Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort bears the initials of James William (Jimmy) Buffett and features solid food and polished service in a relaxed resort-casual setting. The chops and seafood outshine the steaks, and don’t miss the spear-caught local fish of the day. Very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed12-23-16. Kristof’s Kafe, 8912 W. State Road 84, Davie, 954-475-8977. Cozy breakfast-lunch spot in the Pine Island Ridge Plaza serving comfort classics such as biscuits and gravy and corned beef hash, and crunchy delights such as strawberry stuffed French toast, waffles and quesadillas. Be prepared to wait on weekends. Inexpensive. Reviewed 9-21-16. ROK:BRGR — 600 Silks Run, the Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, 954-367-3970; 208 SWSecond St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-5257656; 5800 SW73rd St., South Miami, 305-663-6099. What started in 2010 with one location has grown to three. Outstanding burgers and comfort-food classics such as macaroni and cheese and meatloaf round out the menu. Moderate. Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch. Reviewed 7-1-15. Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies — 1857 N. 66th Ave., Hollywood, 954-989-0561. Since 1958, the Nigro family has been baking fresh bread, simmering sauce and cranking out cheese steaks from a cash-only spot that is happily stuck in time. The chicken parmesan and burger subs are excellent. Lunch, dinner. Inexpensive. Reviewed 3-8-17.
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. Mikan Japanese Restaurant —12502 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954-432-7775. In 2104, this family-run restaurant left its 18-year-old Miami location to set up shop in Pembroke Pines. Authentic, less-is-more Japanese cuisine remains on the menu. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 5-6-16.
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. Il Posto Ristorante – 4525 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 954-744-4333. Refined pastas, fish and veal in a cozy neighborhood setting, with reasonable lunches, dinners worthy of special occasions and a tricky parking lot. Chef-owner Manuela Maffezzoli, from Milan, roams the dining room to check on patrons. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed11-11-16. Sardelli Italian Steakhouse — 331Van Buren St., Hollywood, 954-921-8331. A gastronomic temple set in a four-story mansion, the family-run Sardelli serves very good, polished Italian food, though the atmosphere can feel a bit clubby. Very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 9-16-16. Zona Blu, 189 Weston Road, Weston, 954-617-7999. Gorgeous antipasto platters, seafood, pasta and other treats from the Italian island of Sardinia await at this comfortable, family-friendly restaurant run by two sisters and headed by Sardinian-born chef Andrea Fadda. Try the pecorino soufflé appetizer and the baked cheese with honey (seadas) dessert. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 9-23-16.
J28 Sandwich Bar — 1854 N. Young Circle, Hollywood, 754-208-2902. Named after the date of Peruvian Independence Day, July 28, brothers Javier and Marco Rondon serve Peruvianinspired sandwiches on housemade bread using beef and chicken raised without hormones or antibiotics. Inexpensive. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday; 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. FridaySaturday. Reviewed 8-26-15. Runas Peruvian Cuisine — 219 N. 21st Ave., Hollywood, 954-534-9146. This globally minded restaurant features reasonable prices, big portions and solid, honest food from a menu with nearly 50 offerings. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-22-16. Alter — 223 NW23rd St., Miami, 305-573-5996. Chef Brad Kilgore’s Wynwood restaurant specializes in unorthodox but compelling cuisine that fuses precise technique with original and familiar flavors and ingredients. He’s out to alter our perception of restaurant food. The 38-seat industrial chic dining room is not great for conversation. Expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 8-28-15. Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres — 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-615-5859. A shimmering seafood dream, you just might eat an entire aquarium’s worth of fish and sea treats at this joyous Philippe Starck designed dining room in the SLS Brickell. The Spanish-born Andres has trained his crew well – nearly every plate is a delicious culinary adventure. Dinner. Expensive-very expensive. Reviewed 3-3-17. Beaker & Gray -- 2637 N. Mi- ami Ave., Miami. 305-6992637. Two childhood friends from Miami have opened a bar and global small plates eatery in Wynwood that manages to be trendy and warm at the same time. The food is ambitious and sometimes misses the mark, but you can’t go wrong with cocktails and bar bites. Lunch, dinner. Moderate. Reviewed 2-3-17. Byblos — 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-508-5041. This is Middle Eastern like you’ve never seen, with intricate small plates that are both traditional and experimental. Lamb ribs, duck kibbeh and yogurt baked fluke are among the highlights served in an eccentrically decorated dining room that’s 1970s chic. Dinner. Reviewed11-20-15. Corsair by Scott Conant — 19999 W. Country Club Drive, Aventura, 786-279-6800. Conant, who built his reputation on Italian cuisine, serves some of the best pasta dishes in South Florida, along with very good locally sourced seafood. It’s deep inside the Turnberry Isle Miami with a view of the golf course. Expensive-very expensive. Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-23-15. Glass and Vine – 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami, 305-2005268. A lovely spot for an outdoor meal overlooking Peacock Park in rejuvenated Coconut Grove. Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli offers fresh seasonal dishes, including stracciatella cheese on Zak the Baker bread and sea scallops with cauliflower. Lunch-dinner. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 3-31-17. Joe’s Stone Crab — 11Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-0365. The century-old Joe’s is South Florida’s oldest restaurant. It runs flawlessly and serves the best stone crab claws and Key lime pie in the region. Expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed12/18/15. KYU — 251NW 25th St., Miami, 786-577-0150. A nearperfect restaurant in vibrant, artsy Wynwood, with pristine food and polished service without fuss or formality in a relaxed, oakscented setting. Chef Michael Lewis, a well-traveled disciple of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, calls the cuisine “wood-fired and Asian-inspired,” but you can simply call it delicious. Moderateexpensive. Reviewed10-14-16. Ms. Cheezious — 7418 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-9894019. While the food trucks that begat this standalone restaurant are still serving signature grilled cheese sandwiches, here you can order them and sit in the outdoor garden. The Frito pie melt is highly recommended. Craft beer and fine wine are also on the menu. Lunch, dinner. Inexpensive. Reviewed 9-16-15.