Dining scene: Siblings take their flair to Deerfield

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El Tamarindo Pizza

614 SE 10th St., Deerfield Beach, 954-480-9919, ElTamarindoCafe.com

Five siblings have brought their Salvadoran flair to northern Broward County to build on their seven years of serving Latin cuisine at El Tamarindo Café on State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale.


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The family opened a Latin/Italian offshoot four years ago in Hallandale Beach, a concept mirrored here without the white tablecloths in Fort Lauderdale. The name is inspired by tamarind fruit and a famous beach in their homeland.

"My mother's wonderful recipes are what inspired my siblings and I to go after the American dream," says Alex Amaya, the chain's head chef and the first of his siblings to immigrate here.

Deerfield is now not without their signature churrasco, a high-quality skirt steak grilled to perfection with chimichurri and two sides ($16). The Mariscada soup from El Salvador blends New Zealand mussels with soft-shell crabs, scallops, calamari, tilapia, tomatoes and onions in a broth ($19).

Seven salads add to the diverse selections. On the Italian side, inspired by their uncles' restaurants, bestsellers are the broccoli rabe sausage pizza ($15.95, small; $18.95, large) and corvina served with a choice of sauce, such as olives, capers, onions, white wine, clam juice and tomatoes, which is available on the weekends for $19.99.

Paninis are unique delights made with crunchy thin pizza-dough crust ($7-$10). Four kinds, such as prosciutto and mozzarella, are listed, but insiders know they can be made to order, such as with churrasco.

"Our coconut flan and mango pie are two of my mother's truly special recipes," Amaya says. All desserts are $4.55.

Brimstone Woodfire Grill

14575 SW Fifth St., Pembroke Pines, 954-430-2333, BrimstoneWoodFireGrill.com

This contemporary American grill in The Shops at Pembroke Gardens has introduced some new dishes.

Chicken spinach salad with strawberries, candied pecans and blue cheese in a red wine vinaigrette ($16) has been added for lunch and swordfish on a bed of sauteed spinach topped with blue-cheese butter ($30) for dinner. Pressed tuna sushi with avocado ($13) and grilled steak salad with dried cranberries, walnuts and fried onions in a blue cheese vinaigrette ($18, lunch; $18 dinner) are on both menus. In addition, Monday nights feature a 1-pound Maine lobster for $15 for a limited time.

Power hour offers $5 select drinks and a small-plates menu priced from $4 to $7 at the bar from 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays.

Mozart Café

7300 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561-367-3412, MozartCafeFl.com

This kosher-dairy Israeli restaurant has relocated from Deerfield Beach to the Fountains Center, its first Palm Beach County location after siblings in Hollywood and Sunny Isles.

The family-friendly Mediterranean menu offers fish dishes, salads, pizzas, pastas, paninis, crepes, desserts, beer and wine.

"Because the restaurant is kosher and there are many religious residents in the area, Mozart Café will be nearby to serve them," owner Shimi Avni said in a press release.