Pomegranate scallops

Pomegranate scallops are a standout at Kaluz Restaurant on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale. (Benjamin Rusnak / Courtesy / February 17, 2013)

What's happening in food and dining around South Florida.

Burt & Max's Bar and Grille

9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Suite 100, west of Delray Beach, 561-638-6380, BurtAndMaxs.com

Legendary restaurateurs Burt Rapoport and Dennis Max have rejoined to debut their latest venture in the new Delray Marketplace across from the amphitheater, featuring favorites from sibling Max's Grille in Boca Raton, as well as new additions.


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"Burt & Max's gives us the opportunity to highlight the latest dining trends and expand to an area that is mostly made up of corporate chain restaurants," Rapoport said in a press release. "Shopping plazas and new housing developments are continuing to expand in the west, pushing their limits to the Everglades."

In this western frontier, a fire pit graces the side patio with an indoor/outdoor bar. A foyer paved with pennies leads to a neutral interior with reclaimed and aged barn woods, large windows, industrial lighting, photos of rock n' roll legends and a tiled, wood-burning oven in the open kitchen.

New creations in the classic and contemporary American lineup include onion soup dumplings ($9), blackened mahi sandwich ($14), blackened shrimp and roasted tomatoes pizza ($14), fried chicken and waffles ($19) and oak-grilled pork chop peperonata ($25). The "Eat Well, Be Well" menu offers gluten-free, low-calorie options.

Dinner is served nightly, and lunch and weekend brunch will launch in March. Live music is planned for Thursday and Saturday nights, plus jazz for Sunday Brunch.

Kaluz Restaurant

3300 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-772-2209, KaluzRestaurant.com

With somewhat scarce waterfront dining, South Florida should be eager to welcome an alluring endeavor on the Intracoastal Waterway — and a stylish one at that.

Owner David Baldwin transformed the Roadhouse Grill into architecture reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright and removed the second floor to create a dramatically high ceiling and windows.

"We will stand out by our high-end decor, reasonable pricing and our not-so-traditional menu items," says Baldwin, who was a manager at Houston's and J. Alexander's. "The inspiration is to have a beautifully decorated waterfront dining experience but also include more casual patio seating and patio bar experience."

Chic lounge furniture and a fire pit on the side terrace may entice boaters. Inside, a bar and wine cellar greet you as the contemporary design gives way to a glass-fronted open kitchen, plenty of booths and iron chandeliers that resemble gigantic pine cones.

Executive chef Mike Knapik, who cooked at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, turns out New American cuisine with global influences. Highlights are ceviche ($9), prime burger topped with shaved prime rib ($14) and Wagyu beef ribs ($30). A chilled quinoa medley with basmati rice, pine nuts, cranberries, bell peppers and herbs is a refreshing accompaniment to a few of the entrees, including the festively plated pomegranate scallops ($29).

Lunch and dinner are served daily, with plans to launch Sunday brunch in April.

Sirocco

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5791 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-316-7997, SiroccoHollywood.com

Sirocco has replaced Rock N Hookah at the Hard Rock. But the hookahs, belly dancers and a Middle Eastern flair are still in.

"We have some traditional Lebanese, some classical Italian and dishes that fuse these flavors with other accents from across the Mediterranean, including Greek, Spanish and Moroccan," says owner Evan Kagan, whose wife is from Morocco. "We also serve a scaled-down late-night menu for those looking for quality healthy alternatives."