Brimstone Woodfire Grill Launches a New Menu for the New Year

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Brimstone Woodfire Grill Seasonal Craft Cocktails: Back Row Lychee Martini, Twisted Champagne, Passion Fruit; Front Row: Harvest Moon, Warmer Winter.
Seasons come and seasons go, even down here in South Florida. It's been an odd winter for us, to be sure. After a brief cold snap early on, temperatures have gone tepid and muggy. But it's still winter, believe it or not, and if we're not going to bundle up and sing "Baby, It's Cold Outside," then we might as well head into the air conditioning and eat like it is.

The Brimstone Grill in Pembroke Pines is taking advantage of the new year to make some changes to its menus -- both food and cocktail -- and it's at least a wintry wonderland for your taste buds.

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Himmarshee Public House Launches New Winter Menu

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New root-beer-glazed pork lollipops at Himmarshee Public House.
Himmarshee Public House, located at 201 SW Second St. in downtown Fort Lauderdale, recently released the restaurant's winter menu.

Cofounder Marc Falsetto and corporate chef Robbyns Martinez have designed a new, seasonally inspired winter menu that highlights modern takes on comfort foods while adding global influences across the board.

Many dishes also incorporate selections from the bar's vast array of craft beer, including Wynwood Brewery "Pops" porter-braised short ribs served with goat cheese, mashed potatoes, and fried onions; and Sprecher's Hard Root Beer glazed pork lollipop dish served with jalapeño cheddar grits.

See also: Ten Best New Year's Day Brunches in Broward and Palm Beach


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Shooters Waterfront Revamps With All-New Look and Menu

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Shooters Waterfront is, in a way, a tale of Fort Lauderdale.

Forever etched into the city's inebriated memory as the place to enjoy a fantastic happy hour, a scenic dock, and poolside swimsuit contests, Shooters has decided to shed the party life and mature considerably. The restaurant, one of the Intracoastal Waterway's most popular, has turned a new leaf under the ownership of the Grateful Palate's William McIntyre and is now helmed by Meghan Leckey and her team.

Gone is the famed pool and its debauchery (moment of silence...), and in its place is a new alfresco dining deck with 300 seats that is poised to take full advantage of the skyline and waterway with its "panoramic views of the water in a distinguished, beachy-chic setting," according to a news release. Aside from the aesthetic renovations, the restaurant has hired Chef Chi Chan, a Le Cordon Bleu graduate, to remodel their lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch menus as well as luxury resort veteran interior designer Deborah Frustino to oversee the restaurant's new decor.

See also: Shooters Closed for Renovations Until October; Bootlegger Closes For Good

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Spike TV's Bar Rescue Hits Heat Restaurant & Lounge In Hollywood

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Camera crews filming Thursday night.

Downtown Hollywood was hit with some of California's Hollywood this last week as the Spike TV hit show Bar Rescue, where consultant Jon Taffer rips each establishment a new one and rebuilds to success, descended on Hollywood Boulevard. Their aim was to makeover Heat Restaurant & Lounge.


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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.

See Also: The Alchemist Gastropub & Bar Opens in West Palm Beach

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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.

See Also: Ten Best Burgers in Palm Beach County

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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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