Mawi’s Café: New Italian Bistro open in The Cove

Posted on 31 March 2016 by LeslieM

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A large crowd attended the ribbon cutting at Mawi’s Café on March 25. The Italian bistro has been opened since the end of December in the location where Cove Bagel used to be. Owners Ilaria Romano and Danilo Salatino just moved here from Rome, Italy with two daughters, ages 6 and 4, to create better opportunities for their family.

Their café serves up American breakfast and lunch specialties with Italian flavors, including omelets; egg sandwiches and platters; bagels; pancakes; French toast; waffles; paninis and salads at very reasonable prices. They also have bakery and dessert items, and beverages like espresso and cappuccino. Ask for their special Kuoppos, or pizza cones, and take them to go.

They are currently open every day but Tuesday and will be open for dinner soon. Their hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. They offer free delivery. Call 954-481-8600.

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Olympia Flames Celebrates 24th—TODAY

Posted on 12 August 2015 by JLusk

Enjoy 24 percent off your bill ALL DAY- TODAYOlympia Flame 8-6-15

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Experience a tour of Italy at Antonio’s Ristoranté

Posted on 22 August 2013 by LeslieM

Pages 09-16By Becki Coffy

If you are looking for authentic, wonderful Italian food, then look no further than Antonio’s Ristoranté in The Cove Shopping Center.

Owners Alex Poulous and Paul Ferorelli have created a little piece of Italy right here in Deerfield Beach.

As soon as my husband and I walked through the door, we were greeted with the tantalizing scents of tomato, basil, garlic and fresh bread. White tablecloths and soft colors invite you to sit and relax. Fried calamari,mussels and Calamari Antonio, Scungilli salad, mozzarella sticks and homemade soups are available to start your meal.

We chose to skip the appetizers and head straight for the entree. Before we ordered, we were served a big basket of fresh garlic rolls. The rolls can be ordered with or without garlic, but when in Rome … The rolls were soft, warm, tender and covered with fresh garlic and olive oil.

For his entrée, my husband tried the Chicken Dijon. This chicken dish is sautéed with mushrooms and artichoke hearts and served in a white wine and Dijon mustard sauce with cream. There are many other chicken dishes to choose from, including Chicken Marsala, Francese, Parmagiana and Cacciatore, to mention a few. His meal included either soup or salad and a side of pasta with red sauce.

He chose to start with the Pasta Fagioli soup that was thick with beans, pasta and a hearty broth. I began my meal with the garden salad. Creamy Garlic, an Italian vinaigrette and Creamy Romano dressings are available. I tried the Creamy Romano, and it was delicious.

Since Antonio’s is wellknown for its fresh fish, I decided to try one of the daily specials and ordered the Snapper Francese. The fish was tender, moist and lightly breaded and cooked in a fresh lemon, broth and cream sauce. To go with my snapper, I chose the broccoli sautéed with toasted fresh garlic and olive oil and could not have been happier. The garlic was crisp and complemented the vegetable perfectly. My partner selected the pasta with red sauce as his side. The homemade sauce was thick and rich and full of spices and tomatoes. It was a wonderful delicate sauce for his pasta.

Shrimp Scampi, Fra Diavolo and Armando (shrimp sautéed with scallions, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts in a rose sauce) and Linguini with white or red clam sauce are just a few of the seafood dishes available. Of course, the traditional Lasagna, Ravioli and Ziti are always popular selections.

Antonio’s menu offers veal choices such as Veal Milanese, Marsala, Francese and Parmagiana.

Pasta dishes include pasta with garlic and oil, meatballs or sausage, or marinara sauce, Fettuccine Alfredo, Penne alla Vodka, Angel Hair Carbonara and more.

For a more casual dinner, you may order a Calzone or Stromboli or try one of their homemade or specialty pizzas.

There are daily specials that should not be missed. The night we dined at Antonio’s, we could choose from Snapper, Tilapia and Salmon. All fish may be ordered Francese or broiled.

Paul Ferorelli feels the secret to their wonderful cuisine is the consistency. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to try their cheesecake or any of their traditional Italian desserts such as Cannoli, Tiramisu and Spumoni ice cream.

Be sure to give this restaurant a try the first chance you get. You will not be disappointed. Antonio’s has been part of the Deerfield Beach community for over 40 years. They also have FREE delivery.

Antonio’s is located at 1636 SE 3 Ct. in The Cove Shopping Center. For reservations, call 954-427-4871 or 954-427-9002.

For more information, including menu, visit

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Boca Burger Battle

Posted on 18 July 2013 by JLusk

IMG_1703By Rachel Galvin

The rain poured, but that didn’t stop thousands of people from crowding into Sanborn Square to enjoy the Boca Burger Battle July 13. Over 20 restaurants served up their signature burgers and 11 judges, including restauranteur Dean Max, radio personalities , the Burger Beast Sef and others, waited to try them. There was also live entertainment and other vendor booths, including the Big Green Egg company, who showed off their unique cooking concept, a unit that bakes, grills and even smokes. Students from Le Cordon Bleu helped chefs. There also were beers, wine and spirits on-hand. A portion of the proceeds benefit PROPEL. There was an after party at Jazziz Nightlife in Mizner Park. SCROLL DOWN for more pictures and WINNERS. For more information, visit



The rainy weather did not prevent hungry guests from arriving to Sanborn Square to take in the ambiance, mouth-watering burgers and more!










Judge’s Pick for Best Grill Master went to:
1st place – Bite Gastrotruck
2nd place – Potions In Motion
3rd place – Shake Shack

Judge’s Pick for Best Alternative Grill Master went to:
1st place – 4th Generation

People’s Choice for Best Boca Burger went to:
1st place – Morton’s Steakhouse
2nd place – Rebel House
3rd place – Potions In Motion


Many vendors showed off their wares, including In the Biz Solutions, which showcased their unique bathing suits.



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Ashley Esnes and Isabel Stolk were having a blast playing in the rain. Ashley’s one regret was that there was not a best raincoat contest.


Robert Stanfield manages to not only brilliantly pull off a stylish yellow poncho of sorts, but also serve the judges some delectable onion rings from Tucci’s Fire N’ Coal Pizza while coordinating the entire festivities. Stanfield and Russell Spadaccini are the pair behind making events like this and others possible in the tri-state area. To see more about their culinary events, visit




Red Brick Grille was one of the 20 restaurants who braved the rain to serve their hamburgers.


Anisha Staton gave out samples of her gourmet fortune cookies, pictured here. This is her own business and she makes the cookies herself!



Sylvia Alfonzo, a student at Le Cordon Bleu, helped serve up burgers at Kapow! These unique burgers were created with three types of meat: chuck roast, sirloin and beef shank, along with a kimchee sauce aioli wrapped in a banana leaf and served in a peking duck bun.


The burger from NYY Steak House at Seminole Coconut Creek Casino was a combination of dry aged pine brisket and ribs topped with aged white cheddar, among other tasty ingredients. They even make their own bacon in-house!


Eleven judges decided the fate of the Burger Battle competitors.

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Big Green Egg grills it up! This unit not only grills, but can bake cookies, smoke fish or pretty much cook anything. The headquarters is based in Atlanta, but these units can be found here in Florida, including at Culinary Concepts in Pompano Beach, which was also on-site.


The crew from told business owners and guests about their wonderful service that allows everyone to get special offers fro free on their Birthday day, week or month just by signing up! Businesses benefit from free exposure and guests get free stuff, from a discount on clothing or a free piece of pizza to a mini-golf game, karate class, limo ride, champagne and more. Visit for details.


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Deerfield Wine & Food Festival packs Quiet Waters Park

Posted on 02 May 2013 by JLusk

IMG_0784Did you go to Quiet Waters Park last weekend? Then you experienced a culinary extravaganza called the Deerfield Wine & Food Festival. Bringing in thousands of people, this event featured food from chefs all over the tri-county area and wines from around the world at its Grand Tasting Saturday night. Friday night featured a VIP dinner with selections from Chef Angelo Morinelli of Station House Grille perfectly paired with wines from Deerfield Ranch Winery. The weekend ended with the MARTINI Jazz Bubbles & Brunch and Cruisin Classic Car Show.

Check back for even more details. In the meantime, check out


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Heart of the Gourmet celebrates name change

Posted on 02 May 2013 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin
On April 23, Heart of the Gourmet had a small party for media to showcase its products and to celebrate its name change from Heart of the Olive. Not only do they have over 50 types of oils and balsamic lining the shelves here just ready for tasting, but there is also herbs, rubs, mustards, dips, chutneys, sauces, salts, gift baskets, stuffed olives, coffee, pasta and even chocolates. His diversity of product made him realize he wasn’t just about olive oils. Everything here is for sale – even the Indonesian furniture, pottery and the art on the walls. Owner Kevin Roth spent his life being a world-renowned folk singer and dulcimer player before he decided to make a change and open up this shop. He first began thinking about it one year ago almost to the day and he opened Nov. 15 to the open arms of local residents.
“The business community wants to help me out. The chamber has been wonderful. I have never seen anything like it anywhere else,” said Roth, who likes to give back himself, donating 10 percent of his profits back to charities like Broward Pantry and Women in Distress.
He offers cooking classes here too, teaching people how to make “the ordinary taste extraordinary.” He shows how a dash of balsamic and a splash of herbs can make a big difference to spice up leftovers or add new zip to a dish.
“You can make one dish taste 100 different ways,” he said, showing how white strawberry peach balsamic can transform a chicken and rice dish or can be used to accentuate wine, or raspberry chocolate balsamic can add kick when drizzled over chocolate brownies.
To find out more about Heart of the Gourmet, located at 816 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, call 754-222-8071 or visit

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Diners save by using loyalty card owned by Pompano Beach resident

Posted on 15 September 2012 by JLusk

Looking for a place to dine in North Broward? It’s time to join, a restaurant discount community and customer loyalty network which brings you events and deals from many local restaurants. Observer favorites (check out our reviews on our website) such as Hot Tomatoe, Galuppi’s and Spanx BBQ-The Hog have all partnered with The new Lighthouse Kitchen in Shoppes of Beacon Light is offering buy one get one free on crepes with your FeedingFrenzee card (get it for free at the restaurants or sign up online at Dandee Donut’s in Pompano Beach is giving 5% off if you show the card.

Diners can join the community for free and get a discount card that entitles them to benefits at all restaurants in the FeedingFrenzee community. For example, dine at Galuppi’s and buy one entrée, get the second one 50% off with your card or use in Deerfield Beach at Café Med by Bice for 15% off. Amasianing in Lighthouse Point is offering free soup or eggroll with lunch/free glass of wine with dinner if you use the card.

Owned by Tinka Hooper, a Pompano Beach resident, FeedingFrenzee was started as a way to help local restaurants increase exposure to local residents and also to help them build a regular loyal following through the discount card.

“Diners love the card because they are saving at great local restaurants,” said Hooper who, together with her team custom developed the software that sends out weekly updates to diners about specials and events in the local community. “It’s really important to support local businesses and this is one way to help them grow.”

Learn more or sign up for your FeedingFrenzee card at

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Heart Rock Sushi Mothers Day

Posted on 10 May 2012 by JLusk

This Mothers day, Sunday, May 13th Treat Mom to our special menu and a FREE glass of Wine for Mom!

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Chipotle Offers Free Food for Tax Free Weekend

Posted on 05 August 2011 by Observer

This tax “free” holiday, Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering its Florida guests FREE Food With Integrity.

Simply eat at any Miami or Ft. Lauderdale Chipotle on Tuesday, August 9, or Wednesday, August 10, and save the receipt. Return any time during tax “free” weekend, August 12 – 14 and receive a free burrito, bowl, order of tacos or salad with your receipt. No charge. No tax. No strings attached.

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Deer Creek Grill: Fast service, simple food

Posted on 12 January 2011 by LeslieM

By Andrea Freygang
I recently dined at the Deer Creek Grill out on West Hillsboro inside of Deer Creek. I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of food and dining. My experience in the past at country club grills has been very standard, dry fare with service catering towards the older crowd, but the ambiance and crowd at the Grill was very relaxed, with people of all ages, and not just golfers either, but women convening for an afternoon lunch, couples, businessmen etc…I arrived just after noon with my husband and son who is almost two. At first, I thought bringing my son was going to be a huge mistake, but it was so nice outside, were able to sit on the patio overlooking part of the golf course and small pond with a waterfall. Despite the fact the grill didn’t seem like a place that saw many children, the staff was very obliging in helping me keep him occupied.
We instantly got drinks (sodas), crayons, and coloring book for my son. The server always tried to engage him every time she came to our table. As a former server, this impressed me because so many times servers ignore the kids and talk to the parents instead of the child. We immediately placed an order of the kid’s menu for chicken nuggets (fresh-made, not out of a box) and fries, although this was ambitious since he was more interested in his surroundings than in any food we could place in front of him. It was nice to be able to get up and walk around with our toddler who doesn’t sit still very well. Many restaurants don’t have the scenic view; instead, we are forced to look at the endless sea of concrete or cars, nor do they have a walking path to stretch your legs.
We started with a couple bowls of soup, with the offerings that day being French onion soup and Italian wedding soup. The French onion was obviously freshly prepared, full of caramelized onions and plenty of melted cheese on top. The Italian Wedding soup has plenty of vegetables and meat in it, and wasn’t so hot that I had to wait before eating.
For our entrees, I really wanted to try one of their steaks, but it was lunchtime, so I didn’t want to be an over-inflated balloon by the time we left, so I satisfied my steak craving with their Philly cheese steak sandwich and fries. Overall, the menu had simple foods, sandwiches and salads, but despite the simplicity of the menu, everything was prepared with care.
When the sandwich arrived, the hoagie roll was overflowing with chopped steak that was obviously just cooked, prepared, and lathered with onions, but not so much that the onions overpowered the meat. The meat wasn’t dried out like some sandwiches that you can tell had been sitting out a while. The fries were hot and fresh, and not overcooked. My husband ordered a cheeseburger that was easily half a pound after being cooked, not before. He ordered fresh fruit with his, which was a nice option in today’s heavily fat laden menus. He said it was obvious that everything was well prepared, and that the cooks took their time in prepping the food, but not so much time that it took forever to get a meal.
Somehow, as usual, we never made it to dessert because we were too full (good for my waistline, bad for my taste buds!). However, with appetizers and all, we were in and out of the restaurant in just under an hour, which makes it a good place to go for a business lunch or meeting, or even just a quick meal before you have to go back to work without sacrificing taste and quality for speed of service. The ambiance of the place was business casual, and the outdoor setting was nice and relaxing without being overdone.

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