Luigi's Coal Oven Pizza Now Open in Delray Beach

Nicole Danna
Luigi's Coal Oven Pizza opened its second location in downtown Delray Beach this month.
No additions, no substitutions -- that's what the menu at Luigi's Coal Oven Pizza says. It's a philosophy based on the rules of the Verace Pizza Napoletana, an internationally recognized group of authentic Neopolitan-style pizza makers. It may also be why business has been good enough to expand north from the restaurant's original location in Fort Lauderdale, and into Palm Beach County.

Hailing from Naples, Italy, co-owner Luigi DeMeo has brought his signature coal-fired pizzas and chicken wings to downtown Delray Beach, opening a second location this month off Atlantic Avenue, just east of the train tracks in the space previously occupied by Paddy McGee's.

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Bash American Bistro Shutters Its Doors

When it comes to dining out, we can be kind of picky.

Yes, we're always willing to give things a go -- even if it sounds crazy as hell. Chicken feet; why not?

But it's not often that we find a place we absolutely love. On those rare occasions it does happen, we're there all the time.

Unfortunately, for whatever reason, some of those places don't end up staying around, and we're a little heartbroken when they leave.

We just confirmed that Bash American Bistro has shuttered its doors.

See Also: Bash Is a Foodie, Craft-Beer Mecca in West Broward

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Giraffas Brazilian Kitchen and Grill Opening in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

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Much of the world is quickly beginning to eschew fast food. Between the ridiculous calorie counts, lack of flavor, pink slime, animal cruelty issues, and whatever else, many of us are over it.

But we're still busy as hell.

We want healthy food, quickly -- not fast food, if you know what we mean.

Brazilian Kitchen and Grill is opening its newest outpost right next to Victoria Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The fast-casual franchise offers health-conscious fare in a hurry.

See Also: Giraffas Brings Quick, Healthy Brazilian Fare to Fort Lauderdale

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Rocco's Tacos Announces Delray Beach Location

Rocco Mangel is celebrating his new Delray Beach location.
Delray Beach taco fans will have a new place to party when Rocco's Tacos opens in winter 2014.

This will be the sixth Rocco's Tacos location for owners Rocco Mangel and Big Time Restaurant Group. There are currently four South Florida locations, and one in Orlando, with restaurants in Brooklyn and at Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale International Airport in the works, as well.

See also: Best Margarita Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2013 - The Antioxidant Margarita at Rocco's Tacos

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Calusa Coffee Fort Lauderdale's First Roaster Coming Soon, Started Kickstarter Campaign to Raise Funds

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We're all about "micro," "craft," "artisanal," and "small-batch" these days.

Whether it's cheese, tomatoes, or beer, we've made the swift from large-scale industrial homogeneity to locally produced unique products.

Sure, it's also a bit of a political statement -- we're fighting against the corporate powers that be -- but, at the end of the day we're all about the food and handmade products just taste better.

Fort Lauderdale is about to get its first local coffee roaster in the coming months. Calusa Coffee Roasters is planning on opening in June. Owner Steven Hodel recently initiated a kickstarter campaign to assist in funding.

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

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Sheila's Conch & Wings Reopens in Fort Lauderdale

Nicole Danna
Sheila's "famous" conch fritters
Palm Beach County residents living nearby Sheila's Famous BBQ, Conch and More food shack in Lake Worth -- maybe even the original mobile unit outside the West Palm Beach court house -- had it good. They were just minutes away from one of the area's most awesome marriages of Southern smoked BBQ and Bahamian-style delicacies.

Well, the tables have turned. Now, Broward County is home to yet another spot all South Floridians can all be a little envious of: Sheila's Conch & BBQ, which reopened a few months ago in Fort Lauderdale.

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Why Red, The Steakhouse Closed its Boca Raton Location

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Red, The Steakhouse closed its Boca Raton location this past weekend. The Ohio-based restaurant has successfully operated a South Beach location for several years and, capitalizing on that success, opened a Boca location in Spring 2012.

Now, almost two years to the date, the restaurant has shuttered its doors at the Palm Beach county outpost. Why did the Boca Raton location close when the South Beach Red continues to thrive?

See also: Ten Best Restaurants in Boca Raton

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March's Restaurant Openings and Closing in Broward and Palm Beach

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With another month comes another bunch of new restaurants. While we still have plenty of spots we're waiting to see open doors (ahem, Trader Joe's!), the four weeks of March proved to be good ones for the world of food.

From beercentric high-end waterfront Italian to fast-casual Brazilian grill to late-night sushi and everything in-between, check out our roundup of restaurant openings, closings, and overall happenings in Broward and Palm Beach counties this month.

See Also: January's Restaurant Openings and Closings 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 Daily Melt Opening New Location in Fort Lauderdale

Laine Doss
Sammie and a soup shot. Life is good.
Lunch time around Las Olas is going to get mighty cheesy with the impending opening of a new Daily Melt location.

The grilled cheese-centric brainchild of chef Allen Susser is scheduled to open some time within the month and will also take on a more sophisticated gourmet cafe look and feel.

This downtown location of The Daily Melt will feature a lounge area with free WiFi and chef Allen's daily blackboard specials.

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