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Tucker Duke's opens Boca location

.@TuckerDukesBoca opens Boca location with some exclusive seafood offerings


Tucker Duke's

1658 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-717-8153,

The mini chain, founded in the Panhandle with Southern-style comfort food, has added a Palm Beach County restaurant.

James Beard-nominated chef Brian Cartenuto opened the Boca Raton location in the former Italio to join its 2-year-old Deerfield Beach sibling.

"There's a great mix of daytime businesses and FAU student activity, plus proximity to downtown Boca Raton and all the new condominiums being built on Federal Highway," co-owner John Cortes says.

Tucker Duke's is named after Cartenuto's 110-pound Great Dane Lab. Most of the 10 saucy burgers, including the vegetarian chickpea Sami ($10), are named after his friends' and customers' dogs. It was their Charlie White, a burger with bourbon pimento cheese, that tied the restaurant for "Best Burger" in the 2014 Riverwalk Burger Battle.

Some seafood dishes are exclusive to Boca, such as the house-smoked fish dip ($7) and cast-iron whole snapper ($18), and supplement signatures, such as nacho tots with pulled pork ($14) and the no-substitutions-allowed, towering Tucker Duke burger with American cheese, onion rings and remoulade ($12).

Round churro crawlers are a contrast of crispy on the outside and moist inside, with smears of banana pudding ($6). Wine and craft beers are on tap.

Lunch and dinner are served daily amid brick and wood-striped walls, high tops, L-shaped bar, industrial ceiling, chalkboards, diamond-plate metal and TVs. An awning will be added to the sidewalk seating.

Weekend brunch kicks off this weekend.

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