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.
Beehive Kitchen – 6312 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-541-8787. The bowl craze taking flight at many fast casual eateries is also abuzz at Beehive, where quality ingredients with global influences and bold seasoning make for very satisfying meals. Ordering can be confusing with all the options. The sweet potato glass noodles with shredded pork is excellent. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-26-17. 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. 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. YOLO — 333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-5231000. Its something-for-everyone menu, outstanding service and sharply decorated dining room keep the tables full for business lunches and casual dinners. Moderate-expensive. Dinner, lunch, brunch. Reviewed 9-24-14.
SuViche — 401E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954656-3663. (also at 49 SW11th St., Miami, 305-960-7097; 2751 N. Miami Ave, Miami, 305-5015010; 111916th St., Miami Beach, 305-777-3555). This Peruvian-Japanese hybrid allows diners to taste the Japanese influence in Peruvian food. There are also lots of familiar sushi rolls, all served in a bright convivial setting perfect for groups. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 10-9-15. What the Pho? — 2033 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 754779-7769. Huey Nguyen comes from a Miami restaurant family who opened their first Vietnamese restaurant, Miss Saigon, more than 20 years ago. In Wilton Manors, Nguyen puts more emphasis on delicious meal-inone bowls of pho. Don’t overlook the more refined offerings, from fresh spring rolls to several dishes featuring fresh watercress. Moderate-expensive. Dinner, lunch. Reviewed10-3-15.
Nisi – 3330 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954200-6006. Take a trip to the Mediterranean, with fish and rare sea treats flown in daily from Europe and priced by the pound, and enjoy modern twists on Greek classics at this comfortable, upscale eatery that brings a splash of Santorini to Galt Ocean Mile. Dinner. Expensive to very expensive. Reviewed1-13-17.
Caffe Europa — 910 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-763-6600. You may be tempted to begin your meal with dessert at this 26-year-old former pastry shop. Now an Italian restaurant and wine bar, Caffe Europa specializes in fresh ingredients, attentive service and locally made but still out-of-thisworld desserts. Moderate-expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 2-12-16. NewRiver Pizza and Grill — 701S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-618-7000. Once just a takeout pizzeria, this casual neighborhood spot now offers pasta and other Italian entrees. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Pizzacraft — 330 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-616-8028. Casual but classy, this downtown restaurant specializes in wood-fired pizzas and gravity-strong cocktails poured in the adjoining Apothecary 330, a speakeasy-style bar. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed1-1-16.
Buenos Aires Café — 2364 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-900-3361. The owner of Aventura’s popular La Estancia Argentina has a partner in this meatcentric Argentine café, where very good salads, sandwiches and desserts join skirt steak, chorizo and other grilled meats. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 9-23-5. Cabo Blanco Restaurant — 1672 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park. This unfussy Peruvian restaurant serves food that sticks in the mind and belly. Don’t be surprised to find a soccer game on the TVs here and no one rushing you out the door. Lunch, dinner, brunch Sundays. Reviewed 2-5-16. Café Seville — 2768 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-1148. While it sometimes seems more Milan than Madrid, this happily stuck-intime Spanish restaurant is delicious all the same. Spanish, European/Italian. Lunch, dinner. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 8-10-2016.
Burlock Coast — 1N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-302-6460. Located at the Ritz-Carlton, this is a beachside eatery offers a vibe that is more unpretentious party than exclusive club. Try the smoked fish dip. Expensive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed 4-1-16. Poke House – 666 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. 754200-4555. High-quality bowls of raw marinated fish will lure sushi and seafood lovers to this casual Hawaiian surf-themed spot. Tuna, salmon and Hamachi are served over rice, kale or quinoa. Lunch, dinner. Inexpensive-moderate. Reviewed 3-29-17. Sea Watch on the Ocean — 6002 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-781-2200. In business since 1974, this oceanfront restaurant boasts a postcard-perfect view, fresh food and dependable service. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 5-27-16. 7400. A hole-in-the-wall restaurant creating flavors that will make foodies swoon. The inventive fare includes Reuben egg rolls, octopus-and-shrimp ceviche and a pork-and-beans entrée. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 4-22-16. J72 Chef’s Cafe— 3712 Davie Road, Davie, 954-908-5608. Chefs Joel Ramos and Samuel Infantas have indeed created a chef’s cafe. They are servers, chefs and masters of ceviche, guava chicken wings and an amazing burger made with Kobe beef and lamb with arepas in place of buns. The place is small, with just 20 tight seats, Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-7-15. Juniper on the Water — 1975 S. Ocean Drive, Hallandale Beach, 954-544-3370. This restaurant’s Intracoastal view and the stylish interior make you forget you’re inside a condo building. The menu is heavy on such classics as seafood paella, lamb shank, steaks and fresh fish of day prepared a la plancha. The early Sunset Menu is well worth a look. Moderate-expensive. Dinner, brunch. Reviewed10-2-15. JWB Prime Steak and Seafood – 1111N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-874-4462. The fine dining restaurant at the 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. 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 restau-