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. Re- viewed11-24-17. 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.
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.
The Fish Grill – 75 N. Federal Highway, Dania Beach, 954251-2361. 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, 305-7025528. James Beard Awardwinning 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. Expensive-very 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 Ethiopian honey wine or smooth fresh-roasted coffee. Moderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 3-23-18 Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres — 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-615-5859. A shimmering seafood dream, you just might eat an entire aquarium’s worth of fish and sea treats at this joyous Philippe Starck designed dining room in the SLS Brickell. The Spanish-born Andres has trained his crew well – nearly every plate is a delicious culinary adventure. Dinner. Expensive-very expensive. Reviewed 3-3-17. Beaker & Gray -- 2637 N. Miami Ave., Miami. 305-6992637. Two childhood friends from Miami have opened a bar and global small plates eatery in Wynwood that manages to be trendy and warm at the same time. The food is ambitious and sometimes misses the mark, but you can’t go wrong with cocktails and bar bites. Lunch, dinner. Moderate. Reviewed 2-3-17. Glass and Vine – 2820 McFarlane Road, Miami, 305-2005268. A lovely spot for an outdoor meal overlooking Peacock Park in rejuvenated Coconut Grove. Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli offers fresh seasonal dishes, including stracciatella cheese on Zak the Baker bread and sea scallops with cauliflower. Lunch-dinner. Moderate-expensive. Reviewed 3-31-17. King Palace Chinese BBQ — 330 Northeast167th Street, North Miami Beach, 305-9492339. Barbecued ducks hang in a glass case, live fish and lobsters await their fate in aquariums and happy diners lick their fingers in delight after eating crispy lamb chops with minced garlic and chilies and crab bathed in black bean sauce. The Wu family came from Venezuela after Hugo Chavez took power, giving South Floridians an authentic Chinese restaurant on par with those found in New York. Inexpensivemoderate. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 9-15-17. La Petite Maison – 1300 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami, 305-4039133. This playground for the one percent was taken global from its Nice original from the same luxury outfit behind Zuma. The menu features simple yet exquisite French and Mediterranean fare, including impeccable seafood, but the prices could lead to bankruptcy. Very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 8-17-18. Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann – 3201Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-655-5600. A stunningly gorgeous restaurant at the Faena Hotel from acclaimed Argentine grill master Mallmann. Indulge on flame-charred and smoke-kissed meats and sea creatures, and don’t miss the chocolate profiteroles for dessert. Very expensive. Lunch, dinner. Reviewed 7-28-17. Stubborn Seed — 101Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 786-322-5211. Chef Jeremy Ford, fresh from a winning turn on “Top Chef” and triumphant stint at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Matador Room, puts his prodigious talent on full display at this small, sophisticated corner eatery where meticulous dishes taste as good as they look. The seasonal menu changes frequently. Expensive-very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 2-9-18. Three — 50 NW24th St., Miami, 305-748-4540. Celebrated chef Norman Van Aken makes a hip and triumphant return to South Florida in Wynwood with a multilevel experience – restaurant, cooking school and rooftop lounge. The dining room is stylish and multicourse tasting menus with plentiful options are offered. The food is haute and mostly tasty, although sometimes too busy with ingredients. Expensive-very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed1-5-18.