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Crave GFL dining deals in Broward start Sept. 1

Welcome to the Eat Beat Newsletter, this week in low power, semi-vacation mode. Sunday (Aug. 13) is National Filet Mignon Day. Even those on beer budgets can have a taste. Read on for details.

($1 sandwiches at Morton's for filet mignon day.)

Live rich, eat tenderloin: Morton's the Steakhouse will mark the filet mignon celebration a day late, deal maven Doreen Christensen reports, with its annual $1 filet mignon sandwich promotion offered on Monday Aug. 14.  

(Crave GFL, Broward dining promotion, starts Sept. 1.)

A craving for dining deals: Broward's annual restaurant promotion returns Sept. 1-Sept. 30 with a new name, Crave GFL (which stands for Greater Fort Lauderdale). Formerly known as Dine Out Lauderdale, the promotion is shorter than last year's, which ran six weeks. More than 40 restaurants have signed up to offer $37 multicourse dinners, not including tax, tip or drinks. Menu offerings are not listed yet on the official website, but participating restaurants include Burlock Coast, Capital Grille, Cafe Maxx, Chima, Eduardo de San Angel, JWB Prime Steak and Seafood, Kuro, Morton’s, Naked Crab, Rusty Hook Tavern, Ruth’s Chris and Steak 954. I'll spotlight some best bites before the event begins.

Smoke BBQ in Delray Beach closes, Fort Lauderdale location remains open

The original Delray Beach location of Smoke BBQ has closed, co-owner Scott Kennedy says, but the Fort Lauderdale branch, with its killer pastrami, remains open and is not going away. [More]

Review: Latitudes is on the right track in Highland Beach

Review: Dining correspondent Claire Perez awards three stars to Latitudes, an oceanfront restaurant at the Delray Sands Resort in Highland Beach. [More]

Everything nice for Miami Spice: Picks for 2017 restaurant promotion

Miami Spice is underway through Sept. 30, with 240 restaurants in Miami-Dade taking part in $23 lunches and $39 multicourse dinners. Check out my nine picks for good eating. [More]

Federal Donuts, a Philadelphia chain, opens in Wynwood

Doughnuts, chicken and coffee are what you'll find at the Miami outpost of this Philadelphia foodie favorite, from James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov. Solomonov has also opened an Israeli-style hummus restaurant next door. [More]

Padrino's Cuban Cuisine opens fifth location in Fort Lauderdale

Padrino's Cuban Cuisine opens fifth location in Fort Lauderdale [More]

Buddha Garden in Delray Beach has new menu, brunch

New ownership brings big changes to Buddha Garden and Buddha Sky Bar in Delray Beach [More]

Ella’s Oyster Bar favors 'Miami cuisine'

Ella’s Oyster Bar is located on Eighth Street in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. [More]

Crate vegetarian restaurant doubles as a nightclub

The Miami restaurant becomes a posh lounge at 11 p.m. [More]

Got a restaurant tip or dining beef?  Reach me at or 954-356-4508. Don’t troll me, but feel free to roast or flambeé me on Twitter: @heymikemayo, and follow my food adventures on Instagram: @mikemayoeats.

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