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What restaurants must not be missed beside Sunlime and Mark's?

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  1. In Fort Lauderdale I love Sunfish Grill, on Oakland Park Blvd between US 1 and the Intracostal. Slightly west of Hollywood, in Cooper City, is my nominee for not-to-be missed, La Brochette. It's in an ordinary looking strip mall at the corner of Sheridan and Hiatus. The pickings are a bit slim in Hollywood, but we like La Barraca for tapas, paella (and flamenco on weekends), which is on 20th between Hollywood Blvd and Harrison St. The steak restaurant in the Diplomat Hotel, Hollywood Prime, is better than Council Oaks in the Hardrock Hotel and Casino (IMHO), though both are equally idiotically expensive.

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    1. re: kate7047

      Gotta disagree on slim pickings....Some good restos in H'wood.
      - Sushi Blues - great food and great music.
      - Universe Cafe - good food and fun atmosphere, esp outside.
      - Argentango - great steak and chimichurri sauce.
      - Hollywood Vine - fun winebar which you can go to before or after your meal.

      Just had an horrific experience at Michael's kitchen related to service
      http://www.chow.com/topics/365109

      The suggestions listed are good for Ft Laud, though I've heard mixed reviews of Sunfish. To add to this list, I'd say Valentino's for small-scale Italian (Davie Blvd and US1), 3030 Ocean, and Himmarshee.

      Pretty sure all of the above can be googled.

    2. I have greatly enjoyed Eduardo San Angel for upscale mexican cuisine and great daily specials. Casa D'Angelo has quality italian in a pleasent atmosphere. New Thai place called Four Rivers is also quite good for well prepared Thai specialties. Canyon on Sunrise near Gateway has interesting Southwestern influenced dishes. On the trendy side I also like Trina at the Atlantic Hotel. I am sure there are some missing here, but these are some of my favs.

      1. I second Canyon and add to your list: Cafe Maxx (in the same vein as Marks) and Hobo's in Deerfield Beach for any fish lover.

        1. I can readily endorse the positive reports on Casa D'Angelo and Sunfish Grill. We dined at the new Thai restaurant The Four Rivers last night and I must say it was our single finest dining experience in the four years we have been resident in South Florida. Excellent cuisine, service and decor at reasonable prices for the quality.

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          1. re: lsernoff

            I have to say, although the food was great at Sunfish Grill, we'll never eat there again. We ate there twice, about 14 months apart, and both times we felt like they didn't want our business -- just a bad vibe, and got a feeling like they were doing us a favor by letting us eat there. We just didn't feel welcome at all. The first time we blew it off as a fluke or off night, so we went back again the next time we were in the area, and still didn't feel comfortable there at all.

          2. Getting a burger a le tub.

            I think eduardo de san angel and Casa D'Angelo are both overrated. Solid, but nothing to worry about if you never go there.

            I have not been to cafe motarano but I have heard that the place is very good. Same with Tom Jenkins BBQ and Jacksons Ice Cream Parlor. -- These are all places I am looking to try out in that area...

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            1. re: tpigeon

              I almost always agree with tpigeon, but I really would recommend Casa D"Angelo as a solid, upscale restaurant. I go there often and love the freshness of the salads, various fish preparations, pastas, great desserts, etc. They will alter any dish and once seated (there can be a wait even with a res.), the staff is friendly and accomodating. Nice vibe too. Cafe Martorano is very glitzy, with loud Sopranos music/videos playing. I like it--- but be forewarned that it is genuine South Philly italian cooking and the food can be very heavy. Not really a foodie destination imo but fun for Philly cheese steaks, meatballs, smothered chicken, etc. In the Hollywood/FLL area, I also like new ones such as Valentinos and Lola's.

              1. re: Debbie

                Thai on the beach! near the corner of sunrise and a1a on a1a. I love this food,,I love the view! Try the crispy duck!