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abby_normal Mar 8, 2008 06:37 PM

I'm looking for a new restaurant to try in the West Broward area...

Have been to Capital Grille, Legal Seafoods, Bonefish, Seasons 52, etc. but I can only eat at those places so much before I get bored of the menus.

Just wondering if anybody knows any seafood places I can check out next time I go out for dinner. I've been wondering about Truluck's and McCormick & Schmick's, but can't find much info on them as far as reviews go.

I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

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  1. gblcsw RE: abby_normal Mar 8, 2008 07:01 PM

    Abby, Those restauants are in Boca, I've heard Trulucks is VERY expensive. McCormick and Schmick's is just okay. In Broward, try 3030 Ocean.

    1. RickL RE: abby_normal Mar 8, 2008 07:40 PM

      Not West but at least in Broward:

      Sunfish Grill - Expensive (although less than Truluck) but some of the best seafood in the area (2761 East Oakland Park Blvd, Ft Lauderdale, 954-564-6464 http://www.sunfishgrill.com

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      Calypso - Excellent Caribbean style seafood (460 South Cypress Road Pompano Beach, 954-942-1633 http://www.calypsorestaurant.com/) They are now open M - F only. No weekends.

      Catfish Dewey's - Good home-style Southern cooking. Great fried catfish, shrimp, scallops, fried oysters, crawfish, crab, mahi, grits and collards (4003 N. Andrews Ave, 954-566-5333, http://www.catfishdeweys.com.

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      Kelley's Landing - New England-style Fish House. If you like whole-belly fried clams, this is the place. Also a very good lobster roll. (1305 SE 17th St. Causeway Fort Lauderdale 954-760-7009.)

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      Catfish Deweys
      4003 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

      Kelly's Landing-New England
      1305 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

      Sunfish Grill
      2761 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

      Calypso Restaurant & Raw Bar
      460 S Cypress Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

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        abby_normal RE: RickL Mar 9, 2008 05:01 AM

        I've heard of Blue Moon, maybe I'll check out the one in Ft. Lauderdale.

        The places I've been and listed are chains because I have no other way of knowing any good restauarants at this point. I can only go by word of mouth or just simply recognizing a name. I'm open to any suggestions.

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          zook RE: abby_normal Mar 10, 2008 03:58 AM

          Just an fyi on the distinction between the 2 Blue Moons...You asked for rex in west Broward; so myself and the other posters have limited our response to your specific request. The Blue Moon out east has a lovely view of the intracoastal whereas obviously the western outpost does not. However, you pay a premium for that view as the prices are somewhat lower in the CS location. The quality of the food is identical at both.

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        zook RE: abby_normal Mar 9, 2008 03:04 AM

        Blue Moon Fish Co. in Coral Springs. Great food, reasonable prices. Trulucks is also good in Boca (not west) but carries a higher price tag. It's interesting to me is that all the places you've listed are chains. http://www.bluemoonfishco.com

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          zook RE: zook Mar 9, 2008 03:08 AM

          I forgot to give an honorable mention to Mambo Jambo also in Coral Springs. They have several fish dishes on their menu that are also expertly prepared and well priced. In fact, their menu is quite large, running the gamut from Latin fare to the afore-mentioned fish dishes, to an extensive sushi menu, as well.

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          pringle347 RE: abby_normal Mar 9, 2008 06:00 PM

          Have you tried Gold Coast Seafood Grill? There's one in Coral Springs, in the Walk, on University Drive. I've never had a bad meal there, and their prices are pretty decent too. After dinner you can get an ice cream at Kilwins, next door, or go browsing at Barnes and Noble. I also second the Mambo Jambo and Blue Moon recs....

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            johnmlinn RE: pringle347 Mar 9, 2008 06:34 PM

            I have to disagree on Gold Coast. Don't want to trash your rec but I've never had a good piece of fish there. Everything I've had has been uniformly overcooked and then doused in these really salty iterations of beur blanc to compensate. Shrimp, grouper, snapper, sea bass, salmon, all over cooked. I've even had rotten grouper there. I would stick with a place that can cook a piece of fish properly rather than disguise ineptitude with sauces and stuffings.

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              welig123 RE: johnmlinn Mar 10, 2008 06:00 PM

              I'd have to say Old Florida Seafood House on 26th Street in Ft. Lauderdale. It has been in business since the 70's...great seafood
              in a relaxed environment. Enjoy...

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                pringle347 RE: johnmlinn Mar 11, 2008 07:05 PM

                wow, I really am surprised....and if I get the sauce at all, I get it on the side, and I still haven't found that ever...I've been there for lunches, dinners, busy Saturdays and slow Mondays, with huge groups and just the hubby and I and we have never, ever had a bad meal there, seafood or otherwise. I completely agree that disguising overcooked food with salty sauces is a poor excuse for a meal...but I have never found this there.
                So what's your best choice for seafood in Coral Springs? (or surrounding area)

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                  johnmlinn RE: pringle347 Mar 12, 2008 09:17 AM

                  Nick's Fishmarket is somewhat close to there (150 Palmetto Park Rd.), and, I think, much better. My family used to go to Old Florida Seafood House too, but I think it's gotten poor over time. The service can be pretty bad, and the food isn't as consistent as it used to be. But take for example their broiled orange roughy: It's moist, flavorful, flakes apart but you can still see that sort of milky quality that properly cooked fish has. Conversely, every piece of fish I've had at Gold Coast was devoid of that. I've been at least 4 times, and I really wanted to like it believe me. I live in CS, and it would be great to have better restaurants close to home. As I mentioned, the last time I went I had grouper that had devolved into mush. I'm totally serious, it was like baby food. The topping of mango salsa or whatever was old and the peppers in it had that rubbery quality you get from frozen stuff (or food sitting around...). It was blackened too, but then, it also had (gasp!) beur blanc. It was one of the worst pieces of fish I've ever eaten, and close to $30.

                  I'll give another example. I had the scallop and shrimp risotto. The scallops were great, seared perfectly and done to the perfect temp. The shrimp, however, were so overcooked they were like a knots of tightened cloth. The risotto itself was OK, but then here comes the beur blanc again, sloshed all over it. It's risotto! If it's done right does it really need sauce? The chef seems to have delusions of grandeur with his need to overdo everything. How about this instead: Serve me a nicely cooked piece of fish, simply done, no sauce. I'd pay $30 for that.

                  Lastly, the service is almost as bad as the food. It's a moderately priced joint, but there should still be some care and attention. The vibe the wait staff gives off is like a TGI Fridays.

                  So, I still drive to get fish, sadly. I don't know what Blue Moon is like, one day I'll have to try that. Otherwise, try Four Rivers, a modern Thai fusion joint in Fort Lauderdale. Their fish has been perfect every time I've had it, and even though it's a much fancier place and the Chef could go much crazier in terms of presentation/ingredients, the fish always takes center stage.

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                    zook RE: johnmlinn Mar 12, 2008 03:24 PM

                    I agree with you re: Gold Coast. Went once and was not impressed. You really should get to Blue Moon. Ate there again last night for my umpteenth meal and it never disappoints. By now I've tried just about everything on their menu and not a dud in the bunch. I, too, live in CS, and wish there were more non-chain choices in the nabe. Having said that, have you tried Sazio's (across from Gold Coast)...every once in awhile they make a pretty good salmon or mahi; although it's their salads and seafood pizza I like best.

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                      johnmlinn RE: zook Mar 12, 2008 09:43 PM

                      Yeah, Sazio is real solid. My sister is a waitress there, actually. :-D The place is pretty cheap for fresh dishes and good sandwiches/pizzas.

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                      pringle347 RE: johnmlinn Mar 13, 2008 02:02 PM

                      That does sound pretty awful! I'll have to try Nicks one day, that's not too much of a drive. I have been to Blue Moon for brunch and it was very nice, will have to get there for dinner too. We went to Sazio for lunch one day, it was great. But I"m sorry Grains of Olde next door closed...I liked their breads!

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                      johnmlinn RE: pringle347 Mar 12, 2008 09:20 AM

                      Links:

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                      Four Rivers Restaurant
                      1201 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL

                      Nick's Fishmarket of Hawaii
                      150 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL

                2. Munchkin RE: abby_normal Mar 11, 2008 06:53 AM

                  Tarpon Bend
                  Islamorada Seafood Company
                  Rustic Inn

                  1. LilMsFoodie RE: abby_normal Mar 13, 2008 04:52 AM

                    Sunfish is about the best of those suggested. I love Trulucks. I just had dinner last week at the Naples location. They are about doing everything right and there is good value for the quality and service received.

                    We had the Pacu fish ribs (really) with watermelon bbq sauce as an appetizer. I had the jalapeno bernaise over scottish salmon which was perfection and my husband had blue crab topped red snapper. They were absolutely perfect. With these and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc our dinner was still under $125 for the two of us before the tip. I like that they bring a bottle of water to the table gratis rather than the bottled water hooha done at most restaurants at this level. Water was filtered and good.

                    http://trulucks.com/home.php

                    I have not been to Sunfish since last summer so I do not want to make menu comments at this time as they may have changed their offerings.

                    As I type, I just remembered another great restaurant on the ocean in Ft. Lauderdale: 3030 Ocean. I know it is in the Marriott beach hotel but the food there is really awesome. As good as Sunfish and almost as good as Trulucks. The tempura tuna is memorable as is the amazing things the chef does with pompano.

                    http://www.3030ocean.com/

                    Mangia Bene LilMsFoodie

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