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."
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.