Foie gras terrine

Daily specials will surprise at the new Butcher Block Grill west of Boca Raton, such as foie gras terrine torched for a brulee effect and served on brioche with house-made bacon and savory fig jam. (Benjamin Rusnak/Courtesy / August 27, 2013)

Butcher Block Grill

7000 W. Camino Real, west of Boca Raton, 561-409-3035, ButcherBlockGrill.com

This seafood and steak house is the latest addition of the Fountains Center's efforts to add more retail to the office plaza along with new signage, pavers and facades.

In fact, Butcher's large screened, covered patio overlooks the center's three attractive fountains. Inside, an open kitchen prevails amid the sophisticated dark-wood industrial atmosphere with exposed ceiling ducts.


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Executive Chef Joshua Hedquist, formerly of Max Restaurant Group, Big Time Restaurant Group and Todd English's da Campo Osteria in Fort Lauderdale, says the Mediterranean-infused concept is unique in using all-natural ingredients. The meat and poultry are free of antibiotics and hormones, seafood is wild caught, and the produce is free of pesticides from 14 local farms.

"It's very aggressive to do that. I'm doing all the butchering in house. It's a lot of work on our end," says Hedquist, who has "Integrity" tattooed on one arm and an herb-entwined chef's knife on the other. "We make everything from scratch like what your mom made you."

The seafood and salads will change seasonally, and daily specials will surprise, such as foie gras terrine torched for a brulee effect and served on brioche with house made bacon and savory fig jam ($13). Bestsellers are warm mozzarella pulled table side ($14), Chop Chop salad with greens, quinoa, rotisserie chicken and goat cheese ($16) and veal tomahawk chop with saltimbocca sauce ($39).

Don't miss the chunky hand-cut fries cooked three times for extra crispiness ($8) and the goat-cheese cheesecake ($11).

Lunch and dinner are served daily.

Snappers Seafood & Wine Bar

398 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561-375-8600, Snappers.com

Sally Stilley has kicked off two-course Meatless Mondays dinners on the last Monday of each month at her seafood restaurant as a supplement to the vegan section of the menu.

The second one at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 for $15 will include herbal iced tea, choice of salad or soup, and choice of vegan Neatloaf, house made vegan patties or piccata Gardein chicken breasts made with a green-pea base. The Neatloaf is house made with brown rice, barley, sunflower seeds, nuts and white beans. The patties are similar but without the raw peanuts. Organic wine and vegan desserts of carrot cake and date-walnut chocolate tart are an additional charge.

"Meatless Monday started in World War II as catchy way to ration food in the U.S.A.," Stilley says. "It was revived in 2003 as a way to bring awareness of the health and environmental benefits of eating vegan at least once a week. As co-owner of Snappers, a fitness instructor and a vegan, I want to share these health benefits. What better way than to gather around a large table and share food and ideas with old and new friends?"

She will give a presentation called "Going Vegan" with a handout to take home.

Oceans 234

234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954-428-2539, Oceans234.com

This oceanfront restaurant, where the breeze and extensive patio reign, has marked quite a year with its 10th anniversary under a new owner, recipe booklet release, revitalized beachfront with new pier next door and revamped menu.

The celebration will continue from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 22 with its fourth annual "Ja'Maican Me Crazy Locals Party."

"We celebrate our locals, regulars and newbies alike every year with a good old-fashioned pig roast, mid-afternoon free buffet and open bar, and live music," says Ashley Sherman, director of marketing and guest relations.