Three Broward spots are packing in

Chicago’s 312

110 Grand Palms Drive

Pembroke Pines

This highly anticipated new restaurant, bar and jazz club opened on April 6 to a packed house. The Stacy Brooks Band kept the crowd entertained at what was formerly known as Chicago’s on Greene St. Key West. Chicago’s 312 is located at the Grand Palms Resort in Pembroke Pines Florida and offers delicious American cuisine, including macaroni and cheese, collard greens, rosemary chicken, cornbread that is building its own delicious reputation and much more in an upscale setting. The 500-seat restaurant serves breakfast and features live jazz and blues bands like George Freeman, Pack Rat Smoke House, Laurie Bell, Biscuit Miller, Maurice Vaughn. You can also catch songstresses like Leesa Richards and Maryel Epps, who brings the house down during the Sunday Jazz Brunch.

Open Mondays through Sundays, from 6 a.m. to midnight. Live music is featured from Thursday to Sunday evenings.

Ginger bay Cafe

1908 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood


Located in the heart of downtown Hollywood, Ginger bay Cafe offers a distinctly Caribbean vibe with island culture, food and entertainment. Billed as a true “taste of the Caribbean,” music lovers can catch some of South Florida’s top reggae bands performing live from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays Jamaican style dishes are available for lunch and dinner – featuring jerk wings, jerk chicken flatbread, jerk chicken fritters, ackee royal, curried chicken spring rolls, Jamaican patties, oxtails and more.

Ingrid B, owner and operator of On the B Side, can also be found hosting her lively spoken word and independent music events at Ginger bay.

Happy hour is every Wednesday to Friday 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with specials starting at $4.

Gigi’s Music Café

4385 NW 88th Avenue Sunrise

954-748 – 9494

This popular eatery offers a fusion of classic American dishes with a twist such as handmade Classic Rock Burgers with homemade Garlic and Parmesan Chips or the Famous Turkey Meatloaf with homemade mashed potatoes. In addition to exciting daily specials, Gigi’s Old Soul Fried Chicken and Homemade Buttermilk Waffles brings the Harlem classic to South Floridians. The boutique style cafe features local singers, musicians, bands and poets as well as a weekly karaoke night. A bar offers creative drinks named for famous singers like the Mary J. Blige, the Dean Martin, the Bob Marley and more. Gigi’s has its own wine, including Gigi’s Chardonnay and Gigi’s Key Lime Riesling. Reservations accepted.

Closed on Sundays and Mondays; open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesday; 4 p.m. to midnight on Thursdays to Saturdays. Happy Hour daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.