Café Italia — 3471N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-561-3900. While it won’t win any awards for restaurant innovation, this moderately priced, 20-year-old neighborhood Italian does a solid job with classic pasta, chicken and seafood. Moderateexpensive. Dinner. Reviewed 4-3-15. Cafe Martorano — 3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-561-2554. More than two decades after opening this restaurant, Steve Martorano continues to wow guests with a delicious ItalianAmerican menu and party vibe to match. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 7-10-14. Louie Bossi’s — 1032 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-356-6699. This may be the only Italian restaurant in South Florida where the list of housemade staples includes pasta, bread, pizza dough and charcuterie. It’s smashing décor includes a piazza complete with bocce court and fire pit. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner, brunch. Reviewed 7-31-15. NewRiver Pizza and Grill — 701S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-618-7000. Once just a takeout pizzeria, this casual neighborhood spot now offers pasta and other Italian entrees. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Pizzacraft — 330 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-616-8028. Casual but classy, this downtown restaurant specializes in wood-fired pizzas and gravity-strong cocktails poured in the adjoining Apothecary 330, a speakeasy-style bar. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed1-1-16. Scarfone’s Coal Fired Pizza — 2150 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, 954-533-0577. After seven years in Coral Springs, Scarfone’s added this chic location, which offers an expanded menu of pasta, meatballs and other Italian-American favorites. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-18-14. Valentino Cucina Italiana — 620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-523-5767. Chef and owner Giovanni Rocchio serves modern Italian cuisine in a former tire store that’s now a sophisticated and stylish ode to Capri. Very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 5-22-15.
Burlock Coast — 1N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-302-6460. Located at the Ritz-Carlton, this is a beachside eatery offers a vibe that is more unpretentious party than exclusive club. Try the smoked fish dip. Expensive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed 4-1-16. Sea Watch on the Ocean — 6002 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-781-2200. In business since 1974, this oceanfront restaurant boasts a postcard-perfect view, fresh food and dependable service. Moderateexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 5-27-16.
Jerk Machine — 317 SWSixth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-440-4556. Reopened in a new location after closing in 2012 to make room for All Aboard Florida’s new station, this no-frills spot serves stick-to-your-ribs jerk, curry and other Jamaican favorites. Inexpensive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed 6-24-15. Sheila’s Conch and Wings — 3026 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-245-6154. Authentic Bahamian-style conch fritters, conch salad and conch salad are served at this 50-seat family business, where reggae is always on the sound system. Inexpensive- moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed12-31-14.
Buenos Aires Café — 2364 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-900-3361. The owner of Aventura’s popular La Estancia Argentina has a partner in this meatcentric Argentine café, where very good salads, sandwiches and desserts join skirt steak, chorizo and other grilled meats. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 9-23-5. Cabo Blanco Restaurant — 1672 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park. This unfussy Peruvian restaurant serves food that sticks in the mind and belly. Don’t be surprised to find a soccer game on the TVs here and no one rushing you out the door. Lunch, dinner, brunch Sundays. Reviewed 2-5-16. tion of deep frying and pressure cooking that results in a uniformly crispy crust and greaseless meat. Fried shrimp, gizzards and liver are also a specialty. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-28-15. Muscle Maker Grill — 230 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach, 954-429-1818. The only South Florida location of this 50-unit strong national chain, specializes in lean protein served in wraps, salads, pasta or guiltless entrees. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 5-13-15.
Fish Shack — 2862 NE17th Ave., Pompano Beach, 954-586-4105. The tiny, noreservations restaurant serves some of the freshest seafood in South Florida. Plan on waiting for your table at this friendly neighborhood charmer. Inexpensivemoderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-22-14. Papa’s RawBar — 4610 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, 754-307-5034. From the same family that’s operated Seafood World since 1976 is this funky combination of a Key West-style tavern and a hip gastropub. Sushi, fish tacos and conch in many forms form the eclectic menu. Inexpensive- moderate. Dinner. Reviewed 2-11-15.
The Cook and the Cork — 9890 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 954-227-2665. Global comfort food from a husbandand-wife team who still operate a successful catering company. With just 40 seats, it sometimes feels like a lively dinner party instead of a restaurant. Moderateexpensive. Dinner. Reviewed 11-7-14. J72 Chef’s Cafe— 3712 Davie Road, Davie, 954-908-5608. Chefs Joel Ramos and Samuel Infantas have indeed created a chef’s cafe. They are servers, chefs and masters of ceviche, guava chicken wings and an amazing burger made with Kobe beef and lamb with arepas in place of buns. The place is small, with just 20 tight seats, Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-7-15.
Brandon Asian Cuisine — 6417 Stirling Road, Davie, 954-908-5153. Pho is the main reason to visit this Davie restau-