By Rebecca Cahilly-Taranto
City & Shore Magazine Dining Writer
We like our food here – and this year we seem to be particularly fond of craft tacos and Asian fusion, with those concepts dominating our annual list of the best new restaurants that have opened in the past 12 months.
B Square Burgers & Booze – Burger creativity abounds but there is lighter fare, too, at this Las Olas hot spot. Arrive hungry and order the “Dad Bod.”
1021 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale,
Beehive Kitchen – Fill your bowl with veggies, protein and grains to your preference. Take the kids for a juice and a healthy lunch or dinner.
6312 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale,
Casareccio – About as close as you can get to a family meal on a Tuscan farm this
side of the Atlantic.
1386 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, 954-998-3642, casarecciotrattoria.com.
Inkanto Peruvian Cuisine – Some say – and they wouldn’t be wrong – that it’s the best Latin food north of Miami. Knowledgeable servers guide all novices.
1672 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-533-5147, inkantorestaurant.com.
Monkitail*– Modern Japanese fare, small plates and sushi in a cozy atmosphere with a speakeasy-style bar for creative late-night cocktails.
Diplomat Beach Resort, 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-602-8755, monkitail.com.
Park & Ocean – Fresh, fun food and in-house brewery with a view of the ocean from Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.
3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale,
Poke House – Vibrant décor sets off fresh and delightful Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls.
666 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 754-200-4555, thepokehouse.com.
Quvo Tacos & Craft Beer – Family-owned authentic Mexican food and craft beers.
A neighborhood gem.
4354 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-368-3664, quovotacos.com.
Vincent’s Italian Kitchen – Raw bar, pizza, tasty Italian and cocktails with indoor/outdoor seating on the bustling thoroughfare that leads to the beach.
106 E. Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 954-772-8111,
Arson* – Worth the drive to Miami. (The ultimate compliment). Everything here is cooked in a Josper oven and served with an international flare at the hands of a two-time James Beard Award-nominated chef.
104 NE Second Ave., Miami, 786-717-6711, arsonmiami.com.
Artisan Beach House – Ocean views and a diverse, flavorful menu worthy of the Ritz-Carlton brand. Get a fuller sense – and full feeling – at brunch.
Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour, 10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-455-5460, artisanbeachhouse.com.
Palm Beach County
The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill – Retail butcher shop, German-style beer garden with full menu including vegan offerings. So there really is no excuse to miss this one.
209 Sixth St., West Palm Beach, 561-812-2336, butchershopwpb.com.
Cholo Soy Cocina – Cutthroat Kitchen Winner Clay Carnes’ take on Latin street food.
3715 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach,
The Regional Kitchen & Public House* – Soulful dishes with seasonal ingredients from the hands of a celebrated chef.
CityPlace, 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-557-6460, eatregional.com.
Sant Ambroeus Palm Beach – Five-star authentic Milanese cuisine hits Palm Beach via a New York/Hamptons dining experience.
340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, 561-285-7990,
*Read more about the restaurant and chef in this issue.