Texas Hold’em BBQ

Texas Hold ’em BBQ, 2528 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, (954) 527-4115 – http://www.texasholdembbq.com

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This place recently moved to a new water view location on Federal Hwy. They say “third times the charm”, so if true, owner Jay Armstead is well on his way. This is Texas style BBQ…smoked with dry rub and a tangy vinegar based sauce offered on the side. BBQ favorites include Pork Ribs (Spare Rib & Baby Back), Pulled Pork, Brisket, BBQ Chicken and more. I usually order the 6-bone Spare Rib dinner with collards and slaw. Liked their Mac ’n Cheese too. Click here for more info.

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Burger Battle IV

Burger Battle IV– Friday, May 31st, 2013, Huizenga Plaza, 32 East Las Olas Blvd. – http://www.goriverwalk.com/3134/burger-battle-iv

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The burgers are back! …and they gathered on Huizenga Plaza to do battle once again. For the most part the weather cooperated with an occasional drizzle here and there. Look for an album of all the food pix on my Facebook Page. Under these competitive conditions, it’s tough to make a perfect burger, however this year I really liked Charm City Burger, ROC:BGR and Big Bear Brewing Company. Timpano also had a flavorful steakhouse burger that stood out for me. In all I tasted about 12 of the 19 burgers. The Burger Battle is a major undertaking for the Restaurants who cooked & served the food, the Judges who had to taste each entry and the organizers and their volunteers from the Riverwalk Trust who made this event a SELLOUT success.

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Update: One Restaurant Took Home Both Awards:

Congratulations to Rosie’s Bar and Grill – Burger Nirvana

  • Best Overall Burger
  • Fan Favorite Burger

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Green Bar & Kitchen

Green Bar & Kitchen- 1075 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, (954) 533-7507 – http://greenbarkitchen.com/menu/

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I have to say this first…I’m not a vegan and don’t think I will be one, however, the Green Bar is a non-threatening vegan eatery with enough interesting, healthy and flavorful dishes to satisfy most people. Having looked at the menu before arriving, I was ready to have the Firecracker Kale, recommended by a fellow food hound, but was sidelined by one of the day’s specials…the ”Chickun” Salad Sandwich. Amazingly my brain recognized it immediately as chicken salad. The sandwich was served on grain bread and I opted for a cup of their soup of the day…Sweet Potato & Garlic Soup with its creamy pungent goodness. I washed the sandwich down with my first taste of Kombucha– this mildly fermented green tea is said to promote good stomach and liver health. Along with daily specials you can find Craft Beers, Wines, Juices, Smoothies and a Bakery. I’m told they do a Sunday Brunch with eggs that are not eggs and bacon that is not bacon. The people here are friendly and the place is cheerful and clean. While I wasn’t converted, I must say that I will be back to taste more. Like my mother’s chicken soup, it couldn’t hurt!

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Pomperdale’s NY Style Deli

Pomperdale’s NY Style Deli- 3055 E Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

I’m originally from New York, where “deli” is a way of life.  Most folks who have lived in the City remember the Carnegie, the Stage, Sarge’s, the Second Avenue Deli and Katz’s to name a few of the oldest and best known. Those NY deli sandwiches are things of beauty…overstuffed wonderful layers of deli meats on fresh seeded rye bread with a schemer of spicy brown deli mustard and so huge you can barely bite into it. Each restaurant usually prepares its’ meats in their own special way. I can’t tell you why, but Florida deli’s have a difficult time duplicating this. Some say…lack of NY water! Each year there seems to be fewer places offering anything close.

It’s understandable, then, why lots of displaced New Yorkers appear driven to find good Corned Beef or Pastrami sandwiches.  I don’t know if it’s just nostalgia or a physical need to absorb the fatty steamed meats of another time and place, but many eventually find their way to Pumperdale’s on Commercial Blvd. It’s a surprisingly friendly place with lots of customers who jam in for one of closest NY Deli experiences you’re going to find in the area. Now don’t get me wrong…it’s not NY, but for a deli-starving expat from the Big Apple, this is just fine.  It should be noted there are a few rules . Step into the restaurant and you’re on a fast-moving line, so slackers beware… know what you want a.s.a.p. cause there are other hungry people behind you. Need a beverage???…Go to the beverage cooler in the back to select one of the Dr. Brown’s flavors (they have other stuff, but does it really matter?) and find a seat.  The small tables are close together so make friends and listen for your order…then pick it up and enjoy. The folks here are friendly and if you should want to show your appreciation, put a little money in the tip-jar and the sandwich mavens behind the counter will thank you and shout-out “SUBWAY.” It’s a throwback to the old days when the tip money was used to ride home on the NY subway. After eating & schmoozing, step up to the cashier and recite what you ate as it’s rung in to the register, then pay and you’re done. On one trip I was behind a lady who couldn’t recall what she had just eaten. “Well,” she said with a quizzical look, “I’m not quite sure, but it was very good!”  And for South Florida, Pomperdale’s really is.

Update March 13, 2013 –Since writing the original story in 2011 I’ve been back to Pomperdale’s many times. During one of those visits I learned that the owner had passed away. With each subsequent trip I began to notice changes in the food that never seemed to measure up to the experience I had first described. After a while I stopped going altogether and had almost forgotten about the place until a fellow deli hound mentioned that he had been there and had a really good sandwich. Really? So, off I went to Pomperdale’s to see for myself. While there are some physical changes the place still had that deli look, but a little more polished. There is a change in the rules…food orders are now taken and paid for at the front counter, before you eat. I wasted no time and quickly ordered my favorite deli…Pastrami on Rye. This time around the sandwich was so much better. The right amount of fat and lean and briny flavor I look for. Whole slices and no pile of crumbs, an honest sandwich and a fitting tribute to the original Pomperdale owner and to the new owners, who have succeeded in restoring the quality and flavor of the original. I be back.

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Taps & Tapas at The Manor

Taps & Tapas at the Manor- 2345 Wilton Drive,
Wilton Manors http://www.themanorcomplex.com/html/dine.php

Have you ever had writers block?  You know what I mean…you sit in front of a blank piece of paper or computer screen for days and pour out dribble, which as it turns out, makes no sense.  So it was with me after I accepted an offer to write about a place that sits on a site with an old history and a new one in the making. Ok, let’s go back in time a bit. Before the Manor was the Entertainment Complex it is today, it was the site of a wonderful small neighborhood restaurant/bar named Costello’s. The food was good American/Continental fare with reasonably priced food and a terrific bar menu that became half price during happy hour. In time the restaurant was sold and the new owners tried to upscale the place. They changed the name to “Food Amongst The Flowers”, renovated the interiors, added to the menu, increased the prices and provided the only “fine dining” experience on the drive. That lasted a relatively short time closing in 2009. The Manor Complex is on the same site, but housed in a greatly expanded building comprising a two-story dance club, several bars, with places to sit and observe & be seen and a restaurant. The original Manor Restaurant opened with much anticipation and an elegant and ambitious menu. Perhaps too ambitious. As time pasted they must have realized that a change was needed. Today the Manor restaurant has evolved into a more informal venue, Taps & Tapas. The trend toward Gastropub style food fits this location better than past efforts. It’s the right fit for before, during or after a fun evening. In addition to the regular full bar They built a separate bar where you can order 24 tap beers with an additional 100 available in bottles.

So what did I try and enjoy, you might ask. I joined a few friends for a visit recently and was immediately impressed with the smaller more focused menu.  We started with several “Small Plate” dishes. The standout was the Grilled Manor Wings 3-Ways. I have no idea why many places deep-fry the life out of these poor things and then smother them in a sauce. We ordered ours nude with all of the sauces on the side. Grilling the wings gave us the flavor without the extra grease. Flatbreads are perfect pub food. We tried the JD BBQ Chicken version with Red Onions, Tomato and Monterey Jack cheese. On another visit I had the Cajun Sausage; Mozzarella, Red Pepper & Onion with Chipotle Mayo Drizzle. There two meatless flatbreads that I must try on another visit. The Shrimp Orzo is sautéed shrimp and orzo in a Parmesan and Jack Cheese Cream Sauce topped with Marinara. While rich and decadent the marinara sauce levels it out.

Although the menu lists several Salads, Sandwiches and Burgers we chose from the “House Plates” offerings.  Dishes I tasted and enjoyed and would order again include; Grilled Skirt Steak, Grilled Argentinian Steak and the Bronze Roasted Salmon. The steaks like all the grilled items here are done to the temperature ordered. Be advised that they have a really good grill man here. The salmon was good, simply done and reasonably priced. I couldn’t help thinking, however, how that salmon would be, brushed with a little Teriyaki or Tamari Sauce and lightly grilled. Just think’n.

Clear your mind of the past. In the restaurant business its who are you now that counts? The folks at the Manor have done their soul-searching and are their way to make new history in this location. If you find yourself on the “Drive” or enjoying one of the Manors other venues, a visit here is definitely worth it.

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the Foxy Brown

the Foxy Brown– 723 E Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale      http://www.thefoxybrown.com/

It’s the kind of place with foods you liked from your childhood, but with subtle twists here and there.  Foods you looked forward to when the grownups took you out to eat like Mac & Cheese, Milkshake or Hotdog.  You remember the polite dining instructions too—sit up straight, eat your food, no going under the table and being given the ‘look’ while hearing, ”be nice.”  Your youthful memories have just been merged with what you crave today and it’s all tucked into a new intimate eatery on E Broward Blvd.  The setting is comfortable and so is the food.  It’s the kind of place where you plan your next meal while you’re enjoying your current one! I’ve been here many times alone and with friends and I still do that. The owners here have a healthy respect for the food they serve and know how to please their customers. And this has filtered down to the staff as well. The main menu is served throughout the day except for Sunday when a brunch menu is available from opening till late afternoon. Wine and beer is available along with a really good Draft Root Beer.

Let’s begin at the beginning…here are some of my favorite starters: Roasted Artichokes with garlic butter, served with a dipping sauce; the French Onion Soup has that nicely melted cheese with crispy edges sealing in the hot fragrant soup; Clams, Brats and Beer served in a bowl with wedges of toasted bread so you can soak up the wonderful broth its cooked in; and the Little Shorties, which are lollipop chicken wings with red bean and ginger and a garlic dipping sauce…really tasty.  Several different salads are offered and although I have not sampled them yet, the portions look ample and seem to be popular.  Sandwiches I liked included: the Cocka-Doodle-Do, (which the wait staff can say without snickering)- a crispy and juicy chicken filet served with herb slaw; the Nemo a fish sandwich that’s not only tasty, but healthy; and my favorite, the Bratburger, which contains bratwurst meat formed into a paddy and grilled with house made sauerkraut and shallot jam. Mere hot dogs never tasted like this.  Must have some Sides with the above and the standouts for me are the Mac & Cheese, Heirloom Tomatoes and the tasty Slaw. And for those who didn’t like their Spinach as a child, the adult sauté version will finally change your mind.  Under the heading Standards is a collection of larger plates. The stand out, Mabel’s Chicken, is moist roasted thigh meat nestled atop pan gravy with house made spaetzle. If you desire healthy, try the fresh fish En Papillote (in parchment), a cooking technique that steams the fish in its own juices combined with other ingredients. The Three Lil’ Cochons are medallions of breaded pork loin filled with shrimp stuffing and finished with a rich Tasso cream sauce. The sliced Iron Cast Hanger Steak will fulfill your desire for meat. It’s soft with good flavor from the dry rub. The steak is plated with Maître d’Hôtel Butter between the slices for added flavor, but it won’t harm the dish should you decide to leave it off. Finally, try the dessert of the day. They are decadent and delicious and need your attention.  Did I mention they make milkshakes too?

Sunday is a Brunch day tradition in this town and the Foxy Brown recently began serving their version. So you should expect things like Donut Holes served with cereal milk, a S’more Waffle and White Chocolate Chip French Toast.  Then there’s the pancake, four different Eggs Benedict and the Kipper too! My table opted for some egg dishes. I totally enjoyed the Bangers and Eggs. The Bangers, I’m told, are sourced from a purveyor in Miami and they were packed with flavor. I also sampled the Hanger Steak Hash with two eggs topped with chimichurri hollandaise. And had a taste of the Barn Yard Frittata, which was filled with Nueske Bacon, sausage, Canadian bacon and cheddar cheese. There are so many intriguing options on this menu you’ll need to make repeat visits.

The Foxy Brown is a wonderful place to connect with new & old versions of foods you loved and experience new ones. So go as a tribute to your younger days, and while you’re at it, why not take along the grownups? Let them have a good time. And remember, “be nice.”

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Shuck N’ Dive Cajun Cafe

Shuck N’ Dive Cajun Cafe- 650 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale

Be a Cajun for the night and sample the fresh oysters, fried pickles, Po Boy sandwiches and Black Board specials. Quick Bites

I discovered Cajun food from watching the Cajun TV Chef, Justin Wilson. “How y’all are?” he’d say as he opened the show every week and then began to make his reddish brown Rue adding in the Cajun Three Sisters- Green Bell Pepper, Onion, and Celery. Whenever he used tomato paste he’d wash out the can with whatever jug wine he was using and pour it into the pot. He was witty and folksy and the food was hearty, rustic Acadian-Cajun.  Justin’s long gone and if you can’t make the trip to “N’awlins” you’ll need to get over to Shuck ‘N Dive to sample some of those unique flavors. “Staz” runs the show here and can be seen making sure the food is pumping out of the kitchen, the tables are clean, the beer is flowing and the TV’s are tuned to any available LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints game.

If you like freshly shucked Oysters, you’ve found a home. I’m told their Oysters are sourced directly from beds in Louisiana. Every Wednesday night is $1 Raw Oysters, which go well with beer…mine is Turbodog Draft Beer from Albita Brewing of Louisiana, of course!. It doesn’t get much better than that as the Wednesday crowd that searches out tables would probably agree. If raw Oysters don’t work for you, try the cooked versions. Best way is the Oysters 3-Way…I choose the Bienville, Rockefeller and Black & Blues. Now these are very indulgent dishes and not meant for dieters. Oh, just smile and scrape off the bits of cheese that dripped on to the iron skillet they’re served in…the diet will still be there tomorrow. Other starters I liked were the Fried Green Tomatoes, Country Gumbo and Red Beans and Rice, made with Andouille Sausage, Tasso and Smoked Ham. Some of the salads here are a good choice for lunch. I order the Big House with red peppers, onions and Parmesan cheese then add-on Blackened Chicken. Or kick it up a notch and order the Uptown, which adds crumbled blue cheese and candied pecans. The Down South Meat N’ 2 entrees come with choice of two sides from a list of twelve. I liked the Blackened Chicken Breast, Fried Oysters and Butterflied Shrimp entrees. Side dishes to look for are, Red Beans & Rice, Collard Greens, Tater Tots (crunchy good), and the Sweet Waffle Fries. Now that’s just the stuff on the menu. Weekly and daily specials are on the chalkboard…like Mondays Muffuletta Sandwich, which might be called “the Italian Stallion,” if I were back in the Bronx. Turns out this thing was born in the French Quarter of New Orleans and is popular not only for its namesake round Sicilian bread, but also for the Italian meats, cheese and a layer of olive salad, which gives this sandwich its distinctive taste.

Shuck N’ Dive is fun, the food is good New Orleans southern style and if Justin Wilson were still around he’d probably say you’re going to have a good time…”I Gawr-On-Tee.”

© 2012 alanEATS

The Fresh Market – Fort Lauderdale

The Fresh Market – 424 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale –  http://www.thefreshmarket.com/

“Fort Lauderdale got a shiny new Fresh Market in Feb. All the stories you’ve heard are true. Find fresh meats, fish and poultry and a large selection of prepared foods. Buy your lunch and eat outside.” — Quick Bites.

I never imagined when I started this Blog that I would be covering Supermarket openings. But when the call came inquiring if I would be interested in seeing the latest and greatest Fresh Market I didn’t hesitate to say, “sure!” Now I must confess that I knew nothing about this Market except for the almost schoolgirl responses from otherwise sober and reserved folks whom I know. They’d say stuff like, “You’re so lucky to live so close to one”, “OMG, I’d be there everyday!” & “ have you seen their meat counter?” And so when the big day arrived I parked in the pristine blacktop lot and approached the building, where I was surprised by the lack of a traditional ribbon cutting setup. Curiously I asked why and was told, “We crack the parmesan at Fresh Market openings.” That’s the first tipoff that this store is all about the food and that theme continues as you walk through the doors where you’re greeted by enthusiastic store personnel prior to starting your trek around the dazzling isles brimming with foods and treats. Am I gushing too? Well…yes! And you too will be impressed. Look at some of the food shots I grabbed during the opening. http://on.fb.me/w9FS2c . I’ve been in to the store several times since that first day and there would be no way to get these shots because of the crowds that shop throughout the day.

So what are people going crazy over? The fruits and vegetables section are what you’d expect, beautifully presented and fresh. The meat department stands out because of the large selection of fresh meats and poultry. In the pork section there are seemingly never-ending rows of different types of Sausages, Bacon and other Pork goodness. Same with the abundant offerings of fish which the company claims is delivered to the store within 2-5 days of being caught. I hovered around the prepared foods section with its Rotisserie Chickens and Wings, two types of Ribs and then sidestepped to the cold cuts area to make a purchase. There is so much to see here that one visit will not cover the endless varieties of food.  Not to be missed is a ready to eat Antipasto section, a Wine area, and baked goods counter where I purchased an amazing apple pie. Stopping by the impressive Cheese counter I picked up some of that freshly cracked Parmesan, Jarlsberg Lite and sampled NY Cheddar.  And on my final swing around the prepared foods counter I found my nosh nemesis…the salads section. The counter folks are more than happy to give you samples of all the items on display. Try some of the Chicken salads. I picked up the Curry, the Waldorf and the Rotisserie. A friend and good cook had already told me to be on the lookout for the Blue Cheese Potato Salad with the advice to add some fresh Bacon to it. Gosh that’s good!  I next bumped into the bread dept. where I found Garlic Herb Focaccia Bread, which I surmised would go well with the humanely raised, no antibiotic/hormone, vegetable fed, Uncured ham I purchased. It did indeed!

I now have a better understanding of the devotion some have for this place and plan to be back myself. But, don’t expect to see me at every new market opening!

© 2012 alanEATS

Tap 42

Tap 42- 1411 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale                                      http://www.tap42.com/

Burgers, Fish, Salads, Bar Snacks and more…wash down with 42 Tap Beers, 103 Bottle beers and 50 Bourbons.”

I wasn’t due to write this story until I had been back a few more times, however, I felt compelled to give you my impressions of Tap 42 after reading an unfavorable review that appeared in a periodical which I highly regard for their food reviews.  It’s so very easy to be negative about a place, which is why I don’t do that in this Blog.  You’ll find out about a bad meal from people you know faster than reading a review. I don’t know the Tap 42 owners, but their advertised concept is to operate a Gastropub that serves a wide selection of craft beers to accompany a limited menu of “natural, organic, sustainable and locally sourced” dishes. On the several occasions I’ve been there, I must tell you that they have succeeded. In the evenings the place is over-run with people who are happy to sit anywhere for an opportunity to chow down some pub grub and socialize with friends. Not every restaurant has to be fine dining, but you do expect that what’s served will be appealing and consistent.  I’d say they hit the mark here. So my advice is gather up some of your friends and park yourself at one of the indoor or patio tables.  You’ll want to begin by taking advantage of the impressive list of Tap & bottled Craft Beers. Not being a beer maven myself, I usually tell my server the beers I like and let them choose one for me. If beer is not your thing they also have a collection of 50 different Bourbons and other booze.  Now for some food.  In my group we pass around everything…even the soup. The not-to-be-missed, Cognac French Onion soup has the expected cheese, onion and sourdough crouton, but finishes with a surprising sweetness from Cognac and Vidalia Onions. Also good was the hearty Beef Barley soup. The Chicken Wings are a hit with four different sauces…I had the HOT sauce.  Next time in I need to try the Sopressata Breadsticks made with crème cheese, spinach, arugula, pretzel breadstick and cherry mustard. This just sounds so wrong, but I’m drawn to it like a moth to a flame. For lunch you’ll find salads, sandwiches a burger and a few hotdog creations. Nothing is plain and all are unique. I recently had the Chicago Dogg (sic), a Kobe Hot Dog with house made slaw, red and yellow peppers and a Hot Pepper. Went down great with my Golden Monkey Beer. By the way, the burgers here juicy and the combinations are sinister…like the Three little Piggy…that’s made with a patty blend of pork & beef topped with slices of roasted pork, ham, pickled jalapeno, and provolone served on a brioche bun. Fish people can enjoy farm raised Arctic Char, which is flaky, light and can be ordered as a platter or sandwich.  And yes dearheart, there is MahiMahi on the menu.

I’m prone to like new restaurants that have taken the time to figure out who they want to be and carve out their niche. I’m pleased to report that the Miami Herald recently gave the Tap 42 a rating of three stars, Very Good. Any new place is bound to have some bumps and falls along the way, but at the end of the day it’s the customer who will decide not reviewers. I for one will be back to try some of the interesting food combos with a glass of  Sierra Nevada Pale Ale…if I can find a seat!

See more pix from Tap 42 at:  http://on.fb.me/wf3twM

© 2012 alanEATS

Quick Bites- Under Construction

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Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza- 2203 South Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale – The restaurant that started it all…best coal fired pizzas, meatballs, chicken wings and Italian Salad. New stuff I need to try since last there.

 Bagels & More- 2368 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale – A former private chef makes incredible bagels, bagel sandwiches and more!

 Bank Atlantic Center- 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise – Sports and entertainment center with many food options from sit down, buffet, food court, Kosher and numerous snack stands. I’ll give you my best advice on which venue and what to eat.

 Basilic Vietnamese Grill- 218 Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale – Pho soup and its many variations are wonderful, but must try the French influenced Vietnamese Filled Crepes.

 Bistro Mezzaluna- 1821 SE 10th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale – Fine dining Italian Restaurant recently moved to a new larger location.  Hoping the fond memories of the old place transfers to the new. I must try soon.

 Bonefish Grill- 6282 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale – Choose wisely and you can get a reasonably priced & tasty seafood meal.

 Bravo Gourmet Sandwich- 2925 NE 6th Avenue Fort Lauderdale – Excellent small neighborhood Peruvian place where you can try tasty Pavo, Lechon & Cubano sandwiches with a glass of Chicha Morada…or just ask for the Turkey, Pork & Cuban sandwiches with a glass of the tasty blue liquid.

 Café Jamm- 2364 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale – American comfort food with an Asian touch. The duck here is excellent.

Café Sharaku- 2736 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale – Small 18 seat restaurant with a classically trained Owner/Chef who mixes French & Asian techniques. Look, smell and taste your way through an amazing dining experience. Reservations are a must.

 Capital Grille- 2430 E Sunrise Blvd, at Galleria Mall, Fort Lauderdale –  The place was already renowned for their seafood and sides. They can now Char your favorite Steak. Try the wonderful Cobb Salad…even better if ordered with a Strip Steak instead of the Tenderloin that’s normally served with it.

 Casablanca Café- 3049 Alhambra Street, Fort Lauderdale – Good food on the Lauderdale beach. Nice appetizers. Good burger.

 Diner By-The-Sea- 215 Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale – An old-time Diner ensconced in a storefront, in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Many breakfast items.

 Fresh Market- 424 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale – Fort Lauderdale got a shinny new Fresh Market in Feb. All the stories you’ve heard are true. Find fresh meats, fish and poultry and a large selection of prepared foods. Buy your lunch and eat outside.

 Gran Forno Pronto- 704 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale – Quick good Italian food, sandwiches, salads, pizza and few main dishes and don’t forget that wonderful Gran Forno bread.

 Greek Islands Taverna- 3300 North Ocean Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale – Really good Greek food. Charbroiled Lamb chops and large baked Shrimp.

 Japango- 7367 N SR 7, Parkland – Beautifully prepared plates of Sushi & Sashimi that taste as good as they look

  La Dolce Vita- 3331 Northeast 33rd Street, Fort Lauderdale – Authentic Italian cuisine. Not your ordinary Italian eatery. Chefs hail from Rome and Abruzzo. I need a return visit.

Michael’s Genuine- Farm to table restaurant with an international flair. Familiar ingredients in new preparations. Pork Belly with Kimchee. Need to revisit.

  Michy’s- Owner/Chef who loves what she does…her food reflects it. Colossal shrimp with wide noodles…Short Ribs and much more. I need to return and have much more!

Mojo Restaurant/Lounge- 4140 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale – Two guys from New Jersey prove they can work the kitchen as well as workout in the gym. Baked Escargot appetizer is a mini meal. Liked the Stuffed Pork Chop and the Duck Breast. It’s season…call ahead.

 New York Mart- 10065 Sunset Strip, Sunrise – Amazing new large Chinese food market that has a huge section with fresh fish some live in tanks along with turtles, crabs, eels, lobsters and more. One of the largest selections of Asian food products; fresh, caned and vacuum wrapped. A must see!

 Pine Court Chinese Bistro- 10101 Sunset Strip, Sunrise, Florida – NY Style Dim Sum at its best. Rolling carts with many variations to choose from. Dim Sum served daily from opening to 2pm.

  PL8 Kitchen- 210 SW 2nd, Fort Lauderdale – Small plates of foods from different cuisines.  Fish tacos, Korean Ribs, Wild Florida Shrimp, Brick Oven Pizza to name a few.

Rainbow Diner- 2724 Davie Blvd, Fort Lauderdale – Old time Greek diner that’s been in the same location for 30 years. Owner/chef makes everything from breakfast to Greek specialties.

Shuck-N-Dive- 650 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale – Be a Cajun for the night and sample the fresh oysters, fried pickles, Po Boy sandwiches and Black Board specials.

Stork’s Bakery- 2505 NE 15th Ave, Wilton Manors – Eat in bakery with many dessert and food options.

 Sozo- 2362 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors – Small Mom & Pop & Daughter Sushi restaurant. Old school sushi & sashimi.

  Texas Hold’em- 1025 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale – This is Texas style BBQ…dry rub, sauce on the side. Brisket and pork ribs.

The Dixie Pig- 4495 N Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park (20th Anniversary)- A local institution for southern delights. Walk up service with covered outdoor seating. North Carolina BBQ, St. Louis style ribs.

 the Foxy Brown- Chic new small restaurant on E Broward Blvd serving unexpected food to an adoring crowd.  Try Mabel’s Chicken or the Lump Crab Cakes.  Unique, modern and satisfying.

 The Grateful Palate- 817 Southeast 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale – Fine dining with a unique menu that changes daily… and a sommelier on hand to help you select your wine.

 Truluck’s- 2584 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale – Upscale fish house with a good happy hour includes half price drinks and special bar menu. Seasonal main menu. Variety of fish pan seared or EVO grilled with additional preparations available.

Valentino’s Cucina Italiana- 1145 South Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale – Fine Italian dining. Need to revisit.

 Victoria Park Diner- 1730 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale – Referred to by many, as the Vicky Park Diner this former Miami Sub was transformed into a Greek Diner. Known for great breakfast specials, Greek food and Hookah Nights.

 Zuckerello’s- 3017 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale – Great value, more than ample portions, local favorite.