Dining scene: From farm-to-fork to Kit Kat cakes

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

Max's Harvest

169 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561-381-9970, MaxsHarvest.com

Hurry to this farm-to-fork restaurant in Pineapple Grove if you want to try its latest round of seasonal specials.


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"Sustainability is key. We're also trying to bring more organic products to the menu," Max Group executive chef and partner Patrick Broadhead said in a press release.

Small plates are burrata Caprese ($15) and ricotta gnocchi with short-rib ragout and truffle oil ($16). Or, go bigger with pan-seared diver scallops with Vietnamese-scented aioli ($19/$35), New York strip steak with crispy onions and mustard-peppercorn butter ($39) or pork chop with sweet corn souffle, braised collard greens with smoked hocks, baby carrots and green tomato jam ($36).

Back by demand: pork belly with maple-bourbon glaze, peaches and crispy shallots ($14) and the vodka Watermelon Patch cocktail ($12).

Other new drinks for the summer include the Dark & Stormy ($12) and Bourbon Orchard with Maker's Mark, ginger liqueur, apple juice and strawberries ($12).

End with banana creme brulee layered with bananas Foster and molasses cookies ($13).

75 Main

270 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-243-7975, 75Main.com

With the addition of chef Mark Militello, he and owner Zach Erdem are reshaping this year-old contemporary American restaurant amid the avenue's bustle.

"The whole focus here has been trying to make this restaurant food driven and not a nightclub," says Militello, who is a James Beard Foundation award winner.

He has instilled classier changes, such as expanding the weekend brunch. Bestsellers are challah French toast with fruit ($12) and malted walnut waffle with roasted pears ($12 or add fried chicken for $5). Main dishes include a complimentary mimosa or bloody mary.

Desserts are now made in house, such as the Kit Kat cake and the Italian budino with caramel sauce (both $10).

Craft beers have been added, as well as seven cocktails, including vodka-and-ginger beer Moscow Mule and the vodka Acai-Blueberry Vohito (both $14).

A new nightly happy hour from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. now follows the one from 4 to 8 p.m. Jazz musicians will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

California Pizza Kitchen

Cpk.com, various locations

After debuting its flagship restaurant at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise in December with a new look, the international chain is integrating its softer feel with reclaimed wood at other locations in a return to its West Coast roots.