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Feb 16, 2008 07:51 AM

Halendale, Hollywood & Aventura Area (Casual Meals)

I'll be staying near Atlantic Shores Blvd (Near the Dog Track). Can anyone suggest a few casual local restaurants in the areas around the dog track? I'm not interested in the upscale or gourmet Restaurants. Place that you can get a meal for under $30.

My wife an I enjoy authentic local places where the locals eat.

I have researched the boards and found a few places that may be of interest. Please recommend others in the area. Thanks!!

Bars & Bubs
Ernie's Bar-BQ - Bar, Ft Lauderdale
Le Tub Saloon - Hambugers, Hollywood
Ye Olde Falcon Pub - British pub

Cafe Martorano- Homemade Italian food
Casa Mia - Italian

Cheen Huaye - Yucatanean Mexican
Panchos - Mexican
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza - Italian

Gourmet Diner - French bistro-style food

Scorch - grilled meats
Woody's - Old fashioned joint

Barrio Latino - Cuban
Little Havana - Cuban

Shuck 'N Dive - Cajun

Southport Raw Bar - Seafood, Waterfront Dinng

Chinatopia - Chinese

Tania's Table - Columian

Timo Restaurant - Mediterranean

Subs & Sandwiches
Doris Market - Subs

Coco's Corner Cafe - Sushi

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  1. I can't vouch for all of these, but overall that looks like a pretty solid list. Not sure you can get in and out of Timo for $30 though. A couple others I'd add ->

    Yakko San - fantastic Japanese tapas.
    Captain Jim's - simple fish & seafood (attached to seafood market).
    Jumbo - basic dim sum.
    Little Saigon - Vietnamese (mixed commentary).

    All in North Miami Beach area.

    Captain Jim Hanson Seafood
    12950 W Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33161

    Little Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant
    16752 N Miami Ave, North Miami Beach, FL 33169

    Jumbo Chinese Restaurant
    1242 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, FL 33162

    Hiro's Yakko-San
    3881 NE 163rd Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33160

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    1. re: Frodnesor

      Heading to Westin Diplomat in Hollywood next week from NYC (we're foodies). Any suggestions for a few more upscale places that might be worth a try? We will have a car, so north and south of Hollywood is fine as well. TIA! Also, looking for great local cuban and a fish shack on the beach as well. Thanks.

      1. re: jenniebnyc

        In no particular order,
        Fulvio's for Italian
        Lola's on Harrison
        Chef Allen
        Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak recently opened not too far from Diplomat in Aventura. I have not been but have heard positive things. Just read a review on a local blog

        Fish shack- head to Tark's over on US1 in Dania Beach. Counter service type place with great steamed clams. Had 2 dozen for lunch today...

        For Cuban in the area you can hit Padrino's. It's on Hallandale Beach Blvd. 1minute from hotel.

        Don't forget LeTub for a burger. (5 minutes north of hotel on same street)

        1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

          Note that OP said "Can anyone suggest a few casual local restaurants in the areas around the dog track? I'm not interested in the upscale or gourmet Restaurants. Place that you can get a meal for under $30." I don't think Bourbon Steak is going to fit the bill.

          1. re: Frodnesor

            Correct but I was responding to jennybnyc. I agree that this should probably be a separate thread. That being said, the OP mentioned a couple of places that are upscale. (Timo, Martorano..)

            1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

              My bad. Though OP should definitely be warned that Bourbon Steak is not within $30 range.

          2. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

            Thank you. Just made a reservation at Bourbon, Trina and Michy's. I will look forward to researching your recs. Thanks very much!

            I was wondering about LeTub...good to know it's a winner.I will add this, Tarks and Padrinos to the lunch list.

            Thanks again!

            1. re: jenniebnyc

              Jennie, I found an online menu for Tark's so you can prepare. The prices are a little off but not by much
              Great call on Michy's. If you are willing to head south to Miami I would recommend going to Michael's Genuine over Trina.

              1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                Again thanks. How far is Tarks from Westin Diplomat? Is it on the beach? Can't wait for the salad with grilled dolphin!!!!

                1. re: jenniebnyc

                  Unfortunately, it is not on the beach. It's easy to get to from the hotel though. About 7 to 10 minutes. Head north when you leave the hotel on Ocean Dr. Make a left on Sheridan and a right on US1. It will be on your right hand side. Can't miss it.

                  If you want to have lunch or dinner on the beach near the hotel I would recommend Sugar Reef.

      2. Your list is pretty good, but you can't get a meal at Timo or Martorano for $30. I would also say that Coco's and Gourmet Diner would be difficult as well (especially if you're having wine).