There are 16,128 licensed restaurants in Miami-Dade County, give or take a few, and not counting any food trucks or other mobile vendors. Room for more? Of course. Here’s a look at 15 restaurants set to open this year that we are eagerly anticipating.
1. Alter: Chef Brad Kilgore ditched J&G Grill to open his own spot in Wynwood, backed by food blogger GourmandJ and serving progressive American fare. Opening: Winter-Spring. 223 NW 23rd St., Miami.
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2. Beachcraft: Tom Colicchio. Hotel restaurant. Miami Beach. Opening: Spring? 2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
3. Biscayne Diner: Former Seasalt & Pepper chef Alfredo Alvarez and his wife are reopening the 24-hour diner. Press materials promise menu options like a “high-cholesterol fat-f— special” and a “yoga bitch juice and salad.” Opening: Winter-Spring. 8601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.
4. Continental: Philly restaurateur Stephen Starr’s march into South Florida continues with the expansion of his Continental eatery, followed by a name-TBD “French-ish” concept in Bal Harbour. Opening: Spring-Summer. 2360 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
5. Coya: The London-based Peruvian restaurant is opening in Brickell, including a pisco bar. Opening: Winter-Spring. 999 Brickell Ave., Miami.
6. Fooq’s: Feel-good food is how David Foulquier describes what he’ll serve at his new spot in the former NeMesis space. Newly tapped executive chef Nicole Votano comes from Michelle Bernstein’s kitchens. Opening: Winter-Spring. 1035 N. Miami Ave., Miami.
7. Izzy’s: Tongue & Cheek’s Jamie DeRosa goes for chowdah and oysters at his New England-meets-Miami fish joint. Opening: Winter-Spring. 423 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.
8. Klima: Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant Klima will give it a go in the difficult corner location that’s been home to Tosca, Eden and Talula. Opening: Winter-Spring. 210 23rd St., Miami Beach.
9. Ms. Cheezious: The popular food truck parks it permanently at its new home/compound/restaurant in a restored 1925 home. Opening: Feb. 1. 7418 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.
10. NaiYaRa: Chef Piyarat Arreeratn, aka Chef Bee (pictured), of Oishi Thai is eyeing a March debut for his Asian street-fare spot in the Sunset Harbour neighborhood. Opening: Winter-Spring. 1854 Bay Rd., Miami Beach.
11. PB Station: The Pubbelly Boys are, like, addicted to opening restaurants. Works for us — Miami can’t get enough of their food. Their next trick: a new-American spot downtown with menu elements from their PB Steak and PB Fish. Opening: Winter-Spring. 121 SE First St., Miami.
12. Pi: The St. Louis-based pizzeria is setting up shop across from Big Pink in the hot South of Fifth neighborhood. Family- (and eco-)friendly, with a serious craft beer program. Opening: Winter-Spring. 124 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
13. Pincho Factory: The third Pincho outpost, not far from where chef-owner Nedal Ahmad grew up in Hialeah, is less than two months from firing up the grills. Opening: Winter-Spring. 4950 W. 12th Ave., Hialeah.
14. Schnebly Winery/Miami Brewing Co.: Who isn’t excited to see what chef Dewey LoSasso has up his sleeve as he digs in to his new post as Schnebly’s culinary director? Up first: a weekend-only pop-up restaurant on the farm, starting in February. Opening: Winter-Spring. 30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead.
15. Zest: The new downtown spot from chef Cindy Hutson (Ortanique) will be serve lunch and dinner daily, with an adjoining market for grab-and-go items. Opening: Summer-Fall. 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami.