New Restaurants to Try This Week: Layla, North Italia, Shelter, and More


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Miami’s restaurant scene is about fire. And though it might appear to be a tidal wave of restaurateurs in New York has been stumbled upon the Magic City, many local chefs are now opening new restaurants or even expanding their culinary empires. This week, the Magic City celebrates several new arrivals, including 2 at Miami Beach: Hapa Kitchen & Eatery, which brings authentic Hawaiian cuisine to Time Out Market; along with Layla, whose household recipes are now available for general consumption at the Kayak Miami Beach hotel.Read searching for details of these and other current Miami-area cafe openings. (Did we miss a good one? Email us: [email protected]!)

Hapa Kitchen & Eatery is now open inside Time Out Market at South Beach.
Photo courtesy of Hapa Kitchen & Eatery

1601 Drexel Ave., Miami
Homesick Hawaiian Neil Sullivan has brought his own take on island-inspired comfort food to Miami together with Hapa Kitchen & Eatery. The menu is an ode to the traditional dishes Sullivan wants from his native Kailua, Hawaii, by the hangover-curing”Loco Moco” (white rice piled full of a hamburger patty, mushroom gravy, along with a fried egg with a side of macaroni salad) to the Spam fried rice and also the”Kalua Pig” (Hawaiian-style roast beef ). Hapa also has”Poke by the Pound,” served only the way that you’ll find it on the Hawaiian islands. Open Wednesday and Thursday 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.

Jeremiah’s Italian snow hockey is growing throughout South Florida, including a new location that only opened in Cooper City.
Photo courtesy of Jeremiah’s Italian Ice

9630 Stirling Rd., Cooper City
Orlando-based Jeremiah’s Italian Ice is now scooping frozen treats at a new location in Cooper City. The series offers over 40 flavors of Italian ice and also soft-serve ice cream. Or have’em equally together with”Jeremiah’s Gelati,” a combination of any two flavors of Italian ice and soft-serve swirled together. Popular flavors include”Scoop Froggy Frog,” the manufacturer’s own take on mint chocolate chip; along with classics like cotton candy, horchata, cookies and cream, mango, and pina colada.

Layla is now open inside the Kayak Miami Beach hotel.

2216 Park Ave., Miami Beach (at the Kayak Miami Beach)
Layla, caused us Life House hospitality group (the team that made Terras, Parcela Cafe, Mama Joon, along with Wildflower), has opened inside the Kayak Miami Beach hotel. The concept marries Life House creator and CEO Rami Zeidan’s Lebanese history together with the Jewish origins of Daniel Levine, the provider’s head of food and beverage (along with the creator of Miami ice creamery Dasher & Crank). The menu is a collection of family recipes left with a contemporary twist by executive chef John Latrellis, who celebrates the mild, healthful, and seasonal flavors of the Middle East with dishes like spicy eggplant toast; a harissa tuna ceviche served with tabbouleh and homemade pita chips; roasted cauliflower with shawarma spice along with falafel served with caramelized tomato tahini; za’atar-spiced chicken; along with grilled branzino served with caramelized fennel, roasted tomatoes, capers, and shallots ($12 to $32). Bonus: The restaurant includes a concealed rooftop bar that’s accessed by means of a key stairwell. Open from 7% to 11 pm every day.

North Italia has started a second location in the Dadeland Mall.
Photo by Kenny Lesley

7535 N. Kendall Dr., Miami (at Dadeland Mall)
This contemporary Italian series, which opened the outpost at Mary Brickell Village 2 years ago, officially opened its doors at Dadeland on March 31. This second Florida outpost gives guests a taste of chef Ryan Smith’s trademark, seasonal Italian cuisine. A comprehensive list of dishes and salads leads up to mains which include pizzas, fresh pastas, a Waygu skirt steak tagliata, along with a complete grilled branzino. From 3 to 5 6 pm Monday through Thursday, a”Bottle & Board” special brings a choice of bruschetta or a charcuterie board paired with a jar of either red or white wine. And for diners who want to dine in the home, a”Family Meal Kit” ($65; serves 4 to 5) carries a massive caesar salad, Parmesan garlic bread, and your selection of pasta and sauce.

Brooklyn-based Shelter has exported its own wood-fired menu to Wynwood.
Photo courtesy of Shelter Brooklyn

10 NE 27th St., Miami
From the far reaches of hipster Williamsburg comes Shelter, with its wood-fired ovens along with its own Brooklyn-born”hunting lodge elegant,” which marries Italian and Argentinian cuisine. Starters include steamed mussels with fire-toasted bread along with crisped artichokes with cheese dip to a variety of empanadas, a meat-and-cheese board, and new ceviche mixto. Pizzas include Brussels sprouts with smoked mozzarella, fontina and pancetta; peppers and ham with mozzarella; a quattro stagioni using mushrooms, artichokes, olives, and prosciutto; plus a cotto plus truffle pizza with fontina, mozzarella, along with mushroom cream.

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