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.
Bolay — 151N. Hiatus Road, Pembroke Pines, 954-6069404. Tasty bites in bowls from Outback Steakhouse co-founder Tim Gannon and his son Chris Gannon. This growing chain also has locations in Boca Raton, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens and features fresh proteins, veggies and gluten-free carbs in a fast-casual setting with no fryers and no soda. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 11-17-17. Chillbar— 1940 N. 30th Road, Hollywood, 954-647-8505. Adjoining a farmers’ market, this artsy, weekend-only brunch spot serves Southern dishes and creative drinks. Inexpensivemoderate. Brunch, lunch. Reviewed 7-18-16. III Forks — 501Silks Run, Gulfstream Park Village, Hallandale Beach, 954-4573920. A dependable, sophisticated steakhouse to celebrate occasions or big scores at the adjacent casino and racetrack, the beef here is USDA Prime, the seafood is good and everything is well prepared. Daily happy hour features affordable drinks and bar bites. Expensive-very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed12-22-17. 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. Portly Pig Gastropub — 320 E. Dania Beach Blvd., Dania Beach, 754-465-5998. An unassuming watering hole in a strip shopping center featuring surprisingly good bar bites and a rotating selection of craft beer on tap. Owners Stephanie Yap and Alex Duarte send out tasty plates from a small kitchen, including a one-pound meatball and roasted stuffed poblano pepper. Nothing is fried and vegetarian options abound. Inexpensive. Lunchdinner. Reviewed1-31-18. 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. Tropical Acres Steakhouse – 2500 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, 954-989-2500. This family-run South Florida institution isn’t hip or trendy, but it has offered good steaks, chops and seafood at a great value for generations. Founded in 1949, it has rebounded from two fires. Moderate-expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 9-1-17.
Eddie’s Thai – 2571N. Hiatus Rd., Cooper City, 954-7049006. Tasty Thai cuisine served by the affable Eddie Watana, who ran Sukhothai in Fort Lauderdale with his mother for 25 years. Eddie and Roberta Watana have found a home in a bedroom community strip mall, and the noodle dishes are particularly good. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-7-17. Etaru – 111S. Surf Road, Hallandale Beach, 954-271-3222. Hard to find behind a firehouse and the towering Hyde Resort but easy to like with a beachfront location and sleek dining room and terrace. Launched by the team behind global brands Zuma and Roka, Etaru specializes in small plates, sashimi and Japanese robatayaki charcoal grilling. Expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed11-24-17. 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. Monkitail – 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-6028755. Perhaps the most beautiful dining room in Broward, this recent arrival in the Diplomat Resort from Philadelphia restaurateur Michael Schulson features izakaya, shareable small Japanese dishes, and slow-grilled meats and seafood on skewers. A hidden karaoke bar offers after-dinner entertainment and drinks. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 8-25-17.
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.
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. Viva Chile Lindo — 4950 S. State Road 7, Hollywood, 954-327-2888. Honest food in no frills and family friendly surroundings where Spanish is the predominant language. Satisfying and soul-nourishing Chilean dishes such as pastel de choclo (corn pie) and cazuela de vacuno (beef soup) stand out, along with meats and fish prepared “pobre” style with french fries, grilled onions and fried eggs. Inexpensivemoderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed11-10-17. 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. Miami 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. 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. King Palace Chinese BBQ — 330 Northeast167th Street, North Miami Beach, 305-9492339. Barbecued ducks hang in a glass case, live fish and lobsters await their fate in aquariums and happy diners lick their fingers in delight after eating crispy lamb chops with minced garlic and chilies and crab bathed in black bean sauce. The Wu family came from Venezuela after Hugo Chavez took power, giving South Floridians an authentic Chinese restaurant on par with those found in New York. Inexpensivemoderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 9-15-17. KYU — 251NW 25th St., Mi- ami, 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. Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann – 3201Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-655-5600. A stunningly gorgeous restaurant at the Faena Hotel from acclaimed Argentine grill master Mallmann. Indulge on flame-charred and smoke-kissed meats and sea creatures, and don’t miss the chocolate profiteroles for dessert. Very expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-28-17.