Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar
Sawgrass Mills mall, 1800 Sawgrass Mill Circle, #2460, Sunrise, 954-846-9360, ZinBurgerEast.com
This gourmet burger chain, based in Clifton, N.J., has opened its first Florida outpost in the Colonnade Outlets section of the mall.
The chain boasts that it grinds its beef twice daily for signatures such the Zinburger with manchego and zinfandel-braised onions ($10) and the Kobe burger with cheddar and wild mushrooms ($15). Other burgers range from buffalo chicken ($10) and Turkey Sloppy Joe ($9) to ahi ($15) or veggie ($9), along with five salads ($5-$15), to pair with 17 beers and 23 wines by the glass.
Other specialties are hand-dipped shakes and floats ($6), such as salted caramel and bananas Foster.
Lunch and dinner are served daily amid an upbeat ambiance with a wall-sized photo of pastured cows, exposed white duct ceiling, walls blended with dark and light woods, 11 TVs and a spacious patio with a fire pit and lounge.
Another location is coming this summer to Town Center at Boca Raton mall.
"We have a significant relationship with Simon malls with our very popular and busy locations in Huntington Station and Nanuet, N.Y.," says Brad Honigfeld, chief executive officer for The Briad Group, a licensee for Zinburger. "We feel their properties are a good fit for our brand, so it made sense to continue with Simon in South Florida. Sawgrass Mills and the Town Center at Boca Raton are two of the premier properties in the area."
Suan Thai & Japanese Restaurant
290 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-870-6147
Co-owner Somporn "Paul" Komolvasri, a 20-year sushi chef, has opened a spot on the western edge of Victoria Park to join his Siam Oishi in Hallandale Beach.
"Suan means garden in Thai," Komolvasri says. "In 1980, three high school pals met in the suan, the nickname for their old school in Bangkok, Thailand. Thirty-four years later in 2014, they joined up to open the restaurant using the name of the place they first met."
In fact, a panoramic photo of that school graces one of the walls amid a black-and-white checkered floor, black sushi bar and open kitchen. White jagged and rounded cutouts overhead contrast the black ceiling. The sleek design is accented by pink and blue, which match the servers' shirts.
Favorites on the mile-long menu include duck noodle soup ($10.99), hamachi jalapeno ($11.49) and fried whole red snapper with ginger, pineapple, mushrooms, onions and bell peppers, called Ginger Fish (market price). Green and red curries with choice of protein are also popular ($13.99-$16.99), along with seven flavors of loose-leaf organic teas ($3), such as Kyoto rose cherry.
Lunch and dinner are served daily.
Racks Downtown Eatery & Tavern
Marking its fourth anniversary, this trendy retreat with dramatic white rope chandeliers in Mizner Park's core has launched its summer specialties and a late-night happy hour.
New lunch and dinner options include buttermilk-fried Nola popcorn shrimp tossed in a Cajun-style barbecue sauce ($14), pork belly barbecue tacos with jalapeno-jicama slaw ($12), power bowl salad with avocado, radish, cucumber, tomato and corn ($9) and four new wood-fired pizzas ($18), such as four meats with goat cheese. Three new sides ($5) are atypical, including peas and carrots risotto and cauliflower cous cous.
"We work with what's seasonal," executive chef Todd Katz says. "We're trying to keep ourselves interesting. It's somewhat lighter. We're still American comfort food, though."