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

Mangos aims for late April reopening, Chez Porky's in Pompano remodels and rebrands

Welcome to the Eat Beat Newsletter. St. Patrick's Day is almost upon us, so break out the Guinness, carve up the corned beef and dance a jig. On Friday, everyone is Irish.

(Maguires is gone, but plenty o' pints elsewhere in SoFla.)

Erin Go Party: My colleague Ben Crandell still laments the loss of Maguires Hill 16 in Fort Lauderdale, but he manages to give us lots of good drinking, eating and entertainment options for St. Patrick's Day weekend. My advice: If you're going to drink your dinner, Uber, Lyft and taxis are your friends. Brooklyn Water Bagel will be baking green bagels to celebrate. When I see green bread I think mold, but hey, it's still a free country. Slainte!

(Mangos aims for late April re-opening.)

Closed for renovations: Work continues on Mangos on Las Olas Boulevard after its recent sale, and new managing partner Alessandro Manzo tells me the target re-opening date is late April. The redesign includes new furnishings from Italy and new coolers for the bar. "It's going to be more bright, more beautiful," Manzo says. Another South Florida longtimer with new owners, Chez Porky's in Pompano Beach, known for its raspberry chicken wings, is also closed for renovations. After 32 years, it will now be known as Porky's Meat and Greet, according to its Facebook page, with a new concept, "modern American comfort food with a nod to Texas barbecue." No word on whether wings will still fly. It is slated to re-open by month's end.

(New beers soon on tap at New River Brewing.)

Big stuff brewing: The folks at Riverside Market have promoted and sold hundreds of craft labels since spurring South Florida's microbrew movement in 2001, and soon they'll try their hand at making their own. New River Brewing, a partnership between Julian and Lisa Siegel of the Riverside Market, Adam Fine of Native Brewing Co., and Tim Petrillo's The Restaurant People, is slated to open by fall, at 280 SW 6 St., near the new Broward courthouse. It will be a taproom and restaurant in the mold of Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park and Big Bear Brewing Co., in Coral Springs. The Restaurant People will also be launching several new restaurants along Andrews Ave., on the north side of the New River, including the spot formerly occupied by Tilted Kilt, which closed in February.

(Soaked at 3030 Ocean in the Harbor Beach Marriott.)

Seafood musings: My colleague Rod Stafford Hagwood visits Best of South Florida seafood restaurant winner Sea Watch on the Ocean in Fort Lauderdale, and asks, "What is South Florida's best seafood restaurant?" I can tell you which one isn't: 3030 Ocean at the Harbor Beach Marriott, where I took a bath in overpriced mediocre food for my latest review. And I'll tell you which one is: Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS Brickell in Miami, which opened after last year's voting concluded and where I recently had my best restaurant meal in over a decade.

(Gaga for Wawa, coming to Palm Beach County March 23.)

Openings: Wawa, the convenience chain from Pennsylvania with a cult-like following and renowned hoagies, will have a triple grand opening in Palm Beach County on Thursday, March 23. Stores will open in Riviera Beach, Palm Springs and Palm Springs South. It's part of a Florida expansion blitz. Stores in Pompano Beach and Davie are slated to open in the summer. There will also be Wawas in Margate, Parkland, Fort Lauderdale, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach ... Doc B's Fresh Kitchen, a chain from Chicago that hopes to attract "young, active, social" diners, has opened at 452 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale.

(Pi Day passes, but pies are always in season.)

Quote of the week: "I've always wanted to be in a pie-eating contest, and I need practice" -- my daughter Natalia, after dunking her face into a blueberry pie on Pi Day. March 14 has come and gone, but my list of South Florida pie possibilities is good all year long.

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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