WEST BROWARD

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pa­trons and the kooky sur­re­al­style din­ing room add up to a unique South Florida din­ing experience. Ex­pen­sive-very ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 9-4-15.

Ital­ian

Grato —1901S. Dixie High­way, West Palm Beach, 561-4041334. This Ital­ian trat­to­ria of­fers a ca­sual en­vi­ron­ment where fam­ily and friends can en­joy great food and ser­vice. Moder­ate-ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 8-3-16. crispy crust and grease­less meat. Fried shrimp, giz­zards and liver are also a spe­cialty. In­ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed10-28-15.

Asian

Ga­bose Korean and Ja­panese Restau­rant — 4991N. Univer­sity Dr, Lauder­hill, 954-5724800. 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. Moder­ate-ex­pen­sive. Re­viewed11-4-16. 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. Pine Court Chi­nese Bistro — 10101Sun­set Strip, Sun­rise, 954-748-5958. This is dim sum as it ought to be, a tra­di­tional Hong Kong din­ing experience that’s hard to find in South Florida. In­ex­pen­sive-moder­ate. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 7-29-16.

Ital­ian

Ciao Cucina & Bar —4443 Lyons Road, Unit D104, Co­conut Creek, 954-601-1234. Lo­cated in the Prom­e­nade at Co­conut Creek, this self-de­scribed mod­ern Ital­ian gas­tropub serves in­ven­tive items for ad­ven­tur­ous din­ers. Lunch, din­ner. Moder­ate. Re­viewed 8-31-16. Si­cil­ian Oven – 801S. Univer­sity Dr., Plan­ta­tion. 954533-1047. 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.

Latin/Mex­i­can/Span­ish

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. Re­viewed 10-2-15.

Amer­i­can

The Al­chemist — 2430 NE13 Ave., Wil­ton Manors, 515-9816165. This tiny wooden shack serves break­fast and lunch sand­wiches, a few sal­ads and cof­fee that’s roasted and ground in­house. Even more im­por­tant is its bo­hemian gar­den set­ting, hid­den, but so close to Wil­ton Drive. In­ex­pen­sive. Break­fast, lunch. Re­viewed 7-29-15. Boat­yard — 1555 SE17th St., Fort Laud­erdale, 954-5257400. The for­mer Bi­mini Boat­yard has been reimag­ined as a con­tem­po­rary seafood restau­rant that re­flects yacht­ing bona fides. Names of lo­cal fish­er­men are listed on the menu. The set­ting on a yacht-filled canal is mag­i­cal. Ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner, brunch. Re­viewed11-27-15. Bub­bles & Pearls – 2037 Wil­ton Dr., Wil­ton Manors. 954-533-9553. Ef­fer­ves­cent chef-owner Josie Smith Malave, a past “Top Chef” con­tes­tant, says Cham­pagne and oys­ters should be en­joyed daily and not just for spe­cial oc­ca­sions. Her first-time restau­rant ven­ture, ca­sual and a bit cramped, also scores with de­li­cious dishes such as pork belly bis­cuits, roasted bone mar­row, miso cau­li­flower and brick chicken. Din­ner. Moder­a­te­ex­pen­sive. Re­viewed 3-24-17. The Mer­maid Bar —2442 E. Sun­rise Blvd., Fort Laud­erdale, 954-396-4520. On the up­per level of the Neiman Mar­cus at Gal­le­ria Mall, this throw­back eatery spe­cial­izes in light lunches in a set­ting that is more Wool­worth lunch counter than Four Sea­sons. Lunch, early din­ner. Moder­ate. Re­viewed 8-29-16. 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. Press Gourmet Sand­wiches — 6206 N. Fed­eral High­way, Fort Laud­erdale, 954-4400422. Own­ers Christo­pher DelPrete and Rand Car­swell op­er­ated a food truck by the same for three years be­fore go­ing fast-ca­sual. Pressed sand­wiches named af­ter news­pa­pers are the sig­na­ture dishes. So is the fried mac ’n’ cheese ball that took first prize on Food Net­work’s “Food Truck Face Off.” In­ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 8-5-15. Revenant Cof­fee House and Eatery – 2301NE 26th St., Fort Laud­erdale, 954-947-7509. Funky spot in­side Cargo Fur­ni­ture with light meals and bev­er­ages brewed by Ma­tias Jurgeit, co­founder of the Al­chemist. Jurgeit built an out­door clay oven to bake pas­tries and bread, and the pa­tio has a lovely view of the Mid­dle River. In­ex­pen­sive. Break­fast, lunch. Re­viewed 6-7-17. River­side Mar­ket South — 3218 SE 6th Ave., Fort Laud­erdale, 954-524-8986. While it doesn’t have the charm of the orig­i­nal River­side Mar­ket, it has 32 draft lines and 300 kinds of bot­tled beer with a bar food menu of wings, tacos, sand­wiches, burg­ers and fries. In­ex­pen­sive-moder­ate. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 9-9-15. Spatch Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken – 3848 N. Fed­eral Hwy., Fort Laud­erdale. 954607-1703. 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

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