Sweet Dewey’s Will Become “Boca’s Best BBQ & Smokehouse”

Our favorite BBQ place is expanding and changing its name. The soon to be renamed Sweet Dewey’s is on the north side of Glades Road west of Lyons, between Stallone’s and Bamboo Wok. It will be renamed Boca’s Best BBQ & Smokehouse.

Image and map data by Google.
Image and map data by Google.

They are taking over the space formerly occupied by a nail salon adding about 1500 square feet. The new area will have seating for 60 customers. There will be a half-wall with a counter between the two spaces with an additional 10 or so bar stools to sit at the counter. This will more than triple the seating.
On the cooking side they will be adding a 10-foot smoker inside the existing space. This will allow them to prepare more types of food at the same time, quintuple the total amount they can cook, and will also include rotisseries.
The menu will expand. Most notably they will open for breakfast with omelets and more, and they are adding fried chicken to the lunch and dinner menus. Of course they will continue to feature the Sweet Dewey’s sauces.
The restaurant will close this Sunday through Wednesday for final remodeling, and will reopen on December 20th. They are hoping for a grand reopening on January 1st.

New Items at Sweet Dewey's BBQ: Spatchcock?

A loaded sweet potato? What the heck is a Spatchcock chicken? Chef Dwayne Hooper and friends are cooking up some great new dishes at Sweet Dewey’s BBQ on Glades Road.
Sweet Dewey’s has been one of our favorite places to eat since they opened last year. The prices are reasonable and it’s the best barbecue in the area. Recently we were invited to try some of the new dishes.
The highlight for me was the loaded sweet potato (top). I’m not sure where they got the idea to put pork on a sweet potato but it works. The potato is huge and together it’s easily a full meal. We took about half of it home.
The other new item is Spatchcock chicken. We’d never heard of it before but it must be a thing if Martha Stewart does it. The short idea as we understand it is you split the chicken so you can flatten it and that allows it to cook better and get more flavor from the smoker. We had a half chicken, white meat. The meat was excellent. We have a feeling the dark meat might be even better.
Speaking of the smoker, we got a look at it in action with the chef:
That’s pork smoking in there.
The other thing worth noting is the soups. They now have five of them. We had some of the new corn chowder, which was so good we ate it before we could take a picture.
They wanted us to let readers know that they cater events. Sometimes the chef himself comes out and serves.
Sweet Dewey’s BBQ is on the north side of Glades Road just west of Lyons, in the same plaza with two of our other favorites, Bamboo Wok and Stallone’s Italian.

Disclosure: Our meal was on the house. But we eat here regularly on our own dime.

Closings: Shorty's BBQ and GBS Beauty

Two businesses closed recently in West Boca, both off of 441. The most prominent is Shorty’s BBQ which was located in The Reserve shopping center on the southeast corner of Clint Moore and 441, near Ben’s Deli, Villa Rosano and Tempura House. We had been there a couple times and liked it, but somehow we didn’t make it back there that often.
There has been no official announcement but a couple of our readers contacted the Miami location and were told the closing is permanent. We don’t know for sure but we suspect that the success of Sweet Dewey’s BBQ (one of our favorite places to eat) cut into Shorty’s business.
Also, GBS Beauty in Boca Greens (west side of 441, halfway between Yamato and Glades) closed. The following message was on the door:
The remaining store on St. Andrews is still in what we consider West Boca since we draw the line at Military Trail.

Good Inspections in West Boca

Two West Boca restaurants earned perfect routine inspections. First, we reported before that Sweet Dewey’s BBQ was coming to Glades west of Lyons. They had a perfect zero violations on their December 3rd licensing inspection. We stopped by yesterday. They’re still not open but workers are going all out and they hope to open soon, perhaps next week.
Second, Bakery of France appears to be opening a second location on SW 18th west of Military Trail, near the Outback Steakhouse. Based on the state licensing records, it may be replacing the Marble Slab Creamery (which apparently closed), as they’re using the same license number. The original location in Boca is on Spanish River not far from the beach. Oddly we see no mention of the new location on their website or Facebook page.
In other inspections, five places within the Polo Club country club were inspected. Big Chill, Terrace G, and the Polo Crown Room were all perfect. Polo Club Terrace had 6 minor violations. The worst of our report was their Barefoot Cafe with 10 violations including 2 marked high priority, though they don’t seem that bad to us:

  • Employee failed to wash hands before putting on new set of gloves to work with food.
  • Small flying insects in outside buffet area.

Three places in Boca West were also inspected, with Mr. D’s and the Pool Bar getting perfect scores. The Sports Pavilion had 6 minor violations.
The bad news isn’t terrible in this report. There were several callbacks. One place we like is Mozart Cafe. They had 7 minor violations, and the worst of it is a pattern of repeat paperwork violations. These seem trivial to us but they’re not trivial to the state agency which recommended an administrative complaint.
“Boca Rosho Pizza”, which we think is Lenny’s Pizza, also had seven violations with similar paperwork problems. However they did also have this high priority violation with a stop-sale:
Potentially hazardous (time/temperature control for safety) food identified in the written procedure as a food held using time as a public health control has no time marking and the time removed from temperature control cannot be determined. See stop sale. **Warning**
The Subway in Loggers’ Run plaza had 5 minor violations including similar paperwork issues. Please note that 5 violations is usually a very good result compared to most restaurant inspections.
Brooklyn Water Bagel on Powerline, Pita N Go on 441 (near Sandalfoot), and Boca Pita Express on Beracasa all had perfect inspections, and Bagel City South on SW 18th had one minor violation, on their callbacks that were required due to paperwork.
Original Pancake House also had a perfect callback inspection. The previous inspection in September had the usual paperwork problems along with 3 high-priority violations. OPH has a great kids meal deal for families.
Brendy’s in the Polo Club Shoppes had a bad inspection back in September with a temporary shutdown due to roaches. That was followed the next day with a perfect inspection and again for this report on November 17th.
All in all 13 of the 20 restaurants in this report had zero violations. That may be the best we’ve seen since we started doing this.

Sweet Dewey's BBQ: Coming Soon

Update: Per press release (bottom of this article) the restaurant will open in early December.
He also told us his family is from Mississippi, so that may give a hint as to the style of barbecue for those who are really into it.

After the results of our Chinese restaurant survey, we had to try Bamboo Wok. We did the other day and liked it. While there we saw Stallone’s, and we hope to go there soon for a full review.
We also noticed that a new restaurant will be opening in that plaza. As you can see in the above picture, there are signs up about a Sweet Dewey’s BBQ coming soon.
We tried to research this place and came up empty. We know nothing about it. If any of our readers have information about Sweet Dewey’s, such as when it will open or what the menu will be like, please post a comment or let us know.
Bamboo Wok, Stallone’s, and the soon to be Sweet Dewey’s are on the north side of Glades Road just west of Lyons (across from Boca Ale House).

CONTACT: Elizabeth Kelley Grace, 561-702-7471
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Sweet Dewey’s BBQ to Open in West Boca early December
Chef Dwayne Hooper to lead kitchen
Boca Raton, FL, November 19, 2014 – Sweet Dewey’s BBQ located on West Glades Road in Boca Raton, will open in early December. The authentic Mississippi barbeque eatery is owned by Chef Dwayne Hooper, who has spent years as a chef with St. Andrew’s Country Club and the Polo Club, both in Boca Raton.
A Chicago native, Chef Hooper, called “Dewey” by his friends, will recreate family recipes from his Mississippi-raised mother and grandparents, as well as offer lighter fare options. The restaurant will feature dine in, carry out and catering, as well as a children’s menu.
The menu will include such favorites as barbeque veal brisket, beef brisket, beef ribs, baby back ribs, Southern St. Louis ribs, Southern-fried catfish, and rotisserie chicken for entrees and platters. Healthier options include cedar plank salmon, veggie burgers, cilantro lime Quinoa salad, veggie couscous salad, and organic grilled veggie sandwich. The menu will also include a variety of salads and sandwiches, turkey chili, soups and desserts. Side dishes include mac and cheese casserole, collard greens, red beans and rice, corn on the cob, cornbread and other Southern favorites.
Chef Hooper, who founded and then sold Hooper’s BBQ sauce, which was available in 460 retail outlets throughout Florida, will launch Sweet Dewey’s BBQ sauce, available in six flavors and to be sold at the restaurant as well as retail outlets in the state.
Chef Hooper is a graduate of the Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago and has lived in South Florida for 27 years, starting as a chef in Boca Raton’s Casa Vecchia, La Vielle Maison and Down Under. From there he spent nine years at The Polo Club and another 15 years at Saint Andrews Country Club, where he was famous for his weekly “Chicken and Ribs night.” Also he has served as a private chef over the last two decades for Boca Raton resident Shirley Weisman, “Dewey has prepared and served our holiday dinners and other family events for years and we consider him to be family. One of our many favorite dishes is his Rack of Veal.”
The restaurant will be located in Boca Lyons Plaza at 9181 West Glades Road, Boca Raton, 33434. The full-service restaurant will include 35 seats with both indoor and outdoor seating as well as carry out and delivery service. The restaurant will serve wine and beer and will be open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, please visit www.sweetdeweysbbq.com.