Tasty Tamarac – Tamarac’s Inaugural Best Appetizer Competition Kicks Off May 1st

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Hello Foodie Friends,

I am excited to announce that Savor Our City has been contracted to assist the City of Tamarac on a 6 month marketing initiative geared towards helping their mom and pop restaurants who have been struggling during the pandemic. We are pleased to share with you “Savor The Flavors Of Tamarac” which will highlight the many unique flavors (global cuisines) found throughout Tamarac. Our first initiative kicks off on May 1st with “Tasty Tamarac”, a Culinary Competition for the Tastiest Appetizer.

 

Who will receive this inaugural People’s Choice Award? From May 1 – 16, locals and visitors alike will have an opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite American appetizer. Not only will the competing restaurants stand a chance to win a custom plaque and bragging rights for a year, but those who participate by going to at least one restaurant in each Flavor Category (American: May 1 -16; Asian: May 17-31; Caribbean: June 1 – 14; Italian: June 15 – 30 and Latin July 1 – 15) and casting their vote (voting instructions available at FlavorsOfTamarac.com and at each participating restaurant) will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a restaurant gift certificate pack valued at $100.

 

Contenders : American Flavors (May 1 – 16)

 

Char Hut

A family-owned business with a reputation for giving back to charitable causes in the community, Char Hut is known for not only serving the leanest, most delicious burgers in town, but also features a menu of choices including chicken, sides, sweets, combo meals, salads and more. Char Hut credits its staff for delivering a great experience for their customers. They employ quality-minded people who want to be part of a winning operation and the future growth of our business Char-Hut plans to expand throughout Florida in the coming years and is hiring at this time.

Competition Appetizer: Onion Rings

Address: 10000 West McNab Road, Tamarac, FL 33321

Phone # 954-720-5566

Hours of Operation: Dine-in: Open at 50% capacity / Take Out

Walk in for take out: Monday – Sunday: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Drive-through: Monday – Sunday: 11:00am – 9:00pm

 

Chowtime Grill & Buffet

With a wide assortment of American, Asian & Seafood specialty items on the buffet (self-service at the buffet is available once again with gloves provided for patrons’ use), there’s no shortage of incredibly fresh and tasty dishes to select from at a great value.

 

Competition Appetizer: Stuffed Blue Crab  

 

Address: 6997 W Commercial Blvd, Tamarac, FL 33319

Phone # 954-721-8688

Hours of Operation: Mon – Thu, Sun 11am – 9:30pm; Fri – Sat 11am -10:30pm

 

Smoothie Jungle Café

Smoothie Jungle Café opened in 1988 by a Brazilian who had the notion of combining the ideas of fresh fruit smoothies and delicious, healthy eating into one fast-casual concept; Smoothie Jungle Café serves delicious healthy preservative-free food at an affordable price, fast. Brazilian fruit favorites such as Açaí, Amazon Cherry and Smoothie Jungle’s own “Brazilian Chicken Salad” are a few of the many wonderful items you will find on the menu here.

 

Competition Appetizer: Shrimp & Corn Chowder Soup

 

Address:   3208 W. Commercial Blvd Tamarac, FL. 33309

Phone # 954-714-1115

Hours of Operation: Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm; Closed Sat -Sun

 

 

Wingstop

For over 20 years, Wingstop has been the destination when you crave fresh never faked wings, hand-cut seasoned fries and any of their famous sides. For people who demand flavor in everything they do, there’s only Wingstop – because it’s more than a meal, it’s a flavor experience.

Competition Appetizer:  Fried Corn


Address: 5720 North University Drive, Tamarac, FL 33321

Phone # 954-388-5815

Hours of Operation: Daily 11am – midnight

 

 

 

Woodmont Country Club

Woodmont Country Club is located in a very serene and beautiful section of the town of Tamarac, FL. The 27 holes of championship golf designed by Von Hagge & Devlin are guarded by large trees, and majestic ponds which meander throughout the property. Many varieties of bird and wildlife find their habitat here at Woodmont. Challenging golf experienced in a tranquil setting, along with country club amenities, is the essence of Woodmont C.C..

 

Competition Appetizer: Butternut Squash Roll

 

Address: 7801 NW 80th Ave. Tamarac, FL 33321

Phone # 954-722-4300

Hours of Operation: Daily 7am – 6pm

 

 

 

Contenders: Asian Flavors (May 17 – 31)

 

China Star

China Star Chinese Restaurant offers authentic and delicious tasting Chinese and Asian cuisine with affordable pricing. Choose to take-out or delivery (dine-in is not available during COVID). China Star is known for its variety in taste and high quality fresh ingredients.

Competition Appetizer:  Fried Chicken Wings

Address: 4233 W Commercial Blvd, Tamarac, FL 33319

Phone # 954-765-6401

Hours of Operation:  M-Th 11am – 10:30pm;

Fri – Sat 11am – 11pm; Sun 12pm – 10:30pm

 

 

Fortune Dragon

Chinese staples turned out in a spacious, strip-mall dining room with traditional Asian decor. Choose to take-out or delivery (dine-in is not available during COVID). Chinese dumpling commonly eaten in China and other parts of East Asia. They are one of the major dishes eaten during the Chinese New Year and year-round in the northern provinces; they are most commonly steamed, pan fried, deep fried, or boiled.

Competition Appetizer:  Pork Dumplings (pan fried or steamed)

Address:  7178 N University Dr, Tamarac, FL 33321

Phone # 954-721-7338

Hours of Operation: Monday- closed; Tue-Sat. 11:00 am to 9 pm; Sunday 1pm to 9 pm (Take Out & Delivery Only during pandemic)

Starting May 11th, in-dining will be re-opened with the above posted hours, with extended weekend hours (Fri – Sat 11:30am – 10pm)

 

 

Hong Kong City BBQ

Serving authentic Chinese food. Dim sum and Chinese Barbecue are the house specialties.

 

Competition Appetizer:  Crispy Fried Shrimp

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ddress: 301 N State Road 7, Tamarac, FL 33319

Phone #  954-777-3832

Hours of Operation:  Monday- closed; Tue-Fri 11 am to 11 pm; Sat -Sun 10:30am to 11 pm

 

Lemon N Spice

Fresh Halal food prepared daily. Chaat corner in venue. Catering and party venue (capacity 150 people) available!

Samosas are flaky and tender fried and are one of the most popular recipes in North Indian cuisine. They feature a pastry-like crust but are filled with savory potatoes and peas for a hearty, delicious snack.

Competition Appetizer:  Vegetable Samosa

Address: 7130 N University Dr, Tamarac, FL 33321

Phone # (954) 388-5193

Hours of Operation:  During Ramadan (until May 13th) Mon – Thu 11:30am – 9pm; Wed: Closed; Fri – Sat 11:30am – 9pm.

Regular Hours: Mon – Thu 11:30am – 9pm; Fri – Sat 11:30am – 10pm

 

Pho Hoa

At Phở Hòa, their passion is simple: to make a healthy Vietnamese phở noodle soup offering the same robust flavors and aromas of traditional phở. That’s why they’ve revolutionized the way phở is made; using top-grade meats to create a healthier soup broth that’s lower in calories and cholesterol. Their signature broth is paired with fresh locally sourced produce, high quality ingredients and spices to produce the perfect bowl of phở. Phở Hòa is the Health Conscious Choice™.

 

Vietnamese Yellow Pancakes are crepe-like pancakes that bring a light rice batter and ample fillings together for one tasty, crispy breakfast or snack!

 

Competition Appetizer:  Yellow Pancake

Address: 5435 FL-7, Tamarac, FL 33319

Phone #  954-739-9888

Hours of Operation:  Daily: 10am – 8:30pm; Closed Tuesdays

 

Sushi Raku

Are you in the mood for delicious food using fresh ingredients at an affordable price? If so, then we are the spot for you. Sushi Raku offer scrumptious food to our diners that can be enjoyed in our restaurant or picked up for a fantastic feast in the comfort of your home. Our menu features many mouth-watering dishes including amazing specials like our award-winning house specialty sushi and rolls. We love doing our part to feed the local community. Try us out today, you will not be disappointed!

Takoyaki or “octopus balls” is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special molded pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion

 

Competition Appetizer:  Takoyaki (octopus pancake balls)

Address: 10135 W Commercial Blvd, Tamarac, FL 33351

Phone # 954-532-6644

Hours of Operation: Mon – Fri 11:30am – 9pm; Sat 12pm – 9pm; Sun 12pm- 8pm

 

 

Next up: Caribbean Flavors (June 1 – 14)

 

August: FREE City-Wide Food-Centric Scavenger Hunt

 

To stay informed about these and other upcoming events taking place in Tamarac, please text “FLAVORS” to 57838 and/or follow us on our Instagram & Facebook pages @flavorsoftamarac

 

Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

 

Denise

 

Press Gourmet Sandwiches

Posted By : denise/ 75

Hello Foodie Friends,

Like Superman, everyone of us has our own kryptonite, and in my world, mine is bread! I grew up eating sandwiches for lunch and  as my palate matured over the years, I began experimenting in the kitchen coming up with clever new concoctions. I would start of with something basic like a grilled cheese sandwich and then making a few simple tweaks (from upgrading the bread, spreading butter or mayo on the outside of the bread before cooking in the pan, to utilizing a caramelized onion jam)  I was able to elevate that classic sammy into a gourmet masterpiece. Yes, sandwiches are my jam! So when I received an invite to come check out Press Gourmet Sandwiches in Boca, it was a no brainer. The motto at Press Gourmet is every sandwich, every salad, every side is handmade to order with only the freshest, natural, best ingredients. Each sandwich is handcrafted to order. All of their meats are slow roasted to perfection. Chicken is marinated and cooked to order and all sauces and toppings are prepared daily. They consider themselves to be a five-star gourmet experience in a fast casual setting – eat in or take out.

Competition winning Mac n Cheese Balls
The Sentinel – shredded beef Philly style, the most popular non-chicken sandwich. This was my favorite sandwich for sure.
The CD Salad, named after co-owner Chris, has my favorite ingredients and was delicious. This is the 1/2 portion believe it or not.
The Daily – the most popular of the chicken sandwiches, served with truffle parm fries

The back story:  It all started at Johnson & Wales University when Rand and Chris met. They noticed from their name tags and they were both commuting from Delray Beach to Miami. So they started to carpool; those rides together to Miami were where their friendship really started. After only a few weeks of carpooling Chris and Rand decided to move into Chris’s apartment near Johnson & Wales University.

In only a few short months they had become best friends living together in Miami. During culinary school Rand and Chris excelled to the top of their class, becoming the go-to guys to get things done.
Every Tuesday, the food trucks would set up on the campus at JWU and serve to all of the students. Chris and Rand became immediately attached to the food trucks, asking all of the owners questions every time they came out. In their heart they knew someday they would open up a food truck of their own.

Soon after, Rand was asked to work as a sous chef for a husband of one of his professors. He was a private chef to the rich and famous in Miami. It only took one year before the clients asked Rand to be the head chef, at the age of 22. One of the first things that he did was to make Chris his sous chef. This was a time in their lives that they would never forget. Chris and Rand were living half the year in Miami and the other half in New York City while cooking for the rich and famous.

While in New York, Rand and Chris were living on their client’s yacht. Rand really enjoyed living on the yachs, he said, “because it was like a huge house right on the water, that swayed back and forth with the current, just rocking you to sleep”. One year Chris actually rode the boat up for 4 days to New York City, through the rough seas, while still cooking all of the food for the crew. Let’s just say he probably won’t be taking a boat across the country anytime soon!

After three years of being private chefs Rand and Chris caught the entrepreneurial bug. They received so much praise for the food, from some of the most important people in the country. They knew they wanted to bring their food to the masses, but they didn’t quite know how to start a business. So Chris and Rand left their jobs as private chefs to head to Chris’ family’s company, Uncle Giuseppe’s, a chain of Italian supermarkets. While at Uncle Giuseppe’s, Rand and Chris were taught the importance of food costs, business smarts, and the ability to scale larger while remaining consistent with the food throughout different locations.
So they headed back to Florida to start their own business. The location of the first restaurant caused arguments, as they just weren’t sure where to put it. That was when they thought back to when they were in culinary school and the food trucks would come every Tuesday. Rand and Chris thought very hard about what their next move would be. They decided to start a food truck as a proof of concept and to find the best locations for the eventual restaurants to come. They called it Miami Press Gourmet Sandwiches Food Truck. The concept quickly took off, as the Miami Press Food Truck became one of the top trucks in South Florida. It was a dream for Chris and Rand to be able to serve their great food to the masses. They knew that if they used good fresh and local ingredients and prepared the food to order that they would always have people wanting to eat their food.

While the truck was taking off, Rand got the opportunity to go on Food Network and compete in a reality competition cooking show. The show is called Food Truck Face Off, the show is a mix between The Great American Food Truck Race and Chopped. Rand brought one of he and Chris’s signature dishes, the Mac’n Cheese Ball. He won the competition, bringing the spotlight to the Mac n’ Cheese Balls and the already well-known Miami Press Food Truck. The lines became even longer as their food truck became more and more popular by the day.

As the success out grew the food truck, Chris and Rand finally knew it was time to open up a Press Gourmet Sandwiches Restaurant. Press Gourmet Sandwiches, or PGS for short, is a fast casual sandwich restaurant serving pressed sandwiches. All of the sandwiches are made to order from scratch and pressed on ciabatta bread until crispy on top and soft in the middle. It’s made with all fresh and local ingredients.

Press Gourmet Sandwiches has two locations, one in Ft. Lauderdale and one in Boca Raton. They are open Mon – Sat 7am – 8pm, closed Sundays. For more info, check out their website.

Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

Posted By : denise/ 67

Hello Foodie Friends,

Today’s post features one of my favorite fast casual foods: tacos!  I received an invitation to dine at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Ft. Lauderdale a few weeks ago and I’m happy to share my experience with you today.

Since opening its doors to their original location in South Beach, just steps away from the famed Lincoln Road Mall on 16th Street in 2015, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, founded by Menin Hospitality’s Keith Menin and Jared Galbut and led by Culinary Director Bernie Matz, has been offering traditional Mexican favorites as well as unconventional and innovative interpretations, Bodega specializes in tacos and tortas, homemade sodas and authentic beverages in a dynamic, eclectic “puebla” inspired setting.

“We’ve always loved Fort Lauderdale and have been waiting for the right moment and location to open a Bodega Taqueria y Tequila there since we opened our first flagship location in South Beach in 2015,” said Keith Menin, Co-Founder & Principal of Menin Hospitality. “When we saw that they were developing and re-envisioning the riverfront, the new towers, and the Wharf, we found an iconic historic corner that just felt like Bodega. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome guests to Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, Fort Lauderdale.” 

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila has been revered as one of the hottest Mexican restaurants in America. GQ Magazine has named Bodega “the most popular restaurant in the entire state of Florida for late-night eats”;  InStyle Magazine said it’s one of “4 hot spots worth visiting on your next trip to Miami”; HuffPost called it the “hottest Mexican restaurants in America”; and Elite Daily boasted it as one of “Miami’s hottest nightspots.” A favorite among celebrities, fans include Michael B. Jordan, Niall Horan, Brody Jenner, Diplo, Jamie Foxx, Gabrielle Union, Travis Scott, Nina Agdal, and Joe Jonas, to name a few.

The dining area inside the restaurant is quite small offering up just one high top communal table, however, there are plenty of picnic tables set up along the sidewalk just outside for guests to sit down and enjoy their meal. Head up to the window of a decked out converted Silver Stream trailer and place your order.
Cervesas and Fruity Flavored Frozen Margaritas are available for your drinking pleasure.
Me with that happy look on my face as I knew I was about to dig in to some tasty food any moment
We tried a sampling of four of their tacos: carnitas (pork), carne asada (steak), pescado (fish) and tequila camarones (shrimp). To my surprise, the tequila camarones were both our faves.
The roasted pork quesadillas with a side of fresh guacamole were terrific.
I’m a huge fan of Mexican Street Corn and this one did not disappoint!
These churros with nutella were highly addictive!
We had no idea what was in store for us when Tyler, the awesome GM, lead us through this door to what appeared to be a graffiti walled “bathroom”…

 

But turned out to be the entrance to this amazing Late-Night Speakeasy!!!! (See details below)

Inside the taqueria, a door leads guests to Bodega’s late-night speakeasy – the perfect spot for happy hour, daytime fun, and late-night debauchery – that features an extensive cocktail menu and live music by local bands and DJs. Signature cocktails include the Pico Picante (Herradura Silver, Ilegal Mezcal, Cucumber, Cilantro, Jalapeno, Lime, Orange Bitters)La Diablita (Don Julio Blanco, Apricot, Blackberries, Ginger, Fresh Lime); and Mezcal Old Fashioned (Casamigos Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Old Fashioned Syrup). Additionally, every Monday, Bodega is activating ‘Margarita Monday’ specials, where guests can enjoy a curated $5 margarita menu from 6 PM-close. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday from 6 PM – 8 PM, and offers $2 Classic Tacos, $3 Chips & Salsa, $4 Chips & Guac, $4 Bottled Beers, $5 Frozen Margaritas, and $7 Bottled Cocktails.

Open daily from 11:30 AM – 12 AM, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, Fort Lauderdale mirrors the flagship South Beach location, doubling as a fast-casual taco joint and a late-night speakeasy-style lounge. The front half of the venue is a taqueria featuring an authentic Mexican street food menu created by culinary director and Chef Bernie Matz. Signature menu items consist of Loaded Carne Asada Nachos (Grilled Rib Eye Steak, Chili Queso, Cotija, Red Onion, Tomato, Cilantro, Chili Crema, Sliced Jalapeno); Late-Night Burrito (Guajillo Braised Short Rib, Roasted Pork, Roasted Chicken, Mexican Rice, Black Bean Refrito, Oaxaca Cheese, Potato Sticks, Salsa Rosada); and Steak Chimichurri Tacos  (Grilled Rib Eye Steak, Purple Cabbage, Tomato, Potato Sticks, Radish, Cilantro, Chimichurri Aioli). Guests order from a full-sized, retrofitted vintage airstream trailer turned into a taco truck and then dine in the garage chic seating of picnic tables, neon bar stools, and graffiti walls. In addition to the regular menu, a weekend brunch menu is available.

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Fort Lauderdale is located at 21 W. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL and can also be experienced in South Beach and in American Airlines Arena.  For more information, please visit BodegaTaqueria.com and follow on Instagram @BodegaTaqueria.

*Hours of operation are in accordance with mandated COVID-19 regulations and are subject to change. 

 

Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

New Ways Discover Food While Traveling

Posted By : Jennifer Ouvrard/ 224

Hello Foodie Friends,

Think about the food just in your state. It probably differs from one spot to another, based on who settled where and when, what they grew, where they originally came from, and what resources they had. History, people, preferences, and culture all play into regional food, and that’s what makes exploring it so interesting and diverse. And with road trips on the rise, digging into the food scene wherever you’re going, or wherever you live, can be a rewarding and delicious reward.

If you want to learn more about food, wherever you go, there are a couple of steps you can take. For starters, you can always contact your favorite food gurus here at Savor Our City.  Additional resources are local eats apps or local bloggers, who may also have a presence on social media sites such as Instagram. Many food magazines also have good regional recommendations. Want more tips? This graphic offers some ideas to get you traveling, eating, and enjoying what food has to offer.

Let us know if you found this info useful and if you have any additional tips that you turn to find great places to eat when you are traveling out of your home town.

 

Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise