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. 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. Monkitail – 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-602- 8755. 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.
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.
Hotdog-Opolis – 6020 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-988-5959. All manner of creatively-topped tubular meat treats, including Chicago Vienna Beef hot dogs and a dozen exotic game sausages, await at this unassuming strip mall eatery run by ex-New Yorkers and ex-Chicagoans Harvey and Judy Loewenstein. French fries and knishes are good too. Inexpensive. Lunch, supper. Reviewed 6-28-17. Latitudes — Delray Sands Resort, 2809 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach, 561-2782008. From décor to menus, the oceanfront Latitudes is inspired by the sea. Boasting a spectacular view of the Atlantic, the restaurant offers an extensive selection of main courses that speaks to every taste, and includes six varieties of fish along with beef tenderloin, pappardelle Bolognese and seafood tacos. Moderate-expensive. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; Sunday brunch. Reviewed 8-7-17.