Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-585-5104, SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com
This destination has a new dining option off the casino floor near the main entrance.
"We designed The Bol to give our guests an intimate dining experience that offers fresh and authentic flavors of Vietnam and China," said operating partner Eric Douglas in a press release.
Its name is a play on bowls of pho noodle soup ($13-$15) and Hong King-style wonton noodle soup ($14). Appetizers consist of dumplings and rolls ($5 to $8), such as Vietnamese spring rolls. Vermicelli with beef Hue style ($14) is a signature, rounding out with fried rice choices ($12-$17), wok selections ($14 to $16) such as kung pao chicken, and noodle dishes ($14 to $23), such as pad Thai. Sweeten it up with iced Vietnamese coffee or Thai tea ($3).
Lunch and dinner are served daily amid a modern decor with traditional Asian elements. The entrance is framed by wood boxes painted a rich red — a color echoed throughout to signify good luck, apropos for gamblers. Televisions cycle through images of the Asian countryside and marketplaces, as well as the chefs at work.
3650 N. Federal Highway, Suite E, Lighthouse Point, 954-532-1531, YourPie.com
"Our food sells itself." So says Jason Harris, who has opened the first South Florida franchise of this Georgia-based brick-oven pizza chain with girlfriend, Kara Seelye.
The fast-casual service for daily lunch and dinner guides you through a Subway-style line to pick your toppings. Don't think canned or frozen, though; condiments and seven sauces are made in house. The dough, including gluten-free, is flown in from Georgia where the water filters through clay.
Create-your-own-pizza ($7.49) includes choice of crust, sauce, cheese and 26 unlimited veggie toppings with each meat $1 extra.
Bestsellers are The Nat pizza with basil pesto, mozzarella, feta, chicken and sun-dried tomatoes ($9.49), Caprese salad in a pizza-bread bowl ($7.50) and pesto turkey panini ($8.99).
"I'd like to own five of these," Harris says. "It's easier said than done. It took me eight months to find this location in a great community."
The decor is basic with pale-yellow walls and TVs in booths, but perks are live music on Friday nights, six craft beers on tap and nice wines, such as La Crema. Glasses of Canyon Road go for $3.75 from 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays.
You even can leave with a $2 ball of dough after sampling their six rotating gelato flavors ($2.99 or $3.99 per cup).
Not even three months old, this expansive supper club in the former Zed451 in the south end of Mizner Park has garnered buzz for its jazz, but don't forget the restaurant.
"I want to be known for our food just as much as our entertainment," says co-owner Michael Fagien, founder of the 30-year-old Jazziz magazine and co-owner of the former Jazziz Bistro at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. "The menu has literally something for every mood and budget with the aim to be the best."
Along with the seasonal contemporary American menu, a myriad of nooks creates a different experience each time, Fagien says. The champagne/caviar bar boasts exclusive bubbly by the glass; an indoor/outdoor bar pours $12 specialty cocktails; a dining room with oversize posters of his magazine covers surround a big stage for ticketed national acts Wednesdays and Thursdays and local talent Fridays and Saturdays; and a cigar/piano bar tucked in the back and a sprawling narrow patio provide respite.
Nightly standouts are buffalo rock shrimp with blue cheese ($12) and diver scallops with curry charred cauliflower and roasted grapes that lend sweetness ($17). Four kinds of steaks are flown in daily from New York ($29 to $49) and are finished in the wood oven for a crispy crust reminiscent of Argentina. The chefs make the buns and grind the meat for the burger with roasted garlic aioli ($16). And the pastry chef's chocolate-chip bread pudding is a must ($8).
A summer barbecue menu changes each Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., and favorites of the New Orleans-style Sunday jazz brunch are lemon ricotta pancakes and brioche French toast (both $14) with unlimited mimosas for $16.
New executive chef Elijah Durham arrived just in time to help roll out the updated French-inspired American menu of Nordstrom's retreat on the second floor.
"We are getting great feedback from our customers," many of whom are regulars during busy lunches, says assistant manager Ashley Highhouse.
New front-runners are prime rib French dip ($14.95) for lunch, and for dinner, seafood bouillabaisse ($21.50) and Tuscan arancini — crispy but moist risotto balls stuffed with fontina and prosciutto ($8.75). The zesty Crab Louis salad uses expensive Dungeness ($19.95 for lunch and dinner), and Szechwan beef short rib with lettuce cups ($10.75 for dinner) replaces pork ribs for less mess.
A special appetizer, entree, wine and cocktail appear weekly, such as the bikini martini with pineapple juice and grenadine ($12). But you can request the drinks any time. The wine list is also being revamped.
"We're very unique to Nordstrom because it's full service with cocktails and live music," says Highhouse, who adds there are only three Bistro Ns in the country. However, Nordstrom is transforming its cafe bistros into this concept with Coral Gables probably up next.
Musicians perform Thursday through Saturday nights.
Insider tip: Park on the second floor of the garage and walk over the bridge.