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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, 954-704-9006. 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. Shimuja – 4921SW148th Ave., Davie, 754-200-8941. Won­drous ra­men with mag­nif­i­cent broths from stock­bro­ker-turned-soup­meis­ter Kei­ichi Mae­mura are found at this small out­post of a chain that started in Kagoshima City, Ja­pan. Buns, sal­ads and good rice bowls are also of­fered. Mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. 6-22-18.

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.

Seafood

The Fish Grill – 75 N. Fed­eral High­way, Da­nia Beach, 954-251-2361. The re­birth of this long­time Da­nia Beach sta­ple af­ter a17-year ab­sence has been wel­comed by lo­cals. Pro­pri­etor Joe Maggi of­fers a sat­is­fy­ing for­mula of fresh, prop­erly-pre­pared fish and seafood along with sand­wiches, burg­ers and drinks at de­cent prices. Mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. 6-29-18. Billy’s Stone Crab — 400 N. Ocean Drive, Hol­ly­wood, 954-923-2300. More than just a knock­off of Joe’s Stone Crab, this two-level restau­rant has been around since 1995 and of­fers strik­ing views of the In­tra­coastal from its for­mal up­stairs din­ing room, along with dock­side seat­ing and a seafood store. The restau­rant fea­tures stone crab, seafood, steaks and all the fix­ings. Ser­vice is pol­ished and the wait is not as long as at Joe’s. Ex­pen­sive-very ex­pen­sive. Lunch-din­ner. Re­viewed11-16-18.

Amer­i­can

Driftwood – 2005 S. Fed­eral High­way, Boyn­ton Beach, 561-733-4782. Chef Jimmy Everett has taken his im­pres­sive re­sume (Valentino Cucina in Fort Lauderdale, Culi­nary In­sti­tute of Amer­ica) and opened an am­bi­tious yet un­pre­ten­tious eatery in the for­mer Scully’s. The food and drinks are in­ven­tive. Moder­a­te­ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 7-20-18. 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, 561-278-2008. 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. Square One – 2222 Glades Rd., Boca Ra­ton, 561-923-9176. Two alums of Rapoport Restau­rant Group have opened a so­phis­ti­cated and straight­for­ward eatery in the for­mer Brewzzi, with sat­is­fy­ing steaks, seafood, pas­tas, piz­zas and char­cu­terie. Moder­a­te­ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 8-31-18. True Food Kitchen — 6000 Glades Road, Unit1015A, Boca Ra­ton (in Town Cen­ter Mall), 561-419-8105. This out­post of a grow­ing chain from celebrity physi­cian and life­style guru Dr. An­drew Weil of­fers a health-minded (but not com­pletely healthy) menu fea­tur­ing anti-in­flam­ma­tory foods and calo­rie counts. Most dishes are de­li­cious and sat­is­fy­ing, the ser­vice is friendly and help­ful and the din­ing room is bright and at­trac­tive. Mod­er­ate. Lunchdin­ner. Re­viewed11-30-18.

Amer­i­can/Kosher

Dit­mas Kitchen Boca — 21077 Pow­er­line Road, un­in­cor­po­rated Boca Ra­ton, 561-826-8875. To para­phrase an old rye bread com­mer­cial, you don’t have to be Jewish – or keep kosher – to en­joy this restau­rant that strictly ad­heres to Jewish di­etary law and is closed from sun­set Fri­day through sun­set Satur­day for the Sab­bath. Cre­ative spins on sushi, meat and veg­etable dishes are tasty and a fam­ilystyle, bone-in rib steak was out­stand­ing. Ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed1-12-18.

Asian

Eathai — 1832 S. Fed­eral High­way, Del­ray Beach, 561-270-3156. Chef-owner Sopanut Sopochana, who owned restau­rants in New York be­fore open­ing this strip mall eatery in 2016, puts a mod­ern spin on tra­di­tional Thai cui­sine in a fun and fam­ily-friendly set­ting. Try chicken French toast, spicy ox­tail soup and grilled lamb with noo­dles, and fin­ish with fresh-rolled ice cream. Mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 6-8-18. M&MThai Café — 891E. Pal­metto Park Rd., Boca Ra­ton, 561-826-7749. Che­fowner May Nat­u­ral brings the bold fla­vors of her na­tive Thai­land to this cozy and some­times cramped spot near the beach, fea­tur­ing light and healthy dishes with herbs she grows in her home gar­den. Pa­paya salad, soups and spicy pork salad are win­ners. Lunch, din­ner. Mod­er­ate. Re­viewed 3-10-17. Ra­men Lab Eatery — 100 NE Sec­ond St., Boca Ra­ton, 561-750-4448. The fam­ily run fast-ca­sual gas­tropub near Mizner Park has a hip, com­fort­able vibe. House­made ra­men noo­dles swim in bowls of rich broths with a va­ri­ety of add-ons and spice lev­els. Or choose don­buri or poke bowls. True to its name, Ra­men Lab Eatery likes to experiment with Ja­panese fla­vors. In­ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 7-10-17.

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