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The new restaurant openings to get excited about this month

From taco trucks and taco pop-ups to barbecue spots, here’s what’s fresh on the scene.


September is shaping up to be as close to normal life as we knew it. We can dine indoors again, there are recently announced Halloween events on the horizon and a slew of restaurant openings to look forward to. If food news is the kind of thing that gets you going, we have some very exciting announcements to share. Below, a look at the restaurants coming to a Miami neighborhood near you.

Caja Caliente

Miami’s first and only Cuban taco truck has found a permanent home in the Design District. Starting today, Caja Caliente will be parked and ready to sling its famous lechón and vaca frita tacos as well as other Cuban specialties—think tamales, pan con lechón and a stick-to-your-ribs plantain pastelón with layers of fried plantains, picadillo and cheese. The small-but-mighty truck will serve most, if not all, the dishes you’d find at Caja’s Coral Gables brick and mortar, and will be offering delivery within close range.
Open now. 95 NE 40TH St. Daily 11am–9pm.

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Society BBQ

Chef Richard Hales proved his barbecue concept at the Citadel and now, after nearly a year at the food hall, Society BBQ expands to a second location in Midtown. Located in the space previously occupied by Hales’ Sakaya Kitchen, the barbecue restaurant serves ‘cue classics like brisket, pulled chicken and ribs galore. Plus, diners can order dishes from the chef’s former southern restaurant Bird & Bone, including a smoked version of its popular hot fried chicken sandwich, a burger and a smoked Cuban pork sandwich. Takeout and delivery via all the major apps are available.
Open now. 3401 N. Miami Ave. Wed–Sun noon–9pm.

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El Primo Red Tacos

PEZ, the local Mexican food trailblazer that brought us Baja-style cuisine, introduces Miami to a new South-of-the-Border trend: birria tacos. Also known as red tacos for their adobo-tinged color, they’re made of slow-cooked beef shoulder that’s stuffed inside a tortilla and served with a side of the liquid it’s stewed in (the birria) for dipping. All the rage on the West Coast, the red tacos are now available at the El Primo Red Tacos pop-up inside PEZ. Get them for dine-in, delivery or order takeout online. 
Open now. 20 W Flagler St. Tue, Sat, Sun 5–10pm.

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Tran An

The Politan Row Vietnamese spot is expanding to its first brick-and-mortar this week. Its shiny new digs will be in Little River, where chef Jon Nguyen has been providing free, soul-hugging meals to the community for the last few weeks. Expect more of Tran An’s signature Vietnamese comfort food such as rice bowls, banh mis and delicate rolls—plus copious amounts of Nguyen’s Grandma Sauce!—when it opens on Saturday.
Opening September 12. 215 NE 82nd St.

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Luca Osteria 

Time Out Market Miami’s and Eating House’s Giorgio Rapicavoli expands his footprint in Coral Gables with a new Italian restaurant slated to open this fall. Luca Osteria will open on pedestrian-only Giralda with a distinct bar area and a pasta-heavy menu. More details to come.
Opening fall 2020. 116 Giralda Ave

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