Maryland Fried Chicken — 1821E. Sample Road, Pompano Beach, 954-943-1800. Since 1968, this no-fuss, no-frills storefront has been broasting chicken. Broasting is a combination 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. Inexpensivemoderate. Dinner. Reviewed 2-11-15. reason to visit this Davie restaurant, but generous portions of spring rolls, crepes and fried rice are also draws. Inexpensivemoderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed1-29-16. Pocha — 4933 N. University Drive, Lauderhill, 954-999-0603. This little sister to the more conventional Korean restaurant Gabose, across the parking lot, serves unusual bar food such as live octopus, as well as incredible fried chicken and spicy pork belly. Moderate. Dinner. Reviewed1-28-15.
Taste Buds of India — 7841W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 954-603-6996. Along with a huge menu of fresh, cooked-to-order Indian food, the restaurant serves Indian-Chinese entrees. Bollywood videos play on the TVs, while attentive servers work the dining room. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 8-1-14.
Cinque Terre — 7750 Nova Drive, Davie, 954-368-3633. Its plaza setting doesn’t hint at the treasure within. Chef and owner Aldo Marcon is Italian-born and –trained, and he makes most of the pasta. You won’t go wrong with ravioli or tortellini. Moderateexpensive. Dinner, lunch, brunch. Reviewed 7-10-15. Sorrisi — 5550 NW40th St, Coconut Creek, 954-977-6700. A new chef has breathed new life into this Italian restaurant inside Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Highlights include very good classic Bolognese and veal scaloppini with prosciutto, green peas, tomato, provolone and Madeira sauce. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 5-6-15.
Chimi and Kimchi Grill — 10334 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 954-757-6100. Argentina meets Korea at this momand-pop operation, where you can have grilled skirt steak next to spicy bulgogi. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 6-26-14. Latin House Grill — 9976 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954-399-9687. Michell and Bella Sanchez and his mom, Teresa Perez, combine Cuban, Mexican and American flavors in some of the best gastropub fare in South Florida. Inexpensive-moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 9-5-14. La Union Mexican Bakery — 7796 Wiles Road, Coral Springs; 954-757-0702. Alicia Nieto makes more than 40 kinds of Mexican-style bread and pastry, but she also serves a concise and inexpensive menu of tacos, burritos, tamales and enchiladas. The setting is no-frills. The service is more than friendly. Inexpensive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed10-2-15.