Next Door Launches Drive-Through Coffee Service, Expanded Hours of Operation

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Across the world Americans are stereotyped as being lazy -- we'd like to think we're just busy, actually.

We have drive-throughs for just about everything: fast-food, car-washes, banks, pharmacies, convenience stores, dry-cleaners, and topless doughnut shops. (Seriously, that last one used to exist in Fort Lauderdale. We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried.)

Let's just say, if there's a something you want, someone will bring it straight to your car.

Recently, Brew Next Door at C&I Studios launched a drive-through coffee service right out front of the shop.

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

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Grille 401 Revamps With Sushi and Sake Bar

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Photo courtesy of Kip Hunter PR
There once was a day in which people would scoff at the mere mention of raw fish; sushi was considered an exotic cuisine for risky foodies.

Those days are surely gone -- the Japanese staple is now one of the most common food items to be found across restaurant menus in South Florida.

With an image-conscious population like ours, it's no wonder: Raw fish is low in calories and high in nutrients -- and freaking delicious -- a win on every front.

Grille 401 is the newest concept to add a sushi and sake bar to its list of offerings.

See Also: Kapow! Noodle Bar Starting Traditional Sake Service Soon

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American Social Named "Best Bites on the Beach" at SOBEWFF: Secret Code for Discounted Bites

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South Florida is no stranger to food and wine festivals -- during season we seem to host one every weekend.

Although we're more than happy to attend any event that involves gorging ourselves for hours on end, one such fest is bigger and more celeb-filled than all the rest.

A couple of weeks ago, the South Beach Food and Wine Festival brought together some of best-known celebrities, most highly respected chefs, and local restaurants for a jam-packed weekend of food and drink activities.

And one Broward Restaurant, American Social, was named Saturday's "Best Bites of the Beach" by our sister paper Miami New Times' Short Order.

To celebrate the honor, the spot is now offering a deal on its voter-chosen dish.

See Also: Broward and Palm Beach Chefs Impressed at Best of the Best (Photos)

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Paula DaSilva Hosting Brunch Series at 3030 Ocean Starting This Month

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When it comes to complete relaxation, brunch is the ideal choice.

How often do you get to kick back with a drink during the day while sitting in the sunshine for hours, picking at foods that will most like you send you straight back to bed?

If you're doing that on a Monday, we'd like to know your secret. Just sayin'.

Starting later this month, one of Fort Lauderdale's best chefs is starting up a pop-up brunch series for the next three months.

That's right, 3030 Ocean's Paula DaSilva is starting a Sunday Brunch Favorites series with a changing menu comprised of fresh seasonal ingredients.

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

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Nick's New Haven-Style Pizzeria Opening Coral Springs Location

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Nick's white clam pizza.
Neapolitans have strict rules and regulations for using the designation Pizza Napoletana -- there is an entire nonprofit sanctioned by the Italian government dedicated to making sure the term is applied appropriately.

Chicagoans are fiercely devoted to their signature deep-dish pies.

And New Yorkers, fuhgeddaboudit; those maniacs will go to bat for their beloved thin crust.

No matter which way you slice it, everyone is serious about his favorite style of pizza.

Broward County is about to get its newest specialty pizza place. Nick's New Haven is opening a second location in Coral Springs.

See Also: Ten Best Pizza Places in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Bocce Wine Bar & Tapas Bringing Modern American Fare to West Palm Beach

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All photos by Libby Vision
South Florida is full of transplants.

If we had to guess, we'd say one percent of the population was actually born here. (Also, did you know that 84% of statistics are made up on the spot? True story.)

Quite frankly: we think it's a good thing.

For one thing, the different influences have a positive impact on the diversity of food -- and we don't just mean international cuisine.

On March 8, one of the pioneers of the new Providence, Rhode Island restaurant scene (which is known for being top notch), Bob Higginbotham, is opening a new concept in West Palm Beach.

Bocce Wine Bar & Tapas is bringing modern American fare, craft beer, artisanal cocktails, and boutique wines to the western edge of West Palm.

See Also: El Camino Gives Downtown Delray Beach Its First Tequila Bar


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Thierry Beaud Is Opening a French Bakery and Cafe on Clematis

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You've heard the saying, "When it rains, it pours."

That's usually a bad thing - unless each droplet is and amazing new eatery.

Lately, it's been raining new restaurants and bars on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm -- or it's about to be soon.

We just broke news about the third reincarnation of Lost Weekend moving down the block.

We're awaiting the opening of the new outpost of former Miami hotspot Pawn Shop Lounge and Rodney Mayo's new coffee shop (details coming soon).

And now we have yet another concept to be excited about.

Thierry Beaud, owner of Pistache French Bistro and PB Catch, is opening Paneterie, a cafe and bakery right next to Palm Beach Dramaworks.

See Also: Lost Weekend Closed; Soon to Reopen on 500 Block of Clematis

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Max's Harvest Updates Menu With New Dishes From New Executive Chef Eric Baker (Photos)

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Whether it's through specials or an entire menu revamp, it's important to update the menu for regulars and those looking to try something different -- even Applebee's rolls out new specials every so often. Just sayin'.

Applebee's -- and other chains -- aside, with a new chef comes even bigger changes.

Eric Baker, acclaimed Delray Beach farm-to-table spot Max's Harvest's new executive chef, recently started adding some new French-fied dishes to the menu.

See Also: Eric Baker Named Executive Chef of Max's Harvest

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Fork & Knife in Boca Raton Now Serving Brunch

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Few activities are more relaxing than getting drunk at nine o'clock in the morning.

While it's generally not acceptable to get wasted in the early hours of the day, it's all right as long eggs are involved, as long as it's brunch.

For all you early morning inebriates another bottomless breakfast/lunch hybrid has come to town.

Fork & Knife recently began serving brunch with $12 bottomless mimosas and $14 all-you-can-drink Bloody Marys.

See Also: Flashback Diner is a 24-Hour Blast from the Past in Boca Raton

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American Social Armed Robbery: Police Nab Four Suspects After High Speed Chase

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Besides a few drunk people behaving rowdy, Las Olas Boulevard is basically a safe place to be on on a Friday night, which is why the news of an armed robbery at American Social is so shocking.

Early this morning (Friday, February 7 at around 1 a.m.), three armed suspects approached two employees at the rear of American Social Bar & Restaurant.

According tho the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department, the suspects "brandished firearms and demanded their belongings." After taking the contents of an employee's pants pockets (a cell phone, cash, and car keys), the suspects jumped into a white, four-door Stratus and drove away.

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