Boatyard — 1555 SE17th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-5257400. The former Bimini Boatyard has been reimagined as a contemporary seafood restaurant that reflects yachting bona fides. Names of local fishermen are listed on the menu. The setting on a yacht-filled canal is magical. Expensive. Lunch, dinner, brunch. Reviewed11-27-15. Bubbles & Pearls – 2037 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors. 954-533-9553. Effervescent chef-owner Josie Smith Malave, a past “Top Chef” contestant, says Champagne and oysters should be enjoyed daily and not just for special occasions. Her first-time restaurant venture, casual and a bit cramped, also scores with delicious dishes such as pork belly biscuits, roasted bone marrow, miso cauliflower and brick chicken. Dinner. Moderateexpensive. Reviewed 3-24-17. The Mermaid Bar —2442 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-396-4520. On the upper level of the Neiman Marcus at Galleria Mall, this throwback eatery specializes in light lunches in a setting that is more Woolworth lunch counter than Four Seasons. Lunch, early dinner. Moderate. Reviewed 8-29-16. One Door East — 620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-368-6902. A global small plates eatery in a converted garage next to Valentino Cucina Italiana. Valentino chef-owner Giovanni Rocchio hired talented chef Jeremy Bearman, who earned a Michelin star in New York, to run the kitchen at One Door East, and he’s turning out inventive, ever-changing dishes in a loud, industrial setting. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed12-9-16. Press Gourmet Sandwiches — 6206 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-4400422. Owners Christopher DelPrete and Rand Carswell operated a food truck by the same for three years before going fast-casual. Pressed sandwiches named after newspapers are the signature dishes. So is the fried mac ’n’ cheese ball that took first prize on Food Network’s “Food Truck Face Off.” Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 8-5-15. Revenant Coffee House and Eatery – 2301NE 26th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-947-7509. Funky spot inside Cargo Furniture with light meals and beverages brewed by Matias Jurgeit, cofounder of the Alchemist. Jurgeit built an outdoor clay oven to bake pastries and bread, and the patio has a lovely view of the Middle River. Inexpensive. Breakfast, lunch. Reviewed 6-7-17. Riverside Market South — 3218 SE 6th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-524-8986. While it doesn’t have the charm of the original Riverside Market, it has 32 draft lines and 300 kinds of bottled beer with a bar food menu of wings, tacos, sandwiches, burgers and fries. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 9-9-15. Spatch Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken – 3848 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. 954607-1703. A fast-casual eatery where humble bird is enlivened with African Bird’s eye chili pepper marinade and sauce that is downright addictive. Beside chicken platters, bowls, sandwiches and salads, there are creative, tasty sides. Lunch, dinner. Inexpensive. Reviewed 4-19-17. Steak 954 – 401N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., (inside the WHotel), Fort Lauderdale. 954-414-8333. The price of the gimmicky cheesesteak has dropped (from $100 to $65), but nearly everything else remains the same at Stephen Starr’s depend- able meat-driven, jellyfish tank adorned showplace overlooking Fort Lauderdale Beach. Desserts are stellar. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Very expensive. Reviewed 1-27-17. That’s-a-Wrap Sandwich Co. and Juice Bar — 11SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-7656036. This daytime sandwich and salad spot prides itself on not cutting corners. Turkey, chicken and soup are all made in-house. Bread comes from nearby Gran Forno bakery. Inexpensive. Lunch. Reviewed 9-2-15. YOLO — 333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-5231000. Its something-for-everyone menu, outstanding service and sharply decorated dining room keep the tables full for business lunches and casual dinners. Moderate-expensive. Dinner, lunch, brunch. Reviewed 9-24-14
SuViche — 401E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954656-3663. (also at 49 SW11th St., Miami, 305-960-7097; 2751 N. Miami Ave, Miami, 305-5015010; 111916th St., Miami Beach, 305-777-3555). This Peruvian-Japanese hybrid allows diners to taste the Japanese influence in Peruvian food. There are also lots of familiar sushi rolls, all served in a bright convivial setting perfect for groups. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 10-9-15. What the Pho? — 2033 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 754779-7769. Huey Nguyen comes from a Miami restaurant family who opened their first Vietnamese restaurant, Miss Saigon, more than 20 years ago. In Wilton Manors, Nguyen puts more emphasis on delicious meal-inone bowls of pho. Don’t overlook the more refined offerings, from fresh spring rolls to several dishes featuring fresh watercress. Moderate-expensive. Dinner, lunch. Reviewed10-3-15.
Nisi – 3330 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954200-6006. Take a trip to the Mediterranean, with fish and rare sea treats flown in daily from Europe and priced by the pound, and enjoy modern twists on Greek classics at this comfortable, upscale eatery that brings a splash of Santorini to Galt Ocean Mile. Dinner. Expensive to very expensive. Reviewed1-13-17.
Caffe Europa — 910 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-763-6600. You may be tempted to begin your meal with dessert at this 26-year-old former pastry shop. Now an Italian restaurant and wine bar, Caffe Europa specializes in fresh ingredients, attentive service and locally made but still out-of-thisworld desserts. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 2-12-16. NewRiver Pizza and Grill — 701S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-618-7000. Once just a takeout pizzeria, this casual neighborhood spot now offers pasta and other Italian entrees. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Pizzacraft — 330 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-616-8028. Casual but classy, this downtown restaurant specializes in wood-fired pizzas and gravity-strong cocktails poured in the adjoining Apothecary 330, a speakeasy-style bar. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed1-1-16.
Buenos Aires Café — 2364 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-900-3361. The owner of Aventura’s popular La Estancia Argentina has a partner in this meatcentric Argentine café, where very good salads, sandwiches and desserts join skirt steak, chorizo and other grilled meats. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 9-23-5. Cabo Blanco Restaurant — 1672 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park. This unfussy