What's happening in food and dining around South Florida.
1855 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, 954-920-7997, Dcota.com
After a bit of a delay, this contemporary restaurant and lounge is now open in the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA), the immense complex of interior and design showrooms facing Interstate 95. Cay, which can be converted into an event space, is situated in the central B building that underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation of its four-story atrium.
Miami's Thierry's Catering and Event Design is running the kitchen and catering, serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.
The light, airy Key West ambience features terrazzo geometric tiles in sparkling tones of blue, green and turquoise. White stripes on the navy canvas banquettes tie in with the white wood tables and mix n' match modern chairs.
The diverse menu focuses on classic Florida cuisine and seafood ranging from appetizers, such as corvina ceviche with tostones ($10), to sandwiches such as Jamaican jerk chicken tenderized in a 12-herb marinade ($14). Entrees, such as plantain-crusted mahi mahi with roasted squash and habanero-grilled pineapple salsa ($19.50), and desserts, such as strawberry napoleon on crispy wonton with Grand Marnier Bavarian cream ($8), round out the menu.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit
21073 Powerline Road, Suite 33, Boca Raton, 561-288-3490, Dickeys.com
Slow Smoked. Served Fast.
So states one of the whimsical signs inside this new western-themed barbecue restaurant expected to open this week in The Shops of Boca Grove.
"Florida is a very transient state and brings in people from all over the country," franchise owner Carol Vu said in a press release. "Everyone appreciates good barbecue, and Florida is definitely lacking options for great barbecue."
Before moving to Florida three years ago, Vu lived in Texas, where the restaurant chain was founded in 1941 and grew to 43 states. This is Palm Beach County's first location, joining Miramar in Broward County.
Beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, turkey, chicken, sausage and pork ribs are smoked with hickory wood and are priced by portion with two sides from $7.75 to $10.75. Or choose from three sandwiches, such as The Westerner with two meats ($7.25). Three family packs range from $23.95 to $47.95.
Diners order at the faux-brick counter and sit at checkered tables amid wagon-wheel chandeliers and wood walls with corrugated metal.
Lunch and dinner are served daily with free cups or cones of soft-serve vanilla ice cream for dessert.
Bond Street Miami
Townhouse Hotel, 150 20th St., Miami Beach, 305-398-1806, BondStRestaurant.com
New executive chef Andy Choi wants to change the perception that this New York City import is not just about the sushi.
"I'm adding more dishes of substance than just tapas. I'm bringing more of a composed style to make a cohesive menu that flows," says Choi, formerly of Le Cirque.