Restaurant News: Doc's Does Boynton, Brio to Debut in Hallandale, Boca Bacchanals

•    Doc's All-American Café, the 1950s-style Delray Beach diner where teenagers still wear bobbysox and the cars all have tail fins, has expanded the reach of its inexpensive burgers and ultra-thick, creamy milkshakes to Boynton Beach (1797 N. Congress Ave., 561-733-0997). Unlike its Delray parent, the new Doc's is a lot more modern, with actual indoor seating at big, comfortable booths and big-screen TVs. You can still get a four-buck burger, though.

•    The hits just keep on coming at Hallandale's Village at Gulfstream Park. The past few weeks have seen the debuts of III Forks, Cantina Laredo and Tonino Lamborghini's Caffe Corsa. Now it's Brio Tuscan Grill's turn. On Wednesday, March 24, the chain of moderately priced Italian-esque eateries opens its third local outlet (600 Silks Run, Ste. 1205, 954-362-1600), dishing its popular brand of pizzas, pastas and Italian favorites to hoped-for hordes of hungry shoppers.

•    Using "Boca" and "Bacchanal" in the same sentence may be akin to pairing "Sarah Palin" with "intellectual," but the 8th annual Boca Bacchanal (Friday through Sunday, March 19 to 21) really is a bacchanalian orgy of food and wine. This benefit for the Boca Raton Historical Society features high-profile chefs and vintners from all over the country doing dinners in private homes, plus a silent auction and food-wine tasting and a "Grand Tasting" of the products of 25 local restaurants washed down with 140 wines. For prices, details and all that good stuff, go here.

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