Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fort Lauderdale Best Restaurants for 2012 Awarded by LocalEats

  • Best American Traditional Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Asian Fusion Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Bakery in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Barbecue Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Bistro in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Brazilian Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Breakfast Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Brewpub in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Brunch in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Burgers in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Cajun Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Caribbean/Tropical Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Chinese Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Clams in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Contemporary Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Continental Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Crab Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Cuban Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Dessert Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Dim Sum Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Diner in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Fine Dining Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best French Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Fried Chicken in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Gastropub in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Greek Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Hot Dogs in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Hotel Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Indian Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Italian Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Japanese/Sushi Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Korean Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Late-Night Dining Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Latin/South American Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Mexican Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Regional Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Seafood Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Soul Food Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Southwestern Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Spanish Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Steak House in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Subs/Hoagies/Po-boys in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Thai Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Best Vietnamese Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2007

    'Bon Appetit' Spotlights Area Restaurants

    IN THE NEWS: Bon Appetit's October 2007 issue features Michael's Genuine Food & Drink (130 Northeast 40th Street, 305-573-5550, michaelsgenuine.com), Quattro Gastronomia Italiana (1014 Lincolnd Road, 305-531-4833, quattromiami.com), and the recently opened Lido Bayside Grill (40 Island Avenue, 305-673-1717, standardhotel.com). bonappetit.com ... Dine Out Lauderdale is set for Oct. 1-Nov. 15 (excluding Oct. 25), during which more than 30 restaurants in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area will offer three-course dinners for the fixed price of $35. Participants include Cafe Maxx, Mark's Las Olas, Galanga, and 3030 Ocean. www.sunny.org for more info. ...

    The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel's Judith Stocks reviews China Dumpling (1899 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561-737-2782), while Judith Stocks rates Pancho's Backyard (433 E. Sheridan St., Dania Beach, 954-921-2209, panchosbackyard.net). sun-sentinel.com ... Broward-Palm Beach New Times' Gail Shepherd considers Blacktip Reef Restaurant (301 NE Third Ave., Delray Beach. 561-330-8284). browardpalmbeach.com ... The Miami Herald's Victoria Pesce Elliott gives three stars in reviewing Pescecane (9551 Harding Ave., Surfside, 305-861-1060), while Charles Buhman looks at brunches at The Field Irish Pub & Eatery (3281 Griffin Rd., Dania Beach; 954-964-5979; the fieldirishpubdania.com), Round the Bend Bistro & Martini Bar (1025 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-463-6330) and Café Verdi (100 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-522-1230) ... Linda Bladholm reviews Gourmet Greenhouse Restaurant (5809 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 954-518-0551), Madeleine Marr visits Marcanio's European Deli Caffé (3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove, 305-441-9737), and Micro Rave visits Randazzo's Little Italy (150 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables; 305-448-7002). ... Elliott reports that Cory Smith, former sous chef at the recently closed Pacific Time, has a new gig: executive chef at Santo, a few doors down on Lincoln Road. (430 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-532-2882). miamiherald.com ...

    Miami New Times' Lee Klein reviews Pascal's on Ponce (2611 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables; 305-444-2024). ... Klein's Riptide 2.0 blog reports: Crystal Cafe is closed and a new tenant, Fusion 41, has moved in. ... Chinese spot Christine Lee’s Restaurantin Sunny Isles will be relocating to a new space at Gulfstream. ... A late September opening is in store for Andu Restaurant and Bar in the Neovertika building on the Miami River. It will be operated by Chef Duly Viejo and his brother, Tony. miaminewtimes.com

    Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

    Tuesday, September 18, 2007

    Casablanca Seafood Bar & Grill Opens

    IN THE NEWS: The Miami Herald's Victoria Pesce Elliott gives two stars in reviewing Hoja Nueva (Westin Colonnade Hotel, 180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-441-2600) in the former spot of the closed Bice, while Rochelle Koff gives three stars to Lola's on Harrison (2032 Harrison St., Hollywood, 954-927-9851; www.lolasonharrison.com) and Linda Bladholm visits Rinconcito Peruano (4644 Palm Ave., Hialeah, in the Palm View Plaza strip mall, 305-364-4869). ... The paper notes the openings of Indian roadhouse Ishq (530 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-532-4747) and Casablanca Seafood Bar & Grill (400 NW North River Dr., Miami, 305-371-4107, www.casablancaseafood.com) ... Madeleine Marr visits Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering (4702 S. Le Jeune Rd., Coral Gables, 786-268-8350, www.whiskgourmet.com), while Micro Rave stops by Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill (2505 N. University Dr., Hollywood; 954-964-3793; for other locations, visit www.flanigans.net). miamiherald.com ... Broward-Palm Beach New Times' Gail Shepherd reviews Lola's on Harrison. browardpalmbeach.com ... Miami New Times' Lee Klein reviews Le Petit Resto (16978 NE 19th Ave, North Miami Beach; 305-940-3395), while Bill Citara considers Les Halles (2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables; 305-461-1099). miaminewtimes.com ... The Palm Beach Post's Pat Beall reports that a bankruptcy court judge has greenlighted the sale of R.J. Gators Inc. to J&D Restaurant Holdings LLC for about $1.85 million. A partnership of local businessmen Timothy Jeffrey and Kevin Dalton, J&D was a dark-horse bidder for the nine-restaurant chain. palmbeachpost.com ... The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel's Judith Stocks reviews Greek eatery Taverna Eros (8 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-272-8220, TavernaEros.com), while Lyn Farmer considers O'Connell's Bistro & Bar (8320 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation, 954-423-1610, OConnellsBistro.com). sun-sentinel.com ... Menu Pages notes the opening of Ouzo's Mediterranean Bistro, and Power Pizza's Pinecrest location. blogs.menupages.com/southflorida ...

    Zagat Buzz reports that to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the James Beard Foundation is hosting a series of food festivals and special dinners in 20 cities nationwide. The events kick off on September 18th in New York with a lavish menu inspired by Beard at Four Seasons. The celebrations continue the next week with elaborate dinners cooked by first-rate toques in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Short Hills, NJ and Washington, DC. All of the events are unique, with different chef lineups and dining formats ranging from gala dinners to walk-around tastings, so check the individual city pages for details. Though prices for the dinners vary, all of them will be followed up on September 29th with special events at local Williams-Sonoma stores where chefs will be offering cooking demos, book signings, specialty food tastings and kids' educational activities free of charge. For more information about the event, logon to www.jbftasteamerica.com. zagat.com

    Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

    Tuesday, September 11, 2007

    Reviewers Rate Indomania, Tulio's Italian

    IN THE NEWS: Miami New Times' Lee Klein reviews the new Dutch-Indonesian eatery Indomania (131 26th St, Miami Beach; 305-535-6332). miaminewtimes.com ... Broward-Palm Beach New Times' Gail Shepherd rates Tulio's Italian Fusion (300 Via de Palmas, Boca Raton, in Royal Palm Plaza. 561-447-4006). browardpalmbeach.com ... The Miami Herald's Rochelle Koff awards three and a half stars in reviewing Nazca (7855 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954-966-3996), while Enrique Fernandez considers Hialeah restaurants Yoyito Restaurant y Cafetería (495 E 49th St., Hialeah; 305-953-0701), Pollo Brasa y Sazón, (1618 W. 68th St., Hialeah; 305-512-0290) and Rinconcito Peruano (4646 Palm Ave., Hialeah), Linda Bladholm visits Mazal's Glatt Kosher (716 Atlantic Shores Blvd., Hallandale, 954-458-0067), and Micro Rave notes The Village Cafe (9540 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores; 305-757-6453). miamiherald.com ... The Sun Post's Mark Goldberg reviews Santo Restaurant & Lounge (430 Lincoln Road, South Beach, 305-532-2882). miamisunpost.com ... The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel awards three and a half stars in reviewing Bentley's Seafood & Grill (2700 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561-361-1535) and Big Anthony & Guido's (1142 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, 954-753-4445). sun-sentinel.com ... Stuck on the Palmetto notes Sticky Fingers Cupcakes (811 NE 79th Street, Miami, 305-759-8777). stuckonthepalmetto.blogspot.com

    Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

    Tuesday, September 4, 2007

    'Herald' Critic Reviews DeVito South Beach

    IN THE NEWS: The Miami Herald's Victoria Pesce Elliott gives two and a half stars in reviewing actor Danny DeVito's new DeVito South Beach (150 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-531-0911; devitosouthbeach.com), while Rochelle Koff awards three and a half stars to Café Sharaku (2736 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954-563-2888, cafesharaku.com), Linda Bladholm visits Tatay's Philippine Restaurant (237 167th St., North Miami Beach, 305-654-9494), and Micro Rave stops by Eli's Cafe (Gables International Plaza Building, 2655 LeJeune Rd., Coral Gables; 305-443-6148) ... The Herald notes the opening of Rosa Mexicano (Mary Brickell Village, 900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001) under chef Omar Covarrubias. miamiherald.com ... The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel's Judith Stocks awards three and a half stars in reviewing the Italian eatery Vic & Angelo's (PGA Commons, 4520 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561-630-9899), as well as The Jib Room (2104 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-564-3581). sun-sentinel.com ... Broward-Palm Beach New Times' Gail Shepherd reviews Cantina Laredo (4635 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. 561-622-1223), while John Linn tries the jerk chicken at Betty's Place (5601 Pembroke Rd., Hollywood, 954-226-3340). browardpalmbeach.com ... Miami New Times' Lee Klein reviews Shiver's Bar-B-Q (28001 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead; 305-248-2272) and Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q (1236 S Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale; 954-522-5046), while Bill Citara considers Trattoria Luna (9477 S Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest; 305-669-9448). miaminewtimes.com ... The Sun Post's Charlotte Libov visits Clarke’s (840 First St., 305-538-9885), while Mark Goldberg reviews Cioppino (455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne, in the Ritz-Carlton, 305-365-4156). miamisunpost.com ... The Palm Beach Post's Lona O'Connor reports on the closing of the area's last Krispy Kreme doughnut shop in Palm Beach County, in Boca Raton, while Scott Simmons reviews Grotto (207 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach, 561-659-1440). palmbeachpost.com ... Menu Pages notes that Alejandro Gonzalez, whose family owns the two David's Cafes in South Beach, was shot in the torso Aug. 27 and dumped into Biscayne Bay, left to float with the current underneath the Venetian Causeway. Luckily, some construction workers saw him and managed to get him out of the water. He's now recovering from emergency surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital. blogs.menupages.com/southflorida

    Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

    Monday, August 27, 2007

    'New Times BPB' Critic Shepherd Honored

    IN THE NEWS: Best newspaper restaurant criticism first place award winner Gail Shepherd of New Times Broward/Palm Beach, runner-up Tom Sietsema of The Washington Post, and third place winner Besha Rodell of Creative Loafing in Atlanta have been honored by The Association of Food Journalists in its 2007 awards competition. They received their awards Aug. 25 at a reception and banquet held in conjunction with AFJ’s annual conference in Minneapolis. ... Shepherd reviews the new Greek tavernas Avra Taverna (3001 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-616-1514), Taverna Eros (8 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. 561-272-8220) and Taverna Kyma (6298 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. 561-994-2828). browardpalmbeach.com ... The Sun-Sentinel's Sarah Talalay reports that two decades-old Pete's Restaurant has closed and is scheduled to reopen at its location west of Boca Raton as an upscale seafood restaurant next year. Pete Boinis, a veteran of 50 years and 21 restaurants, said he has entered into a contract to sell Pete's to Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, the Atlanta company that brought Chops Lobster Bar to Boca Raton earlier this year. ... sun-sentinel.com ... The Miami Herald's Victoria Pesce Elliott gives three and a half stars in reviewing Prime Blue Grille (315 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-5901; primebluegrille.com.), while Linda Bladholm features B & M Market (219 NE 79th St., Miami, 305-757-2889), Charles Buhman considers the new spots New River Pizza Cafe (1970 Sawgrass Mills Circle, Sunrise; 954-332-7980), Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries (1818 Cordova Rd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-358-5862; 7268 W. Atlantic Blvd, Margate, 954-975-4818; www.fiveguys.com), and Hurricane Grill and Wings (1905 N. Pine Island Rd., Plantation; 954-475-8815; www.hurricanewings.com), and Micro Rave visits Tommy's Pizza Restaurant (4777 S. University Dr., Davie; 954-680-0113). ... The Takeout column visits Miami Tandoor (1768 N. University Dr., Pembroke Pines, 954-538-0409). ... The Herald notes, "Miami is well represented in September's Gourmet magazine, a themed issued devoted to ''Latino Food: America's Fastest-Rising Cuisine.'' Our Cocina columnist Maricel E. Presilla plays tutor for ''Advanced Latin Studies,'' a Q&A with Gourmet editors. (''Can you describe the significance of sofrito?''). The Herald's Ana Menéndez surveys Miami's Cuban dining scene with stops at La Carreta, Enriqueta's, Nena Restaurant, Puerto Sagua, Rancho Luna, Tinta y Café, Versailles -- and the Café at Books & Books, with a decidedly non-Cuban menu but ``a true Cuban chef'' in Bernie Matz." miamiherald.com ... Miami New Times' Lee Klein reviews Wish (801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; 305-674-9474). miaminewtimes.com ... The Sun Post's Charlotte Libov has the wild Alaskan coho salmon at Oceanaire Seafood Room (900 S. Miami Ave., 305-372-8862) miamisunpost.com

    Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

    Tuesday, August 21, 2007

    Middle Eastern Eatery Manara Closes

    IN THE NEWS: The Miami Herald's Victoria Elliott gives two stars to Christabelle's Quarter (3157 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove, christabellesquarter.com), while Rochelle Koff awards three stars to Seasons 52 (Galleria Mall, 2428 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, seasons52.com) and Micro Rave visits Zadley's (327 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables). ... The paper's Joan Fleischman reports the closing of Manara Restaurant, the Middle Eastern eatery in South Miami. miamiherald.com ... The South Florida Business Journal reports a Sunny Isles Beach restaurateur was arrested for attempted bribery of a government official, the Department of Business and Professional Regulations said. The department said Iosif Nektalov offered an inspector money, jewelry, and gold teeth in exchange for a liquor license for his wife's restaurant, Royal and Grill. miami.bizjournals.com ... The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel's Judith Stocks reviews Bragozzo Osteria Wine Bar ( Isle Casino & Racing at Pompano Park, 1800 SW Third St., Pompano Beach) and 3 G's Gourmet Deli & Restaurant (5869 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach). sun-sentinel.com ... Broward-Palm Beach New Times' Gail Shepherd reviews Bangkok Palace (4345 N. State Rd. 7, Lauderdale Lakes). browardpalmbeach.com ... Miami New Times' Lee Klein reviews PrimeBlue Grille (315 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami). miaminewtimes.com ... The Sun Post's Mark Goldberg reviews Vix (1144 Ocean Drive, in the Victor Hotel, South Beach). miamisunpost.com

    Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com