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Amer­i­can

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

Asian

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.

Greek

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.

Ital­ian

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.

Latin

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

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