lunch. Reviewed 2-6-14. Valentino Cucina Italiana — 620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-523-5767. Chef and owner Giovanni Rocchio serves modern Italian cuisine in a former tire store that’s now a sophisticated and stylish ode to Capri. Very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 5-22-15.
Chatham House — 4331N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-bythe-Sea, 954-351-0310. While it doesn’t break any new culinary ground, this restaurant delivers solid seafood and steak in a comfortable, old-fashioned setting. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed1-9-14. 3030 Ocean — 3030 Holiday Drive, Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, Fort Lauderdale, 954-765-3030. Chef Paula DaSilva is one of the best seafood chefs in South Florida, combining fresh fish with locally sourced produce in inventive, modern ways. Top-notch service completes the experience. Expensive-very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 3-28-14.
Jerk Machine — 317 SWSixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-4404556. Reopened in a new location after closing in 2012 to make room for All Aboard Florida’s new station, this no-frills spot serves stick-to-your-ribs jerk, curry and other Jamaican favorites. Inexpensive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed 6-24-15. Sheila’s Conch and Wings — 3026 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-2456154. Authentic Bahamian-style conch fritters, conch salad and conch salad are served at this 50-seat family business, where reggae is always on the sound system. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed12-31-14.
Buenos Aires Café — 2364 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-900-3361. The owner of Aventura’s popular La Estancia Argentina has a partner in this meatcentric Argentine café, where very good salads, sandwiches and desserts join skirt steak, chorizo and other grilled meats. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 9-23-5. storefront has been broasting chicken. Broasting is a combination of deep frying and pressure cooking that results in a uniformly crispy crust and greaseless meat. Fried shrimp, gizzards and liver are also a specialty. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-28-15. Muscle Maker Grill — 230 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, 954-429-1818. The only South Florida location of this 50-unit strong national chain, specializes in lean protein served in wraps, salads, pasta or guiltless entrees. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 5-13-15. Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox — 1101S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach, 954-708-2035. Among the comfort-food favorites served here are incredible burgers and sandwiches that start with as many local and seasonal ingredients as possible. Even the ketchup is made in-house. Inexpensivemoderate. Lunch, dinner. Review 4-18-14.
Mediterraneo Cafe and Grill — 420 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, 754-2229174. Members of the Maggiore family cook and wait tables at this charming Sicilian restaurant, where pasta with sardines is a must-order. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed12-13-13.
Fish Shack — 2862 NE17th Ave., Pompano Beach, 954586-4105. The tiny, no-reservations restaurant serves some of the freshest seafood in South Florida. Plan on waiting for your table at this friendly neighborhood charmer. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-22-14. Papa’s RawBar — 4610 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, 754-307-5034. From the same family that’s operated Seafood World since 1976 is this funky combination of a Key West-style tavern and a hip gastropub. Sushi, fish tacos and conch in many forms form the eclectic menu. Inexpensivemoderate. Dinner. Reviewed 2-11-15.
Bob Roth’s NewRiver Groves — 5660 Griffin Road, Davie, 954-581-8630. More open-air fruit stand than restaurant, Bob Roth’s offers sandwiches, salads, smoothies and award-winning Key lime pie. Visiting the Bob Roth’s, open since 1964, is like stepping back in time to Old Florida. Inexpensive. Breakfast, lunch. Reviewed 3-27-14.