Top Restaurants?? - Weston, Plantation, Davie
Hey everybody, I'm new to the board and new to South Florida. I'm planning on relocating to the Weston, Plantation, Davie area sometime in the near future and wanted to try some good restaurants while I house hunt. Any recommendations? I read a post about the East City Grille being good, but not so good... any new info? Thanks for the help.
There are a few good restaurants in West Broward. La Brochette Bistro in Cooper City is probably the best.
Weston - East City Grill has an excellent pedigree (chefs and owners), but we find ourselves just not going back. Lucille's Cafe in Weston is simple but quite popular with standard diner type food. Myung Ga Tofu & BBQ is simple Korean but quite different from the pack. El Brasero is a good Venezuelan Steak House, although a bit uneven. There's a Bonefish Grill as well, along with another in Plantation. Finally, there is El Meson, a small tapas wine bar with a limited selection, all prepared off site, but still very tasty and enjoyable.
Plantation - only Padrino's (cuban) comes to mind.
Davie - along with Josef's (we didn't care for it that much) there's Vienna Cafe and Wine Bar with simple Austrian fare.
Now, if you expand to Pembroke Pines, just a bit south, there's Cohiba Brasserie (Int'l with a latin flavor) and Paella Seafood Grill, the first top notch, the latter excellent tapas and decent main dishes.
Finally, if you also include Sunrise - albeit a bit farther north, there are a couple of Indian places that, even if not competitive with NYC or Chicago Indian cuisine, are probably the best in Broward.
Josef's is in Plantation, on Broward Blvd. It's not in Davie. Haven't eaten there but I pass by it almost daily. I live in Plantation. Here are my top picks for the W Broward area.
Plantation - Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza just opened. It's fantastic - thin pizza and wings cooked in a coal oven. The original is in Ft Lauderdale but they've opened up in Weston and a few other locations. Very good.
--La Bamba Mexican and Spanish is pretty good, if you don't feel like driving.
--KM at the Grapevine - very good! The owner used to own another restaurant which closed. We were very happy that they opened this one.
--Vigneto's - Old school Italian - yum.
--Broadway Bagel - good deli breakfast - great bagels.
--Kiko - sushi
--J Alexander - love it but never get to go since DH hates it....
Davie - We like Falcon Pub alot. It's a dive bar in the form of an English pub. Great beer selection. I really like the British food, though my British friend says it's just ok. Very good bar food either way.
--Char Hut - fast food but in a great way. Awesome burgers and dogs and great fries. A local chain.
--Harvest Cafe - good breakfast southern style.
--Ichiban - My favorite sushi in W Broward. DH likes Kiko in Plantation better.
--Pizza Loft - best pizza in W Broward, if you're excluding the "fancy" kind (i.e., Anthony's)
Weston- Flanigan's is a local chain that is great. Very good ribs and wings. They're openign one in Davie soon.
--Bonefish - love it, even though it's a chain. The one in Plantation closed.
--Lucille's - good diner food with bit of a gourmet flair.
-- Anthony's coal fired - see above.
Sawgrass - it's actually Sunrise but very far west and accessible to Weston, plantation and Davie. At Sawgrass, you will find most of the "better" chains such as PF Changs, Legal Seafoods, Grand Lux Cafe (sp?), Cheesecake Factory. One that I like in particular is Bahama Breeze. Maybe it's not the most original place ever, but the outside area is very nice and the food has always been great.
As usual in the 'burbs, there will be the usual assortment of chain restos but I'm sure you'll find those without my telling you. Pretty much every chain that you can ask for is out this way. You'll probably find more originality if you go east, but that's the price I pay to be able to afford my home. :)
As mentioned above, you can't beat La Brochette Bistro - officially in Cooper City. Great seafood, fantastic specials, nice atmosphere, reasonable prices and really good desserts. I feel it is head and shoulders above all other options in Southwest Broward (but I haven't been to Cohiba). We also really enjoyed the Korean place mentioned above (Myung Ga), and Anthony's Coal Fired pizza in Weston has great pies and wings - but it's small and crowded. For a lunch don't miss the Cheese Course in Weston Town Center.
Don't know if this is too late, but I always enjoy anything I order at Moon Thai on Weston Road. Try the whole steamed snapper for a healthy great tasting treat. Piazza ben venuto at the far end of Weston is great Italian. The korean place is way cool too. I just ate at The Catch of the Day and it wasn't. It was fresh seafood but oh so boring. The Cheese Course has great sandwiches for lunch.