Ground and Pound
For an extra punch for lunch or dinner, head to this new fight-themed sports bar in the former Wings Plus in Catalina Centre embellished with cage fencing, memorabilia, waitresses dressed like ring card girls and air-brushed murals of fighters. Televisions show fights and sports games.
"Being a longtime professional fighter and fan of the sport, I wanted to capture the energy of being at a live fight and bring it into a restaurant setting. This is for anyone who is a fan of mixed martial arts/UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)," says founder Bruce Thomas Bellocchi.
Menu items are named after fighting terms and nicknames. Favorites are Ax Murderer buffalo shrimp in your choice of wing sauce ($8.99), Rowdy fish tacos with grilled mahi mahi ($12.95) and steaks, including The Dominator filet mignon ($17.99). Six burgers include the 3-pound Heavyweight Champion ($28.95) that is free if you can devour it in three minutes. A healthier section for lightweights include The Hammer chicken Caesar salad ($9.95).
Sidewalk seating is an option, and Friday nights feature live music.
"We also always have big-name appearances and popular MMA (mixed martial arts) fighters showing up, all based on relationships," Bellocchi says. "You never know who you will see."
Up next: A location at 1290 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach is opening in late July.
This 30-year-old national chain based in Bradenton has unveiled its sixth South Florida location in the Mission Bay Plaza — the second in the Boca Raton area.
First Watch will serve its breakfast/lunch menu from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily amid an open kitchen design maximizing natural light. Perks will be fast service, free newspapers and Wi-Fi access.
"We have gained a strong, loyal customer base in the Boca community over the past five years and are excited to grow our presence there and bring our unique breakfast, brunch and lunch offerings to even more of its residents," chief marketing officer Chris Tomasso said in a press release.
The restaurant will offer traditional favorites, including pancakes such as banana granola crunch (from $3.69 for one to $5.99 for three), omelets ($8.29 to $8.99), egg skillet hashes ($8.79 to $8.99), salads ($7.89 to $8.29) and sandwiches ($7.59 to $8.99), as well as signatures such as turkey crepeggs ($8.29 to $8.99) and the chickichanga, a tortilla filled with eggs, spicy chicken, chorizo, chilies, cheese, onions and avocado with Vera Cruz sauce and fresh fruit ($8.99).
The Healthier Side section highlights nine items, such as fresh fruit crepes topped with strawberry yogurt ($7.59) and the sun-dried tomato-basil power wrap with egg whites, turkey, spinach, mushrooms and Swiss with salsa ($7.99).
Up next: The other Boca Raton branch that opened at 21210 St. Andrews Blvd. five years ago will move a few doors down in Boca Village Square at the end of July to expand and acquire a patio.
How Do You Roll?
13775 W. Sunrise Blvd.,¿Sunrise, 954-356-2757, HowDoYouRoll.com
Co-owner Chris Barney has opened the first South Florida franchise of this Texas-based chain, which was designed to fill a sushi niche between upscale restaurants and grocery-store selections.
The twist: You can design your own roll by choice of proteins, veggies, sauces and toppings.
"How Do You Roll? encourages freedom of choice," marketing director Brittany McGee says. "Through our create-your-own process, customers can choose from traditional sushi ingredients like raw tuna and cucumber, or those who are sushi shy can put in grilled chicken and strawberries. Almost everything on our menu can be customized."
Custom sushi rolls start at $4, hand rolls at $2, and rice bowls and salad bowls at $5. Signature rolls include The Funky Fresh Chicken ($5), Slammin' Salmon with cream cheese and strawberries ($6) and 3 Alarm with spicy tuna ($7). Popular bowls are udon ($6), ramen ($6), beef teriyaki ($7) and Orange You Glad It's Chicken Salad ($7).
Lunch and dinner daily are served daily amid the chain's new sleek wood-paneled design punctuated by brown, green and orange colors in Sawgrass Landings. Sidewalk seating is available.
"We are excited to offer the neighborhood a fun and inviting, fresh casual dining experience that allows you to treat the whole family without breaking the bank," Barney said in a press release.
10615 W. Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs, 954-227-2201, KennyTangs.com
Chef Kenny Tang has debuted his restaurant next door to his catering company, TK Oriental Fine Foods, in Cypress Run Marketplace.
Tang caters to prestigious hotels, weddings and even to U.S. presidents on their visits to South Florida.
"We are bringing a brand-new, Asian-fusion concept to the Coral Springs area because it will offer the community high-quality cuisine usually reserved for five-star hotels, just without the hotel markups," Tang says. "Highly experienced chef, outstanding service, reasonable prices — where can you go wrong?"
Dim sum, noodle, stir-fry and entree selections are served in an earth-toned dining room with a rock wall built by Tang. Highlights are edamame pot stickers ($9), scallop dumpling ($11), roast duck noodles ($15), BBQ pork noodles ($14), peppercorn prawns ($16) and honey-miso seared sea bass ($28). Sushi is served as a daily special and is not listed on the regular menu.
Dinner is served daily, except Tuesdays.