Blue Moon Chef Bryce Statham Rolls Out New Small Plate Menu, Cocktails

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You know a restaurant is doing something right if it has been around for decades.

At the same time, restaurant trends are always in flux. To keep on top of the current fads, restaurants have to make an effort to keep on top of the changing times.

To up the ante on its happy hour program, Blue Moon Fish Co., one of Fort Lauderdale's most respected -- and longer running -- seafood spots, just released its new small plates menu to go along with its summer cocktail list.

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From 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, the restaurant is now offering a selection of small plates straight from the dinner menu. Dishes like the mini prosciutto and brie ($7) with sun-dried tomatoes, toasted walnuts, green apple relish, and vanilla rum butter; firecracker oysters ($7), which are curry dusted with mango wasabi; and the pan seared diver sea scallops ($11) with shaved local hearts of palm and sweet chili garlic glaze are available in the lounge during happy hour.

"Similar to out Sunday brunch, being a tasting of our dinner menu, our small bites is an introduction to the appetizer list, paired with our new handcrafted drinks," said chef-owner Bryce Statham.

The new cocktail program features light, refreshing options for summer. Drinks include a wide variety of flavors and ingredients like the Fountain of Youth ($11) Absolut Berri Acai, muddled blueberries, simple syrup, lemon juice, and POM pomegranate juice; the Strawberry Zen ($11), Absolut Oreint Apple, strawberries, lime, and simple syrup; The Hemingway ($10), Flor De Cana 7 year rum, Aperol, simple syrup, lemon juice, and muddle cucumbers; and the Lauderdale Breeze ($12) Avion Silver Tequila, lemon juice, cucumber, agave nectar, and basil. Every drink on the new cocktail menu is available for $6 during happy hour.

Blue Moon Fish Co. is located at 4405 W. Tradewinds Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-267-9888, or visit bluemoonfishco.com.

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