SOUTH BROWARD

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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.

Amer­i­can

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.

Asian

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.

Ital­ian

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

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.

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