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The Summer's Six Hottest Restaurant Openings in South Florida

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3. One Door East Offers Internationally Inspired Small Plates and Cocktails
At One Door East, chef-owner Giovanni Rocchio aims to recreate the authentic Spanish tapas experience without the restrictions of sticking to one particular style of cuisine. The chef wants guests to explore the globe alongside friends and strangers one tiny plate at a time, just he as did while visiting San Sebastian. "It was a nice change from the standard eight-ounce portion of meat or fish composed around a single side," he says. "It gave my mouth a chance to get excited about a lot of different flavors."
2. Top Hat Delicatessen Launches New Age Jewish Deli Trend in Fort Lauderdale
At the beginning of the year, an updated New York-style restaurant and deli specializing in the fusion of traditional and modern Jewish dishes opened in Fort Lauderdale's new Flagler Village neighborhood. "The older generation doesn't understand it, but my kids do," said co-owner Elliot Wolf. "Top Hat Deli is all about filling a void. The deli business is dying, but it was something I truly enjoyed growing up. I couldn't find what I wanted here, so I took a leap of faith and decided to do my own spin on the traditional Jewish deli." The trend is set to continue when restaurateur Burt Rapport's new-style deli, restaurant, and bar, Rappy's, makes its debut in Boca Raton this fall.
1. Broward Barbecue Gets Better With Opening of 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Coral Springs 
On September 8, Winter Park-based 4 Rivers Smokehouse opened its first South Florida location at the Walk of Coral Springs shopping center. Over the past seven years, the restaurant has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Breakout Brands” by Nation's Restaurant News — and featured in Bon Appétit, Cowboys & Indians, Saveur, The Local Palate, and Food & Wine — for its cross-regional approach to barbecue. The restaurant is best-known for its signature 18-hour smoked Angus brisket, which is projected to sell close to 1.5 million pounds across 12 locations this year alone.

Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.
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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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