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401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Grille 401

When Grille 401 opened in the former Bova Prime and Rare spot, the new owners made sure to ditch the sterile feel. The space now is all blues and browns and golds. The bar glows amber. Historic photos painted on canvas cover the walls. Lamps shine down on comfy banquettes. The menu too is more approachable, a veritable melting pot, with everything from sushi to steaks. The highlight among the sandwiches is the $18 prime rib sandwich on a chewy baguette, with beef sliced only when you order it. The $17 tuna burger comes on a sweet brioche bun with sweet soy sauce, mustard, and an Asian slaw that provides a nice crunch. At lunch, there's a light and healthy menu that's both a bit smaller and cheaper, including a $13 barbecued salmon draped in sweet and tangy sauce and served with a garlicky kale salad with a nice crunch from bits of croutons. Salmon also appears among the entrees ($26) on a cedar plank and painted with a whole grain mustard butter. The dinner menu also includes a trio of steaks all sourced from a certified Angus purveyor. Desserts definitely see a nod to the comfort food trend, including a sundae and a hot carrot cake that melts the cream cheese frosting nicely. If it wasn't obvious from the redesign, the prime rib sandwiches and tuna burger and waffles make clear that Grille 401 has truly exorcised the Bova demons.