stuffed, pressed and wrapped in bread, rolls and tortillas. The meatball sub with three cheeses and ramen-and-egg breakfast burrito are satisfying. Inexpensive. Breakfast, lunch. Reviewed 8-23-17. 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. Southern Spice — 1920 Tyler Street, Hollywood, 954-674-2919. Down-home Southern food gets sophisticated and soulful treatment from young but seasoned chef Malcolm Prude, 27, at this small, family-run restaurant. Shrimp and grits, fried chicken and waffles and even the humble fried bologna sandwich are elevated with quality ingredients and creative techniques. Moderate. Lunch-dinner. Reviewed 4-6-18. Spatch Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken – 3848 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. 954-607-1703. 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. Terra Mare — 551N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-414-5160. A chic oceanfront dining room at the new Conrad resort features flavors spanning the globe from Swedish-born chef Johan Svensson, a disciple of Marcus Samuelsson. African and Middle Eastern plates shine along with seafood, but skip the $92 pork chop. Expensive-very expensive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed12-15-17.
Casa Calabria — 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Lauderdale, 954-982-2191. Enjoy hearty and heartfelt southern Italian fare at this hotel restaurant that feels like a family home. Owner Frank Talerico pays tribute to his Calabrian roots, using recipes handed down from relatives for simple and delicious sauces and dishes such as stuffed peppers and gnocchi. Expensive. Dinner, Sunday brunch. Reviewed 9-29-17.
ACafé Seville — 2768 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-1148. While it sometimes seems more Milan than Madrid, this happily stuck-intime Spanish restaurant is delicious all the same. Spanish, European/Italian. Lunch, dinner. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 8-10-2016. Eduardo de San Angel — 2822 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-772-4731. Chef-owner Eduardo Pria was born in Mexico City and trained in Europe and he has run this cozy restaurant for 25 years. Little has changed here through the decades and his dependable “Mexican-infused” global food features quality ingredients, good sauces and classic technique. Moderateexpensive. Dinner. Reviewed 8-18-17. Lokos Takos Taqueria – 2826 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-776-8066. welcome splash of color and flavor can be found at this small taqueria that opened in July 2018. It features bright artwork on the walls and vibrant plates of elevated Mexican street food. Vegan options abound. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. 9-28-18.
Poke House – 666 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. 754-200-4555. High-quality bowls of raw marinated fish will lure sushi and seafood lovers to this casual Hawaiian surf-themed spot. Tuna, salmon and Hamachi are served over rice, kale or quinoa. Lunch, dinner. Inexpensive-moderate. Reviewed 3-29-17. The emphasis is on fresh seafood, and the excellent Key lime pie rivals the one found at Joe’s Stone Crab. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 6-15-18.
Arun’s Indian Kichen — 10278 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 954-227-1123. Arun and Anu Sareen run this marvelous hole in the wall with a deliberate misspelling and delicious Indian food that can be eaten on trays in humble surroundings or carried out. The flavors are refined, vegetarian options abound and spice is ordered on a sliding one to 10 scale. The food travels remarkably well. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed12-29-17. Gabose Korean and Japanese Restaurant — 4991N. University Dr, Lauderhill, 954-572-4800. Do-it-yourself charcoal grilling and other sizzling Korean fare, including spicy soups, noodle dishes and stone-pot rice dishes, still draws big crowds to this 15-year-old family-run restaurant. Lunch, dinner. Moderateexpensive. Reviewed11-4-16. Marumi Sushi — 8271W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation, 954-318-4455. Experience an authentic slice of Japan this cozy, 10-year-old restaurant that is open late (until 1:30 a.m.) and is popular with chefs. Besides good raw fish, including specials flown in from Japan, the eatery offers items not often found on South Florida menus, such as natto (fermented soy beans), cold soba noodles and sea urchin with angel hair pasta. Moderate-expensive. Dinner. Reviewed1-19-18. Noodle House — 4461N. State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes, 954-485-6079. Comforting Vietnamese phos, vermicelli plates and rice bowls served in a no-frills setting along Broward’s ethnic cheap eats corridor. Very good summer rolls and roasted quail appetizer. Lunch, dinner. Inexpensive. Reviewed 2-15-17.
Pasta And …-- 4990 W. Atlantic Blvd., Margate, 954-977-3708. Take a trip to northern Italy at this cozy and delicious family-run restaurant, where chef Luigi Marenco makes housemade pastas and showcases the flavors of Piedmont, including dishes made with boar, lamb and tripe. Moderate-expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 8-10-18. 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.