Sol, Playa Y Arena
Playa Bowls, 1615 N Federal Hwy., 954.928.8971, playabowls.com
Founders Robert and Abby are longtime surfers and beach lovers. They were inspired by their many trips to exotic beach locations including Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, California and Hawaii. Each destination featured its own spin on acai or pitaya bowls. When they came back home, they were inspired to recreate their versions of some of their favorites. The menu features a wide variety including banana bowls like the Nica Bowl (banana blend topped with granola, banana, cocoa nibs, walnuts, strawberry and peanut butter).
Café with a Capital C
Capital One Café, 801 E Las Olas Blvd., 954.283.1670, capitalone.com
As you might have guessed, the Capital One Café on Las Olas belongs to Capital One Bank. Their goal is to have customers experience their digital and financial tools while grabbing some coffee and mingling with their ambassadors. Plus, they have free Wi-Fi.
Brees Into Town
Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar, 6401 N Andrews Ave., 954.845.3800, walk-ons.com
Drew Brees almost came to South Florida in 2006. But the Dolphins weren’t sure about then San Diego quarterback’s recovery from a shoulder injury, so instead he went to New Orleans. Now Brees is a Hall of Fame shoe-in who led the Saints to their first Super Bowl win while the Dolphins … well, never mind. But now, he’s coming! Sort of! Brees co-owns Walk-On’s, a sports bar chain serving Louisiana Cajun cuisine. The menu includes gumbo (naturally), Cajundillas (chipotle tortilla, chicken, andouille sausage, boudin, caramelized onions, jack, with chipotle ranch served with red beans and rice), poboys and a smoked gouda turkey burger. Enjoy, and try not to think about how in a different world, Brees might have been opening up a Florida-style restaurant in New Orleans.