SOUTH PALM

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artsy, week­end-only brunch spot serves South­ern dishes and cre­ative drinks. In­ex­pen­sive­mod­er­ate. Brunch, lunch. Re­viewed 7-18-16. Ends Meat — 1910 Hol­ly­wood Blvd., Hol­ly­wood, 954-3917400. 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 spot that is hap­pily stuck in time. The chicken parme­san and burger subs are ex­cel­lent. Lunch, din­ner. In­ex­pen­sive. Re­viewed 3-8-17.

Asian

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, 954-7049006. 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.

Ital­ian

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.

Latin/Mex­i­can/ Span­ish

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.

Amer­i­can

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, in­clud-

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