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The Eat Beat Dining around South Florida
with Mike Mayo
Eating The Eat Beat

South Florida dining deals extend into October, Fantasy Fest in Key West will go on, organizers say

Welcome to the Eat Beat Newsletter. L'shana tovah and a happy healthy 5778 to all those celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. I've got challah with raisins and apples with honey for a sweet new year.

(Dining deals extended after Irma.)

Restaurants go longer with promotions: With Hurricane Irma causing disruption in September, many restaurants are extending Miami Spice, Crave GFL in Broward and Flavor Palm Beach dining deals into October. The promotions were supposed to end Sept. 30. Nearly 200 restaurants in Miami-Dade will extend Miami Spice deals through Oct. 31, dozens in Broward will go until Oct. 15, and many in Palm Beach county will run their deals an extra week until Oct. 7. Kuro restaurant at the Hard Rock resort in Hollywood will extend until Oct. 15 and also holds a special $125-per-person multicourse dinner tied into Crave GFL on Tuesday Sept. 26 at 6:30 with hors d'oeuvres and wine pairings. Call 954-316-2900 for reservations.

(Rosh Hashana at restaurants: Bring on the brisket.)

Dining out for the holiday: For those who knocked themselves out cooking for the first night of Rosh Hashana, restaurant options abound for the second night on Thursday Sept. 21. Farmer's Table, 1901 N. Military Trail in Boca Raton, has special menu items including matzo ball soup, chopped chicken liver, slow braised grass-fed brisket and salmon. Le Bistro, 4626 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, offers a set three-course holiday meal for $39 ($21 for children 11 and under). Burt & Max's, 9089 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, has several holiday offerings, including pan-roasted salmon with lentils ($27) and roasted chicken with potato pancakes ($23). And TooJays delis, multiple locations, offers a special Rosh Hashana menu and is accepting orders for catering platters to break the Yom Kippur fast on Sept. 30.

(Important tips for post-storm food and water safety.)

Food, fridge and water safety: With sporadic power outages and boil-water alerts still impacting some South Florida residents after Hurricane Irma, safety tips for dealing with food, refrigerators and water are important, particularly for families with young children, the elderly and others with compromised immune systems.The USDA has a 12-page storm guide that is quite useful, including a chart indicating which foods and condiments to toss or keep after a power outage hits your fridge. Use common sense. The basic rule of thumb: "When in doubt, throw it out." My colleague Doreen Christensen reports that some might be eligible for spoiled food reimbursement from their insurance comapnies. Good luck with that.

(Florida Keys landmarks before and after Irma.)

How did your favorite Keys haunts fare in the storm?: A team of SouthFlorida.com reporters pieced together damage reports and photos showing some popular Florida Keys bars, restaurants, resorts and tourist spots before and after Hurricane Irma. We will update entries regularly to bring the latest information, including reopening dates as they become available. As for 2017 Fantasy Fest in Key West, scheduled for Oct. 20-29, the party will go on, officials announced this week. "Irma is not invited," Fantasy Fest posted on its official Facebook page.

(BLT Steak back in Miami Beach.)

Openings galore: Fall is the season for highly anticipated new openings, including the relaunch of BLT Steak at the Iberostar Berkeley in Miami Beach ... Stubborn Seed, at 101 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, chef Jeremy Ford's new restaurant with Grove Bay Hospitality Group, has opened. Ford earned widespread acclaim at The Matador Room ... Ofa, which bills itself as "a progressive Brazilian restaurant and bar" (I suppose that means it prefers Rachel Maddow to Sean Hannity?), opened this week in Miami Beach's Sunset Harbor neighborhood, 1929 Purdy Ave. ... Bean & Barnacle has opened in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, at the Plunge Beach Hotel, 4660 El Mar Drive ... Blue Moon Mexican Cafe, a New Jersey-based chain, has opened its first Florida location in Boca Raton at 6897 Southwest 18th Street.

(Charity event at Oceans 234 on Sunday.)

Events: Oceans 234 in Deerfield Beach will host "Claws for a Cause," a fundraiser for neurofibromatosis and the charity group B The Difference, from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 24. The event will feature a beachside lobster bake, cocktails and wine and costs $75 ... Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale will stage its first Sausagefest at 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 21, at Esplanade Park. The event will be free and open to all ages and feature vendors specializing in hot dogs and sausage ... Michelle Bernstein will be a featured chef at the third annual Miami Gardens Wine and Food Experience on Saturday Nov. 11 at the rooftop at City Hall, 18605 NW 27th Ave. General admission tickets cost $85 (VIP $125) and are available at MGWFE.eventbrite.com.

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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