Phillip Valys covers general arts and entertainment for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Though his focus is on the visual arts and music scenes, he's easily distracted by food festivals. An FAU graduate, his work has appeared in the Sun Sentinel Media Group's chain of weeklies, the Miami Herald and New Times.
- Jack’s Hollywood Diner, the 67-year-old greasy spoon on North Federal Highway that shut early in the pandemic, will reopen this weekend, ending months of worry and speculation about the fate of one of Hollywood's oldest restaurants.
- Texas-style brisket and Kansas City pulled pork are abundant in South Florida, but what about barbecue inspired by local Cuban and Caribbean cuisine? Co-owners Jason Lakow and chef Rick Mace’s new “Florida barbecue” restaurant, opening mid-January, is their attempt to marry smoked meats with SoFlo soul.