MI­AMI-DADE COUNTY

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954-704-9006. 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, 954-602-8755. 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.

Latin/Mex­i­can/Span­ish

Viva Chile Lindo — 4950 S. State Road 7, Hol­ly­wood, 954-327-2888. Hon­est food in no frills and fam­ily friendly sur­round­ings where Span­ish is the pre­dom­i­nant lan­guage. Sat­is­fy­ing and soul-nour­ish­ing Chilean dishes such as pas­tel de choclo (corn pie) and cazuela de va­c­uno (beef soup) stand out, along with meats and fish pre­pared “po­bre” style with french fries, grilled onions and fried eggs. In­ex­pen­sive­mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed11-10-17.

Seafood

The Fish Grill – 75 N. Fed­eral High­way, Da­nia Beach, 954-251-2361. The re­birth of this long­time Da­nia Beach sta­ple af­ter a17-year ab­sence has been wel­comed by lo­cals. Pro­pri­etor Joe Maggi of­fers a sat­is­fy­ing for­mula of fresh, prop­erly-pre­pared fish and seafood along with sand­wiches, burg­ers and drinks at de­cent prices. Mod­er­ate. Lunch, din­ner. 6-29-18. Amara at Paraiso – 3101NE Sev­enth Ave., Mi­ami, 305-702-5528. James Beard Award-win­ning chef Michael Schwartz has cre­ated a love let­ter to Mi­ami with this gor­geous eatery over­look­ing Bis­cayne Bay fea­tur­ing a Latin-in­spired menu of grilled meats, seafood and veg­gies. Do not miss the yuca cheese puffs or deca­dent flan. Ex­pen­sivev­ery ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 7-13-18. Ari­ete – 3540 Main High­way, Co­conut Grove. 305-640-5862. Chef Michael Bel­tran pulls off a culi­nary high­wire act blend­ing haute con­cepts with Cuban com­fort food and the thrilling re­sults lead to treats such as head­cheese cro­que­tas with kim­chi, bone mar­row with black beans and foie gras with smoked plan­tains. Mod­er­ate-ex­pen­sive. Lunch, din­ner. Re­viewed 9-14-18. Awash Ethiopian — 19934 NW Sec­ond Ave., Mi­ami Gar­dens, 305-770-5100. The scarcity of Ethiopian cui­sine in South Florida is rec­ti­fied at this friendly, fam­i­lyrun eatery where the spongy in­jera flat­bread is cool and the well-spiced fla­vors of lamb, chicken and veg­etable dishes can run hot. Wash it down with sweet

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