The Circle of Life
Circle House Coffee, 119 W Oakland Park Blvd., circlehousecoffee.com
Former NFL linebacker Stephen Tulloch’s second Circle House – the original is on NE Third Avenue in Flagler Village – features the same mix of drive‑through convenience, excellent coffee and decadent baked goods. Coffee‑wise, they’re introducing the Magic City Blend, a dark roasted blend that’s perfect for brewing signature South Florida-style beverages including café con leche, cortaditos and Cuban coffee. Get your phones ready because the 2,000-square-foot eatery also offers foam-printing technology that allows for customizable “latte art.” In addition, the menu features food options such as sandwiches, wraps and empanadas – and save room for the amazing doughnuts.
Deck the Halls
The Deck on 13, 545 NE 13th St., 954.306.6070, facebook.com/thedeckon13
With its Alice in Wonderland décor and sprawling, perfect-for-live-music beer garden, this new spot on increasingly happening NE 13th Street impresses before you even sit down to the food and drinks. But thanks to an excellent beer and wine menu and tapas, tacos and other bites that come courtesy of a food trailer at the back of the beer garden, the funky ambience isn’t the only thing you’ll remember.
Solluna, 225 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., 954.523.1407, facebook.com/SollunaFLB
Need a Mexican food fix after the beach? Facing the ocean on the main-drag portion of A1A, Solluna satisfies this craving right in the heart of the Fort Lauderdale Beach action. They offer appetizers like smothered nachos, main plates like fajitas, burritos and whole snapper – plus, sandwiches and cheeseburgers. If you’ve already eaten and you just want to sit down and survey A1A, they offer hookahs and giant drinks.