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 spot that is happily stuck in time. The chicken parmesan and burger subs are excellent. Lunch, dinner. Inexpensive. Reviewed 3-8-17.
Brandon Asian Cuisine — 6417 Stirling Road, Davie, 954-908-5153. Pho is the main reason to visit this Davie restaurant, but generous portions of spring rolls, crepes and fried rice are also draws. Inexpensivemoderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed1-29-16. Eddie’s Thai – 2571N. Hiatus Rd., Cooper City, 954-704-9006. Tasty Thai cuisine served by the affable Eddie Watana, who ran Sukhothai in Fort Lauderdale with his mother for 25 years. Eddie and Roberta Watana have found a home in a bedroom community strip mall, and the noodle dishes are particularly good. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-7-17. Mikan Japanese Restaurant —12502 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954-432-7775. In 2104, this family-run restaurant left its 18-year-old Miami location to set up shop in Pembroke Pines. Authentic, less-is-more Japanese cuisine remains on the menu. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 5-6-16.
Il Posto Ristorante – 4525 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 954-744-4333. Refined pastas, fish and veal in a cozy neighborhood setting, with reasonable lunches, dinners worthy of special occasions and a tricky parking lot. Chef-owner Manuela Maffezzoli, from Milan, roams the dining room to check on patrons. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed11-11-16. Sardelli Italian Steakhouse — 331Van Buren St., Hollywood, 954-921-8331. A gastronomic temple set in a four-story mansion, the family-run Sardelli serves very good, polished Italian food, though the atmosphere can feel a bit clubby. Very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 9-16-16. 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.
Runas Peruvian Cuisine — 219 N. 21st Ave., Hollywood, 954-534-9146. This globally minded restaurant features reasonable prices, big portions and solid, honest food from a menu with nearly 50 offerings. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-22-16.
The Habit Burger Grill — 1801 N. Federal Highway, Delray Beach, 561-265-0934. What began in California in 1969 has grown to five other states, including this first Florida location. Chargrilled burgers and tempura green beans are exceptional, along with several grilled sandwiches. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 9-30-15. Hotdog-Opolis – 6020 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-988-5959. All manner of creatively-topped tubular meat treats, including Chicago Vienna Beef hot dogs and a dozen exotic game sausages, await at this unassuming strip mall eatery run by ex-New Yorkers and ex-Chicagoans Harvey and Judy Loewenstein. French fries and knishes are good too. Inexpensive. Lunch, supper. Reviewed 6-28-17. Jimmy’s Fries to Caviar — 6299 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-617-5965. Chef Jimmy Mills’ eclectic menu indeed offers fries and caviar, but also cheeseburgers and duck. Its something-for-everyone approach is a success. Closed Mondays. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 4-29-16. 32 East – 32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-276-7868. John Thomas replaced beloved longtime chef Nick Morfogen last year, and has added delicious new dishes and a lighter touch to the menu. Food, cocktails, wine and service all shine. After two decades, this stalwart of Atlantic Avenue remains one of the best restaurants in South Florida. Dinner. Expensive. Reviewed 4-28-17.
M&MThai Café — 891E. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, 561-826-7749. Chefowner May Natural brings the bold flavors of her native Thailand to this cozy and sometimes cramped spot near the beach, featuring light and healthy dishes with herbs she grows in her home garden. Papaya salad, soups and spicy pork salad are winners.