Del Frisco's Grille Launches New Meat-Focused Menu

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When it comes to food conversations these days, it seems that the focus is always on incorporating more plant-based and vegan options.

Obviously, it's healthier. But sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into a big ol' hunk of meat.

While other eateries are slimming down, Del Frisco's Grille in Palm Beach is going the other way. The restaurant recently instituted its first menu change since opening last year.

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Buccan Hires Antonia Grandberry as Pastry Chef (Photos)

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When it comes to cooking, not all courses are created the same. Sure, a topnotch chef could probably make an amazing cake -- and probably way better than anything you're going to make -- but cooking and baking are two completely different things.

And there's nothing like dessert prepared by a pastry chef.

One of Palm Beach's most highly acclaimed restaurants has recently upped its A-game. Buccan has brought in pastry chef Antonia Grandberry to run its dessert program.

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Olive Garden, an Italian "Concept" Restaurant That Does Not Salt the Pasta Water

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According to Starboard Value, these are "too long."

Starboard Value is a New York-based investment adviser that "invests in deeply undervalued small cap companies and actively engages with management teams and boards of directors to identify and execute on opportunities to unlock value for the benefit of all shareholders." In other words, this hedge fund is all about maximizing profits and cutting the fat. Or in this case, reducing the amount of unlimited breadsticks.

Recently, it released a close-to-300-page report on Olive Garden's parent company, Darden Restaurants Inc. and was rather vitriolic about the chain's interpretation of "Italian generosity." Conflicting issues like the hippie-like distribution of bread; use of "high-end" materials in their to-go bags and containers; the sale of burgers; and the length of straws, asparagus, and other traditionally long products.

And the real kicker: the stoppage of salting the pasta water.

See also: Ten Best Italian Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Sea Level Restaurant Now Offering Local Chalkboard Specials

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When it comes to dining at the super posh Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, most of us go straight to infamous 3030 Ocean. Hey, with celebrity chefs running the kitchen (formerly three times James Beard nominee and New Times "Best Chef - 2009" Dean Max, currently his protégé, Hell's Kitchen contestant and our pick for "Best Chef - 2014," Paula DaSilva), it's no wonder.

That being said, the stunning oceanfront property offers even more in the dining department, such as casual beachside eatery Sea Level Restaurant, which recently added new chalkboard specials featuring an array of locally sourced ingredients.

See Also: 3030 Ocean's La Tasha McCutchen Makes it to Week Two on Hell's Kitchen

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Chick-Fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy Is Dead at 93

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S. Truell Cathy, Chick-Fil-A founder, has died.
S. Truett Cathy, the controversial founder of Chik-Fil-A, has died.

According to a statement issued by the chicken sandwich chain, Cathy died at 1:35 a.m. Monday, "peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones." He was 93.

See also: Chick-fil-A President's Antigay Comments Spark Social-Media Frenzy [Update:Chick-fil-A Issues Statement]


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A Chihuahuan Touch in Hallandale at Chapultepec Mexican Bar & Restaurant

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The #2 combo option, enchilada de mole, taco de carne asada and sope.
Ciudad Juárez in the state of Chihuahua in Mexico might get a dubious reputation for its many years of crimes concerning the safety of working class women and the ongoing war on drugs. That's unfortunate because the state boasts some of the best Mexican cuisine and it is a real treat to find some of it in our neighborhood without too much of a Tex-Mex influence ruining the attention to grains and proteins Chihuahuan chefs bring to the table. Chapultepec Mexican Restaurant, a stone-throw north of Hallandale Beach Boulevard has maintained a quiet, almost sleepy existence for the last decade.

Unfortunately, the only ones who were really asleep were us.

Owned by Silvia Ayala and her children, Karla Nuñez and Juan Carlos Marín, with Silvia's voice being the defining authority in the kitchen, the restaurant opened ten years ago as a means to provide for the family. It has now become a cornerstone of a thriving Mexican and Central American community in Hallandale.

The kitschy décor lends itself more to a dance bar, which is in essence what the restaurant transforms into on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., but the continuous buzz of patrons stopping in for a bite or picking up orders is proof positive of what's happening in the kitchen.

See also: Chapultepec Mexican Restaurant in Hallandale: Cheap Beer and Slow-Roasted Meats

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Green Bar & Kitchen Expanding With Second Location on Galt Ocean Mile

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These days, it seems like everyone is getting into healthy eating -- and with America's track record on health, it's definitely a good thing.

From larger vegetarian selections at local bars to wellness-focused eateries, South Floridians (and their beach bodies) are all about nutrient density.

North Fort Lauderdale is about to get healthier: Green Bar & Kitchen is opening a second express location on Galt Ocean Mile.

See Also: Green Bar & Kitchen Now Serving Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Vegan Ice Cream

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Credit Card Breach at Palm Beach Gardens P.F. Chang's; Still Unclear if Data Was Stolen

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A P.F. Chang's restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens is among 33 of the company's locations whose customers' credit card information may have been stolen.
The U.S. Secret Service alerted restaurant chain P.F. Chang's China Bistro that customer credit card data may have been stolen from several of the company's locations throughout the country, including one in Palm Beach Gardens.

The Scottsdale, Arizona-based company said it was alerted by the USSS on June 10 to a "possible security compromise" involving credit and debit card data, according to a public statement posted August 4 on the company's website.

See Also: South Florida Cops Have Been Looking for Credit Card Thief for Nearly a Decade

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d.b.a./Cafe Expanding Hours, Starting Lunch This Week

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We've all had it, that sinking feeling that sets in when we have a craving for something specific, only to find out one of our favorite restaurants is closed.

It's the worst.

There's good news on the horizon for lovers of d.b.a./ Cafe. The laid-back Fort Lauderdale spot is expanding its hours of operation to seven-days a week, including lunch.

See Also: d.b.a./ Cafe Hosts Cigar City Anniversary Dinner: Five Courses Paired With Five Special Beers (Photos)

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Cantina Laredo Debuts Five Dishes This Week

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Ribs and fajitas.

What has passed off as "Mexican" cuisine in this country for so long has been an abject farce. Leave it to a certain fast food joint to try to homogenize an entire nation's food tradition into a simple-to-wrap, 30-item menu. Mexican food, real Mexican food, varies from state to state, maybe even from neighborhood to neighborhood. You could have an entire strip's worth of Mexican restaurants and never repeat an item in all the menus.

Cantina Laredo has never boasted itself as a definitive destination for all things Mexican, but as far as chain restaurants go, its modern take on Mexican cuisine has the right attitude. Sure, it's a little more expensive than that aforementioned chain with the dollar-disasters, but you do get a much more reputable serving of food.

Cantina Laredo's newest craze is a discovery of ribs, and as such, it will be debuting five dishes, three feature short ribs, at most of its restaurants. These will be available at the two locations in South Florida, Hallandale Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.

See also: Cantina Laredo Releases Sorbet Cocktails for Summer


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