The scantily clad waitresses are out and an elevated atmosphere is in at Sammy J’s Kitchen + Cocktails, the former site of Tilted Kilt.
The restaurateurs are the same, Samir Changela and Jason Levine, but the concept located on Airport Road near Boca’s airpot has changed.
A hint of the former sports bar can be found in sports photos that hang on the wall and the 35 televisions found throughout the space. But the menu has been boosted from fried bar grub to an American cuisine infused with international flavors. And the space has been completely transformed.
“We want this to be a hangout,” Changela said. “We don’t want to rush you out. We want you to spend some time here.”
In between tables there is a large lounge area where cocktails can be enjoyed in comfortable chairs. The space is suitable for families, a night out where you can watch the game or grab a drink during happy hour at the large indoor-outdoor bar.
Dishes are created by culinary director and executive chef Randy Luedders in his scratch kitchen.
Stand out items include braised pork shank “ossco bucco,” smoked fish dip that is smoked outside in-house, wagyu sliders that use Australian wagyu beef, grill smoked salmon, which is lightly smoked on the smoker and the crispy smashed potatoes served as a side.
“I envision Sammy J’s to become known for having such amazing food offerings that the guest has no choice but to tell their family, friends and coworkers how much they are missing by not frequenting our restaurant,” Luedders said. “I want it to become ‘your neighborhood restaurant and bar’ where sometimes you go for a bite and a cocktail and other times you go for an incredible dinner or brunch.”