This week's movings and shakings in the Broward and Palm Beach restaurant worlds involve a new addition to Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, plus chef Angelo Elia's seemingly never-ending pursuit of dominance of the South Florida dining scene. Read on for a look at some of the latest in the dining world.
Chef Angelo Elia expands into Weston and wins Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for Casa D'Angelo
Chef Angelo Elia -- who was named New Times' Best Broward County Chef in 2012 -- will expand to a sixth restaurant location this fall. D'Angelo Pizza Wine Bar Tapas will open in October at 1107 Weston Road in the Country Isle Plaza. The 2,800-square-foot restaurant will have a similar price point and concept to his D'Angelo location in Fort Lauderdale.
Meanwhile, Elia's restaurant Casa D'Angelo in Fort Lauderdale was named to Wine Spectator's list of "The Best Wine Lists of 2012" featured in the August 31 issue. It earned the "Best of Award of Excellence" for its collection of more than 20,000 bottles. The Boca Raton outpost of Casa D'Angelo snagged an Award of Excellence.
Union in Delray Beach to share space with Candyfish Gourmet Sushi
Sometime in August, Union in Delray Beach will debut a partnership with Candyfish Gourmet Sushi, according to an announcement this week on the restaurant's Facebook page. Sushi chef Zhang (who reportedly trained under Nobu Matsuhisa of Nobu restaurant fame) will lead the line. It appears the two restaurants will co-exist in the same space on Atlantic Avenue. Clean Plate Charlie will report more details as they become available.
Friar Tuck's food truck rebuild is forging ahead
In June, Clean Plate Charlie reported on the devastating Florida Turnpike accident that totaled Friar Tuck's eco-friendly food truck. The truck, driven at the time by owner Robb Muise, had been en route to its debut outing when the non-injury crash occurred. (Read more about the accident here.) Muise and his team -- including his wife -- vowed to make a second go of it. Charlie checked in this week with Muise for a status update on the rebuild.
"We're pushing along," Muise said via email, including the progress shot above. "We've used as much recycled material as possible. The paint, for example, is provided by Oakland Park to residents for free, and the shingles were going to the dump by a local roofing company...The outpouring of support by friends has been amazing and has truly humbled me." Clean Plate Charlie will follow up when the truck is ready for its debut part two.
RA Sushi gets all trendy with skinny cocktails, tacos, and "shareable" plates
For its summer menu, national chain RA Sushi is going the way of the small plates trend, offering new choices like drunken clams ($12.75), drunken black mussels ($9.25), and bonfire shrimp ($11.75). They're also introducing crispy Asian tacos in five variations, including crispy white fish and spicy tuna. They've also added a few lower-calorie cocktails to their list, like a cucumber collins and a strawberry saketini. The new menu items are in effect at the Palm Beach Gardens and Pembroke Pines.
3800 Ocean on Singer Island is now serving lunch to tourists and townies alike
The swanky collaborative kitchen at 3800 Ocean at The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa is now open for lunch with service starting at 11 a.m. daily. Menu options include a Mediterranean falafel sandwich ($14), Chinese barbecue glazed baby back ribs ($14), and conch fritters ($10), in addition to pricier options like Caribbean fish and chips ($24).
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