Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar
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.
"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."
Exclusive to lunch are pork belly grilled cheese ($14), grilled meatloaf BLT club ($15) and Cajun rib eye ($19), while a sinfully rich three-meat gnocchi Bolognese with porcinis and truffle whipped ricotta ($19) beckons at dinner. Berries adorn vanilla-bean cheesecake with chocolate-chip cookie crust, and a chocolate sea-salt cookie accompanies mocha brûlée (both $9).
A limited-time Reversed Happy Hour from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday knocks 25 percent off all raw bar items and half off select drafts, house wines and well liquors.
In addition, Katz has expanded the menu during daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. to add bites such as buffalo chicken tenders ($6).
Up next: About half of the signature cocktails will switch up in July.
Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar
5090 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561-623-0127; 224 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561-650-1001; 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561-416-2131; 1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-524-9550; RoccosTacos.com
This upscale popular Mexican chain has launched weekend brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its South Florida locations.
"So many of our guests enjoy the casual and lively vibe in the restaurants that we thought extending that to the brunch hour would be great fun," Lisabet Summa, corporate chef and partner of Big Time Restaurant Group. "The weekend party wouldn't be complete without a little "hair of the Chihuahua."
She's referring to the unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys for $12, except at the Fort Lauderdale location.
Brunch dishes, which are incorporated into the lunch menu, are mostly heavy, such as Benedict Azteca with poached eggs, pork cochinitas and chipotle crema in masa sopes ($13), Huevos Ahoghada with poached eggs, short rib, poblano hash, salsa verde, corn, spinach and manchego ($13) and Chilaquiles with sunny-side-up eggs, tostada chips fried with salsa verde and topped with two cheeses ($13).
Alternatives are fruit and nut granola with Greek yogurt ($9.50) and French toast with bacon, agave, apple compote and sweet sour cream, called Pan dulce y Compota Manzana ($13).