Cocktails & Spirits

Restaurant News: Cielo, Checkers, Capital Grille

• That the all-American burger has gone from humble to haute is about as newsworthy as gravity, but now even Checkers Drive-In Restaurants have hopped on the "gourmet" burger bandwagon. Eighteen of the chain's local eateries are now offering the "Flavor Built Menu," six upscale burgers garnished with everything from garlic Parmesan butter, grilled onions, cheddar cheese, and A1 steak sauce to crispy jalapeños, fried onion rings, grilled onions, and cheddar cheese sauce. The burgers can also be had with one, two, or three patties, in case both you and your tapeworm are really, really hungry.

• It's the celebrity-chef shuffle at Cielo, the view-rich eatery

at the plush Boca Raton Resort & Club. Gordon Ramsay associate

Angela Hartnett is gone, replaced by Michela Larson, whose Rocca

Kitchen & Bar is a big name on the Boston dining scene. Larson has

given Cielo's menu a rustic-elegant Mediterranean theme, but if you

want to sample it, you'll either have to shell out major buckage to

join the club or book a room for an overnight stay.

• If you just can't decide what wine to drink with your steak, Capital Grille is

making it easy for you. The yupscale meateries have brought back their

"Master Wine Tasting Event," a tasting of up to 11 wines from around

the world, all chosen by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. The tasting

runs from June through September and costs $25 per person.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Bill Citara