Staff Picks: dining from Delray down to Miami + concert

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The Standard

Picked by Marie Speed, Group Editor

“The deck at The Standard in Miami for Sunday brunch–and watching yachts drift by in the bay. Lush, tropical, relaxed—it’s the Miami of our dreams.”

(40 Island Ave., Miami Beach // standardhotels.com/spa-miami-beach)

Hudson at Waterway East

Picked by Karen Jacaruso, Account Manager

“It sits on the intracoastal waterway, so the ambiance is terrific – and so is the food.  Sit on the pier on a sunny afternoon or inside at “The Parlor” for a lovely evening. A must have: the fish tacos or the lobster potato skins (pictured above). With a motto ‘LOVE THY CRAFT,’ it’s evident how much love goes into the food. Because of the small menu selection, everything tastes fresh and delicious. I’ve been waiting for this ‘Old Calypso’ spot to reopen as a good restaurant, and it was worth the wait!!”

(900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // hudsondelray.com)

Octopus at Greek Islands Taverna

Picked by Stefanie Cainto, Web Editor

“Blackened on the outside, tender on the inside and accompanied by a delicious lemon sauce. It’s perfect, no – really. You’ll be telling all your friends about it tomorrow.”

(3300 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale // greekislandstaverna.com)

Chris MacDonald in Concert

Picked by Kevin Kaminski, Editor

“Elvis Presley would have been 80 on Jan. 8, and if The King were still alive at least two things would be certain. To live that long, he would have had to switch to all-organic peanut butter for his PB & Banana sandwiches. And, given his love for performing, he’d probably still be hitting all the right notes on “Burning Love.” No one honors the King’s music and his spirit better than MacDonald, whose entertaining tribute show spans the arc of Elvis’ career. Catch him Saturday night at Coral Springs Center for the Arts
(Tickets: 954-344-5990)