Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-585-5104, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com
This destination has a new dining option off the casino floor near the main entrance.
"We designed The Bol to give our guests an intimate dining experience that offers fresh and authentic flavors of Vietnam and China," said operating partner Eric Douglas in a press release.
Its name is a play on bowls of pho noodle soup ($13-$15) and Hong King-style wonton noodle soup ($14). Appetizers consist of dumplings and rolls ($5 to $8), such as Vietnamese spring rolls. Vermicelli with beef Hue style ($14) is a signature, rounding out with fried rice choices ($12-$17), wok selections ($14 to $16) such as kung pao chicken, and noodle dishes ($14 to $23), such as pad Thai. Sweeten it up with iced Vietnamese coffee or Thai tea ($3).
Lunch and dinner are served daily amid a modern decor with traditional Asian elements. The entrance is framed by wood boxes painted a rich red — a color echoed throughout to signify good luck, apropos for gamblers. Televisions cycle through images of the Asian countryside and marketplaces, as well as the chefs at work.
3650 N. Federal Highway, Suite E, Lighthouse Point, 954-532-1531, YourPie.com
"Our food sells itself." So says Jason Harris, who has opened the first South Florida franchise of this Georgia-based brick-oven pizza chain with girlfriend, Kara Seelye.
The fast-casual service for daily lunch and dinner guides you through a Subway-style line to pick your toppings. Don't think canned or frozen, though; condiments and seven sauces are made in house. The dough, including gluten-free, is flown in from Georgia where the water filters through clay.
Create-your-own-pizza ($7.49) includes choice of crust, sauce, cheese and 26 unlimited veggie toppings with each meat $1 extra.
Bestsellers are The Nat pizza with basil pesto, mozzarella, feta, chicken and sun-dried tomatoes ($9.49), Caprese salad in a pizza-bread bowl ($7.50) and pesto turkey panini ($8.99).
"I'd like to own five of these," Harris says. "It's easier said than done. It took me eight months to find this location in a great community."
The decor is basic with pale-yellow walls and TVs in booths, but perks are live music on Friday nights, six craft beers on tap and nice wines, such as La Crema. Glasses of Canyon Road go for $3.75 from 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays.
You even can leave with a $2 ball of dough after sampling their six rotating gelato flavors ($2.99 or $3.99 per cup).
Not even three months old, this expansive supper club in the former Zed451 in the south end of Mizner Park has garnered buzz for its jazz, but don't forget the restaurant.
"I want to be known for our food just as much as our entertainment," says co-owner Michael Fagien, founder of the 30-year-old Jazziz magazine and co-owner of the former Jazziz Bistro at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. "The menu has literally something for every mood and budget with the aim to be the best."
Along with the seasonal contemporary American menu, a myriad of nooks creates a different experience each time, Fagien says. The champagne/caviar bar boasts exclusive bubbly by the glass; an indoor/outdoor bar pours $12 specialty cocktails; a dining room with oversize posters of his magazine covers surround a big stage for ticketed national acts Wednesdays and Thursdays and local talent Fridays and Saturdays; and a cigar/piano bar tucked in the back and a sprawling narrow patio provide respite.