What's happening in food and dining around South Florida.
Hurry to this farm-to-fork restaurant in Pineapple Grove if you want to try its latest round of seasonal specials.
"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).
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
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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.