Openings: Family-friendly Latin spot La Casa de Pedro lures crowds at the 20-year-old Watertown original; now there’s a sister branch in the Seaport, slated to launch on Nov. 14 (505 Congress St. at D Street). Enjoy arepas, empanadas, tacos, roast pigs, and selections from a ceviche bar. The Seaport branch also has a late-night menu from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, a weekend brunch with an arepa-and-empanada bar, and live music on weekend nights. Workers in a hurry should pop into the adjacent Rapido Café for coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and tacos starting at 7:30 a.m. The cafe opens soon.
Coming soon: Chef Keenan Langlois goes from Harvard Square to Southie: The former chef at The Sinclair will soon cook at South Boston’s Publico, opening in mid-December (11 Dorchester St. at W. First Street). Feast on corn crepes and porcini pizzas, perhaps in Publico’s vine-covered indoor atrium. Co-owner Teodora Bakardzhieva has worked behind the bar at Locke-Ober and at the Emerald Lounge.
Menus: No need to venture to Chinatown for dim sum any longer. Tiffani Faison’s Southeast Asian street food parlor Tiger Mama (1363 Boylston St. at Kilmarnock Street) now serves dim sum starting at noon on Sundays. Indulge in trays of noodles, sweet sesame pancakes, and chili crab toast with cocktails. Everything is under $15, and the cart-service festivities last until 9 p.m.
Pop-Ups: Better Bagels will open in the Seaport soon enough (101 Seaport Blvd. at the Watermark); until then, it has staged pop-ups and built a feverish following. Find it at the South End’s Coppa (253 Shawmut Ave. at Milford Street) Nov. 16 beginning at 7:30 a.m. It supplies the bagels; Coppa’s Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer concoct new age toppings like mortadella pimento cheese and charred broccoli cream cheese with trout roe.