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The Eat Beat Dining around South Florida
with Mike Mayo
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Sports bars for the Super Bowl, Cooper's Hawk Winery coming to Galleria

Welcome to the Eat Beat Newsletter. The president gives his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, but I'll get the early jump and declare the state of our food region strong. Super Bowl Sunday approaches on Feb. 4. Valentine's Day looms Feb. 14. It's never too early for reservations and I'll have my annual roundup of romantic spots Feb. 5.

(Wings and Eagles and Patriots, oh my.)

Super doings: Sports columnist Dave Hyde calls New England vs. Philadelphia (and ex-Dolphin Jay Ajayi) a "Super Bowl to lose lunch over" but I say we still gotta eat (and watch the commercials.) For those throwing parties at home, Hooters is offering chicken wing packs to go ($50 for 50, $70 for 70 with sides of blue cheese and ranch dressing). The offer is not valid at the BeachPlace (Fort Lauderdale) or Miami Bayside locations ... For those who like big crowds and big screens for the Big Game, here is my roundup of best sports bars. New England Patriots fans have long gathered at Boston's on the Beach in Delray Beach and the restaurant is throwing a Patriot-friendly bash on game day (Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m. kickoff). Tickets are $110 and include premium liquor and food. Philadelphia Eagles fans can find hospitable surroundings at The Parrot Lounge in Fort Lauderdale.

(Win tickets, eat burgers at SOBEWFF.)

SOBEWFF ticket giveaway: The Super Bowl of food fests, aka the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (Feb. 21-25) is fast approaching and have we got a deal for you. SouthFlorida.com is giving away tickets to the Burger Bash (Feb. 23) and weekend Grand Tasting (Feb. 24-25) in Miami Beach, and you can enter here. Some Fort Lauderdale events are already sold out ... EVENTS: The Riverwalk Chili Cook Off takes place Jan. 28 from noon to 4 p.m. at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale. Admission is $5 and includes samples from multiple chili competitors. The Key West Food and Wine Festival is now underway and concludes Sunday. Tickets are on sale for Burger Beast's Hamburger House Party at Magic City Casino (March 10), the CrawDebauchery crawfish and music festival in Pompano Beach (March 24) and the Las Olas Wine and Food Festival (April 20).

(Mangos on Las Olas aims for February reopening.)

Coming soon: After being shuttered for a year after a sale and renovations, Mangos on Las Olas Boulevard is set to reopen. The revamped restaurant sports a sleeker, European (South Beach?) look and a menu that combines old favorites with new Italian wrinkles (carpaccios, ravioli and veal chops) ... Cooper's Hawk, an upscale wine bar and restaurant chain that has packed crowds into Coconut Creek and Doral locations, announced plans to open at the Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale by year's end ... First Watch, a national breakfast chain that has been expanding throughout South Florida, is soon opening in Hollywood (3257 Hollywood Blvd.) and Plantation (7620 Peters Rd.) ... Mazie's, featuring "new world comfort food" from chef Eric Baker (formerly of Max’s Harvest in Delray Beach) and Jason Lakow (former GM of Café Boulud) is scheduled to open in February at 3815 S. Dixie Hwy. in West Palm Beach ... A new Italian food hall, La Centrale, will soon open at Brickell City Centre in Miami. The three-level food court will feature 14 Italian eateries, five bars and more than 1,000 retail products.

(Getting gooey with I Heart Mac & Cheese.)

Now open: I Heart Mac & Cheese, a sprouting regional chain from chef Michael Blum, has changed its recipes and opened new locations in Pembroke Pines and Parkland ... Acclaimed French chef Daniel Boulud has opened Boulud Sud Miami to replace DB Bistro Moderne at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami ... Cabo Flats Cantina has arrived in Pembroke Pines, a family-friendly Mexican restaurant that also features tequilas ... Boca Raton Italian restaurant Frank and Dino's has swung into the lunch scene with expanded hours on weekdays. The restaurant, co-owned by thoroughbred horse trainer Carlo Vaccarezza, moved from Deerfield Beach to downtown Boca Raton last year.

(From Proper Sandwich to Henry's Sandwich Station.)

Food fight: Proper Sandwich changed its name to Henry's Sandwich Station weeks before its February opening in Fort Lauderdale's Fat Village and after months of marketing. Why? Proper Sausages of Miami Shores did not think Proper Sandwich was a proper name for JEY Hospitality's new artisanal sandwich eatery and filed a trademark infringement lawsuit. Proper Sausages complained that the names were "confusingly similar." So JEY Hospitality made a late sub -- as in "substitution" -- to avoid the legal grinder of federal court. Read more.

(More gooey goodness ... gratis.)

Deal of the week: Carraba's Italian Grill is offering free lasagna through Jan. 29 with the purchase of select chicken dishes, and deal diva Doreen Christensen has all the cheesy details.

(Bananas? Cryptocurrency meets food.)

Quote of the week: "Don’t understand Bitcoin? Prepare to vaguely understand Bananacoin, the latest cryptocurrency to hit the market. Simply put, it’s the world’s first option for investing in the production of organic bananas." -- From a story on Bananacoin unpeeled by our partners at the Daily Meal website.

Got a restaurant tip or dining beef?  Reach me at mmayo@southflorida.com 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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