Beehive Kitchen – 6312 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-541-8787. The bowl craze taking flight at many fast casual eateries is also abuzz at Beehive, where quality ingredients with global influences and bold seasoning make for very satisfying meals. Ordering can be confusing with all the options. The sweet potato glass noodles with shredded pork is excellent. Inexpensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-26-17. Bubbles & Pearls – 2037 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors. 954-533-9553. Effervescent chef-owner Josie Smith Malave, a past “Top Chef” contestant, says Champagne and oysters should be enjoyed daily and not just for special occasions. Her first-time restaurant venture, casual and a bit cramped, also scores with delicious dishes such as pork belly biscuits, roasted bone marrow, miso cauliflower and brick chicken. Dinner. Moderateexpensive. Reviewed 3-24-17. Henry’s Sandwich Station – 545 NWFirst Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-616-5538. This fast-casual sandwich shop in gentrifying Fat Village is from the creators of ROK:BRGR, Pizzacraft and Tacocraft, and many of the artisanal meats, cheeses and breads meld to make good albeit pricey ($12 to $15) sandwiches. The Montreal-style smoked meat and crispy fried chicken sandwiches are excellent. Don’t miss the housemade chocolate peanut butter pie. Blaring horns from passing Brightline trains add character. Moderate. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed 5-18-18. Jackson’s Prime – 3300 Northeast 32nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, 954-765-6316. Two big local restaurant names, owner Jack Jackson (Burt & Jack’s, Jackson’s Steakhouse) and chef Johnny Vinczencz (Johnny V) show they still have culinary game at this low key but elegant dining room near Galt Ocean Mile. The baked stuffed lobster and steaks are excellent. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed10-20-17. Lunchroom — 4520 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-870-7197. A fast-casual breakfast and lunch spot from Fort Lauderdale’s Be Nice restaurant group features good things stuffed, pressed and wrapped in bread, rolls and tortillas. The meatball sub with three cheeses and ramen-and-egg breakfast burrito are satisfying. Inexpensive. Breakfast, lunch. Reviewed 8-23-17. One Door East — 620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-368-6902. A global small plates eatery in a converted garage next to Valentino Cucina Italiana. Valentino chef-owner Giovanni Rocchio hired talented chef Jeremy Bearman, who earned a Michelin star in New York, to run the kitchen at One Door East, and he’s turning out inventive, ever-changing dishes in a loud, industrial setting. Expensive. Dinner. Reviewed12-9-16. Spatch Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken – 3848 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. 954-607-1703. A fast-casual eatery where humble bird is enlivened with African Bird’s eye chili pepper marinade and sauce that is downright addictive. Beside chicken platters, bowls, sandwiches and salads, there are creative, tasty sides. Lunch, dinner. Inexpensive. Reviewed 4-19-17. Steak 954 – 401N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., (inside the WHotel), Fort Lauderdale. 954-414-8333. The price of the gimmicky cheesesteak has dropped (from $100 to $65), but nearly everything else remains the same at Stephen Starr’s dependable meat-driven, jellyfish tank adorned showplace overlooking Fort Lauderdale Beach. Desserts are stellar. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Very expensive. Reviewed 1-27-17. Terra Mare — 551N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-414-5160. A chic oceanfront dining room at the new Conrad resort features flavors spanning the globe from Swedish-born chef Johan Svensson, a disciple of Marcus Samuelsson. African and Middle Eastern plates shine along with seafood, but skip the $92 pork chop. Expensive-very expensive. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Reviewed12-15-17.
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. 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.