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Dining scene: From pub bites to sushi

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

Slainte Irish Pub + Kitchen

1500 Gateway Blvd., Boynton Beach, 561-742-4190,

This 5-year-old Irish pub in Renaissance Commons has added "Kitchen" to its name to reflect its revamped decor and menu after the arrival of a new executive chef, Christopher Palmer, from the former Allen Susser's Taste Gastropub in Delray Beach.

Along with 18 TVs, iron and warm wood touches, stained glass and traditional Irish fabrics, the owners expanded the seating with barrel tables and lounge areas on the patio with a cigar bar and extended the stage to host bands Thursday through Saturday.

The new promotional lineup looks like this: $9.95 daily express lunch includes a draft beer, burgers and martinis are $5 on Monday nights; sliders and domestic drafts are $2 on Two Buck Tuesdays; and ladies eat free Wednesday nights at the bar and lounge. Daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. offers two-for-one select beer and wine, plus $5 select craft beers and imported drafts.

The latest menu changes are all-day full Irish breakfast with two fried eggs, bacon, mushrooms, potato cake, grilled tomato, brown bread and black-and-white pudding ($13.95), bangers and mash ($14.95), corned beef egg rolls ($8.95), shepherd's pie ($14.95) and Reuben sandwich ($10.50).

The makeover will be celebrated at its upcoming three-day St. Patrick's festival with live music, children's activities and a special Irish menu with discounts from March 15 to 17. As part of the festivities, staff and patrons will shave their heads at the annual St. Baldrick's event from 4 to 9 p.m. March 16 to benefit children's cancer research.

Grand Tavern

710 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach, 561-279-2779,

If you've been missing Coney Island hot dogs from up north, you can get your fix all day on Sundays at this Michigan-themed sports grill serving them with the traditional mustard, onions and the piece de resistance. . .

"In order to provide the perfect Coney dog, we will be importing the famous National Chili sauce from Detroit," says Megann Lucaj, co-owner along with husband Victor Lucaj, both from Michigan where the original Grand Tavern is run by Victor's family. "We often get requests."

If two dogs with fries for $7.49 proves popular, they will add them to the menu among other recent additions, such as pretzels and jalapeno dip ($8.99), chicken Madeira ($12.99) and Mediterranean garlic shrimp with fettuccine ($12.99).

New buy-one, get-one half-off deals are entrees on Mondays, salads on Tuesdays, wine bottles on Wednesdays and burgers on Thursdays. Saturdays feature a 12-ounce prime rib dinner with veggies and garlic mashed potatoes for $14.99.

da Campo Osteria

il Lugano Hotel & Residences, 3333 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-226-5002,

After stints at high-profile hotels in Miami, Steven Acosta has returned — this time as executive chef — to this 4-year-old traditional Northern Italian restaurant set in a contemporary atmosphere overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

"I fell in love with and continue to be inspired by the simplicity of Italian cuisine," Acosta said in a press release. "Authentic Italian cooking places a strong emphasis on using exceptional ingredients and treating them with respect, allowing technique to make them shine."

His new refined dishes are cannelloni di maiale, suckling pig confit with butter-poached arugula, chanterelle mushrooms and sheep's milk ricotta ($28), roasted beet and robiola cheese salad ($13), ravioli di costola breve with braised short rib and peppers ($26), braised veal cheeks with cauliflower, tomatoes, onions and artichoke chips ($36) and roasted boneless half chicken atop caramelized Brussels sprouts, potatoes, mushrooms and tomatoes ($28).

The house specialty, fresh pulled mozzarella with your choice of six preparations performed table side ($18), and other favorites, such as lobster tagliatelle ($40), are still here.

Sushi Room

1810 S. Young Circle, Hollywood, 954-922-1103,

With the recent return of executive chef Russell Sulit, this traditional and fusion Japanese eatery downtown has launched lunch after eight years of serving dinner only.

"We're starting to get a really good response," Vito Zinerco, general manager of Sushi Room and sibling Mama Mia Italian Ristorante next door, said in a press release. "We've actually been looking at this for quite some time. We wanted to make sure we had the right chefs and cooks in place."

Selections, served 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, range from $4 to $12 and complement more than 20 sake drinks. Signatures are grilled Korean short ribs ($6); salmon carpaccio with truffle oil, garlic soy, sea salt and scallions ($7); portobello gyoza ($6); and spicy tuna roll wrapped in cucumber ($8). A variety of bento boxes with soup and salad ($12 to $15), ramen soups and noodle bowls ($8 to $10), such as pad Thai or udon, round out the offerings.

If Asian doesn't suit, you also can order from Mama Mia's menu. Valet parking is free.

Email news to or send to John Tanasychuk, Sun Sentinel, 500 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 900, 9th floor, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394.

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