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ern plates shine along with seafood, but skip the $92 pork chop. Ex­pen­sive-very ex­pen­sive. Break­fast, lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed12-15-17.


Es­car­got Bistro – 1506 E. Com­mer­cial Blvd., Oak­land Park, 754-206-4116. This charm­ing French bistro run by the hus­band-and-wife team of Di­dier and An­drea Martin serves com­fort­ing clas­sics such as onion soup, brie baked in pas­try shell, beef Bour­guignon and a va­ri­ety of dishes fea­tur­ing snails. Moder­a­te­ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed12-7-18.


Phat Boy Sushi – 701S. Fed­eral High­way, Fort Laud­erdale, 954-990-8669. This sec­ond out­post of a Ja­panese restau­rant that started in Oak­land Park serves good sushi, rice bowls and small plates such as siz­zling rib eye to­banyaki with enoki mush­rooms. The vibe is ca­sual and it is open late, un­til mid­night week­days and 2 a.m. week­ends. Mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. 7-6-18.


Casa Cal­abria — 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, Fort Laud­erdale, 954-982-2191. En­joy hearty and heart­felt south­ern Ital­ian fare at this ho­tel restau­rant that feels like a fam­ily home. Owner Frank Ta­lerico pays trib­ute to his Cal­abrian roots, us­ing recipes handed down from rel­a­tives for sim­ple and de­li­cious sauces and dishes such as stuffed pep­pers and gnocchi. Ex­pen­sive. Din­ner, Sun­day brunch. Re­viewed 9-29-17.


Café Seville — 2768 E. Oak­land Park Blvd., Fort Laud­erdale, 954-565-1148. While it some­times seems more Mi­lan than Madrid, this hap­pily stuck-in­time Span­ish restau­rant is de­li­cious all the same. Span­ish, Euro­pean/Ital­ian. Lunch, din­ner. Mod­er­ate-ex­pen­sive. Re­viewed 8-10-2016. Ed­uardo de San An­gel — 2822 E. Com­mer­cial Blvd., Fort Laud­erdale, 954-772-4731.


AChef-owner Ed­uardo Pria was born in Mex­ico City and trained in Europe and he has run this cozy restau­rant for 25 years. Lit­tle has changed here through the decades and his de­pend­able “Mex­i­can-in­fused” global food fea­tures qual­ity in­gre­di­ents, good sauces and clas­sic tech­nique. Moder­a­te­ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 8-18-17. Lokos Takos Ta­que­ria – 2826 E. Com­mer­cial Blvd., Fort Laud­erdale, 954-776-8066. wel­come splash of color and fla­vor can be found at this small ta­que­ria that opened in July 2018. It fea­tures bright art­work on the walls and vi­brant plates of el­e­vated Mex­i­can street food. Ve­gan op­tions abound. Mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. 9-28-18. Poke House – 666 N. Fed­eral Hwy., Fort Laud­erdale. 754-200-4555. 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.


Bo­lay — 151N. Hia­tus Road, Pem­broke Pines, 954-606-9404. 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. III Forks — 501Silks Run, Gulf­stream Park Vil­lage, Hallandale Beach, 954-457-3920. 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. Ex­pen­sivev­ery ex­pen­sive. Din­ner. Re­viewed 12-22-17. 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. South­ern Spice — 1920 Tyler Street, Hol­ly­wood, 954-674-2919. Down-home South­ern food gets so­phis­ti­cated and soul­ful treat­ment from young but sea­soned chef Mal­colm Prude, 27, at this small, fam­ily-run restau­rant. Shrimp and grits, fried chicken and waf­fles and even the hum­ble fried bologna sand­wich are el­e­vated with qual­ity in­gre­di­ents and creative tech­niques. Mod­er­ate. Lunch-din­ner. Re­viewed 4-6-18. 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

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