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Dining Scene: From curried eggs to chicken-sausage gravy

Patio Delray

800 Palm Trail, Delray Beach, 561-279-0880, PatioDelray.com

The quiet hideaway is featuring a collection of new dishes, including several labeled gluten-free and vegan.

"More and more people are asking for gluten-free dishes, so I looked upon my background for inspiration," says owner Lily Buchheit. "Growing up in Hong Kong and mainly on Cantonese cuisine, my childhood diet was mostly gluten free. I found it easy to create gluten free and vegan dishes for my customers to enjoy that are both interesting and healthy, yet still delicious."

Seasonal gluten-free specialties are medjool dates stuffed with bacon and blue cheese ($8), roasted Scottish salmon with summer quinoa salad, sweet peas, tomatoes, figs, almonds and citrus-shallot vinaigrette ($16 lunch; $24 dinner) along with a vegan option of organic tofu cutlet ($19) and pan-seared, bone-in, double-cut pork chop with tropical fruit salsa and rice wine orange mango and pineapple mojo ($26). Garam masala-rubbed ahi tuna sandwich is served at lunch ($16).

New brunch items are croque-madame with Canadian bacon topped with fried eggs and garlic chive Dijon hollandaise ($14), curried eggs with fried serrano peppers, potatoes, poached eggs and Japanese curry sauce ($12) and barbecue pulled pork sandwich with Asian pear slaw ($12; also available for lunch). Bottomless mimosas are $12 with purchase of a brunch entree.

Breathe

401 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-330-4526, BreatheDelray.com

This Middle Eastern-fashioned restaurant and hookah lounge on the up-and-coming west side of Swinton Avenue has made sweeping changes, driven by new management and a new executive chef.

"After spending more than 10 years learning the Italian and French cuisine in all aspects, chef Vincent Mansour created a new menu that represented his Lebanese background and his knowledge of Mediterranean cuisine in general," general manager Weam Aly says.

Bestsellers of the traditional and contemporary dishes are aubergine salad ($5.99), kibbeh ($6.99), calamari stuffed with seafood ($8.99), poached sea bass with beurre blanc ($20.99), braised lamb shank in wine, rosemary and sage reduction ($24.99) and roasted New Zealand rack of lamb ($24.99).

Weekday happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. has been extended to half off any drink along with $6 bar bites, such as stuffed portobello and chicken kebabs.

Breathe is open until 2 a.m. nightly and now features karaoke on Tuesday nights and belly dancers on Thursday nights. A DJ spins Top 40 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Darrel and Oliver's Café Maxx

2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, 954-782-0606, CafeMaxx.com

After three decades, this cozy legend with devoted fans has kicked off Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The new brunch menu was timed to the recent completion of the restaurant's plaza, including a new entrance.

"Plus, we have always had customers who used to go to our Sunday brunch at East City Grill when we had it on Fort Lauderdale beach, asking when we might start Sunday brunch at Café Maxx," says co-owner Darrel Broek.

The remodeling also expanded sidewalk seating.

Signatures items — tuna sashimi pizza with wasabi cream cheese and caviar ($15.95) and caviar pie ($10.95) — are mixed in with new creations, such as omelets and eggs Benedicts ($13-$18.95). Standouts are cashew-and-macadamia crusted Texas-style French toast with Jamaican rum bananas ($11), Southern-style whole-wheat biscuits with chicken-sausage gravy and sunny-side duck egg ($13.50) and filet mignon and eggs with cheesy grits, grilled zucchini and andouille sausage ($28.95).

Duck eggs from central Florida are used in dishes and offered as a side ($3.50). "It's a unique and more intense flavor," Broek says.

Indulge in the pastry chef's icky sticky, gooey cinnamon buns ($3) or take home four for $10.

Tastings of eight wines with hors d'oeuvres for $35 will highlight Burgundy on Sept. 4 and Piedmont on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

1st Street Deli

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40 St., Coconut Creek, 954-977-6700, SeminoleCoconutCreekCasino.com

This New York-style delicatessen is now serving breakfast from 6:30-10:30 a.m. daily, ranging from oatmeal to omelets. Hot doughnuts with caramel dipping sauce arrive as a bonus with dine-in entrees.

The signature 1st Street Breakfast includes two eggs any style, challah French toast, bacon, house made sausage patties, potato latkes and bagel or toast ($14.95). An eggs Benedict section offers six renditions ($10.95-$16.95), such as corned beef/pastrami or crab cake. The biscuits-and-gravy dishes ($10.95-$13.95) use pork sausage from neighbor NYY Steak butcher shop.

Breakfast sandwiches, such as the healthy start with egg whites, spinach and tomato, are made with bagels or toast ($8.95-$11.95). On the sweet side is peanut-butter chocolate-chip Belgian waffles ($11.95).

If it's not too early for you, Bloody Marys and screwdrivers are available ($6.95).

Email news to susan@editorguru.com or send to John Tanasychuk, Sun Sentinel, 500 E. Broward Blvd., Suite 900, 9th floor, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394.

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