Barbecue chicken

Cooking the barbecue chicken at the new Smoke Grill & Bar in Hollywood is a labor-intensive process. (Smoke Grill & Bar / Courtesy / November 18, 2013)

Shrimp House

Coral Square Mall, 9469 Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs, 561-674-9999, Shrimp-House.com

Following in the steps Giraffas Brazilian Steaks & Burgers, another casual Brazilian chain has started its U.S. expansion in Florida The 30-year-old Vivenda do Camarão has debuted here in its translated name, Shrimp House, with dine-in seating and a to-go counter.

The emphasis is on seafood and pasta with more than 20 entrees ranging from $7.99 to $10.99.


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"We choose Florida because our research shows that Florida is a better place to start following our goals and reaching our target," president Carlo Barbieri says. "It is a very friendly entrepreneurship state, multicultural and a place where we will have the opportunity to spread our name among the millions of U.S. residents who reside here and those who come to Florida on vacation."

Specialties include Thai pasta or shrimp ($9.95), shrimp stroganoff pasta ($8.99), paella ($9.95) and seafood risotto ($9.95).

Lunch and dinner are served daily amid blue and oranges colors, except for closing at 6 p.m. Sundays. Patio seating and free Wi-Fi are perks.

A food-court location is expected to open in January at the Dadeland Mall in Miami.

Smoke Grill & Bar

1832 Harrison St., Hollywood, 754-263-2230, SmokeGrillAndBar.com

Traditional barbecue has arrived downtown Hollywood where the menu advises: "Just assume it's smoked!"

Romanian native Cosmin Udor, who also owns the nearby Europa Restaurant & Social Club, has opened this spot with his wife, Alina, and their partner Madalina Nitu.

Daily buffets for lunch ($9.95) and dinner ($17.99) are featured in addition to the regular menu, which includes smoked gouda and collards fried in hush-puppy batter ($7.95), catfish bites ($10.95), turkey burger ($8.95), spare ribs ($17.95), St. Louis-style ribs ($16.95), grilled steaks ($15.95-$17.95) grilled or broiled tilapia ($14.95), slow-cooked brisket ($15.95), pulled barbecue pork or beef ($15.95) and grilled half chicken ($8.50).

"The chicken macerates one night with our secret spices. After that, it goes into the smoker for half a day, and then it goes to the rotisserie," Udor says.

Neon Budweiser signs illuminate the front windows, and a bar anchors the no-frills decor.

DJs entertain on weekends and on Monday ladies nights, and musicians from Europe are expected in the near future. Outdoor seating may be added later.

J. Flynn's

223 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561-838-9099, JFlynnPub.com

Americana is out, and Irish is in.

This Irish gastropub, owned by Irish siblings John Flynn and Elaine Flynn, has replaced the short-lived Bobbi Sue Bar-B-Que on this lively entertainment street.