The Foundry – 2781E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, 754205-6977. A trendy industrial space that opened in December 2015, it features a lively bar scene and serves good burgers, short-rib tacos, pizzas and entrees. Raw bar items are pricey. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed11-25-16. Maryland Fried Chicken — 1821E. Sample Road, Pompano Beach, 954-943-1800. Since 1968, this no-fuss, no-frills storefront has been broasting chicken. Broasting is a combination of deep frying and pressure cooking that results in a uniformly crispy crust and greaseless meat. Fried shrimp, gizzards and liver are also a specialty. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-28-15. 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. Reviewed10-2-15.
Kababi Café by Kuluck – 3828 N. University Dr., Sunrise, 954-909-4133. Tasty bites, wonderful aromas, warm hospitality and a shaker of sumac on every table await at this Persian gem tucked in a corner of a worn strip mall. Buffet lunches offer good value, and stews, kebabs and aromatic rice dishes spiked with sweet and sour fruits shine at dinner. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 8-4-17. 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. 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 gimmicky cheesesteak has dropped (from $100 to $65), but nearly everything else remains the same at Stephen Starr’s dependable meat-driven, jellyfish tank adorned showplace overlooking Fort Lauderdale Beach. Desserts are stellar. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Very expensive. Reviewed 1-27-17. That’s-a-Wrap Sandwich Co. and Juice Bar — 11SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-7656036. This daytime sandwich and salad spot prides itself on not