Over the past year or so, there's been a big push back to Fort Lauderdale Beach.
And no, it's not just new high-end condos; well-known local restaurateurs are establishing new concepts up and down the strip.
The latest is Beauty and the Feast Bar|Kitchen. Owned and operated by Society 8 Hospitality Group, the team responsible for SoLita, it's the newest dining establishment in the base of the Atlantic Hotel & Spa.
Earlier this week, we got to check it out at a media preview.
Set just off the lobby on the beach-side of the hotel, Beauty and the Feast offers hotel guests and members of the public a warm and stylish space with trendy globally inspired American menu.
The spot serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a selection of small and large plates ranging from pizza, sliders, and burgers to paella, steaks, and pasta.
Stand out small plates included the crispy chicken sliders ($11.50) covered in a spicy honey sauce with mango slaw; edamame ($6) tossed in soy, ginger, and garlic; lamb chops ($15.50) with rosemary and garlic; fried sun chokes ($8) with roasted garlic and olive oil; and mussels white ($12.50) steamed in white wine with pancetta, herbs, and toasted bread crumbs.
Large plates offer the usual selection of meats and seafood, with a few unusual selections. The seafood pizza ($16) with lobster sauce, shrimp, scallop, and boursin contains a crisp savory crust with perfectly cooked seafood atop.
The slow and low section of the bill of fare includes roasted pig ($24 per person) served table-side. Available for four or more, it is a whole or half suckling pig served with black beans, rice, and a fruity hot sauce; it requires 48 hour advance notice. A bone in rib roast is also offered.
A comfortable lounge and bar sits at the entrance of the space. With warm brick walls, secluded seating areas, and contemporary crystal chandeliers, it feels more like a northern urban lounge more than a beach-side hotel bar.
In addition to a decent selection of wines, a selection of craft cocktails are listed. Try the Dream ($12) Absolut "Elyx" with muddled grapes and basil topped with simple syrup, lemon juice, sour, and soda; Feast ($11), Beefeater gin with cucumber, simple syrup, lime, and lemon lime soda; or Rock ($12) Barenjager Honey & Bourbon with muddles cherries and oranges topped with peach puree and peach bitters.
Happy hour is offered 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Brunch (7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and lunch are served daily.
Society 8 Hospitality Group recently took over all catering operations in the beachfront hotel -- it is now in charge of room service and a more casual poolside concept, Ocean Market Grille (more information coming soon).
Beauty and the Feast is located at 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-567-8070, or visit society8.com.
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