WHAT’S NEW AND DIFFERENT IN THE POMPANO BEACH RESTAURANT SCENE
by Jeff Levine Editor-at-Large/Pompano Beach Restaurant User
POMPANO BEACH RESTAURANT NEWS: Even with all the buildings going up and transformation happening in Pompano Beach, nothing is more important than where to go to eat. To start the new year, let’s take a look at some of the recent openings and other changes at Pompano Beach restaurants.
Oceanic, the highly anticipated beachfront restaurant, right next to the pier, opening late last summer. The incredible views, friendly staff and solid menu have made this a hot destination not just for locals but for foodies throughout Broward County. If you haven’t been there yet, you need to go.
Progress on Oceanic’s sister restaurant, Lucky Fish Beach Bar and Grill, has been moving slower than anticipated. We are still hearing it should open “soon”. When it does, the all-outdoor bistro, located on the opposite side of the pier from Oceanic, will no doubt be another hot spot in the still developing Pompano Beach Fishing Village complex.
Kabuki, located where Japanese/Sushi restaurant Yakuza used to be (the Publix shopping center on East Atlantic Blvd.), may look like its predecessor but in many, many ways is quite different. Their broad Asian Fusion menu including Sushi, Japanese Cuisine and Thai/Asian Fusion. The new restaurant offers a wider menu with more varied prices and impressive lunch and happy hour specials. The fresh sushi specialties are among the best in the county.
The Hen & The Hog, which opened in June, offers top-quality southern comfort food without the top-quality price, according to our reviewer, Sarah Licht. She adds, “the restaurant boasts an impressive variety of foods such as flatbreads, sandwiches, platters of smoked meats and pulled-pork and an all-day breakfast menu.” Located on N. Federal Highway, The Hen & The Hog is open daily until 3 PM.
Broad Street Deli, located in the Harbor Village Shopping Center, is “the home of the two pound sandwich” and Jewish style favorites including knishes, lox. matzoh brie, challah french toast and bagels. They are open for breakfast and lunch from 8:30 AM until 3:30 PM Monday through Saturday.
We’ve heard good things, but every time we think to go there, they aren’t open.
Pompano Beach is now home to FOUR breweries. The newest, Dangerous Minds Brewing Co., located in Pompano Beach Citi Centre, looks to distinguish itself from its competitors with longer hours opened and a food menu, among other differences.
If you are looking for a little more adventure with your beer, Axe Throwing Society, on W. Copan Road, offers exactly what it promises. I hear a it’s a lot of fun, although I get a little nervous when I’m sitting near a dart board at a drinking establishment.
Galuppi’s on the Green (N. Federal Highway) has been building a large stage to better accommodate its highly successful weekend concert series of mostly cover bands. By the time you read this, work should be completed and with any luck the city permitting people will have signed off on it.
Grant Galuppi is also the new owner of Nelson’s Diner on S. Cypress Road. The Pompano Beach landmark continues to offer a terrific breakfast and lunch menu at reasonable prices, daily until 3pm.
Umberto’s Pizza Restaurant has also changed hands. After several decades in Pompano Beach, Joe Corteo has decided to hang up his apron and has turned things over to the Ragosta family. The Ragostas have experience running eateries in Palm Beach County and New York and look to carry on the Umberto’s tradition while adding a few new twists at their E. Atlantic Blvd. locale.
And, in case you were looking for it, the Fish Shack has moved from its almost covert Pompano Beach location to a bigger, more visible spot in the Beacon Light Shopping Center in Lighthouse Point. The Fish Shack has long been a local hidden gem and the new spot will likely make it no longer a secret to the masses.
You’ve probably resolved to lose some weight in the new year. But, once you’ve broken your resolution, a.k.a. next week, these local restaurants should keep your stomach occupied for a while.
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