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Chicago-Based Doc B's Fresh Kitchen Opens In Fort Lauderdale, Serving Seasonal Dishes And Other Energizing Eats

The fast-growing Flagler Village is welcoming its latest restaurant addition.

Doc B's Fresh Kitchen, a Chicago-based eatery known for seasonal, house-made entrees, is now open in Fort Lauderdale, right next to the Fresh Market on North Federal Highway.

The restaurant serves healthy salads, hearty sandwiches, gourmet burgers and entrees, in addition to its signature dish: the Wok Out Bowl. Ranging from $14 to $21, depending on the selected protein (Faroe Island salmon, Coleman Farms chicken, black tiger shrimp, Pacific Coast tuna, filet mignon or tofu), the menu item lets guests create their own stir-fry meals with sticky brown rice, quinoa or lo mein noodles, along with veggies, chopped cashews and house-made sauces. 

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Craig Bernstein, Doc B's founder and president, said he feels the restaurant appeals to South Floridians' outdoor lifestyle and should be a fit for area residents.

"[Fort Lauderdale's] mix of young professionals, tourists and retirees make up a large group of people who we believe appreciate a best-in-class casual restaurant with a large, diverse menu that can accommodate multiple lunches and dinners each week, limiting their need to cook at home," he said.

Guests dining at the 4,300-square-foot restaurant have the option of indoor or outdoor seating, ranging from indoor booths, tables and the 26-person indoor island bar to al fresco dining under the eatery's signature yellow umbrellas or at the 15-person communal table with outdoor TV screens. 

Take-out is also an option for locals looking for healthy meals on the go.

The Fort Lauderdale menu features a selection of dishes unique to the South Florida location, including starters of Bang Bang Oysters ($18) and Roasted Heirloom Cauliflower ($13) and Leo's Lobster Roll ($23).

Other traditional favorites include Barbecue Danish Ribs ($28), which are slow-cooked overnight, and salad entrees like the Grilled Chicken Salad ($15) tossed with agave lime vinaigrette or the California Salad ($14) with kale, pistachios, dried cranberries, wasabi peas and roasted sweet potato croutons.

Doc B's also offers craft beer, wine and spirits and will serve Panther Coffee in addition to its usual coffee and espresso options.

With a handful of popular restaurants across the street and Good Spirits coming to the same plaza, there's certainly a lot of competition in the area, but Bernstein says that's a good thing.

"We want guests to head to Flagler Village not knowing where they want to dine. We want them to do this over and over, several times a week—if that's the case, we all win," Bernstein said.

The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. daily and closes at 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 p.m. on Sunday. Doc B's is also considering adding Sunday brunch service modeled after the brunch menu at one of its Chicago locations.

Doc B's Fresh Kitchen; 452 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale

Outdoor patio // Photo by Lyssa Goldberg
Island bar // Photo by Lyssa Goldberg
Salmon Wok Out Bowl // Courtesy Doc B's Fresh Kitchen
Turkey burger // Courtesy Doc B's Fresh Kitchen
Filet and wedge salad // Courtesy Doc B's Fresh Kitchen
Seared tuna sandwich // Courtesy Doc B's Fresh Kitchen

(Lead exterior photo courtesy of Doc B's Fresh Kitchen)