New grill joint. Dumpling making lessons. “Big Easy” in WPB.

New grill joint. Dumpling making lessons. “Big Easy” in West Palm Beach.

Two years after Pig Beach BBQ in Brooklyn rolled out a series of smokey pop-ups in West Palm Beach, the brand will open its first brick-and-mortar restaurant in the El Cid neighborhood. Big debut on Thursday, June 30th.

Pig Beach has breathed new life into a 4,000-square-foot former garage structure that recently housed a CrossFit gym north of Belvedere Road. The owners of Pig Beach kept the original cement floors and glass garage doors, allowing the space to open up to the newly designed exterior and bustle of South Dixie Highway.

Within the industrial lines of the spacious indoor dining area is a wrap-around bar serving beer, wine and cocktails, an open kitchen and three multi-screen jumbotron wall screens for watching sports.

Pig Beach BBQ has converted a former garage space recently occupied by a CrossFit gym.

Pig Beach co-founder, local resident Rob Shawger, and local partner Vince LaPapa spearheaded efforts to bring the acclaimed New York concept to Palm Beach County. The menu is in the hands of founding pitmasters and chefs Matt Abdo and Shane McBride, West Palm residents.

Menu offerings include cherry and smoked walnut brisket, smoked pork shoulder with vinaigrette, barbecue sandwiches (including the smoked jackfruit sandwich), black fish sandwich, fried chicken and burgers (such as the Double Smashburger that won the Burger Bash Championship at the South Beach Wine Festival and Food last year). Plus there is smoked fish, plenty of cooked side dishes, salads and desserts.

work hours: Tuesday through Friday 4-9 pm, Saturday 4-11 pm, Sunday 4-9 pm Closed on Mondays. Extended hours and lunch service are planned and will be posted on the website.

Pig Beach BBQ Palm Beach opens Thursdays at 2400 S. Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach.

Make dumplings. Take a Scatetini.

Fresh vegetarian dumplings at Ramen Lab.

Ramen Lab Eatery in Delray Beach is launching a summer series of dumpling-making classes. The local small chain known for its handmade noodles and dumplings will be sharing its dough-making skills in hands-on sessions, starting Wednesday, June 29 at the Pineapple Grove location.

The dumpling making class includes a complimentary Saketini and then a plate of sake to be enjoyed with fresh Gyoza dumplings. The class, starting from 6:30 to 8 p.m., costs $49 per person.

Additional classes will be offered on July 27 and August 31. To sign up for any of the classes, visit and search for “Ramen Lab” and “dumpling making.”

Ramen Lab is located at 25 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, 561-455-2311.

New Orleans Eat at WPB

Pistachio Bistro is located in downtown West Palm, overlooking the waterfront commons.

If you want to taste The Big Easy, tonight is your night at the Pistache. The downtown West Palm Beach bistro runs an eclectic New Orleans-style menu by Chef de Cuisine Mike Burgio, and serves up some classic appetizers, entrees, desserts, and cocktails that promise to keep you moving.

The menu includes grilled oysters with garlic butter ($20), classic okra and etouffee ($36 each), Banana Foster Pain Purdue ($14) and traditional Sazerac and French 75 cocktails ($14 each). Dinner is served from 5:30 to 10 pm

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