MI­AMI-DADE COUNTY

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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.

Asian

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.

Ital­ian

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.

Latin/Mex­i­can/Span­ish

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.

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