Dining scene: Lunching and brunching at Kaluz, plus a new seaside option

Kaluz Restaurant

3300 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-772-2209, KaluzRestaurant.com

Only 6 months old, this Frank Lloyd Wright-style endeavor on the Intracoastal Waterway has launched lunch and Sunday brunch menus, as well as new cocktails and desserts.

The lunch insert in the all-day menu features about six weekly choices, such as lobster BLT ($19) and chicken Caesar Santa Fe ($14).

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"The purpose of this is to give a variety to our regular menu and feature some seasonal fish, vegetables, and poultry that may not be available year-round," says manager George Renner.

Brunch offers options such as blackberry bourbon French toast ($13), bananas Foster pancakes with dark rum ($13) and crab-crake eggs Benedict ($19), along with specials.

On the regular menu, sausage and peppers flatbread with cabernet reduction ($15) and tuna burger with wasabi aioli ($16) have appeared.

Chill out on the expansive, chic side terrace with new specialty cocktails ($12), Kaluz Cadillac margarita, frozen rum runner, acai caipirinha and coconut mojito.

And let's not forget new desserts: key lime pie and bread pudding with dried cranberries, topped with vanilla-Grand Marnier custard (both $8).

McCoy's Oceanfront

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, 1200 N. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954-782-0100, Marriott.com/fllpm

This new hotel, not even a month old, has given South Florida more waterfront dining — this one charmed by sweeping bursts of the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse.

And from the ocean just steps away comes the seafood that drives executive chef Francy Deskin, who grew up in Plantation. Her emphasis on sustainability will offer seasonal dishes with local ingredients such as seafood chowder with summer corn, heirloom tomato and scotch-bonnet pepper ($9) and pompano with light lemon wine-butter sauce ($25) — fitting in the city of the same name. Meat lovers can order cherry-brined pork loin with peach chutney ($15) or beef tenderloin with cabernet reduction ($34). The housemade gnocchi with rock shrimp and littleneck clams ($22) dissolves in your mouth.

"I had a lot of envy for other places that had seasons, but then I turned the tables and starting paying attention to the bounty that Florida does have," says Deskin, who honed her skills at the former Mark's Las Olas for 12 years. "I'm very intense about food made from scratch."

The restaurant is named after William "Bill" McCoy, a rumrunner during Prohibition, whose legacy inspires the rum-centric cocktails hand-crafted without syrups ($10-$12), such as Berri Blue Drop with acai vodka.

Portraits of McCoy accent the tranquil, stylish decor anchored by a water wall. Touches of light green blend with tones of chocolate, sand and ivory. Patio seating alongside a bar surrounds the pool.

A daily breakfast buffet is $18.95, and weekend brunch is on the horizon. Lunch and dinner are served daily, and live music on weekends is in the works.

Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican

The Village at Gulfstream, 501 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach, Florida, 954-457-7662; Mainstreet at Midtown, 4635 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561-622-1223; CantinaLaredo.com

This Dallas-based chain with a Mexico City-style menu has unveiled new specialties and sorbet cocktails.