Restaurateur Pat Galuppi and his son Grant bring their experience working at a tavern and sports bar to their current stint helming Galuppi's, the restaurant for a neighboring Pompano Beach golf course. Next to a sparkling lake marked by fountains and views of the course, the restaurant is well poised to delight at least two senses—in the foreground of that resplendent scenery, a menu of steaks, seafood, sandwiches, and salads presents taste buds with many savory options. Additionally, the eatery's Sunday brunch offers a meat-carving station, waffles, and maple-syrup sprinklers, though corresponding maple-syrup slip 'n' slides don't work so well. Meanwhile, a legion of 11 high-definition TVs broadcasts various sporting affairs from the bar, whereas 10 LCD screens accompany the outdoor patio. A holiday schedule catalogs occasion-specific revelries.
In an elaborate ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 25, the Margate Chamber of Commerce offered Vincent and Lynn Chase a plaque and a hearty handshake to celebrate the opening of their new eatery, Café Vincenzo. Since then, the sunlit dining room has filled with the garlicky aromas of classic Italian food, from veal and fish filets sautéed in wine sauce to cheesy baked pastas and calzones. Pizzas with gourmet toppings such as soppresseta and prosciutto also fill tables alongside glasses of wine from an extensive list. Below the hanging flower baskets of the café's garden patio, diners can also sip on a single espresso, chug a double-shot cappuccino, or take an invigorating swim in a centuple-shot latte.
As the chefs at Fusion Latin Cuisine see it, Peruvian cuisine is fusion cuisine. The cooking of the geographically diverse coastal has been shaped by many different cultures: the native Incas, to begin with, and then waves of immigration from Spain, China, Italy, Germany, Japan, and Africa.
Seafood, of course, is everywhere on the menu, starting with a variety of ceviches. The signature version marinates its fish in lime with caramelized sweet potatoes, corn nuts, and a custom level of spice, making for a cornucopia of textures that gives equal attention to every kind of taste bud. There are also pastas, pan-seared fish, and grilled steak platters hearty enough for a gaucho. On weekends, guests are treated to live music while they eat, adding to the town-square feel created by stucco walls decorated with false roofs, old-fashioned lamps, and little windows and doors overhead.
Gotrocks American Pub houses pizza, wings, burgers, and a selection of American-style entrees inside a patriotically festooned interior. Underneath an exposed blue ceiling, patrons can coax shy appetites out from behind their uvulas with tempting appetizers such as the fried mahi fingers served with tartar sauce ($8.95), before biting into a 10-inch personal meat-lovers pizza, sporting pepperoni, sausage, ham, and bacon ($8.95). A selection of sandwiches and wraps stuffs seafood, chicken, pork, and veggies between buns, and the brie burger's savory-sweet mix of caramelized onions and applewood-smoked bacon melts together with brie and poached pears ($8.95). Pub entrees include rib and steak options as well as dishes such as the chipotle chicken penne pasta—sautéed chicken and sausage mixed with flavorful peppers and mushrooms, then spooned over penne pasta and caught in a downpour of spicy chipotle cream sauce ($11.95). Servers also deliver pints of imported draft beers, heft pitchers of domestic lager for tables to share, and mix Pinnacle vodka concoctions to wash down lingering crumbs. Gotrocks American Pub corrals a battalion of flat-screen TVs on its red walls to showcase sporting events and world-class knitting matches.
Just as Chinese food has adapted to American tastes, the same is true for Chinese food in other regions. Lucky City treats palates to something they may have never experienced before: Chinese food as served in the Caribbean. The chefs have created an eclectic menu that, along with Caribbean-style Chinese, features authentic Cantonese-style Chinese and a few West Indian dishes, too. Caribbean dishes include curried snapper and jerk buffalo wings, or tender oxtail served with roti or rice. Chinese combinations feed a crowd with peking duck, rice, and chow mein, while a variety of vegetarian-friendly Indian dishes are also available.
Within the tropical green walls of La Parrilla Rotisserie & Grill, cooks caringly squeeze lemon and lime wedges over fresh shrimp and octopus morsels before passing the plates off to servers who run the tangy ceviche to awaiting diners. The cooks then turn toward their flame grill where they flay tender pork to join with juicy whole chickens that they slid off the rotisserie only moments ago. Their traditional Peruvian and Dominican dishes usually hit the table alongside fluffy yellow rice, plantains, and garlic potatoes.