What's happening in food and dining around South Florida.
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.
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.
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.
Bestsellers are salmon tartar ($12.95), Greek salad with optional sweet potato ($9.95) and baked Chilean sea bass with ginger sweet sauce, cilantro and garlic ($26.95).
8 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-330-4236, UnionDelray.com
This Asian restaurant with a late-night party scene has morphed for its first fall season.
New head chefs with Thai roots have dramatically expanded the low-priced compact menu to include a larger array of selections and pricing. The main menu with new categories such as Chinese, Thai, curries, and rice and noodles dishes will draw traditionalists, while the newly branded Candyfish line of innovative, playful sushi entices the adventurous to experiment.
A new sushi bar greets guests at the front with Steve Zhang, formerly of Nobu Miami Beach, behind it crafting surprising ingredients like kiwi or Louisiana hot sauce into rolls.
"The feedback has been exceptional," co-owner Scott Kennedy says. "We want to be the pinnacle for the best sushi on the avenue."
Spicy duck fried rice ($17) and crispy panang duck ($29) are highlights on the main menu. Candyfish standouts are honey candied-walnut tempura shrimp roll ($16) and the High Roller with Maine lobster tucked in a roll and topped with claw meat, crispy potato sticks and spicy vinaigrette ($19 for limited time, then $30 average market price). This approach accentuates the lobster's freshness instead of masking it by frying. Banana tempura with vanilla ice cream ($8) and chocolate molten cake with vanilla mochi and raspberry sauce ($10) are last bites.
You can relax with six new cocktails, such as strawberry-infused Ketel One vodka ($13) and Fuji apple sake bomb ($10), on the revitalized patio with stylish white lounge furniture. Plans call for a DJ spinning ambient house music there amid white curtains, black bamboo, LED lights, a tiled bar, transplanted palms and a taupe-periwinkle rug. Premium liquors will upgrade the three-for-one select drinks during happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m.
Union will extend its summertime five-night week to Sundays starting Nov. 11, along with a new lunch delivery, and to Mondays on Dec. 10.
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