Beauty & The Feast Bar | Kitchen
Atlantic Hotel & Spa, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-567-8070, Society8.com
After changing its concept only months ago, the East End Brasserie is no more, and hotel owners have partnered with managers of the SoLita restaurants in Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach to oversee their culinary operations.
The patio with a splendid ocean view is still here. But they have extended the sexy lounge and added an entrance from the reclaimed barn wood clad lobby, which is echoed throughout the restaurant. Mini crystal chandeliers dangle above the bar. Faux grass walls transition to the dining room, and cream and brown furniture, including semicircular booths, has replaced red banquettes.
"The restaurant's name was inspired by the amazing view and décor, Beauty. Feast, because it is fun to sit down to eat plentiful and delicious food with friends," says Steven Dapuzzo, director of business development.
Eclectic brunch and dinner are served daily. Dinner favorites are fried Wicked oyster bun ($10.50), short rib ($28.50) and family-style "feast" plates, such as paella ($16). A couple of dishes require 48-hour notice, such as roasted pig ($18). Thankfully, the chef retained the bison burger kneaded with bacon and onions for brunch ($16) and the mustard BBQ pulled pork pizza with coleslaw and house-made chips heaped in the center ($16.50).
Other brunch hits are Bananas Foster French toast ($14) and lobster omelet ($22). For a chocolate fix, try the Mississippi mud pie ($10).
Ocean Market Grille
Atlantic Hotel & Spa, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-567-8071, Society8.com
In synch with the opening of the first-floor Beauty & The Feast Bar | Kitchen, the hotel has debuted this oceanfront lunch oasis on the fifth-floor terrace.
"The view is tremendous, and with this menu, which caters to all tastes, guests can sit back, relax and soak up the sun," says executive chef Jeff Vincent, who focuses on local ingredients.
Teal table umbrellas match lounge areas overlooking the pool. A covered bar serves $12 cocktails, such as mojitos and pina coladas.
Highlights of the light fare are smoked fish dip ($10), grilled mahi-mahi salad ($16), fish tacos ($12), crab-cake BLT ($14) and scrumptious crispy chicken sliders with mango slaw and spicy honey on Hawaiian rolls.
Breakfast selections supplement on weekends, such as French toast ($14) and Greek yogurt parfait ($12).
Lunch is served 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Live music is in the works for happy hour at 4 p.m., and a three-course chef's tasting dinner under the stars on Saturdays is expected to kick off in May.
"It will be the ultimate date night," says Steven Dapuzzo, director of business development.
Segreto — It's Italian
After a string of chefs and managers since opening a year ago, chef Angelo Morinelli of the former Cucina D'Angelo in Boca Raton has stepped in at this fine-dining spot on the edge of Royal Palm Place. Morinelli hopes to establish stability though private parties, wine dinners, cooking classes and other events.
Italian black-and-white photos still hang on maroon walls in a refined ambiance, but now you see the chef mingling with customers.