Modern From Mexico
Casa Monarca, 2980 N Federal Hwy, 954.765.6864, casamonarcafl.com
The colorful, contemporary Mexican art on the walls announces a lively, modern approach to Mexican cuisine. This family-owned spot offers original takes on traditional dishes – the taco game is strong here – plus a few you’ve likely not tried before. Meat-eaters might want to try the Chicharron de Ribeye, while seafood fans who’ve come hungry can try the Seafood Tower (shrimp, octopus, scallops and fish ceviche). And don’t forget the bar. Margarita fans will need to come back a few times to work through the many marg flavors – or order the Margarita Flight.
The Queen’s Court
Planta Queen, 1201 E Las Olas Blvd, plantarestaurants.com
The stylish, modern pan-Asian chain has come to Fort Lauderdale with a menu that includes dumplings, sushi and small plates including Bang Bang Broccoli, Bao Sliders and Jackfruit Wings. Weekend brunch involves endless sake sangria and mimosas, and Maki Mondays include $27 unlimited maki rolls (or $8 each). The party really gets going, however, on Disco & Dumpling Fridays: $20 dumpling platters after 5p.m.
We Talk About Bruno
Bruno’s Eats, 603 NE 13th St, 954.864.9679, brunoseats365.com
On increasingly bustling NE 13th Street, Bruno’s recently started opening for breakfast. The morning goodness is in addition to an American-Caribbean lunch and dinner menu that includes everything from a premium burger menu to griot, Haitian barbecue pork, to generous seafood platters. The kitchen closes early on Friday and Saturday evenings, but that’s because the popular Bruno’s Eats food truck is out in the world somewhere.