Fried jumbo shrimp

Fried jumbo shrimp with remoulade sauce are served at the new VooDoo BBQ & Grill in Fort Lauderdale. (Darryl Nobles/Courtesy / October 14, 2013)

Salt7

32 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561-274-7258, Salt7.com

This flashy restaurant with a wraparound lounge in Worthing Park off bustling Atlantic Avenue has revamped its menu for the first time since opening more than a year ago.

"We began our steakhouse with nearly all luxury items on our menu, which was and still is perfect for celebrations and special-occasion dining," general manager Larry Thomas Jr. says. "But we wanted to appeal to a broader audience. Delray Beach has become one of the most eclectic markets I've ever worked in."


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In response to the demand, Thomas pared back the sushi and expanded the entrees and raw-bar choices while adhering to their freezer ban. In fact, he's replacing the sushi bar with a grand raw bar.

Spicy tempura lobster in sriracha mayo is lavishly nestled in a lobster shell ($24), sweet-potato beignets delight beside honey-Dijon beef ribs roasted for 10 hours ($27) and soda-pop skirt steak is marinated overnight in Pepsi, brown sugar, garlic and sambal ($24). The panko oregano onion rings ($9) are extremely labor intensive, Thomas says, and the skillet shrimp in coconut red curry offers a touch of Thai ($25).

Sweet-potato au gratin served in a casserole dish with toasted marshmallow and made with vanilla bean and rum evokes a sweet Thanksgiving ($10). The sea-salt caramel cheesecake with graham-cracker crust, one of three new desserts, is an extra-creamy must ($7).

Lunch service will resume later this season.

Green Spot Kitchen

1506 E. Commercial Blvd., Oakland Park, 754-223-5558, GreenSpotKitchen.com

A healthy option has moved into the former Hiro's Sushi Express in the plaza home to Thai Spice.

"Green Spot Kitchen gives a feeling that makes our guests feel energized," says general manager Natalie Zaragoza. "Our food is fresh vegan-friendly food with some healthy non-vegan choices as well. Organic, grass fed, gluten free, free range, chef inspired."

The menu tops out at $12 for takeout pints of white albacore tuna salad and chicken salad. Signatures are bison burgers ($10), vegetable ceviche tacos with tzatziki ($8), kale Caesar salad ($10) and artichoke fries dusted with cayenne pepper ($4.72). Complement them with interesting beverages such as Thai baby coconut and mango water (both $3), shots of wheat grass and unpasteurized apple cider (both $2) and smoothies with names like Purple Power and Greener Colada ($6). Organic beers and wines round out the lineup.

A children's menu includes zucchini noodles and oatmeal-battered organic chicken nuggets (both $6).

The simple decor with yellow textured walls, lime-green accents and chalkboards exudes a family friendly vibe. Pendant lights dangle over the service counter.

Hours are from 11 to 7 p.m. daily except until 5 p.m. Sundays, with later hours to come. Delivery and catering are available.

VooDoo BBQ & Grill

6312 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-492-2825, VoodooBBQ.com

This burgeoning New Orleans-based franchise has debuted its third Florida location.

Weston-based BBQ Boyz purchased rights to operate in the majority of the state and plans to open up to 30 locations in the next six years.