By Danielle Charbonneau, Editor
Federal Highway Restaurants and Shopping: Have you ever noticed how you can drive down the same street over and over again and then one day, out-of-the-blue, notice something you’ve passed a million times but never noticed before? Some of the magazine’s staff recently had this experience driving down Federal Highway in Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach and Lighthouse Point.
The experience prompted us to ask, what else had we missed? Here are some of the best finds we found on Federal. It’s our quirky guide to some of the best Federal Highway restaurants and shopping hot spots.
Best New fast-casual eats… Blue Ocean Poke
As one diner put it, Blue Ocean Poke in Deerfield Beach is “like the Chipotle of Poke.” Poke (pronounced ‘poh-keh’) is a Hawaiian cuisine traditionally known as a raw fish salad — essentially a sushi bowl.
Blue Ocean Poke allows you to create your own. First you choose your base: white rice, brown rice, quinoa, spinach, mixed greens or a combination. Next, choose your protein: tuna, salmon, spicy tuna, shrimp, tofu or marinated tofu. Then choose from a variety of sauces, veggies and crunchy toppings. We recommend the spicy mayo and eel sauce, or the citrus ponzu and ginger turmeric sauce.
Blue Ocean Poke is located at 250 S. Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm; and Sunday from 11am to 8pm. For more information, visit blueoceanpokefl.com or call 954-708-2060.
Most Surprising Restaurant… Sr. Ceviche
Walking into Sr. Ceviche in Lighthouse Point is a refreshingly pleasant surprise. From the outside, Sr. Ceviche is another strip mall restaurant; but inside is a vibrant and modern dining room styled with natural materials, live greenery and subtle splashes of color. The bar is long, sleek and inviting. The restaurant serves complimentary freshly fried Canchitas (a fried salty corn) to tantalize the appetite before moving on to the cold course. For the cold course, Sr. Ceviche specializes in, surprise, surprise, ceviche. A chef prepares the ceviches in front of guests in an open cold kitchen tucked in the back corner of the dining room. Sr. Ceviche has 19 different types of Peruvian ceviches, four types of carpaccio and six types of causas (cold seasoned mashed potatoes served with a variety of different meats or seafood).
For the ceviches, there’s of course the Ceviche Clasico (with fish, limo peppers and the chef’s secret touch) and the Leche de Tigre (made traditionally with lime juice, cilantro, onion, seafood stock and ají limo chiles); then there’s the less-common forms such as the Ceviche de Rocoto (with Peruvian hot rococo peppers blended in a creamy sauce) and the Ceviche Tropical (with fish, pineapple, mango and coconut milk).
After a few refreshing cold courses, Sr. Ceviche offers a large menu of hot Peruvian dishes including appetizers, Saltados (sautéed dishes), Chaufas (oriental wok-fried rices) and Platos de Fondo (entrées). Some notable dishes include the baked parmesan scallops, the Aji de Gallina (chicken in a creamy spiced Peruvian sauce), seafood paella, a tenderloin sautéed with onions and tomatoes, a glazed corvina in a Passion fruit sauce and a number of Peruvian-inspired pasta dishes.
Sr. Ceviche has live music on Friday nights and is open every day until 10pm. Guests can also order takeout or delivery online.
The Lighthouse Point location of Sr. Ceviche is located at 3100 N. Federal Highway. Sr. Ceviche also has locations in Pembroke Pines, Aventura and Margate. For more information visit srcevicherestaurant.com or call 954-933-1476.
Best Place to Find Cool Cooking Products… Tuesday Morning
Tuesday Morning, located in the Venetian Isle Shopping Center, is a fantastic place to find fun food products for entertaining. Take, for example, the rainbow-striped pasta, which adds a certain whimsy to your typical Italian dish. Point! Publishing’s resident chef Mrs. Kossenfloffer recently created a recipe using Tuesday morning’s rainbow pasta.
And if you need a gift to bring alongside your dish for your next dinner party, Tuesday Morning carries cool wine hand-bags.
Tuesday Morning is located at 3772 N. Federal Highway in the Venetian Isle Shopping Center in Lighthouse Point.
Best “Lazy Man’s Yoga”… Stretch Zone
Teniah, the general manager of Stretch Zone in the Venetian Isle Shopping Center in Lighthouse Point said Stretch Zone offers its clients a form of “lazy man’s yoga.”
“We are the personal trainers of stretching,” she said.
Clients come to Stretch Zone to have a certified stretch practitioner stretch out the body in a relaxed environment. The practitioners at Lighthouse Point’s Stretch Zone all have different professional backgrounds in personal training, physical therapy and other related health fields, and have been trained in the Stretch Zone Method®.
The method “addresses flexibility from a neurological perspective,” states Stretch Zone’s website. “This is achieved by dealing with the muscle’s nervous tension. By re-educating the associated nerve-muscle reflex, the Stretch Zone Method® rests on the notion that changing and re-educating our muscle’s nervous energy is a major factor in unleashing our body’s intended function.”
Debbie, a client of stretch zone, said she’s “been going now for 20 weeks, back pain gone, sciatica pain gone.”
Stretch Zone offers a complimentary stretch consultation. Call 754-666-4726 to book, or visit stretchzone.com for more information.
Stretch Zone is located at 3640 N. Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point.
Best Cheap Kids Entertainment… Dollar Tree
When Point! Publishing’s graphic designer Susan Rosser was a young mother she used to bring her toddlers to Dollar Tree.
“You each get to pick out five things. Choose wisely,” she told her son Sam and daughter Zoe before watching them set out on a quest to find the coolest new pencil erasers, plastic knick-knacks and sugary drinks.
While Dollar Tree might not seem like traditional children’s entertainment, it was a fantastic cheap activity for a rainy day.
“It entertained them for at least an hour and I got a nice break,” Rosser said.
Dollar Tree is located at 3780 N. Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point in the Venetian Isle Shopping Center
Most Exciting New Shopping Complex… Park Plaza Shopping Center
You probably have seen the transformation of the new Park Plaza Shopping Center going up on the east side of Federal just north of the Pompano Beach LA Fitness. It’s looking good, with clean, modern facades painted in tones of burgundy and grey.
According to Joesph Scarfone, the real estate broker handling the property, six businesses have signed, or agreed to sign, leases in the plaza: GNC, Luxe Nail Spa, Clean Juice, The Poke Company, Baptiste Yoga, 1500 Dental and a high-end CBD company that sells natural products.
“We’re excited about it,” said Scarfone who said his vision for the plaza is to create a well-rounded strip of businesses that offers families one location to do multiple things — get their nails done, have lunch, buy supplements and work out.
“We like the direction it’s going in,” he said.
The property has a total of 16 spaces for lease with a total of 26,942 square-feet of leasable area and 130 parking spaces. The spaces lease for approximately $35 to $40 per square foot. According to ONE Investment Group, the commercial real estate company managing the plaza, construction should be finished before the end of June.
The new Park Plaza Shopping Center is located at 1150 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach. For more information on the property, visit oneinvestmentone.com.
Newest Brewery… Dangerous Minds
Coming soon to the Pompano Citi Centre at 1955 N. Federal Highway is Dangerous Minds Brewing Company — “Dangerous Brews for Dangerous Minds.” According to a social media post made on April 19, the Dangerous Minds crew has been hard at work chipping away at tile and renovating their space.
Owners Andre Beier and Adam Bowring said they are hoping to open this summer, but have experienced various setbacks and delays along the way, so can’t be more specific.
Beier and Bowring started out as homebrewers and decided they would take the leap and open their own brewpub. Their 2,900 square-foot storefront location on the first floor of Pompano Citi Centre will feature a seven-barrel brewhouse, taproom, kitchen and outside patio.
The name, Dangerous Minds Brewing and indeed their beer names “were inspired by brilliant thinkers, scientists, writers, philosophers and activists,” Beier said. “We will have approximately 16 beers on tap including our flagship beers an Imperial Stout with molasses, an IPA infused with fresh sage and juniper berries, a 90 shilling Scottish Ale, a German wheat beer, an American blonde ale treated with toasted coconut and guanabana and a Belgian tripel. In addition we will be pouring house brewed Kombucha.”
The kitchen will offer a variety of artisanal pizzas (some with very unique toppings, which Beier said they are not ready to divulge yet), salads, German and British pub fare (pretzels, beer brats, scotch eggs and pies) and a good selection of vegetarian items.
Beier, from Germany, and Bowring, from England, share a passion for European football and will be showing live games in the taproom. As homebrewers Beir and Bowring would often set up their brew day around the games of their favorite teams. The kitchen will serve breakfast on weekends as a lot of the games are early in the morning.
“We live locally and as an independent, owner operated, craft brewery, we are very excited to open the brewpub in Pompano Beach,” said Beier. “At local events, such as Pompano Untapped, we have enjoyed the support of the community.”
Luxury overnight accommodations for your dog… Chateau Poochie
Chateau Poochie is essentially a luxury, five-star pet resort with all your pup’s favorite amenities. There’s the high-class salon and spa; the boutique clothing shop; wellness center and luxury hotel suites (with flat screen televisions, sleigh beds and catered cuisine). Gourmet, chef-prepared meals include roast tenderloin, baked salmon or roast chicken. Hotel rooms range from approximately $32 a night to over $100 a night based on which suite and amenities your pooch requires. Every detail of Chateau Poochie is designed to evoke a sense of wealth and class — the red carpet treatment for your furry best friend.
Chateau Poochie is located at 4301 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach. For more information visit chateaupoochie.com or call 954-561-8111
Best New Tool Store… Harbor Freight Tools
The former Gordon Food Service Store at 3260 N. Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point is now a Harbor Freight tools. The discount tool retailer has 69 stores statewide and 13 in South Florida. The 15,000-square-foot store will stock a full selection of tools and accessories, including automotive equipment, air and power tools, storage, outdoor power equipment, generators, welding supplies, shop equipment, hand tools and more, according to a news release.
A family-owned chain, Harbor Freight was started in Southern California. The first store was opened in 1980. Today, the family-owned chain has nearly 1,000 stores across the country and more than 20,000 employees.
The new Harbor Freight store will be open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm Mondays through Saturday and from 8am to 6pm on Sundays.
Best Foreign Market… BG Asian Grocery
The aisles of BG Asian Grocery are tremendously fun to wander. All the store’s products are imported from Thailand, but have different Asian roots. There’s products from Japan, China, Korea, Indonesia and Vietnam. The colorful aisles enliven your senses. Authentic ramens, green tea mochi, lychee soda, dozens of Asian sauces, chili pastes and cooking products, traditional soba noodles and fun Asian candies are just a few things you can find here. Get adventurous. Experiment. Add some zest to your usual culinary monotony.
BG Asian Grocery is located at 943 S. Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach (in the same plaza as Phat Boy sushi). The grocery store can be reached at 954-426-6321.
Federal Highway restaurants and shopping: Most Exciting “Coming Soon” Announcements
Sprouts Farmers Market and Aldi
On May 7, 2019 Sprouts Farmers Market officially announced via a press release that the company would be opening 13 new stores by the second half of 2019, including one location in Deerfield Beach at 930 S. Federal Highway, currently set to open on August 28.
Sprouts said four other locations in Florida will also be opened before the year is over. By the end of 2019, Sprouts will operate 340 stores in 22 states.
Since opening its doors nearly two decades ago, Sprouts has appealed to everyday shoppers interested in fresh, natural and organic products at affordable prices. As one blogger put it, Sprouts is the “cheaper version of Whole Foods.”
The grocery store includes an array of fresh produce in the heart of the store, a deli with prepared hot and cold entrées and side dishes, a butcher shop, fish market and an expansive vitamins and supplements department. Additionally, the Deerfield Beach location, which is considered an “enhanced store,” will feature The Market Corner Deli — a detached, rectangular island to optimize customer service and convenience by offering made-to-order sandwiches, a salad bar, prepared foods, sushi made in-store and fresh juice.
According to Sprouts, the new store will bring approximately 150 new career opportunities to Deerfield Beach.
The new Sprouts will be located at 930 S. Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach. For more information visit about.sprouts.com.
A new Aldi will open where Sugar Chest Antiques Mall used to be at 960 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach. The value grocer is a great place to save on bulk items, fresh fruit, frozen goods, snacks and cleaning supplies. Aldi carries mostly private-label, affordable brands including the organic SimplyNature line; liveGfree, a line of gluten-free pasta, snacks and baking mixes; and Never Any! meats with no antibiotics or hormones. Aldi tied with Publix for the No. 4 spot in the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index survey, which ranked the best and worst retailers of 2018. Originating in Germany, Aldi now has more than 1,800 stores in 35 states.
The new Aldi will be located at 960 N. Federal Highway and is scheduled to open in the Fall.
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