derdale, 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 9-2917.
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.
AEduardo de San Angel — 2822 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-772-4731. Chef-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. 754200-4555. 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, 954-6069404. 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, 954-4573920. 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. Expensive-very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed12-22-17. JWB Prime Steak and Seafood – 1111N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-874-4462. The fine dining restaurant at the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort bears the initials of James William (Jimmy) Buffett and features solid food and polished service in a relaxed resort-casual setting. The chops and seafood outshine the steaks, and don’t miss the spear-caught local fish of the day. Very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed12-23-16. 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, 954-6742919. 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, 954-7049006. 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, 954-6028755. 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.