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New Restaurants to Try This Week: Ecléctico, Yip, C4Eats

New Restaurants to Try This Week: Ecléctico, Yip, C4Eats
Photo courtesy of Toasted Bagelry
click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF TOASTED BAGELRY
Photo courtesy of Toasted Bagelry
Miami's latest round of restaurant openings includes a slew of new eateries, from the first U.S. locations for two European brands and a popular French pâtisserie to the third restaurant for fast-casual dim sum joint Yip and pan-Latin fusion newcomer Ecléctico.

Know of any openings that aren't on our list? Email cafe@miaminewtimes.com.
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Photo courtesy of C4Eats

C4Eats

2003 Harrison St., Hollywood
954-404-8065
c4eats.com
Randy "Cartoon" Kelly, owner of newly opened C4Eats, says he adopted a plant-based diet while traveling on tour as a road manager for rapper 24hrs. Finding good food he could feel good about on the road was a challenge, so Kelly created C4Eats as a way to offer others in search of a meat-free menu a diverse variety of organic vegan substitutions free from pesticides and processed ingredients — all without sacrificing flavor. Everything is made fresh and from scratch, so calling ahead for special orders is advised. The C4Eats offers seasonal dishes meant to accommodate fast-paced lifestyles like its founder's, from a sweet-and-salty kale salad to chick'n and waffles to vegan takes on meaty favorites like a double cheeseburger, fried conch (fired oyster mushroom strips in a batter flavored with sweet kelp), and a citrus-marinated "rib" wrap. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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Photo courtesy of Ecléctico Restaurant & Mezcal Bar

Ecléctico Restaurant & Mezcal Bar

320 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables
786-615-5735
eclecticomiami.com
Ecléctico recently opened its doors in Coral Gables with a Pan-Latin fusion focus. The restaurant, from Ramzi Zahr (who also owns nearby Sawa Restaurant & Lounge), offeers a vast menu of small and large plates — like the lobster "tacosito," four gyoza taco shells stuffed with guacamole, lobster salad, spicy cilantro mayo, hibiscus granules, and petite cilantro. Find tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, and family-sized meals here, too. Open daily from 4 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 11 p.m. (Happy hour Sunday through Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m.)
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Photo courtesy of Les Moulins La Fayette

Les Moulins La Fayette

19575 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura
786-320-5358
lesmoulinslafayette.com
This French bakery, which first gained popularity in Canada, recently opened its second South Florida location at Aventura Mall. The concept is the work of founder Johnny Jeulin — a fifth-generation baker, pastry chef, and chocolatier who started his first business at the age of 20 in La Loupe, France. Today, his bakery brand offers a wide assortment of pastries and sweet eats ranging from petite desserts and chocolates to croissants made with French cultured butter and fresh-baked, artisanal breads. The real treat: the house-made viennoiserie, a traditional French cake- or cookie-like pastry. Those looking for a quick lunch or meal can also choose from a number of ready-to-eat sandwiches, quiches, and more. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
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Photo courtesy of Toasted Bagelry

Toasted Bagelry

3020 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale
786-502-8049
toastedbagelry.com
Toasted Bagelry & Deli, a Miami-based deli, has expanded its growing family of restaurants to Broward County with the opening of its new Oakland Park location. Watch as bagels are baked fresh daily from the second-floor commissary. What sets this bagel shop apart from all the rest is a dedication to preserving the old-school way of bagel production. Breakfast and lunch options include homemade signature schmears, bagels, omelets, and artisanal specialty sandwiches all made-to-order in the restaurant's scratch kitchen. Open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
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Photo courtesy of Yip

Yip Miami

19565 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura
yipmiami.com
This new fast-casual dim sum restaurant at Aventura Mall is helmed by its very own shifu (master), who creates small batches of dumplings each morning. Established by the Gold Marquess family from Pembroke Pines, Yip is all about making Chinese food accessible to South Floridians, offering authentic recipes like steamed har gao and xiao long bao (soup) dumplings to softshell crab bao buns — even boba milk teas. With additional locations at Doral Yard and 1-800-Lucky, Yip is making it that much easier to find good Chinese on the go. Open from noon to 9 p.m. daily.
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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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