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Dining scene: From braised pork osso bucco to Guinness drunken wings

Shrimp House

Coral Square Mall, 9469 Atlantic Blvd., Coral Springs, 561-674-9999,

Following in the steps Giraffas Brazilian Steaks & Burgers, another casual Brazilian chain has started its U.S. expansion in Florida The 30-year-old Vivenda do Camarão has debuted here in its translated name, Shrimp House, with dine-in seating and a to-go counter.

The emphasis is on seafood and pasta with more than 20 entrees ranging from $7.99 to $10.99.

"We choose Florida because our research shows that Florida is a better place to start following our goals and reaching our target," president Carlo Barbieri says. "It is a very friendly entrepreneurship state, multicultural and a place where we will have the opportunity to spread our name among the millions of U.S. residents who reside here and those who come to Florida on vacation."

Specialties include Thai pasta or shrimp ($9.95), shrimp stroganoff pasta ($8.99), paella ($9.95) and seafood risotto ($9.95).

Lunch and dinner are served daily amid blue and oranges colors, except for closing at 6 p.m. Sundays. Patio seating and free Wi-Fi are perks.

A food-court location is expected to open in January at the Dadeland Mall in Miami.

Smoke Grill & Bar

1832 Harrison St., Hollywood, 754-263-2230,

Traditional barbecue has arrived downtown Hollywood where the menu advises: "Just assume it's smoked!"

Romanian native Cosmin Udor, who also owns the nearby Europa Restaurant & Social Club, has opened this spot with his wife, Alina, and their partner Madalina Nitu.

Daily buffets for lunch ($9.95) and dinner ($17.99) are featured in addition to the regular menu, which includes smoked gouda and collards fried in hush-puppy batter ($7.95), catfish bites ($10.95), turkey burger ($8.95), spare ribs ($17.95), St. Louis-style ribs ($16.95), grilled steaks ($15.95-$17.95) grilled or broiled tilapia ($14.95), slow-cooked brisket ($15.95), pulled barbecue pork or beef ($15.95) and grilled half chicken ($8.50).

"The chicken macerates one night with our secret spices. After that, it goes into the smoker for half a day, and then it goes to the rotisserie," Udor says.

Neon Budweiser signs illuminate the front windows, and a bar anchors the no-frills decor.

DJs entertain on weekends and on Monday ladies nights, and musicians from Europe are expected in the near future. Outdoor seating may be added later.

J. Flynn's

223 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561-838-9099,

Americana is out, and Irish is in.

This Irish gastropub, owned by Irish siblings John Flynn and Elaine Flynn, has replaced the short-lived Bobbi Sue Bar-B-Que on this lively entertainment street.

"We recognized a need for a gastropub concept with an Irish flair that featured amazing food," says Cleve Mash, owner of Mash Management Group. "Add to the great food an excellent late-night style entertainment in a fun atmosphere."

The chef gives creative twists to traditional Irish dishes. Shepherd's pie ($18) and fish and chips ($19) are here, of course, but best-sellers are crab and sweet corn fritters with honey mustard dipping sauce ($7), Guinness drunken wings ($9), wild mushroom flatbread from the wood-burning oven ($11), Reuben wrapped in puff pastry ($13), Guinness-braised boneless short ribs ($21), Irish spaghetti ($15; $17 gluten free) and pan-seared sea scallops ($20). End with warm apple crumble with cinnamon ice cream ($8).

The decor, flush with dark woods, recalls Dublin with four-leaf clover ceiling tiles, leather couches in warm reds and browns, 10 TVs for sports viewing and a 40-foot bar where specialty cocktails complement the requisite beer. Sidewalk seating is an option.

Lunch and dinner are served daily, plus Irish breakfast on Saturdays. Entertainment features live rock music on Thursdays and DJs on Fridays and Saturdays.

Atlantic Grille

The Seagate Hotel & Spa, 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-665-4900,

This stunning sea-themed restaurant with a 2,500-gallon aquarium has launched new selections for high season that will run until the end of May.

"Our menus marry seasonal ingredients with staple dishes," says executive chef Adam Gottlieb. "You'll notice hints of wintry accompaniments on our new menus, such as sweet potato puree, olive and fennel relish, green bean hash, kale salad with baby beets, pomegranate and almond couscous, butternut squash, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, collard greens and cauliflower. "

Kale salad with beets, pecans, goat cheese and lemon vinaigrette ($12) has been added to lunch, weekend brunch and dinner, as well as pan-roasted hanger steak with various accompaniments ($19-$30). Grilled salmon with avocado, pickled red onions, grilled focaccia and garlic aioli ($18-$19) appears at lunch and brunch. Crispy cod ($14) and quiche of the day ($11) are exclusive to lunch.

Dinner favorites include mushroom tart with goat cheese and caramelized onions ($12), braised pork osso bucco ($26), pan-roasted sea scallops with pomegranate and almond couscous, arugula, blood orange and mandarin orange ($28) and grilled swordfish with olive and fennel relish, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and dill beurre blanc ($28).

Apple pie crumble with caramel sauce ($9) and warm seasonal cobbler with vanilla-bean ice cream ($10) are last bites.

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