100 Montaditos Now Open at City Place in West Palm Beach

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All photos by Nicole Danna
A plate of montaditos, or tapas-style sandwiches, at 100 Montaditos in West Palm Beach.
Tapas, the art of dishing out small plates, has become a popular concept in the U.S., with bars and restaurants springing up in cities across the nation dishing out their own version of a sharing menu. However, most Americans don't know the history of tapas -- exactly how, and why, the tiny dishes originated.

Many historians believe tapas began as a way for Spanish farmers and field workers to stay nourished during the long work day, taking small meals accompanied by wine or drink every few hours. In modern Spain, tapas are seldom served without alcohol, and are not meant to be a meal in themselves. Likewise, there are no tapas restaurants -- only tapas bars, encouraging a culture of "tapeo" where people meet and mingle to enjoy drink and food in a lively atmosphere.

Although tapas can literally be any type of food, in Spain not all tapas are created equal. The way the food is served and presented, as well as the type of ingredients used, determine whether or not the fare is considered a tapa (snack), pintxo (food on a stick), racion (dish), plato (main plate) or montadito (food served on bread).

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Richard Harris Takes the Reins as d.b.a./Cafe's Executive Chef

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One of Fort Lauderdale's most beloved restaurants has some big news to announce: d.b.a./Cafe , New Times' 2013 pick for "Best New Restaurant in Broward County," has welcomed a new executive chef.

Richard Harris, the brother of local celebrity chef Chris Miracolo, has taken the reins at the laid-back eatery, bringing with him a new style of cuisine, weekly specials, and monthly events -- including a Cigar City dinner next week.

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Apura: Cold-Pressed Juices, Cold Brew Coffee, and Handmade Nut "Mylks" Coming to Boca

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Apura's Gorgeous Kale Salad
After half a century of eating processed, pre-made garbage, Americans are finally starting to wake up from the toxin-filled slumber of terrible dietary habits.

The pendulum has swung from mass-produced drive-thru burgers (that may or may not actually be derived from a cow) to organic quinoa and kale -- score one, for the medical system.

While we've seen the rise of health-conscious eateries spring up in Broward and Palm Beach Counties over the past couple of years, as far as we're concerned (along the rest of the nutritionally-informed population), there's plenty of salubrious space to go around.

Boca Raton is about to get, yet another, healthy dining option in the next few months. Apura Juicery & Coffeehouse is bringing cold-pressed juices, cold brew coffee, handmade nut "mylks," and plant-based dishes to town.

See Also: Ten Best Juice Bars in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Tilted Kilt Plans Four Other South Florida Locations

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Tilted Kilt, the Arizona-based chain that features servers dressed in a cross between naughty schoolgirl and Gaelic sex kitten, is opening four more locations in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

In May 2013, Fort Lauderdale-based TKSF Management Group, created to bring Tilted Kilt to South Florida, opened the first Broward location of the beef-and-beer establishment in Hallandale Beach.

In October 2013, the company announced plans to open an 8,500-square-foot space on four lots, taking over 201, 207, 215, and 219 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, with a late summer opening date planned.

See Also: Tilted Kilt Opening in Downtown Fort Lauderdale


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CityPlace Versus Brewzzi: The Troubles Continue

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While this story has all the potential narrative trappings of David and Goliath, the truth seems closer to the harried dealings of taking care of an elderly relative who has gone fully into dementia with a lawyer's number on speed dial. Last year, CityPlace had a dispute with Brewzzi concerning the language of its lease and took it to court. A settlement was quickly reached, and it has been business as usual for both entities ever since.

That is, until recently, when shoppers and patrons looking to get their lunch fix at the award-winning brewery/eatery found it barricaded by mall security and the lights turned off. As it turns out, CityPlace had not received the satisfaction it had sought and moved in that morning with the Sheriff's Department to try to evict the restaurant from the locale it has inhabited for the past 11 years.

See also: Boca Raton's Brewzzi Wins Silver At National Competition For Passionfruit Saison

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Should 83-Year-Old Home Be Torn Down for Dunkin' Donuts Parking Lot?

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Here's a tough one to analyze. On one hand, West Palm Beach's kitschy and charming Antique Row neighborhood will lose a building that's suited for the environment's d├ęcor, and on the other, a hazardous road condition could be improved. 412 Avenida Alegre, located behind the Dunkin' Donuts on 3501 S. Dixie Highway, was built in 1931 and from 2005 until February of this year was inhabited by Mary Johnson, was purchased by the Ocean 11 LLC, and could be torn down in favor of the doughnut shop's parking lot expansion plans.

This is the same shop that was witness last year to a police-involved shooting when Officer Gene Picerno, himself no stranger to legal troubles, fired a shot at a hammer-wielding suspect in the early hours of April 13. This is also the same neighborhood that saw former Supervisor of Elections Theresa "Madame Butterfly" LePore's brother Joseph pull a firearm on a taxi driver and police officer following an altercation concerning the use of his driveway as a u-turn site. Avenida Alegre is a dead end, and, as such, residents have long suffered the use of their driveways by Dunkin' Donuts' patrons.

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Hollywood Hard Rock Cafe's Revamped Menu is a Bounty of Informed Americana

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Grilled Veggie Sandwich, good for carnivores and quieting vegetarians.

Founded in London in 1971 by Americans Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, the Hard Rock Cafe brand will be celebrating its 43rd year of operation this weekend with a three-day birthday bash showcasing their love for music and food. Owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida since 2007, Hard Rock continues to focus its legacy through music and memorabilia, operating 175 locations in 53 countries, with the newest addition opening next week in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Four decades in the business do not come without hardships and Hard Rock has managed its viability by adapting through the years without going the radical route of other companies or following culinary trends. Through the great American export of rock and roll, the brand has always maintained an association with "Americana" and as such, big, bold flavors pair with comfort in a setting worthy of inducing Fred Flintstone into one of his legendary brontosaurus rib comas.

Ahead of their celebratory weekend, Chef and General Manager Scott Jacobs made a majority of his new menu available for sampling and it was hard not to fall under the hypnotic joviality of his excitement for the product. A twenty-one year veteran of Hard Rock, Chef Jacobs is a tall man with an easy smile that is backed by the wonderment of culinary possibility usually seen in newbies joining their first kitchen line.

Here are some highlights of the tasting dinner.

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The Restaurant People Opening Fork & Balls on Las Olas: Balls of all Shapes and Sizes

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For decades, good meatballs have been reserved for little old school Italian places with checkered table cloths and prosciutto hanging from the ceiling.

Not anymore.

The Restaurant People, the group responsible for Tarpon Bend, YOLO, and S3, are about to open a new kind of ball shop next month.

Fork & Balls will be offering a casual bar scene with a wide variety of balls.

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Casa D'Angelo Launches New Menu: More Seafood and Handmade Pastas (Photos)

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Ah, spring. Bikini season is officially here. For the rest of the country. It's always here, but... well you get the idea.

As we approach summer many a restaurant is lightening its offerings to keep the hot (we mean temperature) and scantily clad happy for the beach season.

To celebrate the change in weather and bounty of the season, Casa D'Angelo in Boca Raton has released a new menu with a myriad of refreshing and dietary conscious dishes as well as more handmade pastas -- 'cause why not?

We went to in test out the new selections.

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Dubliner Fort Lauderdale Closed; Bull Market Opening on Thursday

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Downtown Fort Lauderdale has seen its changes over the past decade.

From Broward's premier bar scene to victim of the failing economy to slowly resurrecting nightlife and dining destination, the area is finally starting to make a comeback.

And even more changes are on the horizon. Subculture Group's Dubliner Fort Lauderdale was recently sold to the Creative Kitchen Group, owners of Whiskey Tango in Hollywood.

Director of Operations John Todora gave us the scoop on the new concepts (it's going to be three) and a timeline for the changes.

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