Fork & Knife in Boca Raton Serves Modern Takes on American Classics

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All photos courtesy the Gab Group
Sweet Sriracha Chicken Lollipops ($10)
We have a lot -- perhaps an excess, really -- of National _______ Days in this country. If it isn't National Talk Like a Pirate Day, it's National Appreciate Your Furniture Day or some other such thing. (OK, we kind of love the former. Arrgh!)

Most people roll their eyes at this, but when 4/20 comes around... Well, they still roll... stuff.

Then afterward, they wanna eat stuff! Fattening stuff. Lots of stuff. Greasy, unhealthy, wonderful stuff. We have found the perfect restaurant for that.

We suggest Fork & Knife in Boca Raton.

The diner-inspired spot serves a wide selection of regional comfort fare from around the country with a wide selection of Michigan-inspired grub, all of which is made with a modern twist.

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One Sun Emporium Delivers Healthy, International Fare Around Fort Lauderdale (Photos)

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Photo courtesy One Sun Emporium facebook
Delivery tends to be bland and wasteful.

Sure, there are some spots that will bring flavorful fare, but the good ones are few and far between.

And the carbon footprint is a whole issue of its own.

One Sun Emporium resolves all of the above. Owner James Newman makes bold dishes from around the world (with old family recipes) and transports it on his bicycle to different areas of Fort Lauderdale.

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Canale Restaurant & Bar Offers Simple Italian Fare Right on the New River

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All photos courtesy Canale
Years ago downtown Fort Lauderdale's Riverfront went from bustling plaza to veritable ghost town. Aside from the always busy Briny Riverfront Bar and Restaurant, the large space has stood mostly unoccupied for quite some time.

The emptiness, however, is just starting to fill up.

After months of delay, Canale Restaurant & Bar opened its doors to the public earlier this month.

Set in the former site of Suite 100, the indoor/outdoor restaurant offers upscale modern Italian fare overlooking the New River.

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Mussel Beach: Rotelli CEO Opens Shellfish-Centric Concept in Delray Beach

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Photo courtesy of NorthofMiami.com
A custom-built interior at Mussel Beach evokes an underwater seascape.
When you hear the name mussel beach, the first image that might pop into your head is a swath of oceanfront sand occupied with a dozen or so tanned, oil-slicked men clad in nothing but Speedos and Ray-Bans. OK, you might not -- but we do.

Rest assured that's not what you'll get at Mussel Beach, where owner Mark Mezzencello has partnered with Rotelli CEO Joseph Bilotti to revamp a wonderful corner spot at Federal Highway and Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach into a swank shellfish and seafood concept.

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Beauty and the Feast Opens in the Atlantic Hotel

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All photos Sara Ventiera
Whole Roasted Pig Served Tableside ($24 per person)
Over the past year or so, there's been a big push back to Fort Lauderdale Beach.

And no, it's not just new high-end condos; well-known local restaurateurs are establishing new concepts up and down the strip.

From the Restaurant People's S3 to the Atlantic Surf Club to upscale Asian Tsukuro, the area is blossoming into a new scene of trendy eateries.

The latest is Beauty and the Feast Bar|Kitchen. Owned and operated by Society 8 Hospitality Group, the team responsible for SoLita, it's the newest dining establishment in the base of the Atlantic Hotel & Spa.

Earlier this week, we got to check it out at a media preview.

See Also: Tsukuro Launches New Happy Hour Special and Lunch Menu

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Bocce Wine Bar and Tapas Opens in West Palm Beach

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All photos by Sara Ventiera
Cherry Smoked Scallop $13
The western suburbs of Broward and Palm Beach Counties tend to be known more for a profusion of chain restaurants rather than a trendy dining scene.

It's the cities and towns east of I-95 that get all the cred in the food scene.

That notion might start changing, however, as more spots like Bash American Bistro in Sunrise, Swank Southern Kitchen in Davie, and Burt & Max's in Delray Beach pioneer the western lands.

The recently opened Bocce Wine Bar and Tapas is now offering modern American fare to the western suburbs of West Palm Beach.

We recently attended a media dinner and got a first look of the place.

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Sonia Terboss Launches Spajuicebar After Battle With Cancer

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Photo courtesy Spajuice website
Juicing is kind of a big deal these days.

What was once a tenet of a wellness lifestyle on the fringe of eating and drinking society, is now popping up all over the place.

And it's not just the booming yoga scene that is consuming the brightly colored liquids, regular (unfit) people are starting to realize the benefits of drinking the nutrient-dense drinks.

South Florida has just received yet another cold-pressed juice delivery option, Spajuicebar.

Developed by Sonia Terboss after winning her battle with breast cancer, the company is all about encouraging customers to "find their light" through vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes.

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The Keg on Sixth Opens Today: We Got a First Look

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Sara Ventiera
Anytime a new place opens, we tend to get excited -- that's kind of our thing, if you haven't noticed.

But, whenever a craft-beer centric concept sets up shop, we're ecstatic. If we have one area of the food and beverage world covered in Broward, it's most certainly craft brews (and we're always happy to see more).

Tonight the Keg on Sixth, Fort Lauderdale's newest neighborhood bar and restaurant is celebrating its first night in business.

Last night, the spot held a soft opening and we got a first look.

See Also: Florida State Representative Introduces Bill That Would Destroy Small Breweries

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Bao Las Olas Bringing Healthy Pan Asian and Homemade Bao Buns to Downtown Fort Lauderdale

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All photos by Sara Ventiera
Homemade Bao Buns ($8 to $10)
Broward County is not known for having an excess of good Asian restaurants.

Yes, there is a Thai sushi spot on almost every corner. And sure, it'll satiate the craving for sweet, spicy, and savory all at once, but we've been there and done that a million times over.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Bao Las Olas opened its doors with healthy homemade Asian fare right in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

We went in on a media dinner for a first look.

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Tsukuro Brings Asian Fare and Modern Decor to Fort Lauderdale Beach

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All Photos courtesy Greg Schneider (exterior photo C&I Studios)
Tsukuro Baby Back Ribs ($9)
Fort Lauderdale Beach is not known as the area's premier dining destination -- it's more recognized its profusion of margaritas with overturned Coronas than anything else.

While it's been slow to catch on, that trend is starting to change -- albeit at a snail's pace.

The beach recently received its newest restaurant that is aiming to attract locals; Tsukuro opened its doors on February 8.

The new spot is bringing Asian-inpired eats and upscale decor to the strip.

Translating to "Where the moon arrives over the water," the space has been designed to offer guests prime views of the Atlantic in a modern albeit comfortable setting.

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