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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.

Latin/Mex­i­can/ Span­ish

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.

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