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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.