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, 954-457-3920. 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. Expensivevery expensive. Dinner. Reviewed 12-22-17. 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, 954-674-2919. 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, 954-704-9006. 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.
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.
Billy’s Stone Crab — 400 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-923-2300. More than just a knockoff of Joe’s Stone Crab, this two-level restaurant has been around since 1995 and offers striking views of the Intracoastal from its formal upstairs dining room, along with dockside seating and a seafood store. The restaurant features stone crab, seafood, steaks and all the fixings. Service is polished and the wait is not as long as at Joe’s. Expensive-very expensive. Lunch-dinner. Reviewed11-16-18. 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. The Surf Club Restaurant — 9011Collins Ave., Surfside, 305-768-9440. Celebrated chef and Lake Worth High graduate Thomas Keller makes a glamorous return to South Florida with his detail-obsessed embrace of classic continental cuisine (beef Wellington, lobster Thermidor, oysters Rockefeller) at the refurbished Surf Club adjoining a new Four Seasons Hotel. A rolling champagne carts kicks off the experience, and diners may leave on the verge of ecstasy or bankruptcy. Very, very expensive. Dinner. Reviewed11-23-18. St. Roch Market — 140 NE 39th St., (suite 241), Miami, 786-542-8977. Food halls are all the rage, and this upscale one in the Miami Design District allows for many refined bites and a meal that will satisfy the far-flung cravings of eaters who want Asian, Latin, Italian and everything in between. Do not miss the Japanese-Peruvian raw fish/ seafood stylings of the Chang Gang (chef Fernando Chang and his offspring Nando and Valerie) at Itamae. Moderate. Breakfastlunch-dinner. Reviewed11-2-18. 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, family-