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Dining scene: From Eggplant rollatini to Tuna on Fire

Karma Sushi Steakbar

346 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-361-3999,

This edgy spot with plush booths and a dramatic LED wall in Mizner Park has introduced its fall selections and extended its daily happy hour.

Newly promoted executive chef Mike Ellis says he is ramping up the Asian fusion flair to complement their sushi expansion.

Start off with Asian BBQ or honey-chipotle wings with Asian slaw ($10) or Szechwan-glazed chicken salad with ginger-sesame vinaigrette ($14). Lettuce wraps with candied cashews now offer a choice of shrimp, beef or tofu instead of just chicken ($12).

Move on to a chipotle chicken sandwich on ciabatta bread with cumin aioli and fried roasted red peppers ($12) and chicken or steak ginger teriyaki lo-mein bowl ($16-$17), as well as a garlic version with garlic blue crab and shrimp ($18).

Four new sushi rolls include deep-fried Tuna on Fire with jumbo lump crab, jalapenos and avocado ($21) and the shrimp-tempura volcano with avocado, cream cheese, mango, roasted red peppers and baked jumbo lump crab ($25).

New vodka cocktails include Tropical Mandarin Spice with jalapeno and Fuzzy Peach with pineapple juice and peach purée (both $12).

Lunch service may resume in November, and happy hour at the bar has been extended the entire night with the addition of sushi rolls on the revamped menu.

"We have a nice bar business since all of our appetizers and drinks are half off at the bar all night," co-owner Ruti Bell says. "On ladies night Wednesdays, we also offer half off on all sushi rolls at the bar. People seem to really enjoy sitting at the island bar, whether they are facing the restaurant interior or the media wall with the TVs and the changing lights."


52 N. Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, 561-330-3232,

This quaint historic house with a front-yard oasis has kicked off a monthly Havana Nights party every third Thursday with cigars, live music and small-batch house made rum, as well high-quality rums.

Manager Carlos Gambarini says they are spicing and barrel-aging their Batch #2 rum and using herbs from their garden in botanical Batch #6. Batch #2 anchors Dali's Stache with grapefruit juice ($8), and Batch #6 makes up the Cuban Cure with Hum liqueur and Velvet Falernum ($9).

The drinks and cigars actually are available every day.

"It really fits the spirit of Dada, a 1920s Florida house from the time of the intriguing and mystical Roaring Twenties, rum-running, Hemingway, Prohibition, and the spreading of the Dada movement out of Zurich and out to the world when the first World War ended — a time when rum was king," says Gambarini.

An Afro-Cuban group, The Ubuntu Band, performs at 9 p.m. as guests enjoy Cuban-inspired specials, such as a deconstructed Cuban sandwich in the form of a cheese and salumi board with pork belly and house made pickles.

Dada also has introduced six special cocktails for Sunday movie nights featuring two artsy classics outside on a big screen starting at 10 p.m. Favorites are Wild strawberry margarita and Blood-orange cosmo (both $7). "Solaris" and "The Sacrifice" will be shown this Sunday. 10/6

D'Angelo Pizza, Wine Bar, Tapas

4215 N. Federal Highway, Oakland Park, 954-561-7300; 1370 Weston Road, Weston, 954-306-0037;

These two Tuscan restaurants, Angelo Elia's offshoots of his original Casa D'Angelo in Fort Lauderdale, have debuted Sips & Bites, a happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

"We created Sips & Bites to give people a way to wind down the day after work with great food and drinks at great prices," Elia says.

Five cocktails, four wines by the glass and tapas are $6. Wines and tapas will rotate weekly, such as speck-wrapped scallops, salmon with ink risotto, fritto misto, stuffed calamari, tuna sliders, wild mushroom risotto and eggplant rollatini.

Cocktails include the Cherry blossom with black-cherry vodka, raspberry liqueur and cranberry juice, pomerita with tequila, pomegranate juice and Cointreau, and Skinny raspberry mojito.

Sips & Bites also will be available at the third outpost expected to open this month October in Delray Beach at 16950 Jog Road in The Shoppes at Addison Place.

Marola's Trattoria

5822 S. Flamingo Road, Cooper City, 954-434-3420,

This warm 17-year-old Italian eatery has launched a weekday executive lunch menu offering complete meals for $12.95.

The price includes plain or garlic rolls, a cup of soup or Caesar salad, entree and beverage.

"We want to create an affordable lunch opportunity for our Broward locals by showcasing many of our dinner entrees at lunch prices," says co-owner Omar Errazquin. "It's also a great way for people to try our Italian cuisine in a relaxed, casual lunch environment, which is also perfectly suited for business meetings."

Popular entrees are penne alla San Marzano with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, garlic and olive oil, and fettuccine Saporite with grilled chicken, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and olive oil. Other options include the Italian combo sub and San Remo personal pizza with mozzarella, grilled chicken and roasted peppers.

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