Cooper's Hawk lands in Coconut Creek

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Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant

4473 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, 954-861-4699, CoopersHawkWinery.com

This national chain, founded in Illinois in 2005, has opened its first South Florida location in the Promenade shops.

The restaurant encompasses a sleek, Napa-style tasting room, artisan market, three private dining rooms and a semicircular bar room, which serves specialty cocktails ($8.25-$12.50).

Each item on the extensive, global-influenced, contemporary American menu lists a bin number for a wine-pairing recommendation. Highlights include Asian pork belly tostadas ($10.99), crab beignets with Asian slaw ($11.99), bacon-wrapped Mexican drunken shrimp ($13.99), Parmesan-breaded chicken giardiniera ($17.99), soy ginger salmon ($22.99) and pistachio-crusted grouper ($27.99).

Six wine flights, including build-your-own ($12.99-$15.99), offer a chance to sample some of the restaurant's 40-plus varietals. The Winemaker's Barrel Reserve Bordeaux flows from the barrel ($9, glass; $31.99, decanter).

A dozen desserts shine with s'more budino and caramel-banana-bread sundae (both $7.99).

Lunch and dinner are served daily amid a stonelike cork wall and winery photography.

"A fun touch to the patio is its living wall, which is the first design of its kind for any of our restaurants," founder Tim McEnery says. "We're excited to expand into South Florida as we open our Doral and Palm Beach Gardens locations in early 2017."

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