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, 954-704-9006. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.