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Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails

111 S Surf Rd
Hallandale Beach, FL.

(954) 699-0901  
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Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails is one of the latest openings of the renowned SBE group. SBE, for those not in the know, is a global hospitality and entertainment company helmed by Chairman and CEO Sam Nazarian which comprises a thriving collection of award winning hotels, residences, restaurants and nightlife destinations. 

When it comes to the business of mixing food and fashion, you'd be hard pressed to find a company that does it better then SBE. Some of their partners include designer Philippe Starck and photographer Matthew Rolston. The Chef’s SBE works with are some heavy hitters too,  like José Andrés, Katsuya Uechi, Danny Elmaleh and Michael Schwartz, (who has won the prestigious James Beard award) to name a few. Of course they have locations all over, but most of the company's ventures are in South Florida, Southern California and Vegas.

As I’ve said before, the areas around Hallandale and Hollywood beach have always been great beach destination towns, but have lacked anything that could really be called fine dining. Of course it goes without saying that the area has always paled in comparison to the beach and dining scene in South Beach as well.


Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails is really a big step in the effort of bringing to Hallandale Beach, the same elite style of service and signature brand of "cool" that has become synonymous with the Hyde brand, as seen in South Beach, Las Vegas and on Hollywood's Sunset Strip. The building itself is an evolution in Oceanside entertainment, and is certainly in line with the SBE brand and what they convey. The space is three stories tall with three distinct floors of indoor, outdoor and beachfront event space.
 

The approachable beachside first floor offers quick bites, fresh pressed juices, and a rejuvenating spa. The second floor is home to Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails where diners can enjoy the fresh seasonal and contemporary American cuisine by award winning Chef Danny Elmaleh. The third floor features a secluded poolside lounge offering distinct dishes and craft cocktails. Hyde Beach is somewhat of a tapas restaurant, in the idea of ordering single plates of food to sample, but the plates here are large and are meant for sharing. A couple dining could easily order three or four separate items and more than likely end up with leftovers.

Chef Danny Elmaleh takes you on a contemporary culinary journey mixed with local fresh flavors and hand-squeezed cocktails at three full service bars. The menu features New American cuisine with signature dishes like Wasabi Tuna Tartar, Rock Shrimp Tacos, Pumpkin Butter Rolls, Oxtail Bucatini, Branzino with cannellini beans as well as decadent Raw Bar for starters. 

Pumpkin Butter Rolls are a must have item at Hyde. These are perfect to share with maple butter and rosemary and salt, but after one bite...you may not want to share.

Ceviche is made with yuzu (a type of Japanese citrus), lime, serrano chili, tomato, red onion, cilantro and fresh seafood. For another unique touch, for dipping you are offered, tortilla chips, plantain chips and cassava chips.

The Smoked Mushrooms we tasted were extraordinary and delicious. They were so good in fact, I could give up eating meat and just have these as a replacement.

Pulpo Gallego or Galician Style Octopus is a tapa that is served all over Spain today. Although Hyde Beach did a wonderful job in presentation, It is a very simple dish with cooked octopus served with boiled potatoes, olive oil and sweet Spanish paprika. I'm not the biggest fan of octopus, but this one at Hyde Beach is certainly worth eating again. 

In addition to being loaded with very fresh and delicious crab meat, the Crab Cake at Hyde Beach is served atop a house made tartar sauce with dill pickles.

We sampled quite a few cocktails during our visit, as one would be required to do at an establishment with cocktails in its name. Everything we tasted was fresh uniquely flavored, but our favorites were the Hibiscus Punch on the left and the After Sunset Margarita on the right. Every cocktail on the list here features freshly muddled ingredients, house made syrups, freshly extracted juices and of course premium alcohol. 

Green Kale is a salad made with kale, tofu, kimchi vinaigrette, pumpkin seeds, golden raisins, and sesame seeds. This was probably one of the best salads I have had. The kimchi vinaigrette gave it a distinct Asian flavoring and the pumpkin and sesame seeds gave it a nice crunch.

The Oxtail Bucatini was fabulous. The ox tail is red wine braised and served atop house made noodles with garlic bread crumbs and marjoram.

Branzino is the name of a European sea bass that is very popular in Northern Italy. This fish was cooked perfectly with a nice sear and a crispy outside and a flaky and moist inside. The Branzino sat atop cannellini beans, cherry tomato, nicoise olives, and artichoke.

Hyde Beach calls this a Classic Banana Split with a few hidden touches. One of the hidden touches is an awesome Belgian waffle that just set this dessert over the top. I will never look at banana splits the same now, and will be unimpressed if it does not compare the one at Hyde Beach. Yes...it was that good.
Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails accommodates up to 650 guests with a private dining room, outdoor patio, poolside lounge, and beachfront property for private events.
 

Just as the new hotels and condos are giving way to a new and improved Hollywood beach and a new Hallandale beach, the restaurants are coming around too. Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails is sure to be a favorite among beachgoers, foodies and nightlife connoisseurs alike, as this hybrid destination looks to charm guests with enticing energy and innovative cuisine.
 

Dinner starts at 6:00 pm daily, and they close when the party dies. If you get a chance and are staying in the area, I highly recommend a visit to Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails. Chef Danny Elmaleh and the staff here have done an excellent job of bringing flavor, flare, style and great dining to Hallandale Beach. 

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Beachwalk Resort

2602 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd.
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
(954) 266-0147

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In the past couple of years, and especially in 2015, the strip of road that runs up and down Hollywood beach and Hallandale beach has been undergoing major renovations.

Hollywood beach has always been a great beach town with an awesome boardwalk that stretches 2.5 miles, but the area has always needed some upgrades in regards to lodging and dining to truly make it a relevant and exciting beach town that could compete with the likes of Miami’s infamous South Beach.

There have been a few new resorts that have opened in the area this past year, like Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville resort and a few others, but none of them are bringing the style and class that the all new Beachwalk Resort is offering.


After opening its doors on May 1, 2015, Beachwalk Resort is offering guests an unparalleled experience that is on par with what you might find in South Beach. The resort has breathtaking beach and city views, with access to a private beach club at the new Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails, and they even offer complimentary shuttle service to major hotspots in the area.

Rising 33 stories above the water, just one short block from the beach, the Beachwalk Resort lies at the very center of the most iconic recreational, residential, shopping, dining, and entertainment paradise on earth. One part land, one part sea, the Beachwalk Resort offers leisure travelers the Best of Both Worlds.
 
Located on the Intracoastal Waterway between Miami Beach to the south and Ft. Lauderdale to the north on Hallandale Beach Boulevard, the resort is one easy block away from the beach. This was one of the views from our balcony.

Our one bedroom /one bath suite was 738 square feet and had access to the oversized balcony that features stunning views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the downtown skyline. The balcony adjoins both the master bedroom and living room in every suite. The master bedroom features a king bed and additional sleeping is available in the sectional sofa.

 
This is truly a state of the art fully equipped kitchen. You will not find micro refrigerators and useless kitchen equipment at Beachwalk Resort. All appliances are stainless steel, and the cabinets are fully stocked with cooking utensils and dishes.

All suites feature contemporary Italian furnishings, floor to ceiling windows and a spacious living room with access to the over sized balcony.

Yes, even the bathrooms here have a designer element. Our bathroom was very spacious and offered room for everyone to get ready with no crowding.

Upon arrival, you're greeted with a sleek and sophisticated lobby, reminiscent of world traveling. The interior is by Italian design Pininfarina, and it's complemented by curated works of art from the personal art collection of the developer, Jorge M. Perez, the CEO and founder of The Related Group. If you are an automotive enthusiast such as myself, then you are familiar with the name Pininfarina. They are an independent Italian car design firm and coachbuilder in Cambiano, Italy founded in 1930. Pininfarina was employed by a wide variety of automobile manufactures such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, FIAT, GM, Lancia, and Maserati, to name a few to design vehicles.

Beachwalk Resort has a fitness center with a view so you can maintain your workout routine while on vacation. This is a fully equipped fitness center with over 1,000 square feet of space that offers machines, free weights, and gorgeous views of the infinity pool.

Speaking of that infinity pool, Beachwalk Resort has an infinity edge pool that overlooks the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway and Hallandale Beach. The pool area is conducive to spending an hour or an afternoon lounging poolside on a chaise lounge, or in a cabana for a more intimate experience.

Whether the mood calls for dining in, at the resort's Beachwalk Bistro & Market, on the beach or elsewhere, guests are given a variety of culinary options. Chef Jaime Magana, who cross trained in Amsterdam at La Rive, a two Michelin star-rated restaurant, offers over 15 years of experience at Beachwalk Resort as the executive chef. He's in charge of all F&B on property offering a fresh, seasonal menu, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. For those wanting a quick to-go item, the bistro offers a variety of freshly made sandwiches, salads and refreshments.

A simple but elegant breakfast offering at Beachwalk Bistro.

English muffin and toast served with real butter and gourmet jams at Beachwalk Bistro.

Families and couples alike will discover that the Beachwalk Resort offers a vacation experience wholly distinct from the other resort choices in the area. As the newest resort in the Hallandale-Hollywood Beach area, the Beachwalk Resort offers sophisticated European inspired design, spacious, home-like suites complete with fully equipped kitchens and in-unit washers and dryers, amenities, complimentary access to Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails, plus easy air and driving access for all domestic and international travelers.

Guests will also enjoy the proximity to South Florida’s world renowned shopping, dining, entertainment, casino and racing attractions. The location, midway along South Florida’s Broward-Miami Dade oceanfront corridor and just a block from the beach, means every guest can enjoy more vacation for the money. But what really sets Beachwalk Resort apart is how they cater to each individual with a uniquely proactive brand of service designed to anticipate and fulfill the needs of every guest.

Beachwalk Resort is not only a perfect location to enjoy all that South Florida has to offer but also provides the perfect venue to get closer to the people that matter most to you. Whether you are staying with your entire family, a group of dear friends, or your significant other, Beachwalk Resort allows you to spend quality time. Relax on the beach with your friends, enjoy an intimate dinner, or take a shopping trip... the choice is yours. By the end of your stay, you’ll leave feeling closer than ever.

The 33 story resort offers 216 divisible suites with wrap around balconies that have inspiring views of the Intracoastal Waterway. The resort is professionally managed by Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, known for their upscale independent hotels and resorts.

Right now, the resort is offering a Suite Winter Escape package that starts as low as $199.00. For a limited time, luxury suites at Beachwalk Resort are being offered at a great discount that Includes complimentary "American Breakfast for Two" for Each Day of Your Stay.

For more info call: (954) 266-0147 or email: reservations@beachwalkresortfl.com
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Fred's Market Restaurant

835 Currency Circle
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 915- 6808 - See more at: http://www.fredsmarket.com/locations#sthash.7vrckPdV.dpuf
835 Currency Circle
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 915- 6808 - See more at: http://www.fredsmarket.com/locations#sthash.7vrckPdV.dpuf
835 Currency Circle
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 915- 6808 - See more at: http://www.fredsmarket.com/locations#sthash.7vrckPdV.dpuf
835 Currency Circle
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 915- 6808 - See more at: http://www.fredsmarket.com/locations#sthash.7vrckPdV.dpuf

835 Currency Circle
Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 915- 6808

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Buffet’s usually get a bad rap, and with good reason. Most of them offer large quantities of food at a decent price, but the food is usually two grades above slop level. I've always held to the idea that a high quality Vegas style buffet would do well in Orlando. One with quality selections of chef carved meats and live action chef stations with enticing sides like one might find at the Bellagio. Fred’s Market isn't quite on that level, but what it does do, it does fairly well.
 

Fred's Market Restaurant serves up a taste of farm to plate freshness, with food that is slowly cooked in a natural and unprocessed way. The restaurant aims to provide a cozy atmosphere full of warmth and fun. It's southern comfort food that's pure and hearty all the way to the core.
 

The buffet for dinner is full of traditional southern fare like Fried Chicken, Pot Roast, Pulled Pork, Chicken Pot Pie and a host of sides like Mac & Cheese, Collard Greens, Mashed Potatoes, Fried Green Tomatoes, and of course an extensive salad and soup bar with a dessert bar as well. Fred’s also offers a weekday and weekend breakfast buffet as well, with biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, hashbrowns and you can even get the famous fried chicken in the AM.

Fred's Market took over the recently closed Romano’s Macaroni Grill. aside of a few touches here and there, the inside and outside is relatively unchanged from the previous tenant.

The salad bar has something for everyone.

There are plenty of fresh fruits and an assortment of fruit and vegetable salads on the buffet. I really enjoyed the broccoli salad, as well as the apple raisin salad.

All of the food I tried was pretty good, but the Fried Chicken here is the star of the show. Dare I say…it could be some of the best fried chicken in Central Florida?

A variety of southern comfort side dishes.

It doesn't get any more southern than banana pudding, red velvet cake and pumpkin pie.

Here is a loaded plate with fried chicken, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and a fried green tomato.

Overall, I was very impressed with the food at Fred’s Market. All of the food was fresh and seasoned very well. If you are looking for some good southern comfort food at an affordable price in a family friendly atmosphere, stop by Fred’s Market.
 

Fred’s is open Monday to Saturday from 7:00am to 9:00pm, and Sunday from 8:00am to 9:00pm

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Cowgirls Rockbar


8371 International Drive
Suite 70, Orlando, FL.
I-Drive 360
407-930-6739




Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando is now open with Boots, Beers, and a Mechanical Bull, bringing a new vibe to I-Drive 360. The new restaurant and bar features Orlando's only mechanical bull and is the perfect place to kick up some dust, enjoy a cold longneck or sip a whiskey and grab some BBQ.



Cowgirls Rockbar is quickly becoming known for its beautiful Cowgirls who serve up Southern style dishes and cold drinks along with plenty of banter. Getting to know the servers and bartenders is all part of the experience. So is dancing on top of the bar at any moment.




At the center of it all is the mechanical bull. It's ready and willing for anyone who wants to go for a ride as speeds range from super-slow to hang-on-for-your-life. It's the star of the show, whether you're on top of the bull or just watching from a bar stool.


Cowgirls is open for both lunch and dinner. Signature dishes include BBQ platters piled high with smoked brisket, pulled pork and smoked turkey, along with southern-style sides like mac 'n cheese, baked beans, coleslaw and cornbread. 

Guests can also get a bowl of Cowgirls Almost Famous Gumbo, filled with smoked chicken, andouille sausage, crawfish, okra, peppers and slowly simmered in a dark Louisiana roux. You can finish it off with an old fashioned root beer float or banana pudding.

Cowgirls is aiming to become one of Orlando's top spots for a wild night out for birthdays, bachelorette parties or other special events. DJ's will keep the party going all night long with a mix of country, pop and rock hits just steps from the Orlando Eye.

Cowgirls Rockbar Orlando facts:


Square footage: 7,000


Seating capacity: 300


Available for Group Events: Birthdays, Bachelorette Parties, Corporate Events, Buyouts

Visit them on: Facebook facebook.com/CowgirlsOrlando  
Twitter @Cowgirls360
Instagram @cowgirlsorlando

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World Of Beer UCF

3402 Technological Ave.
Orlando, FL 32817
321-235-9741
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Most of us Floridians are very familiar with the craft beer chain known as World Of Beer, especially since they started in Tampa.

Since opening that first location in 2007, WOB has grown to more than 70 locations in 20 states. What began as a neighborhood tavern to sample great craft beers and swap beer talk has grown into a unique cultural phenomenon celebrating the world of craft beers and camaraderie.

Now, in addition to 500 craft beers and 40 rotating taps daily, WOB is changing the game once again with a variety of delicious food that pairs perfectly to whatever you’re drinking at the moment. World of Beer UCF’s newest addition, the signature “Tavern Fare” menu features a variety of elevated comfort food that provides the perfect marriage of food and beer for the ultimate experience.

The “Tavern Fare” lineup of pub inspired foods has something for everyone with WOB tavern shares that include an authentic German Pretzel, Sriracha Lime Shrimp Tacos, Black and Blue Flatbread, Guinness Brat Sliders and Belgian Waffle S’Mores to name a few. The menu also has plenty of tasty and hearty sandwiches like the Chimay Burger, Chicken Pesto Sandwich and even a classic Reuben.

This pretzel’s original Bavarian recipe was created by Germany’s most sought after artisan pretzel baker, Ossi Piller, and dates back more than 100 years. Served with house made stone ground mustard, this pretzel was delicious and fun to eat all at once. For an additional $2.00 you can grab the house made beer cheese, which was pretty awesome too. Try it with a Narragansett Pale Lager.
The Spring Greens & Kale Salad features spring greens & kale with goat cheese, apples, sweet pickled red onions & candied pecans tossed in a Framboise vinaigrette. Pair it with St. Louis Premium Framboise.


St. Louis Premium Framboise.

A very impressive Artisan Sausage Board was served up with a trio of jalapeño cheddar, cracked black pepper and hickory smoked sausages. Served with spicy pickled green beans, peppadew peppers & our house made stone ground mustard. Pair it with Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest.


Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest.

Sriracha Lime Shrimp Tacos are stuffed with beer battered shrimp tossed in WOB’s homemade Sriracha lime aioli and served on tortillas with roasted corn and tomato salsa with shredded lettuce and fresh cilantro. Pair it with an IPA of your choice.

The Belgian Waffle S’mores are light & crispy, fresh baked, Belgian beer-infused waffles with toasted marshmallow, drizzled with a Kahlúa fudge sauce, & topped with graham cracker crumbles & powdered sugar. These were a most awesome dessert. Try them with a Sprecher Imperial Stout.

Priced between $5 and $15, every dish pairs perfectly with WOB-UCF’s vast selection of local and global craft beers, and are perfect to share with friends. At World of Beer, they want to take you on a taste journey so you can enjoy the great flavors and aromas of great beers, and enhance your experience with delicious food on the Tavern Fare menu. The combination gives you the ultimate craft tavern experience.


WOB UCF is open Monday to Sunday from 11:30 am until 2:00 am


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McCoy's Oceanfront

1200 N Ocean Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
(954) 782-0100


In addition to being a really fun and unique resort style hotel, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa also has some pretty good food on tap at McCoy’s Oceanfront restaurant. 

McCoy’s is known for its contemporary presentations of seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients with a focus on Florida seafood that is served in a casual ocean view setting. The beachfront restaurant and lounge pays homage to its Prohibition-era namesake with a classic cocktail menu featuring fresh pressed juices and dark spirits that channel McCoy’s rum-running days. If old fashioned cocktails aren't your thing, McCoy’s also offers an extensive wine list and a nice selection of beers.

The menu stays true to what you would expect a South Florida oceanside restaurant to offer with a great selection of seafood entrees. Some of those entrees include Florida Pompano, Crispy Skin Florida Snapper, Blackened Salmon, and a Five Spice Grilled Tuna. For you non seafood lovers, they also have a wonderful Sauteed Short Rib, Pork Paillard and Farro Risotto among other offerings.


McCoy’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. At breakfast you can order a la carte off the menu, or you can opt for the buffet. The buffet is full of wonderful choices and is not your average continental breakfast. Home fries, eggs and omelets cooked to order, applewood smoked bacon, sausage egg and cheese stuffed biscuits and buttermilk pancakes are just a few of the selections.

McCoy’s prides itself on custom cocktails and the Giggle Water with Crop Organic cucumber vodka and fresh lemonade pictured left, and the Alderman’s Mule with New Amsterdam vodka, fresh lime juice and ginger beer were pretty tasty libations.

The Fried Green Tomato Mozzarella is stacked with thick slices of mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and fried green tomatoes with pesto and a balsamic glaze.

 
Spicy Tuna Tartar is an elegant display of fresh and spicy tuna with avocado, wakame and wontons for dipping.

You can't go to Pompano Beach and not get the namesake fish. The Florida Pompano at McCoy's is flour dusted and Fried and served with Yukon potatoes, lemon white wine butter sauce and baby arugula. The taste and preparation of this fish was simply amazing.

The Braised Short Rib with caramelized fennel mash and oyster mushroom haricot verts with a horseradish cream sauce is an outstanding dish. The short rib itself was wonderful, but just as impressive was the caramelized fennel mash.

Whether you want lunch or dinner, McCoy's has you covered. The Avocado Turkey Burger served on a honey wheat bun with ground turkey and an avocado puree was a delicious choice with plenty of flavor.

If you're not sure about what to have for dessert, try the Best Of Both Worlds with a chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, creme brulee and a raspberry coulis. Very light, and very good.

McCoy’s is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have featured Chef Specials throughout the year, as well as a daily Happy Hour from 5 to 7pm. Live entertainment often continues throughout the weekend, ranging from an island tropical vibe to mainstream music.

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