MI­AMI-DADE COUNTY

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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.

Asian

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.

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

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-

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