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