I was recently invited to dine at the newly opened The Feisty Bull restaurant, located at the Coral Square Mall in Coral Springs, FL. The Feisty Bull is the newest concept by restauranteur Luigi Carvelli and the Carvelli Family. With more than 20 years of combined experience in the restaurant industry, the Carvelli Family currently owns and operates The Feisty Bull, DaVinci’s of Boca, and several Marco Island, Florida venues.
Under the direction of designer Megan Carvelli, The Feisty Bull brings together a variety of personally curated elements to create a warm, fun casual dining atmosphere. The restaurant’s overall design features earthy shades of red and orange, reminiscent of the Mexican and Spanish cultures, complimented with authentic wood accents and hints of lime green. Focal points include vintage-style chandeliers, patina copper bar tops and a large hand-painted logo that adorns the front wall. The Feisty Bull features both indoor seating and al fresco dining, as well as two unique indoor/outdoor bars. A private dining room area featuring large family-style tables is also available for groups. (Perfect for a Denise’s Foodie Event in fact.)
So on this particular visit, I brought my Aunt with me, who has attended several of my foodie events over the years, but this was her first time accompanying me on a food review. We had a blast. Shortly after we were seated, to our surprise, Luigi was in house and stopped by to say hello and chat with us for a bit. With so many wonderful choices on the menu, I was glad to get Luigi’s input on a couple items to try. Our server was Marek and he was terrific. After discovering it was our first visit, he proceeded to let us know the concept of The Feisty Bull and that they were all about tapas, tequila, family and friends and that they offer live music several nights a week. We happened to arrive on Tapas & Tequila Thursday and just prior to the evening’s live performance which began at 7pm. Bonus!
With tequila being a star on the cocktail menu, we both decided to try a Margarita. My Aunt decided on the classic, “The Feisty Margarita” ($8) made with El Jimador Blanco, Cointreau & Lime Grand Marnier Foam. I decided upon the “Raspberry Pineapple” Margarita ($9) made with Jose Cuervo, Cointreau, Lime, Raspberries & Pineapple. Both were very good, but I liked mine better, lol.
A cone filled with mariquitas arrived with a garlic mojo (which is brought out to all guests, compliments of the house). OH MY, were these dangerously addicting. The garlic mojo was really great; I could’ve eaten this combo all night, but I showed a little restraint knowing there was much more to come. While munching on the mariquitas and sipping on our margaritas, we decided a Manchego flambe would be fun to order. Check out the pic of Marek below as he prepared to ignite our cheese tableside. Who thought this whole flaming cheese thing was corned by the Greeks? I for one will admit, I was…until my experience at The Feisty Bull!
The Manchego flambe ($8) was simply delicious; starring Manchego Cheese of course and flambéed with brandy, lemon, and served on toast points. Next, we decided to try the signature mango guacamole ($10), also made tableside. This time Vernon arrived all smiles to our table, setting down a cone of fresh tortilla ships as he began to prepare our guac. I am a fan of both Latin and Mexican cuisines and the fact that I can have both mariquitas and tortilla chips on my table for my dipping pleasure elated me.
Ok, so the next dish we shared was the Lechon Bravo ($11). This was one of Luigi’s suggestions and I’m sure glad he did because we both loved this dish. It was Mojo Pulled Pork, Spicy Cilantro Aioli, Pickled Red Onion, Oaxaca Cheese, and Baguette Bread and served with Patatas (potatoes). You could tell from the first bite that the pork had been slow roasted and it was so flavorful and juicy.
I couldn’t resist ordering the Street Corn ($5) when I saw it on the menu. I’ve had this only one other time, and I just had a hunch it was going to be really good here. My hunch was spot on! The corn was cooked to perfection and topped with Spicy Cilantro Aiolo, Cotija Cheese, Chili, and Lime. If you’ve never tried Mexican street corn before, you must try it here for sure.
We just couldn’t leave without trying one of 11 varieties of tacos they have on their menu, so we decided on the El Pollo Loco ($4) – Flour Tortilla, Adobo Chicken, Cilantro Lime Slaw, Cotija Cheese, and Spicy Cilantro Aioli and the Marino ($5) – Crispy Corn Tortilla, Mahi Mahi, Mango Salsa, Lettuce, Avocado, and Chipotle Ranch. We enjoyed the fresh ingredients of both tacos, but we both favored the El Pollo Loco.
There are a number of sweet endings to choose from, and I’m sure any one of them would have delighted us, but at Marek’s strong suggestion, we went with the Chocolate Taco. A crispy chocolate dipped taco shell filled with the most delicious dolce de leche ice cream and topped with almond slivers. A perfect way to end a perfect meal.
The Feisty Bull is a really fun, unique spot turning out innovative and skillfully prepared dishes appealing to foodies, families and everyone in between. If live entertainment is your thing, than you’re in luck. They have the following nights that are sure to get your head moving, feet tapping and maybe even move you to get off your derriere and dance.
Catering to the family market, The Feisty Bull offers a lively, family-friendly atmosphere for guests of all ages. Bringing forth an interactive dining experience for the little ones, The Feisty Bull provides coloring menus, fun bullhorn souvenir hats and a build-your-own taco kit. Keeping the parents in the mind, the restaurant’s family-friendly Sunday brunch menu also offers bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.
Looking for a great Happy Hour? Guests can enjoy 2-for-1 specials on a variety of their favorite drinks from Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reverse happy hour is offered Thursday – Sunday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Choose from an array of handcrafted cocktails such as The Feisty Margarita, Jalisco Mojito or a Strawberry Basil Caipirinha.
The Feisty Bull is open Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
They are located at 9225 W. Atlantic Boulevard Coral Springs, FL 33071 (Coral Square Mall) www.TheFeistyBull.com 954.232.1792
Today I introduce to you Rafina Greek Taverna, the winning recipient of the Open Table 2015 Diner’s Choice Award. This sleek and stylish modern Greek & Mediterranean restaurant strives to serve the highest quality & freshest ingredients at reasonable prices.
Born out of their love of fine wines, craft cocktails and delicious food, the owners of Rafina have created what is fast becoming the premiere location for fine dining in South Central Boca Raton. Rafina’s success can be attributed in part to finding the right, high-quality ingredients and their dedication to serving only the finest and freshest foods. They have also taken great care in assembling a team of great chefs, a master mixologist, and experienced kitchen & dining staff.
I had the opportunity to dine at Rafina’s recently and am excited to share with you my experience. It was a Sunday just before 7pm and the place was nearly full, an impressive sight, especially being in the middle of summer. We were greeted at the hostess stand and shown immediately to our table. Soon after, our server Kristen came over and introduced herself and asked if we’d like to get started with some drinks. I chose a house Greek white wine and my companion chose the Orange Moscow Mule.
Soon followed a plate of warm crispy pita served with a red pepper & feta spread. It was delicious!! This scrumptious appetizer is compliments of the house in lieu of the standard bread basket. Good call. I scanned the menu and of course to my delight, I spotted octopus. Yes, please. My companion ordered the Mediterranean mussels. The octopus was grilled and although the description on the menu read charbroiled and marinated in olive oil it was actually served with a red wine vinaigrette and topped with dill. The dish had layers of flavors and certainly pleased the palate. Although I’m not much of a mussels fan, I did try the broth and thought it also was very flavorful. My companion cleaned his bowl, so I’ll take that as a sign that he enjoyed his dish as well.
For our entrees, I selected the Moussaka which came with a side Greek salad. The salad was bright and beautiful and had so much to offer. The seasoning was spot on as was the dressing. I really enjoyed it. The Moussaka had layers of eggplant & potatoes and was topped with ground beef & béchamel sauce. The aromatics of cinnamon could could be detected as the dish was set down in front of me. By this time, I was already beginning to get full but was able to get a few yummy bites in before calling it quits. My companion ordered one of the specials of the night: the fresh Florida Black Grouper. It was baked & sautéed in an extra virgin olive oil / lemon caper glaze and served a top a bed of sautéed spinach and a side of rice pilaf. The entree came with a Greek soup called avgolemono, which was basically chicken and rice soup. It was very lemony, which is a good thing if you like lemon, a little overwhelming if not.
The General Manager, Evan, ensured we were enjoying our meal and insisted that we at least take home some of their baklava to nibble on later. How thoughtful, right?!? Well, as our night came drawing to a close, we definitely agreed that we’d be back and hopefully you will want to join us. We have a Foodie Event planned there on Monday, August 24th at 6:30 pm. For more info on that, please click here.
Rafina is open 7 days with lunch served from 11am – 3pm followed by happy hour from 3-6pm offering a nice assortment of appetizers and small plates from $4 – $7 and cocktails priced from $4-$7 as well.
Located in Boca Raton at the Wharf (the corner of SW 18th & Powerline Rd) 6877 SW 18th St. (561) 409-3673.