Greg Cahill
Miami's latest round of restaurant openings includes a new location for Wynwood Parlor, the first concept from a new hospitality group dubbed Behn Mi inside the Esme Hotel, chef Adrienne Calvo's Forte, and a delivery-only concept from comedian George Lopez.

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click to enlarge The Behn Mi, now open in Miami. The name is a riff on the word "bahn mi" - PHOTO BY FUJI FILM GIRL
The Behn Mi, now open in Miami. The name is a riff on the word "bahn mi"
Photo by Fuji Film Girl

Behn Mi

1436 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
behnmi.com

This edgy new restaurant inside the Esme Hotel on Española Way is a collaborative effort between New York City chef/restaurateur Michael Kaplan (former owner of Two Forks in New York City) and Benjamin Murray (former chef at Pao by Paul Qui) — and it's a pandemic success story. Behn Mi is the first endeavor by the pair's newly formed company, New Wave Hospitality. The restaurant is already making waves with its Vietnamese coffee and tea program, which pair perfectly with the menu of creative, easy eats — including, of course, a singular take on the báhn mì sandwich. Open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.
click to enlarge Adrianne Calvo has opened her new restaurant, Forte, off Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. - PHOTO BY INES AYRA
Adrianne Calvo has opened her new restaurant, Forte, off Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.
Photo by Ines Ayra

Forte by Chef Adrianne Calvo

45 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables
305-517-6181
fortemiami.com

Miami chef Adrianne Calvo recently opened the doors to her new Coral Gables restaurant, Forte, which pays homage to her Sicilian heritage. Here, Calvo offers her own interpretation of Italian cuisine, made with the chef's “go-to” ingredients, all imported from Italy in their purest form. The restaurant is open for dinner service only through Thursday, June 24, and will be closed Mondays until the following week. Current hours: Tuesday through Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 p.m., and Sunday 5 to 10 p.m.
click to enlarge George Lopez Tacos is now delivering in Miami. - PHOTO BY GREG CAHILL
George Lopez Tacos is now delivering in Miami.
Photo by Greg Cahill

George Lopez Tacos

Delivery only
lopeztacos.com

Actor and comedian — and now restaurateur — George Lopez recently partnered with Nextbite to announce the opening of his “badass” street-taco concept. Available in cities nationwide starting June 8, the delivery-only model brings Mexican flavors to the masses with its virtual restaurant offering Lopez's take on the iconic street taco, with recipes developed in consultation with the actor himself. The George Lopez Tacos menu features tender and slow-cooked meats, flavorful toppings, and salsas, for a delicious taco experience. Available for delivery only via Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, and Grubhub.
click to enlarge Pura Vida has opened its seventh location in Aventura. - PHOTO COURTESY OF PURA VIDA
Pura Vida has opened its seventh location in Aventura.
Photo courtesy of Pura Vida

Pura Vida

2980 NE 207th St., Aventura
puravidamiami.com

South Florida’s go-to wellness restaurant has opened its seventh all-day café. This one, located in Aventura's ParkSquare neighborhood, is part of the brand’s expansion plan that includes the recent addition of a second location in Miami Beach and another outlet in West Palm Beach. Founders Jennifer and Omer Horev, the husband-and-wife duo behind the growing brand, have been steadily expanding their empire since they opened the first Pura Vida location in Miami Beach in 2012, and they plan to open several more cafés later this year. Highlights of the all-day menu: specialty coffee drinks, fresh salads and wraps, bowls, superfood smoothies, fresh juices, locally brewed organic kombucha, and a wide variety of gluten- and sugar-free and vegan sweet treats that are baked daily in-house. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
click to enlarge The pina colada inspired ice cream sandwich at Wynwood Parlor. - PHOTO COURTESY OF WYNWOOD PARLOR
The pina colada inspired ice cream sandwich at Wynwood Parlor.
Photo courtesy of Wynwood Parlor

Wynwood Parlor

910 West Ave., Miami Beach
305-397-8531
wynwoodparlor.com

This popular local dessert company recently opened on the ground floor of Southgate Towers on Ninth Street and West Avenue in Miami Beach. The neighborhood dessert bar aims to attract locals with affordable dessert and drink offerings featuring an expanded menu of its signature ice cream sandwiches, shakes, açai parfaits, and Italian soft-serve ice creams. Try the line of new cocktail-inspired ice cream sandwiches ($8.50), including the "Miami Vice," made with rum-soaked strawberry cookies and vegan toasted coconut ice cream; and the "Old Fashioned," with bourbon-soaked spice-cake cookies and vanilla ice cream rolled in graham cracker crumbs. Open Monday through Friday 3 to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 to 11 p.m.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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