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.
Courtesy of Glam
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.