Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill
CityPlace, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-249-2749, TequilaCowboy.com
This venue from the Broadway strip of downtown Nashville is expected to bring its flair to the first level of the north end of this shopping complex at the end of this month.
"Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill will offer an energetic blend of entertainment, dining and revved-up nightlife straight from Nashville," says Kenny Hamp, operations director at TC Restaurant Group. "There's a beautiful, intimate dining area, huge dance floor, realistic mechanical bull, state-of-the-art sound system, over 20 HD televisions, private rooms for parties or corporate events, and WannaB's Karaoke Bar. Yes, when you want to be a rock star, step on over to the adjacent room and brave the stage with over 300,000 song choices."
You won't be able to miss the 8-foot guitars, massive red wrought-iron lips, Americana murals and the 1950s Chevrolet delivery truck crowning the bar.
Signatures of the American fare with a Southern/Tex-Mex twist are chipotle BBQ meatballs ($8.25), chopped salad with lime dressing ($10.50) and prime rib ($23.25). If you eat all eight of the flaming killer wings ($10.25) in eight minutes or the 2-pound bull burger topped with pulled pork, bacon, corn salsa and Fritos ($29.95) in 20 minutes, they are free.
A seemingly endless list of libations encompasses wine, craft beers, specialty cocktails and shots, and a tequila bar. Bands from Nashville will play modern rock and country Thursdays through Sundays. A spacious covered patio will offer lounge and dining seating.
This enchanting Italian eye-pleaser in the iPic Theater in Mizner Park has lightened up its lunch menu by adding sandwiches and salads and reining back the pastas.
Five sandwiches have debuted under the new $10 Club section, including prosciutto di Parma, chicken salad and the caprese stacked high on ciabatta with thick-sliced tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. There's also an exclusive sandwich section with grilled mahi-mahi on rosemary focaccia ($13) and honey-mustard chicken with smoked Gouda and bacon on sourdough ($12).
Quinoa salad with almond-crusted goat cheese ($13) is a standout. "The light and healthy combinations of the ingredients truly make that dish pop," corporate executive chef Andre Lane says.
Other salad additions are shrimp and crab Cobb ($15), grilled portobello with beets ($13) and baby spinach and strawberries ($9).
If you crave something heavier, try the center-cut filet mignon with rosemary demi ($21) or the sausage pasta under the $10 roster.
Eight new cocktails include strawberry basil balsamic mojito ($12), pomegranate martini ($13) and Raz Berri liquid nitrogen ($18).
Save room for new desserts, chocolate molten soufflé ($10) and Luxardo cherry brownie sundae ($9). The sticky toffee pudding ($9) is a must.
Ernie's Italian Chophouse
3150 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, 954-781-0910, ErniesItalianChophouse.com
More than a year after opening his cool-toned minimalist dining room, Ernest J. Pattie is fine-tuning his concept to meet his customers' desires.
"I went to more traditional because of the area. I want to get a different market in here. I'm back in the kitchen," says Pattie, who lost his executive chef to a health issue. "Most of the recipes are mine anyway, and I'm creating new stuff."
The Brooklyn native also has reduced prices, such as the pastas for $20 or less, except for the new seafood linguine ($26). Front-runners of other new dishes are steamed clams with bacon ($12) and shrimp scampi on grilled bruschetta ($14) or over linguine ($20). The previous list of steaks and chops has become daily specials ($25-$32), and you'll find a fish of the day, such as grouper with white balsamic passion-fruit glaze (about $28).
Insiders know they also can order the new burger made with short rib, brisket and prime beef ($15) for dinner, which appears on the revised bar menu along with three new sliders ($4): eggplant parmigiana, meatball ricotta, and pork with broccoli rabe. Pair them with four new cocktails ($9), such as strawberry basil margarita and watermelon mojito.
All bottles of wine are half off Tuesdays for the summer, and a three-course sunset menu for $15.95 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday through September offers mostly pastas for entrées, such as penne Bolognese and four-cheese ravioli.
The rotation of housemade desserts now includes tiramisu and panna cotta with pistachio nuts (both $8).
Lucille's American Cafe
2250 Weston Road, Weston, 954-384-9007, LucillesCafe.com
You have three weeks left to join the cross-country culinary tour at this spiffy 1940s-style diner.1940s- style upscale 1940s- style upscale
The most popular week featuring New England has passed, but up next is the Northwest from July 29 to Aug. 3, the Midwest from Aug. 5 to 10 and Hawaii from Aug. 12 to 17. The Southwest runs through Saturday with items such as chicken tortilla soup ($4.99) and carne asada enchiladas ($16.99)
"We started the 'Taste of America' 10 years ago to appeal to our local regular customers, offering a summer culinary vacation," co-owner Beth Nunez says. "It has evolved into an annual tradition where our guests have come to look forward to their favorite destination weeks. Locals return weekly to taste a sampling of each region."
Highlights include slow-roasted fish chowder ($5.99) and grilled Copper River salmon ($18.99), Northwest; 1-pound Chicago-style hot dog ($9.99) and Kansas City flat-iron steak ($16.99), Midwest; ahi tuna poke with seaweed salad ($10.99) and blackened bluefin tuna BLT with wasabi-sriracha mayo ($12.99), Hawaii.Copyright © 2015, South Florida