2430 NE 13th Ave., Wilton Manors, 561-584-0179, Eucalyptus-Gardens.com
Owner Danielle Perry's interest in wines piqued when she was a server and bartender at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six. That seed has led to her debut of a wine and tapas retreat in Eucalyptus Gardens, where she has joined the Old Florida-style shops in a former landscaping nursery. Her mother, Deanna Allen, serves as her chef and co-owns the gardens.
Perry says she is "seeking to provide a great selection of wines, beer and sake. Chateau D' Vine will not only appeal to a connoisseur, but also those intrigued about drinking what they like."
Twenty glasses of wine range from $6 to $12. Signature drinks include Coco D' Vine with berries, agave and coconut sake served in a coconut shell from the gardens ($10), Sake 2 Me Refreshers ($8-10) and white and red sangria ($6), with sangria fruit pops in the works.
Light bites include marinated cheddar and cream cheese log ($7.99), corvina ceviche ($10.99), mini brie and peach quesadilla ($7.99) and chocolate balsamic Caprese salad ($7.99).
Next month , Perry is kicking off a five-course wine-pairing dinner with live jazz, called "Cork and Fork Under the Stars," every first and fourth Saturday for $35 to $45.
Dinner is served nightly, except Mondays, amid an intimate ambiance with dusty rose and chocolate-brown colors. A tropical patio is nestled under a white pergola with gathered white sheer drapes. Lunch is served on weekends.
Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen
CityPlace, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-404-4101, CopperBluesLive.com
The Arizona-based Copper Blues has unveiled a second location near the Improv comedy club at CityPlace.
"Think beer, music and food, and you have the elements that describe the Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen experience," says co-owner Robby Day.
Dinner is served nightly and lunch on weekends amid concrete floors, steel, brick, barn-style wood, stone hearth oven, chalk wall of specials and antique bulb fixtures. Copper pipes snake beer to the bars, were more than 60 are on tap. The front beer garden incorporates an herb garden to enhance the dishes.
Signatures of the elevated pub fare include beer-braised chicken drums with cilantro-jalapeno slaw and peach beer barbecue sauce ($11), beer-braised Floridian Drunk Pork sandwich with bacon sauerkraut and house mustard blend ($10), cilantro shrimp pizza with garlic cream sauce and lime zest ($13) and garden salad with roasted heirloom carrots, butternut squash, cranberries, blue cheese, pistachios and honey balsamic dressing ($11).
Rock n' roll bands perform Wednesday through Saturday nights in the former Wet Willie's space.
The Filling Station Gastropub
Owners Howard Helfant and Mitchell Kaminsky are back where they opened The Mexican with Dennis Max in Royal Palm Place in January 2013, which eventually turned into Cantina 101 under different hands as a rowdy college-age draw.
This time, though, it's a themed gastropub, fueled by the owners' passion for cars. They added corrugated metal to the indoor/outdoor bar, a huge chalkboard menu, an oil-can chandelier, a gas pump, a racing car door from Indy, license plates, a mannequin in racing gear, 10 TVs, a pool table and video games.
"We were looking for something cool and unique that would attract people of all ages," Helfant says. "We spent $75,000 to $80,000 to make it look like a gas station. All the things we purchased for the walls are authentic pieces. But the food is the show. The menu is really eclectic. We really went the extra mile."
The lineup ranges from healthy, such as Badass Beat salad with roasted beets, kale, walnuts, goat cheese, quinoa and sesame-agave dressing ($14) and VW Veggie burger with tahini dressing ($12), to sinful, such as roasted tomato bisque with grilled cheese sandwich ($7) and seven beef burgers, including the coffee-chili Daytona 500 Big Block made with three cuts of beef and loaded with pulled pork, bacon, two cheeses and onion ring ($20). Craft beers total 29, including 10 on tap.
Lunch and dinner are served daily, except Mondays, along with a late-night menu, with Sunday brunch to come. Live music is in the works for Thursday through Saturday nights.
Uncle Tom's Barbecue
3988 SW 8th Street, Coral Gables, 305-445-0844, UTBBQ.com
Ariel Rodriguez had owned this piece of Miami culinary history on Tamiami Trail only a month before a fire closed it in July. Now he's reopening this landmark with his family after spending $100,000 to restore it and bring it up to code.
"Uncle Tom's Barbecue has occupied the memories of generations of Miami locals," says co-owner Rodriguez, who grew up eating at there. "We wanted to fill the void in Miami for good, classic BBQ. We are committed to operating an Uncle Tom's Barbecue that will offer quality dining service while preserving the legend for which it is so well known."
The special sauce of the original Fantis family from 1948 will return, along with pit specialties, such as baby back ribs ($15.95, $19.95), brisket ($10.95), sliced pork ($8.95) and chicken ($6.95 to $10.95), for lunch and dinner daily. New indulgences include corn nuggets ($5.95) and mac-n-cheese baked with brisket or pulled pork ($10.95).
"We're trying to bring vintage style with a new fresh look," Rodriguez says. "You will find pallet wood and sheet metal, also old-style lamps and bulbs. The vintage sign that has been there for over 60 years has been refurbished with LED energy-efficient lights."
Rodriguez, who owns Pasta Del Giorno in Pinecrest, plans to open another Uncle Tom's at 124th Street and South Dixie Highway in Pinecrest in late summer.