Welcome to the latest edition of Hot Plates, your weekly guide to food events and dining promotions around South Florida. Independence Day, better known as the Fourth of July, comes on a Wednesday this year, which means the hump can fall either way on which side of the week to slack off and take off. Many restaurants, particularly those near the beach and fireworks displays, will mark the occasion with food and drink specials. Happy 242nd, America!
Amara at Paraiso, a cool (and hot) spot in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood that chef-restaurateur Michael Schwartz opened earlier this year, will celebrate its first July Fourth with stunning views of Biscayne Bay and fireworks shows from its dining terrace. The upscale, Latin-inspired restaurant will feature special items from its wood-fired grill, including whole roasted pig and creative spins on burgers (made from chorizo) and hot dogs (made from butifarra), along with grilled oysters, roasted corn, watermelon salad and drink specials, including $5 beers and $15 glasses of Veuve Clicquot Champagne. 3101 NE Seventh Ave., Miami, 305-702-5528.
Beach House Pompano, one of the best restaurants to open in Broward County this year, will offer oceanfront views of fireworks displays from its rooftop terrace. Tickets will be sold at the door ($125 for adults, $75 for children) and include a buffet station. There will be a $1,000 minimum (paid in advance) for groups wishing to reserve a terrace booth, which includes a bottle of Moet. 270 N. Pompano Beach Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954-607-6530.
Etaru Hallandale, a beachfront Asian restaurant tucked behind the Hyde Resort and Residences, will host a July Fourth cookout on its second-floor terrace from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. The cookout will feature an outdoor robata grill and DJ Nuny Love. Dinner will feature regular menu items and views of nighttime fireworks displays along the coast. 111 S. Surf Road, Hallandale Beach, 954-271-3222.
4Rivers Smokehouse in Coral Springs will be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on July Fourth and will offer one free sandwich (dine-in only; brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken or burnt ends) to all active military, reserve military, veterans and first responders on Independence Day. Valid ID required. 2660 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, 1-844-474-8377.
GG’s Waterfront Bar & Grill on the Intracoastal in Hollywood will offer a July Fourth seafood boil with lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, corn and potatoes for $45 per person. The city’s fireworks show takes place across the street on the beach. 606 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-929-7030.
Grease Burger Bar in West Palm Beach will mark the holiday with a Red, White & Brew bash to coincide with the downtown music and fireworks festivities from 5 to 10 p.m. The all-American combination of burgers and beers will be offered, including the Sweet Caroline (featuring Carolina barbecue sauce, bacon and Vermont white cheddar cheese) and the blackened Black & Blue burger (with bacon and blue cheese. 213 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561-651-1075.
Lulu’s Bait Shack at Beach Place in Fort Lauderdale will offer good views of the city’s fireworks show, live music from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m., its regular menu of Cajun and comfort cuisine and multiple drink specials, including buckets of Bud Light Orange and Bud Light Lime (5 for $19) all day, and $3 margaritas and wine during happy hour (4-7 p.m.). 17 S. Atlantic Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, 954-463-7425.
Wynwood Yard in Miami will hold parties on July Fourth Eve (also known as July 3) and July Fourth with food, drink and music. The Tuesday night party (7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.) features music from Suenalo. The Wednesday BBQ, Bourbon and Beer fest (noon-8 p.m.) will feature complimentary beer samplings (21 and over with RSVP) from local breweries Veza Sur, Biscayne Brewing Company, Wynwood Brewing, Concrete Beach, Stone Brewing, MIA Brewing and Estrella Damm. 56 NW 29th St., Miami, 305-351-0366.
The holiday week concludes with National Fried Chicken Day on Friday, July 6, and chef Lindsay Autry will celebrate at her Regional Kitchen and Public House in West Palm Beach with all-you-can-eat fried chicken lunch ($14 dark meat, $16 white meat) and dinner ($24), including three sides. Autry, a former “Top Chef” competitor and Michelle Bernstein disciple who specializes in Southern cuisine, brines her chicken in sweet tea. 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-557-6460.
July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23 and July 30: Acclaimed chef Allen Susser hosts a weekly plant-based dinner series, “Grilling in the USA,” every Monday in July at the Cafe at Books & Books at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. Each week will spotlight a different region (North Carolina, Sonoma, Hawaii, Austin and Kansas City). Tickets cost $30, plus tax, tip and optional $18 wine pairing.
July 10: Cook, Chat and Chew, a cooking class and meal featuring Caribbean cuisine and chef Trinnette Morris of Trindy Gourmet, will be held 5:30-8 p.m. at the Spady Museum, 170 NW Fifth Ave., Delray Beach. Tickets cost $20 for class and $10 for meal.
July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14: Sushi and Stroll Summer Walk Series, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, in Delray Beach. Admission is $7 adults, $5 kids in advance plus additional cost for food and drink.
July 17: Bowlicious, a new bowl-based restaurant, is scheduled to open at 1823 E. Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. The first 50 customers will receive swag and a two-for-one coupon for future use.
Aug. 1-7: Dine Out Downtown Delray, a promotion featuring special multicourse meals and events at restaurants in Delray Beach.
Aug. 1-Sept. 30: Miami Spice, a restaurant promotion with more than 200 eateries offering special multicourse $23 lunches and $39 dinners.
Sept. 1-30: Crave GFL, a restaurant promotion featuring dozens of Broward restaurants offering special multicourse meals.
Sept. 1-30: Boca Raton Restaurant Month, a promotion featuring Boca Raton restaurants offering special multicourse meals.
Sept. 1-30: Flavor Palm Beach, a restaurant promotion featuring dozens of Palm Beach County restaurants offering special multicourse meals.