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HotelCalifornia with guacamole, cheddar, onion, jalapeno relish, cilantro sour cream and fried egg is one of 15 burgers at the upcoming Burger & Beer Joint in Pembroke Pines. (Burger & Beer Joint/Courtesy / January 19, 2011)

Burger & Beer Joint

11025 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954-367-8980, BnbJoint.com

This fledgling chain is expanding from its two Miami locations to Broward County mid-month.

"Burger & Beer Joint's inspiration came from three things: gourmet food, a fun atmosphere and rock n' roll," marketing manager Devin Huber says. "We've never catered to a specific type or demographic, so the niche is simple: It's a fun place to go for an excellent meal."


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The lineup will feature twists on comfort foods and gourmet burgers named after classic rock n' roll songs, such as Thunder Road with smoked pork belly and homemade bourbon BBQ sauce ($14) and the Wagyu-beef Mustang Sally with red-onion marmalade, brie and prosciutto ($16). If you have a sinful urge, order the Wagyu-beef Stairway to Heaven with pan-seared foie gras and black-truffle demi, served with duck-fat fries ($32). Other takes on fries are zucchini, mushroom or sweet potato (all $6).

Alternative burgers include bison ($21), turkey ($11-$12), chicken ($14), ahi tuna (market price) and build-your-own (starting at $8). You also can upgrade four salads with a choice of eight proteins (starting at $4).

The menu will suggest craft-beer pairings from a selection of 25 on tap and about 60 bottled ones.

Lunch and dinner daily will be served amid a decor of Chicago-style brick, vintage motor signs and wood booths. A patio will offer seating and a bar.

Lolita's Kitchen

2219 N. Commerce Parkway, Weston, 954-389-8871, LolitasKitchen.com

This 1-year-old Latin lounge and restaurant with a fun apple-green ultramodern ambience has kicked off happy hour and updated its menus.

The weekday happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. features margaritas, caipirinhas, sangria, strawberry champagne, chicken wings, boneless wings, fried mozzarella with almond-pesto sauce and deep-fried Lolita's onion — all for $5 each.

In response to its pickup/delivery service for nearby businesses, a new lunch option offers soup, a protein with choice of sauce (passion fruit, mushroom or blackberry), salad or vegetables, and a starch for $8.99.

New lunch and dinner items are grilled salmon ($15.95), Florentino chicken ($15.95) and filet mignon with pepper or Dijon mustard sauce ($18.95). Sauteed shrimp and vegetables ($17.95) has been added to the mini Thai section, as well as the big hit, Thai rice with seafood, chicken, beef and vegetables ($18.95).

"People were asking for a variety of food," says general manager Fernando Alonso, who runs Lolita's with his family. "We wanted to keep our guests entertained."

Crepes stuffed with Nutella or dulce de leche and topped with fruit and ice cream ($7.50) are most popular among the other new desserts, banano crocante and volcan de chocolate (all $7.50).

Karaoke pops up throughout the week, and musicians entertain Thursdays though Saturday.

"Food, family and fun is what it's all about. That's the Latin culture," Alonso says.

Nick's New Haven-Style Pizzeria & Bar

2240 NW 19th St., Suite 904, Boca Raton, 561-368-2900, NicksPizzeriaBar.com