Armadillo Cafe (8221 Glades Rd., 561/405-6152), for more than a dozen years a renowned eatery in Davie, reborn the first time in 2006 as Armadillo Beach Restaurant in Dania Beach (which closed three years later), is now up and running in West Boca.

Chef-owner Kevin McCarthy, who like so many local chefs got his start in the Dennis Max restaurant empire, is reprising many of his classic Southwestern-style dishes in his new digs, a modest earth-toned space just west of the turnpike. Think black and white soup, tequila grilled shrimp, chili-cured duck breast and bourbon-chocolate pecan pie.

* On a personal note, this space will be taking a short vacation while I head off to Las Vegas to drive fast cars and eat slow food. Blogging will resume upon my return. Vroom, vroom!