Restaurants + Bars

Dining scene: From mango French toast to mahi-mahi tacos

The Raw Garden

177-179 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-362-1661, Juiceateria.com

Juiceateria, a juice bar that opened a year ago in Royal Palm Place, has merged with the unit next door to incorporate this raw vegan cafe in the same space under the same owner, Frank Bennardo.

Although designed as grab-and-go from the cooling cases, a few tables are scattered on the sidewalk and inside. As you approach the adorable stamp-size patio, look for mason jars with fresh fruit gracefully floating in filtered water ($9). Shiny and clean, the shop's white and bright-green colors are fitting of the veggies that headline here.

"No heat, no meat, no dairy, no gluten, no soy, no GMO, no MSG, no flour, no preservatives, no coloring — simply all natural prepared in our open kitchen for all to see," says Bennardo, a lawyer who was spurred to action by Americans' obesity.

Alternative techniques, such as dehydrators instead of ovens, are used to craft about 50 items that rotate throughout the week, along with specials and everyday staples. "The list grows every day. There's not anything we can't do," Bennardo says.

Bestsellers include mock egg and tuna salads, using cashews, flaxseed and onions, in a wrap, salad or bagel ($12-$13); Rawmazing Lasagna ($14); nori rolls with Thai dipping sauce and candied sesame kale ($12)' and nine varieties of flaxseed pizza, such as Caprese with cashew milk "cheese" ($7-$8 per slice). There are even renditions of onion rings, French fries, bacon and meatballs. Desserts include chocolate-avocado mousse parfait with berries and chocolate-mango pie ($5-$9).

"I have patrons approach me in much improved health and weight loss, hug me, and thank me for changing their lives," Bennardo says.

Drop in from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.

Tin Fish

118 S. Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561-223-2497, TinFishClematis.com

This 1-year-branch of the casual seafood chain has added lower calorie choices to counter its signature deep-fried fish platters and crab cakes.

"We're honored that guests love our fresh fish, be it fried or grilled, yet they've been asking more and more for healthier seafood dishes, so we're dishing up what they've asked for," co-owner Andy Noonan says. "Grilled dishes are quickly accounting for a larger portion of sales, so we're excited we can continue to meet customer demand with our growing menu."

Heart symbols on the menu boards denote the healthier dishes that use ingredients such as olive oil, garlic and lemon. Grilled salmon, mahi-mahi and chicken are served on house made slaw, a 30-year-old recipe from founder Joseph Melluso that uses white vinegar and onions instead of mayonnaise ($6.95-$9.95 lunch; $12.95-$17.95 dinner).

Expanded salads ($10.95-$14.95) include seared ahi tuna, and cheese and ranch dressing have been removed in five varieties of tacos ($3.95-$6.95).

Bistro One East

1 Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-368-3357

Downtown office workers have a new option for weekday breakfast and lunch in the Wells Fargo building.

The menu of egg dishes, French toast, pancakes, flat-bread pizza and sandwiches changes frequently and tops off at $10. The fresh catch of the day is market price, and the salad bar is $6 by the pound. The breakfast special includes scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, potatoes and biscuit for $6, while the lunch special incorporates a protein, starch, veggies, mixed greens and bread for $8.

"The inspiration was to bring fresh, hand-prepared cuisine at a reasonable price, served in comfortable bistro atmosphere," says owner and chef Howard Hurst, who's owned a catering company for 13 years and was executive chef at Signature Grand in Davie.

Antiques and chalkboards accent an attractive white 75-foot-long service counter with a farmers' market-style overhang. Fruits and vegetables are displayed in the bright, airy space with asparagus-green walls.

Kosher preparation, free Wi-Fi, and takeout items from a cooling case are available.

Cooler weather will bring live acoustic music on the patio, as well as alfresco dining. Hurst is considering adding happy hour and dinner service.

Blue Plate

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-327-7625, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com

You don't even have to get dressed to eat brunch at the resort's 24-hour modern American restaurant. In fact, you'll be rewarded with a complimentary Bloody Mary or mimosa with the purchase of an entree if you arrive in your jammies.

As a supplement to the existing breakfast dishes, the new weekend "DJ PJ Brunch" 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. features a DJ spinning Top 40. New $12 selections slightly vary, but you might find mango French toast; tostada breakfast with corn tortillas and short-rib hash topped with egg; sliders with egg whites, turkey sausage and onion jam; or country fried chicken biscuit with over-easy egg, bacon and sausage gravy.

Mimosas and Bloody Marys are $4.

"We wanted to create a dining experience that is non-traditional and hosted in a stimulating atmosphere, yet accessible to everyone," says Justin Wyborn, vice president of food and beverage.

Email news to susan@editorguru.com or send to John Tanasychuk, Sun Sentinel, 500 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 900, 9th floor, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394.

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