Set to debut any day now are two new eateries from Miami-based Central Commissary restaurant group. Butcher & the Burger is jumping on the still furiously-trendy designer burger craze, starting with patties from naturally raised beef and pork to vegan lentil-brown rice, turkey and shrimp.
Of course, a burger’s just a meat disc unless you can customize it, and B&B lets you DIY your burger with a range of spices (from umami to curry-coconut-honey), buns, toppings and “extras” (from bacon to truffle aioli). There will also be assorted salads and sides, plus a small retail component.
Also pegged to debut in the very near future is the other Central Commissary concept, Dandelion. Not many details yet on that, except a Mediterranean theme and reported focus on humanely raised meats and “healthy, wholesome, home-made food.”
The third newbie may be the most exciting of them all, the first sibling of the terrific El Jefe Luchador in Deerfield Beach. Jefes Mike Saperstein and Evan David are also the folks behind the Rebel House just a few miles away in Boca, so you may be familiar with their brand of fun, inventive cookery.
El Jefe’s hip, Mexican neo-street food is the antithesis of the cook-by-number “Mexican” fare that can bore the taste buds right out of your mouth. If the Deerfield menu is any indication, look for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas and more that you can customize with everything from mushrooms and fried yam to spicy chorizo, as well as such hip combos as crispy pork belly with ancho smoked tomato salsa and carnitas with kimchi slaw. Look for an August debut.
Really, it’s enough to make you want to go shopping.