Park & Ocean
3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-357-2606, Society8.com
From the owners of the shuttered Beauty & the Feast and Solita comes this oceanfront retreat at a beach park.
“BG Coco Café was more of a concession stand,” founder Steven Dapuzzo says. “Park & Ocean is the first eatery to serve a full menu of food and drinks in Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in over 30 years.”
In-house Shady Brewing concocts cold-brewed coffees ($4.50-$5), iced tea ($3) and in the fall, small-batch craft beer. Other libations include smoothies ($8.50-$9.50) and cocktails ($7-$9), such as Thin Mint colada.
Highlights include a Cuban sandwich ($10.50) and five taco renditions ($2.90-$3.90 each), such as mojo-pulled-pork tacos or mahi.
“The brisket grilled cheese is a flavorful and hearty twist on a childhood favorite ($9.50),” Dapuzzo says. “We serve chicken salad in a full avocado filled with mixed greens, tomato and lemon citronette ($12.50).”
Don’t miss the grilled-cheese brioche with berry jam and cream cheese ($8.50).
The rustic interior features reclaimed wood, while the outside offers a covered patio and picnic tables under a canopy of gnarled sea-grape trees with Giant Jenga, bocce ball, cornhole and chess.
Lunch and dinner are served daily, plus weekend brunch.