The Taco Spot Serves Tropical Cocktails and Tex-Mex in Hollywood

Nicole Danna
The Taco Spot in Hollywood.
The Hollywood Beach Broadwalk is many things. It's great for people-watching and rollerblading, for example. And -- of course -- our favorite: eating and drinking.

But with an expansive strip offering one establishment after another, it's not too long before you start to notice a few Greek menus and ice cream shops filing past. For a place loaded with Mediterranean-themed establishments and soft serve, the 1-year-old Taco Spot presents a different option for tourists and locals.

See also: Ten Best Tacos in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Cutthroat Kitchen Winner Brian Cartenuto Opens Tucker Duke's, Hosts Viewing Party Sunday

Tucker Duke's Lunchbox
Step into Tucker Duke's Lunchbox in Deerfield Beach and you might not be able to look at burgers the same way again. Why? Owner and executive chef Brian Cartenuto, winner of the fifth episode of the Food Network's first season of Cutthroat Kitchen, makes one so monstrous, you'll be hard-pressed to find a comparable version.

Today, you can get a perfected rendition of his Cutthroat Kitchen burger, which beat out the competition and helped secure his win, at the new South Florida Tucker location for Cartenuto's lunch counter-concept eatery where over-the-top burgers, Southern-style blue plate specials and creative small plates revolve around his own dedication to the local, sustainable and seasonal philosophy.

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The Porch Brings Upscale Italian and Seafood to Delray Beach

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Panko-encrusted salmon at The Porch in Delray Beach.
Newcomers to the Delray Beach scene are either flashy, high-end joints slinging cocktails and stuffing gastropub pomp down your throat, or the fad niche spots that never seem to last long. Then there are the quiet comers, the ones that steal the show over months of top-notch service, consistent fare and creative menus serving nothing but the best.

That's what you'll get with The Porch, a new restaurant located in one of Delray Beach's historic homes off Federal Highway just south of Atlantic Avenue.

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Rodney Mayo and Sean Scott on Local Coffee Culture and the New Subculture Coffee in West Palm Beach

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Subculture Coffee will be the first to bring microroasting to West Palm Beach.
In the past few decades, Americans have had no choice but to live with a limited selection of coffee. There isn't much to choose from outside the good old double-D's or Starbucks. And it's that much more evident here in South Florida, where specialty coffee shops are few and far between.

But thanks to Subculture Coffee opening in West Palm Beach on Monday, March 3rd, all that will change. As one of the area's first microroasters, Subculture will be brewing coffee craft-style in small batches, with specialty-sourced beans, and using precision roasting and brewing equipment.

See Also: The Ten Best Coffee Shops in Broward and Palm Beach

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New Jersey Based Zinburger Expanding To South Florida With New Location in Boca Raton Town Center

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Gourmet burgers offered with perfect wine pairings, a concept created by New Jersey-based Zinburger coming to Boca Raton later this spring.
Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar, an upscale eatery specializing in gourmet burgers served with a perfectly paired assortment of fine wine selections, will open its first South Florida location later this spring in the Boca Raton Town Cener.

ZInburger -- also known for its sweeter side thanks to hand-dipped shakes, floats and decadent pies -- opened its first location in Clifton, New Jersery three years ago, and has since developed an almost fanatical following of burger-loving clients with their made-to-order gourmet sandwiches, hand-dipped shakes and floats, decedent pies and 23 wines to pair it all with.

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Malakor Thai Owners Open Bangkok Jam in Royal Palm Beach

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For a limited time get the "fresh roll" free while dining-in at newly opened Bangkok Jam in Royal Palm Beach.
Trying to find authentic Thai food in South Florida is like searching good Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean food. This isn't Los Angeles; we just don't have the people here to make it. You're best chance of finding truly authentic fare is to make nice with a foreign family and invite yourself over for dinner.

But -- if you live in Palm Beach -- you've already got one foot in the door thanks to Malakor Thai, where family recipes are all you'll get from co-owners "Noopy" Areerak and Suchart Tiachaoen. Thailand natives, both wanted to bring the true taste of homestyle Thai cuisine to their small cafe that opened in Northwood Village in early 2011.

Now, newly opened Bangkok Jam is bringing the tradition to Royal Palm Beach, where the two chefs have created a second location, moving west to establish a new concept in a shopping plaza at the corner of Royal Palm Beach Boulevard and Okeechobee.

See Also: The Ten Best Restaurants in Northwood Village

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C&I Studios to Launch "Next Door" in Fort Lauderdale With Brew Urban Cafe Serving Up Coffee

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We're not in Fort Lauderdale anymore, folks.
In a recent interview with Josh Miller, founding owner of multimedia agency C&I Studios, he was a bit tight lipped on his latest venture Next Door, refusing to confirm any rumors floating about in FAT Village. One of those rumors was that Brew Urban Cafe was to open its coffee service inside C&I, and that C&I was about to expand its event space.

All Miller would say at the time was that what's to come would "blow people's minds."

He wasn't kidding. The idea agency and purveyor of slick events housed in FAT Village's artsy warehouse district, held a sneak peak Wednesday night for the media. Next Door is a complete transformation to the warehouse space that is located (literally) next door to C&I's existing 4,000-square-foot studio.

Rumors were confirmed that Brew Urban Cafe has set up shop inside with trained baristas ready to steam up some killer cappuccinos. So for Brew fans wondering why the Himmarshee shop was closed down several weeks ago, this is what owner Bob Denison meant when he said he had an exciting, new partnership underway.

See also: Brew Urban Cafe in Himmarshee Shutters Its Doors Today

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The Grind Brings Coffee Back to Downtown Fort Lauderdale

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While the news of Brew Urban Cafe closing its Himmarshee location last week has simmered down, a new caffeine spot, the Grind, has popped up on the scene.

Dry those tears, coffee friends: The Grind is here. Currently, this new coffee shop is serving as a mobile caffeine service on the patio of Stache, located at 109 SW Second Ave. in downtown Fort Lauderdale, just a block north of Brew's former location. Once Stache opens its doors, the Grind will move inside and set up shop.

Grind owner Yoni Martin and his barista crew want to ensure that Fort Lauderdale doesn't miss out on quality coffee.

See also: Brew Urban Cafe in Himmarshee Shutters Its Doors

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First Look: Nashville's Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill Open in City Place West Palm Beach

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Tequila Cowboy opened in West Palm Beach's City Place in August.
Is it a country bar? A restaurant, karaoke lounge or nightclub? From country to rock 'n roll, the new West Palm Beach establishment is actually a little bit of everything. Following in the footsteps of the original Tequila Cowboy location located off Nashville, Tennessee's world-famous Broadway, where a variety of honky-tonk music venues make it possible for locals to enjoy live music year-round, here you'll get more than your average country bar.

See Also: Cleve Mash Opens JR Buckwild Saloon in Palm Beach Gardens

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First Look: Taco Vida Opens Second Location on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach

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Taco Vida owner Silvia Martoy outside one of her first West Palm Beach locations.
These days everywhere you turn there's another Mexican place looking to run you through the line of burrito and taco "customization" for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. Now, West Palm Beach has a new option: Taco Vida, the assembly-line free fast and fresh place to order up all your Latin-inspired favorites.

Established in 2009, Taco Vida founder and owner Silvia Martoy worked in the hospitality industry before opening her first restaurant in West Palm Beach's City Place in 2012. Today, Martoy is the proprietor of two establishments in West Palm Beach -- including the original location that relocated to the city's Village Commons shopping center -- and a three-month-old location in the space formerly occupied by Five Guys off Clematis Street in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach.

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