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Beehive Kitchen – 6312 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-541-8787. The bowl craze taking flight at many fast casual eateries is also abuzz at Beehive, where quality ingredients with global influences and bold seasoning make for very satisfying meals. Ordering can be confusing with all the options. The sweet potato glass noodles with shredded pork is excellent. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-26-17. 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. 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. 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 dependable meat-driven, jellyfish tank adorned showplace overlooking Fort Lauderdale Beach. Desserts are stellar. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Very expensive. Reviewed 1-27-17. 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
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.