Dining scene: From poached egg crostini to seared sea scallops

La Coquette French-American Restaurant

2000 Harrison St., Suite 1, Hollywood, 954-391-9466, LaCoquetteHollywood.com

After closing Sage Restaurant & Oyster Bar, the owners have unveiled a different concept in the same space, though still with a French flair.

"I wanted to give good quality French-American food at an affordable price," general manager Marilou Rioux says. "We want to appeal to the young professional in the downtown Hollywood area. We try to be a comfortable atmosphere but fun and vibrant."

She describes the earth-toned atmosphere as "casual elegance" with dark-wood tables and chairs, yellow-gold napkins, faux wood tile floor and classic French window treatments. The old-word stone walls and entranceway chandelier were retained. Sidewalk seating adds to the charm.

Best sellers from executive chef Sean Kelley, who hails from Tryst and Dada in Delray Beach, have been seared foie gras on beer bread with berries and maple bacon bourbon sauce ($12), duck breast à l'orange balsamic ($24) and seared sea scallops bathed with beurre blanc and bacon lardons ($26). And, yes, escargot ($10) and flat-iron steak frites ($24) are here too.

Dinner is served nightly with happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m. and ladies night Wednesdays with live music.

"We also try to give Hollywood a nice place to dance on Fridays with DJ Dekade, Top 40 music starting at 6:30," Rioux says.

D'Angelo Pizza, Wine Bar, Tapas

16950 Jog Road, west of Delray Beach, 561-381-0037, DangeloPizza.com

This contemporary Tuscan restaurant, part of an offshoot chain from Chef Angelo Elia's fine-dining Casa D'Angelo in Fort Lauderdale, has opened in The Shoppes at Addison Place across from the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, joining two Broward County siblings.

"We've had a very positive response so far," Elia says, understating the turnout in throngs. "It helps that the concept is new and different to the area. There is nothing else like it."

The all-day menu is a mix of signatures and 20 new dishes, which also are available at the Oakland Park location, though prices vary. New tapas include poached egg crostini with fava, asparagus and truffle prosciutto vinaigrette ($12) and speck-wrapped stuffed baby artichokes ($13). Entree salads are a new category designed primarily for lunch, such as grilled red snapper with palm hearts, almonds, apple and citronette ($20).

Selections round out with ceviche and carpacci ($12–$14), paninis, calzones and fritattas ($10–$14), traditional pizzas ($10–$16), such as the cremona with pear, pancetta, Gorgonzola and figs, and baked pasta dishes ($14-$18) such as the new lobster-shrimp cannelloni with bechamel.

A pizza bar overlooks double wood-burning ovens surrounded by Blue Ridge brownstone near the takeout deli nook. The patio, the largest and most appealing in the chain, features white quartz walls and a pecky cypress pergola atop Roman columns.

Specialty cocktails include blackberry lemonade — a prosecco float with vodka and Chambord — and the tequila pomerita with pomegranate liqueur and Cointreau (both $12).

Lunch and dinner are served daily. Low-key live music and an outdoor bar are being planned.

Decks Fish Market

CityPlace, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., Suite 232, West Palm Beach, 561-822-9988, DecksFishMarket.com

A nautical-themed retreat, complete with raw bar, has debuted in the former Taverna Opa on the second level above Panera Bread at this attractive outdoor mall.

"Our inspiration was created by the demand of fresh seafood," managing partner Lazaros Chasomeris says. "The unique niche is comprised of North meets South where lobster rolls and New England clam chowder meet coconut shrimp and crispy conch fritters."

Besides seafood, the lineup encompasses salads, sandwiches, pastas, prime rib ($21, $28) and chicken pot pie ($13). Signatures include fried lobster popcorn with sherry cream dipping sauce ($14), baked stuffed grouper ($24) and Boston bake with four kinds of seafood with cracker crust ($30).

Modeled after an old fishery with rustic wooden planks, the decor is designed to evoke the feel of relaxing on a boat. Outside, a columned dome, painted inside with a colorful underwater sea mural, shelters a bar, and picnic tables "give you the feeling of 'sitting on the dock of the bay' in Key West," Chasomeris says.

Lunch and dinner are served daily, and live music is in the works, ranging from Bahamian to soft rock.

Cabo Flats Cantina & Tequila Bar

Delray Marketplace, 14851 Lyons Road, Suite 122, west of Delray Beach, 561-202-4156, CaboFlats.com

Following the success of their Mexican eatery at Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, the owners are introducing its sibling today at this new shopping/entertainment complex across from Frank Theatres.

"We chose to open Cabo Flats' second location in Delray Marketplace based on the proximity of established businesses and key target customers who enjoy the Cabo Flats experience," general manager Melissa Carter says. "We look forward to providing the opportunity of the Cabo experience to the Boynton Beach, Delray, West Boca and north Broward County communities."

Signatures include made-to-order guacamole ($9), chipotle shrimp flatbread ($12), Mexican-rub roasted chicken ($18), chipotle-mustard glazed ribs ($19), and shrimp diablo ($19), as well as Cabo Light options such as four choices of lettuce tacos ($3-$3.50) and seared spiced pork tenderloin ($18).

Favorite cocktails are the Sweet & Spicy with jalapeno-infused tequila and mango puree ($10) and 16 renditions of margaritas available by glass, pitcher or tube, such as Cabo-Mon mixed with Monster Energy ($12, $40, $85).

Dinner is served nightly amid a rainbow of colors, Mexican-themed murals, cantina chairs and red semicircular booths. An indoor-outdoor garage-door bar and sidewalk dining will beckon shoppers. Late-night dancing and daily happy hour will draw different crowds.

The owners expect to announce a third location by the end of the year.

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