Italian gastropub serves inventive items for adventurous diners. Lunch, dinner. Moderate. Reviewed 8-31-16. Sicilian Oven – 801S. University Dr., Plantation. 954-533-1047. A growing regional chain that does pizza and other Italian specialties right, including oven-roasted chicken wings, Sicilian rice balls and meatballs. A good place for families and large groups. Lunch, dinner. Inexpensive-moderate. Reviewed 4-7-17. Zona Blu, 189 Weston Road, Weston, 954-617-7999. Gorgeous antipasto platters, seafood, pasta and other treats from the Italian island of Sardinia await at this comfortable, family-friendly restaurant run by two sisters and headed by Sardinian-born chef Andrea Fadda. Try the pecorino soufflé appetizer and the baked cheese with honey (seadas) dessert. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 9-23-16.
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
Chillbar— 1940 N. 30th Road, Hollywood, 954-647-8505. Adjoining a farmers’ market, this artsy, weekend-only brunch spot serves Southern dishes and creative drinks. Inexpensivemoderate. Brunch, lunch. Reviewed 7-18-16. Ends Meat — 1910 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 954-391-7400. A hole-in-the-wall restaurant creating flavors that will make foodies swoon. The inventive fare includes Reuben egg rolls, octopus-and-shrimp ceviche and a pork-and-beans entrée. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 4-22-16. 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. 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. JWB Prime Steak and Seafood – 1111N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-874-4462. The fine dining restaurant at the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort bears the initials of James William (Jimmy) Buffett and features solid food and polished service in a relaxed resort-casual setting. The chops and seafood outshine the steaks, and don’t miss the spear-caught local fish of the day. Very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed12-23-16. Kristof’s Kafe, 8912 W. State Road 84, Davie, 954-475-8977. Cozy breakfast-lunch spot in the Pine Island Ridge Plaza serving comfort classics such as biscuits and gravy and corned beef hash, and crunchy delights such as strawberry stuffed French toast, waffles and quesadillas. Be prepared to wait on weekends. Inexpensive. Reviewed 9-21-16. Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies — 1857 N. 66th Ave., Hollywood, 954-989-0561. Since 1958, the Nigro family has been baking fresh bread, simmering sauce and cranking out cheese steaks from a cash-only