Burgers

The SmokeShack burger with bacon and cherry peppers, right, and fried portobello ’Shroom Burger on the expansive patio at the new Shake Shack in Boca Raton. Susan Bryant/Courtesy (Susan Bryant/Courtesy, Susan Bryant/Courtesy / May 7, 2013)

New desserts include Blueberry Sticky Icky Buns and salted caramel creme brulee with rum-soaked bananas (both $8), and a late-night menu has launched with "remedies" such as punch-bowl drinks ($25), liquor snow cones ($5) and munchies.

The next rare drinks pairing dinner at 7 p.m. Monday for $65 will feature liquors such as Hophead Vodka. Subsequent ones will be held every four to six weeks for $40 to $75.

Vinnie's Lobster Bar

5810 S. University Drive, #118, Davie, 954-680-3323, VinniesLobsterBarFlorida.com


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This quaint restaurant anchored by a traditional cherry-wood bar has added meat dishes to supplement its seafood-centric menu since opening seven months ago in Lakeside Town Shops.

Now you can find chicken francese, parmigiana or marsala ($15.95) and rib-eye steak ($29.95). Rotating specials are lamb chops ($24.95), filet mignon ($29.95), surf & turf filet mignon and lobster tail ($36.95) and veal chops ($36.95). Another seafood option is Maine lobster pappardelle in brandy sauce ($26.95). Each month offers a special entree as buy-one, get-one free.

Chef/co-owner Vinnie Napolitano, whose first restaurant was in the Bronx more than 40 years ago, grants special requests, such as deboned smelt and tripe. Happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday is now two-for-one select drinks.

More of the white linen-covered tables have become high-tops to be more social, and musicians will perform pop music, primarily soft rock and smooth jazz, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

"We believe there is a serious lack of places for the 40s to 60s-plus crowd to go for entertainment in the area," says co-owner Rich Donato.

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