SOUTH PALM

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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.

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. 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.

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.

Latin/Mex­i­can/ Span­ish

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.

Amer­i­can

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.

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