Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Westfield Broward mall, 8000 W. Broward Blvd, #422, 954-267-1988, Plantation, RedRobin.com
This four-decade-old international chain has opened its second South Florida location, with others to follow at The Mall at Wellington Green later this month and in West Palm Beach in September.
"We're a new concept with a closed floor plan sectioned off into separate rooms," says Plantation general manager Brian Akres, adding the patio is a bit unusual for the chain as well.
The family-dining eatery known for its more than two dozen burgers with 100 topping choices and unlimited steak fries also serves appetizers, salads, entrées, bottomless Freckled Lemonade ($3.99), cocktails and spiked shakes, such as Mango Moscato Wine Shake ($7.49).
Burgers, including alternatives of chicken, fish and turkey, range from $6.99 to $14.29, such as the Whiskey River BBQ and A.1. Peppercorn. Other favorites are Chili Chili Cheese Fries ($7), Bar Wings 'n' Yukon Chips ($5, $9) and Gooey Chocolate Brownie Cake ($4.99).
Lunch and dinner are served daily amid a gray-and-red decor with old celebrity photographs on the ceiling and walls.
208 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-7656; 5800 SW 73rd St., Miami, 305-663-6099; RokBrgr.com
This gourmet burger bar and gastropub, founded four years ago in Fort Lauderdale, is offering the ultimate for National Burger Month through May. It's a 10-ounce truffle burger with short rib, brisket and chuck blend crowned with Truffle Tremor cheese, seared foie gras, truffle port reduction and summer truffles shaved tableside, along with hand-cut truffle fries, for $50, or $65 with a glass of Champagne.
"It's a truffle paradise. We wanted to give our guests an extra feel and go aggressive," says Matt Walsh, director of marketing for J.E.Y. Hospitality management group.
New burgers that will extend beyond May are Spicy Crunch with Fritos, chipotle Gouda and roasted jalapenos ($13), the Las Olas, called SoMi at the Miami location, with brie and house-made fig jam ($15) and lamb with feta and cucumber mint yogurt ($15).
Updated Sunday brunch specialties are smoked salmon deviled eyes ($8), pancakes of the day ($10), Hangover Sandwich Part 2 with Kobe-style meatloaf and fried egg ($12) and eggs & burger without a bun ($14).
New corporate pastry chef, Anna Davis, has been experimenting with desserts ($9), such as Very Berry Bread Pudding, deep-dish apple pie baked with Captain Morgan's rum and a giant chocolate cookie stuffed with peanut butter.
"One cookie can feed a family of four, and it's served with milk," Walsh says.
Up next: A third location is expected to open this year south of Fort Lauderdale.
This tavern in the heart of the bustle has boosted its weekend brunch, in addition to adding lunch and dinner selections.
New brunch dishes include the Elvis waffle with peanut butter, bananas and pecans ($12), Petrossian caviar eggs Benedict ($26), huevos rancheros ($11.50), hot-smoked salmon omelet ($16) and cinnamon honey-butter scones ($3).