Moonshine Molly's Country Saloon
6450 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 678-776-1501,
Country's come to Boca. The new barbecue spot in the former Player's Sports Lounge features moonshine, bourbon or whiskey in nearly all of its 40 specialty cocktails, even down to the mojitos.
Along with moonshine drinks — such as Red Neck Mary with barbecue sauce, Bloody Mary mix and bacon ($12) — is a whiskey infusion bar serving about 10 rotating seasonal flavors, such as pickle or pineapple. These infusions can be combined or blended into cocktails ($9-$10), such as Sinful Cucumber, without syrups. The bartenders also re-barrel whiskeys to further age them.
Moonshine and bourbon also kick up the Kansas City Sinner, one of three house-made barbecue sauces. The fun is figuring out the best with the brisket, pulled pork, ribs and chicken on the Blue Ribbon smoked platter ($25). Other standouts are Creole Bar B-Q Shrimp ($16) and uniquely textured hush puppies crafted with garlic powder ($4).
Whiskey barrel cocktail tables greet you beside the infusion bar before entering the main room where a rectangular bar dominates the middle with black-and-white cow-print chairs and booths on the sides. A stage hosts regional and local acts Thursdays through Saturdays in front of the spacious dance floor, where free line-dance classes are taught nightly. Or, you can sing karaoke with a band Sundays.
"Here it is all about show business, bringing not only amazing food and drinks but an experience that will leave people asking for more," co-owner Bryan Stone says.
Dinner is served nightly, except Mondays and Tuesdays for now. Sunday brunch will launch Jan. 12
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill
7036 W. Palmetto Park Road, west of Boca Raton, 561-395-5500, EatGarbanzo.com
This Denver-based chain has debuted its first Florida location in the former Baja Fresh in the Garden Shops plaza. Expect to see more: The franchisee, Garboca, has rights to open 20 in South Florida. Sunrise is up next in a few months.
"Garbanzo brings a healthy alternative to the fast-casual market. Everyone can eat as healthy or unhealthy as they like," regional manager Edwin Uruchima says. "Most of the products, such as the pita and sauces, are made on-site every day."
The trans fat-free menu offers vegan and gluten-free options. It's another concept of streamlined ordering, like Chipotle Mexican Grill, where you choose one of a handful of proteins ($6.69-$7.99) in the form of a pita, laffa (wrap) or plate. Fillers such as hummus and tabouleh come with the proteins, such as chicken or steak shawarma, while others cost 99 cents, such as feta or grilled eggplant.
Kabob platters ($8.99-$9.49), Greek salads ($7.49-$8.49) and garbanzo chips ($1.99) round it out. Sauces, such as tzatziki and cilantro, enhance everything.
Lime-green seating matches the oversize umbrellas on the patio, and the color extends inside, contrasted by orange walls that display cylinders filled with what else but . . . garbanzo beans.
Lunch and dinner are served daily.
Mulligan's Beach House
18 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, 954-776-1530 MulligansRestaurant.net
This casual seafood chain is back in town 10 years after owner George Hart closed his original location here.