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Mojo Rising: Household-Run Restaurant Elevates Eating Expertise

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Nestled between Business and Oakland Park Boulevards on North Federal Freeway is the place you’ll discover the stylish, art-filled restaurant Mojo. As soon as inside, Mojo works its magic not solely in your style buds, but additionally in your ears, eyes, and liver. From weekly reside music, to the proprietor’s personal art work hanging on the partitions, to an amazing choice of cocktails, this place is redefining the restaurant scene up in Coral Ridge.

Opened in 2010, Mojo is the brainchild of New Jersey natives — and companions, in each enterprise and life  — Anthony DeMaio and Domenick Falcione. The place looks like a household enterprise, which is how the house owners prefer it. “If you stroll within the door, you’re in our home!” declares DeMaio.

Whereas DeMaio oversees the eating room, Government Chef Falcione provides his private mojo to each plate that comes out of the kitchen. However your plate isn’t the one you’ll expertise Falcione’s handiwork within the entrance of the restaurant: The eating room partitions are hung with the chef’s large summary work. See a chunk you want? Properly, you’re in luck as a result of you should purchase any of his canvases — and add a bit of Mojo to your individual place.

A lot of Mojo’s menu objects have been in Chef Falcoine’s repertoire for over 30 years. However just a few fell sufferer to a pressure Floridians know all too nicely: Hurricane Irma. Simply because the storm modified the panorama late final summer time, she additionally drove DeMaio and Falcione to replace some objects on Mojo’s menu. Fan favorites just like the Duck Breast ($28), 10ouncesPork Chop ($26), and Salmon ($26) have been rethought. Happily, friends have solely raved concerning the new, elevated dishes.

From the second I opened the menu, I knew I used to be in hassle: I needed one in every of all the things. However my eyes shortly zeroed proper in on the Beef Carpaccio ($16), one in every of my all-time favourite appetizers, and a dish not many locations provide today. Deliciously tender uncooked beef is thinly sliced, drizzled with a spicy aioli, and topped with arugula, then completed with shaved Reggiano Parmesan and a drizzle of truffle oil. This savory masterpiece virtually melts in your mouth.

For fundamental programs, we selected the House Model Meatloaf ($22) and one in every of Mojo’s “Fan Favorites,” the Duck Breast ($28). I hate to say it, however the meatloaf was higher than my mother’s (Ma, in case you occur to be studying this, my editor added that half. I swear!), and that is tough to attain. From the roasted-garlic mashed potatoes, to the French inexperienced beans, to the shiitake-bacon-onion gravy, this dish is the consolation meals we might all use today. I’m not an enormous fan of mashed potatoes, however Chef Domenick’s roasted-garlic spuds had my mouth watering, I’ve been completely feening for them ever since.

As for the Duck Breast, after the primary chunk we instantly understood why friends rave about this signature entrée. The moist flesh was pan-seared to perfection and introduced fantastically. Topped with a brandied-fig and brown-sugar sauce, and served with sautéed French beans and rosemary-spiked risotto, this dish gave us life!

And the parts at Mojo are beneficiant, so the life it provides can be a full one.

Mojo (4140 N Federal Hwy, Ft Lauderdale). M–Th 5–10pm; F–Sa 5–11pm. Glad Hour M–Sa 5–7pm. For reservations: 954-568-4443 or mojofl.com.

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