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. Cabo Blanco Restaurant — 1672 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park. This unfussy Peruvian restaurant serves food that sticks in the mind and belly. Don’t be surprised to find a soccer game on the TVs here and no one rushing you out the door. Lunch, dinner, brunch Sundays. Reviewed 2-5-16. 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.
Fish Shack — 2862 NE17th Ave., Pompano Beach, 954-586-4105. The tiny, noreservations restaurant serves some of the freshest seafood in South Florida. Plan on waiting for your table at this friendly neighborhood charmer. Inexpensivemoderate. 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. 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.
Brandon Asian Cuisine — 6417 Stirling Road, Davie, 954-908-5153. Pho is the main reason to visit this Davie restaurant, but generous portions of spring rolls, crepes and fried rice are also draws. Inexpensivemoderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed1-29-16. Pocha — 4933 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, 954-999-0603. This little sister to the more conventional 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