Dolphin Mall Culinary Tour

Words By Caitlin Marino
Photos By Victoria Cruell

As you have read in a few previous reviews (here, here, and here), Dolphin Mall has recently made significant efforts to expand and renovate the shopping destination’s dining game. Now accounting for nearly 40 restaurants, Dolphin Mall has an option for every kind of craving you might have. Since there’s a possibility you might be taking a Valentine’s Day mall trip in the near future for your significant other, I’ll walk you through a Dolphin Mall culinary tour de force so you can enjoy a well-deserved pit stop to refuel before tackling your day-long shopping adventures.

BRIO Tuscan Grille 

As its name and décor suggests, BRIO Tuscan Grille is a Mediterranean getaway whose menu features an assortment of steaks and seafood as well as traditional pastas, appetizers, and salads. Guests sticking to their New Year’s resolutions can enjoy the “Lighter Side of Tuscany” with select options under 595 calories.

Menu highlights: Espresso Rubbed Ribeye; gluten-free, Flourless Chocolate Torte with olive oil gelato; and the Chocolate Layer Cake (featuring white and milk chocolates) with candy cane gelato.

Are we boozing? What goes better with pasta, steak, or seafood than a nice glass of wine? BRIO has happy hour on weekdays from 3:30-6:30PM, and features $5 martinis on Wednesdays and $5 wines on Thursdays.

Check this place out if you like: Hefty portions at affordable prices. And pasta, lots of pasta.

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ 

There’s nothing like some good ol’ slow-cooked, finger lickin’ barbeque. For the past 25 years, Brother Jimmy’s BBQ has brought that Southern goodness to “put some South in yo’ mouth” with locations across the Northeast and South Florida.

Menu highlights: Chicken Fingers (buffalo, chipotle, or original); Hush Puppies (with warm maple butter); BBQ Wings (cut wings dusted with Southern rub, smoked, and basted with special sauce wing sauce); Rib Tips (original “wet” style); and Loaded Fries.

Are we boozing? In addition to having a full plate of fall-off-the-bone barbeque, you’ll have the ability to enjoy tons of delicious libations. Check out specialty drinks like Swamp Water (vodka, sour mix, Sprite) or the Carolina Cooler (Absolut vodka, fresh lemonade, and blue curaçao.) Pro tip: Keep in mind, these drinks aren’t for amateurs, so maybe pick up some Tylenol and Gatorade on the way home if you haven’t done a keg stand or drank neon-colored cocktails in a while.

Check this place out if you like: Pride & Joy or Shorty’s, but with an amped ambience for game day. This is definitely the place to rally the troops for an awesome afternoon of football/fútbol, drinks, and good Southern hospitality.

Burger & Beer Joint 

The name says it all: burgers and beer. No frills, and no need for it. This sports restaurant with a fun, rock and roll vibe brings the best of massive, gourmet burgers, and a full bar that features more than 75 beers. Menu highlights include a casual 10-pound “Motherburger,” adult milkshakes, and an impressive list of standout, signature burgers.

Menu highlights: The Mustang Sally Burger (mini-sized pictured); and Fried Green Beans with black truffle aioli.

Are we boozing? Wouldn’t, couldn’t, and shouldn’t have a burger without a beer. Catch happy hour on weekdays from 4-7PM and 10PM-close with half off drafts, well cocktails, and house wine (as well as special priced appetizers). I suggest stopping by on a Tuesday as B&B features the even more impressive “2 for Tuesday” deals where you can enjoy draft beers, house wines, and well drinks for a cool $2 from 4 PM-close.

Check this place out if you like: A signature burger with a craft beer for a winning game day (or cheat day) meal.

 Cabo Flats Cantina & Tequila Bar 

Cabo Flats offers tasty, traditional Mexican meals featuring staples like tacos, burritos, enchiladas, guacamole, and other signature dishes, all at a reasonable price. The huge Cabo margaritas and other unique craft cocktails highlight the best of the cantina’s impressive tequila bar.

Menu Highlights: Traditional Margarita; and Avocado Fries with cilantro aioli.

Are we boozing? $5 Margarita Mondays, Ladies Night specials on Thursdays, and $15 Bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas on the weekend means it’s an easy, claro que si!

Check this place out if you like: If you’re into a proper celebration of Taco Tuesday (on Tuesdays and/or any other day of the week), this is the place for you. Cabo Flats offers a fun environment with great Latin music for guests to have a good time without having to worry about breaking the bank.

Kona Grill 

I have to admit that I’ve had a bit of a foodie crush on Kona Grill since my first visit a few months back. I attribute it to the nostalgia of having worked in similar restaurants throughout my college days or maybe because the food is just that good. Whatever the case may be, the mix of American favorites with an international influence, a full sushi bar, and great service is a total win for me.

Menu highlights: Poke Bowl (sushi rice or field greens, tuna, salmon, avocado, red onion, cucumber, seaweed salad, sweet sesame sauce) paired perfectly with a Zen Martini (Stolichnaya vodka, Gekkeikan saké, lemon yuzu, cucumber) from the seasonal menu.

 Are we boozing? How could we not when there’s Happy Hour every day (Mon-Thur: 3-11PM, Fri: 3PM-1AM, Sat and Sun: ALL DAY)? Included are drink options such as sake bombers, old fashioneds, and Moscow, London, or Kentucky mules to help wash down delicious rolls starting at just $4.25.

Check this place out if you like: Modern American appetizers and entrees with an international flair, almost like a YardHouse, but with a legit sushi bar. Great one-stop-shop for a group of people with diverse palates.

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Caitlin’s take: We’ve all had that eye-roll inducing moment when we know we’re going to have to make the trek out to Dolphin Mall. Luckily, Dolphin Mall’s team has really focused on making your shopping and entertainment experience as fun as possible, but, most importantly, upped the ante on their culinary selection. In addition to these newly added dining options, Dolphin Mall has also eased the nightmare of parking with conveniently located valet and parking garage options. Win-win for all.

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