J72 Chef’s Cafe— 3712 Davie Road, Davie, 954-908-5608. Chefs Joel Ramos and Samuel Infantas have indeed created a chef’s cafe. They are servers, chefs and masters of ceviche, guava chicken wings and an amazing burger made with Kobe beef and lamb with arepas in place of buns. The place is small, with just 20 tight seats, Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-7-15.
Pocha — 4933 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, 954-9990603. This little sister to the more conventional Korean restaurant Gabose, across the parking lot, serves unusual bar food such as live octopus, as well as incredible fried chicken and spicy pork belly. Moderate. Dinner. Reviewed 1-28-15.
Taste Buds of India — 7841W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 954-603-6996. Along with a huge menu of fresh, cooked-to-order Indian food, the restaurant serves Indian-Chinese entrees. Bollywood videos play on the TVs, while attentive servers work the dining room. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 8-1-14.
Cinque Terre — 7750 Nova Drive, Davie, 954-368-3633. Its plaza setting doesn’t hint at the treasure within. Chef and owner Aldo Marcon is Italian-born and –trained, and he makes most of the pasta. You won’t go wrong with ravioli or tortellini. Moderateexpensive. Dinner, lunch, brunch. Reviewed 7-10-15. Sorrisi — 5550 NW40th St, Coconut Creek, 954-977-6700. A new chef has breathed new life into this Italian restaurant inside Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Highlights include very good classic Bolognese and veal scaloppini with prosciutto, green peas, tomato, provolone and Madeira sauce. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 5-6-15.
Chimi and Kimchi Grill — 10334 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 954-757-6100. Argentina meets Korea at this momand-pop operation, where you can have grilled skirt steak next to spicy bulgogi. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 6-26-14. Latin House Grill — 9976 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954399-9687. Michell and Bella Sanchez and his mom, Teresa Perez, combine Cuban, Mexican and American flavors in some of the best gastropub fare in South Florida. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 9-5-14. La Union Mexican Bakery — 7796 Wiles Road, Coral Springs; 954-757-0702. Alicia Nieto makes more than 40 kinds of Mexican-style bread and pastry, but she also serves a concise and inexpensive menu of tacos, burritos, tamales and enchiladas. The setting is no-frills. The service is more than friendly. Inexpensive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-2-15.
Council Oak Steaks and Seafood — 1Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-327-7501. Once you get over the fact that smoking is allowed in the adjoining bar, this is a fine steakhouse, serving incredible USDA prime beef that’s dry-aged in house. Expensive-very expensive. Dinner, brunch. Reviewed 7-3-14. Frankey’s Sports Bar — 900 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach, 954-464-2333. Proprietor Frank Stronach, who also owns the Village of Gulfstream Park, serves grass-fed Angus beef and pastureraised chicken grown on his Ocala farm. The burger is outstanding at this upscale sports bar. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Re- viewed 2-18-15. Historic Dockers — 318 N. Federal Highway, Dania Beach, 954-925-5962. This restaurant’s new owners not only transformed the dining room with its view of the Cozy Cove Marina, but also updated the menu with shrimp tacos, lobster Cobb salad and standbys such as fish and chips and blackened mahi. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 3-18-15. Juniper on the Water — 1975 S. Ocean Drive, Hallandale Beach, 954-544-3370. This restaurant’s Intracoastal view and the stylish interior make you forget you’re inside a condo building. The menu is heavy on such classics as seafood paella, lamb shank, steaks and fresh fish of day prepared a la plancha. The early Sunset Menu is well worth a look. Moderate-expensive. Dinner, brunch. Reviewed10-2-15. Le Tub — 1100 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-921-9425. This weathered wharf of a restaurant may be a dive, but it serves one of the best charcoal-grilled sirloin burgers in South Florida. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner, late night. Reviewed 5-8-14. ROK:BRGR — 600 Silks Run, the Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, 954-367-3970; 208 SWSecond St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-5257656; 5800 SW73rd St., South Miami, 305-663-6099. What started in 2010 with one location has grown to three. Outstanding burgers and comfort-food classics such as macaroni and cheese and meatloaf round out the menu. Moderate. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Reviewed 7-1-15.
Eddie Hills Sushi and Thai — 134 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, 954-4540023. Moderate prices and a menu that has something for everyone keep this neighborhood restaurant packed. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Review 4-13-14. GoBistro — 2035 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 754-2632826. Some of the best Japanese ramen soup and Korean-style chicken wings in South Florida are served at this 50-seater. Sushi is also well prepared. Inexpensivemoderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-3-14. Kuro — 1Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-327-7625. Chef Alex Becker takes diners on a tour of Japanese cooking styles with a small-plates menu that includes tempura, maki and newly created dishes showcasing Japanese dishes. It’s served in a showstopping dining room done in shades of gold. Very expensive.
Dinner. Reviewed 6-19-15.
J28 Sandwich Bar — 1854 N. Young Circle, Hollywood, 754-208-2902. Named after the date of Peruvian Independence Day, July 28, brothers Javier and Marco Rondon serve Peruvianinspired sandwiches on housemade bread using beef and chicken raised without hormones or antibiotics. Inexpensive. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Reviewed 8-2615.