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

Kaluz Restaurant

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

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).

"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,

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;

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

"It seems like people are looking for more gourmet street food. That seems to be a trend," says Eddie Estevez, general manager in Palm Beach Gardens.

Standouts are the botana trio with ahi tuna tacos, extra-crispy chicken empanadas and crab cakes ($14.99 dinner only), torta de carnitas, a griddle-baked sandwich with slow-roasted pork, fried egg, apricot spread and goat cheese ($13.99 lunch and dinner) and torta de pollo with grilled chicken, mango-avocado slaw and chipotle aioli ($10.99 lunch and dinner).

"We don't look for Tex-Mex," Estevez says. "We look for cutting edge. Although if someone wants a burrito, we'll make it for them."

Limited-time sorbet cocktails are $7. Tequila anchors the caramelized pineapple with cayenne and lemon sorbet and the mango-tamarind citrus freeze with lemon and mango sorbets, while rum makes up the super fruit chiller with raspberry sorbet.

A four-course dinner at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 will pair Don Eduardo tequila with dishes such as relleno de camaron Yucatan for $49.99.

Legal Sea Foods

Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-447-2112,

If you're a fan of French wine, then head to this Boston-based upscale seafood chain before the end of the month.

Sandy Block, vice president of beverage operations, selected a dozen wines to offer in flights ($9.50 for red; $10.75 for white), or to pair with four dishes designed to complement them: chilled lobster and seafood salad ($21.95), haricot vert and crawfish salad with hazelnuts ($13.95), escalope of sauteed Faroe Islands salmon ($24.95) and the bestselling grilled swordfish with smoked shrimp butter ($29.95).

Some guests may be surprised that red wine is suggested with seafood. "It's really the accompaniments, which are much stronger flavors than the proteins in these cases," Block says. "For instance, a spicy berry flavored, medium-bodied Cotes du Rhone from Chapoutier is a lovely echo of some of the savory smoky flavors in the swordfish with ratatouille."

Outside of the promotion, a new appetizer presents kettle corn spilling out of a mini movie popcorn bag over fried shrimp with sriracha dipping sauce ($9.95), and bananas Foster has been brought back by demand ($6.95).

The popular tuna sliders ($3.95) also have returned along with new bar bites, including blackened fish tacos ($3.95) and hummus platter ($3.50), for weekday happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.

Seasonal cocktails, such as the vodka pineapple coconut smash ($9) and strawberry sangria with vodka, gin and moscato ($10), will run through mid-October.

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