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New restaurants kick off new year: Boulud, Van Aken, Mexican, Greek olive pit cooking and sandwich shops

Welcome to the Eat Beat Newsletter. The new year is here, and so are diets, resolutions and earnest trips to the gym. Good luck with all that.

Review: Three in Miami brings welcome return of chef Norman Van Aken | Video

Three stars for Three in Wynwood, a hip, new restaurant from an old culinary master in South Florida. The restaurant features fixed-price multicourse meals and is part of a food-and-drink playground and laboratory that includes a cooking school and rooftop lounge. As I wrote, South Florida is a better place when Van Aken is running a top-caliber restaurant here. [More]

New Greek bistro in Boca Raton grills with olive-pit briquettes

Openings: Oliv Pit Athenian Grille, which recently opened in Boca Raton, uses a sustainable, smoke-free grilling method ... Lona Cocina and Tequileria, featuring authentic Mexican cuisine from acclaimed chef Pablo Salas, opened Jan. 2 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach in Fort Lauderdale. It is the first U.S. restaurant from Salas, a celebrated Mexican chef whose restaurant Amaranta near Mexico City is a fine-dining destination ... Mayfair Kitchen at the historic Mayfair Hotel in Coconut Grove officially opened Jan. 1 ... Prezzo in Boca Raton opened in December with James Beard Award-winning chef Mark Militello helming the kitchen. Restaurateurs Burt Rapoport and Dennix Max have relaunched the Italian restaurant popular in the 1990s ... Daniel Boulud opens BouludSud at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami on Jan. 8.

Proper Sandwich and Subs and Suds will soon open in Fort Lauderdale

Two new craft-sandwich shops, Proper Sandwich in Fat Village and Subs and Suds in Riverside Park/Sailboat Bend, are set to open in Fort Lauderdale in early 2018. The Proper Sandwich is from the owners of ROK:BRGR and TacoCraft, and Subs and Suds is from the team that opened the Poke House. [More]

Sibling-run Chen's Kitchen expands in Fort Lauderdale

The Chinese restaurant's second location recently opened at the Riverland Center on Broward Boulevard. [More]

Tanjore Indian Cuisine brings rare dishes to Boca Raton

Opened by Bombay-raised brothers, Tanjore Indian Cuisine offers food from little-known regions of India. [More]

First Hurricane BTW franchise opens in West Palm Beach

Spun off from Hurricane Grill and Wings, fast-casual Hurricane BTW plans to have more than 50 restaurants in the next four years. [More]

Mike Mayo's 17 best bites of 2017: Salty, spicy, sweet and sublime

If you are on the 30 Clean diet and want to feast vicariously with your eyes, here are my 17 best South Florida restaurant bites of 2017, a lineup that includes oysters infused with leche de tigre at Bazaar Mar, edamame dumplings at Monkitail, Peking duck at King Palace and a heavenly cloud of ricotta at Oceano Kitchen. [More]

Hidden restaurants on the beach in South Florida | Photos

It has been cold here, but it is colder everywhere else. And we'll be back in shorts and flip-flops before you know it. If you want to frost your freezing friends, just share this 'wish-you-were-here!' virtual postcard of off-the-beaten-path beachfront eateries and watering holes on A1A from Hollywood to Boca Raton. [More]

Got a restaurant tip or dining beef?  Reach me at mmayo@southflorida.com or 954-356-4508. Don’t troll me, but feel free to roast or flambeé me on Twitter: @heymikemayo, and follow my food adventures on Instagram: @mikemayoeats.

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