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Chicago chain Doc B's Fresh Kitchen thinks young in Fort Lauderdale



Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen

452 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 754-900-2401,

This Chicago-based chain, founded in 2013, has introduced a location to South Florida.

“I spent a lot of time in the South Florida region managing Houston’s locations when I was at Hillstone Restaurant Group,” founder Craig Bernstein says. “The Fort Lauderdale clientele fits perfectly with Doc B’s target demographic — young, active, social and appreciative of best-in-class food, service and design.”

American signatures include kale California salad ($14), Dragon Burger with an 18-ingredient pickled slaw ($14), build-your-own Wok Out Bowls ($14-$21) and Tennessee Hot Chicken with habanero-honey glaze ($21).

Dishes exclusive to this branch are roasted heirloom cauliflower ($13), chicken paillard ($17), Bang Bang Oysters lettuce wraps ($18) and Leo’s Lobster Roll ($23).

Cocktails ($12-$13) feature the Crazy Beautiful, with vodka, elderflower, spiced pear and sparkling wine; and the Internal Affair, with tequila, jalapeño and pineapple.

Lunch and dinner are served daily amid an open kitchen and pop art on walnut and Carrara marble walls.

“It boasts our largest bar yet — a 26-person island bar along with a wooden-slat ceiling, which provides a more intimate experience,” Bernstein says.

Teakwood furniture graces the patio, which sports yellow umbrellas and TVs.

Up next: a location in Coral Gables this summer.

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