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The Cook and the Cork — 9890 W. Sam­ple Road, Co­ral Springs, 954-227-2665. Global com­fort food from a hus­ban­dand-wife team who still op­er­ate a suc­cess­ful ca­ter­ing com­pany. With just 40 seats, it some­times feels like a lively din­ner party in­stead of a restau­rant. Moder­a­te­ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 11-7-14. 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.

Asian

Pocha — 4933 N. Univer­sity Drive, Lauderhill, 954-9990603. This lit­tle sis­ter to the more Korean restau­rant Ga­bose, across the park­ing lot, serves un­usual bar food such as live oc­to­pus, as well as in­cred­i­ble fried chicken and spicy pork belly. Mod­er­ate. Din­ner. Re­viewed1-28-15.

In­dian

Taste Buds of In­dia — 7841W. Sam­ple Road, Co­ral Springs, 954-603-6996. Along with a huge menu of fresh, cooked-to-or­der In­dian food, the restau­rant serves In­dian-Chi­nese en­trees. Bol­ly­wood videos play on the TVs, while at­ten­tive servers work the din­ing room. Mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 8-1-14.

Ital­ian

Cinque Terre — 7750 Nova Drive, Davie, 954-368-3633. Its plaza set­ting doesn’t hint at the trea­sure within. Chef and owner Aldo Mar­con is Ital­ian-born and –trained, and he makes most of the pasta. You won’t go wrong with ravi­oli or tortellini. Moder­a­te­ex­pen­sive. Din­ner, lunch, brunch. Re­viewed 7-10-15. Sor­risi — 5550 NW40th St, Co­conut Creek, 954-977-6700. A new chef has breathed new life into this Ital­ian restau­rant in­side Semi­nole Casino Co­conut Creek. High­lights in­clude very good clas­sic Bolog­nese and veal scalop­pini with pro­sciutto, green peas, tomato, pro­volone and Madeira sauce. Ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 5-6-15.

Latin/Mex­i­can/ Span­ish

Chimi and Kim­chi Grill — 10334 W. Sam­ple Road, Co­ral Springs, 954-757-6100. Ar­gentina meets Korea at this mo­mand-pop op­er­a­tion, where you can have grilled skirt steak next to spicy bul­gogi. Mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 6-26-14. Latin House Grill — 9976 Pines Blvd., Pem­broke Pines, 954399-9687. Michell and Bella Sanchez and his mom, Teresa Perez, com­bine Cuban, Mex­i­can and Amer­i­can fla­vors in some of the best gas­tropub fare in South Florida. In­ex­pen­sive-mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 9-5-14. La Union Mex­i­can Bak­ery — 7796 Wiles Road, Co­ral Springs; 954-757-0702. Ali­cia Ni­eto makes more than 40 kinds of Mex­i­can-style bread and pas­try, but she also serves a con­cise and in­ex­pen­sive menu of ta­cos, bur­ri­tos, tamales and en­chi­ladas. The set­ting is no-frills. The ser­vice is more than friendly. In­ex­pen­sive. Break­fast, lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed10-2-15.

Amer­i­can

Coun­cil Oak Steaks and Seafood — 1Semi­nole Way, Hol­ly­wood, 954-327-7501. Once you get over the fact that smok­ing is al­lowed in the ad­join­ing bar, this is a fine steak­house, serv­ing in­cred­i­ble USDA prime beef that’s dry-aged in house. Ex­pen­sive-very ex­pen­sive. Din­ner, brunch. Re­viewed 7-3-14.

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