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Chicago hound will be staying at Westin Diplomat for 4 Days next week and need great lunch and dinner recommendations. I prefer seafood, italian, or cuban spots, because I have all the steak houses I need in the windy city. I will not have a rental car, so looking for cab rides no longer than 10-15 minutes. Thanks for the help!

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  1. Sorry for the lack of responses, but there really isn't a lot of food "right around" the Diplomat but beach bars. Here are some ideas for you, but most are a bit farther than you wanted to go by cab:

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    La Carreta Restaurant
    301 N University Dr, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

    Anthony's Runway 84
    330 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

    La Barraca
    Hollywood, FL, Hollywood, FL

    1. Sadly, because I live in the neighborhood, there's not too much worth raving about nearby. In Hallandale there's Sage for bagels/deli. Not too far away in Sunny Isles is Bisseleh Cafe for Israeli and Timo, which I haven't been to for a while, but everyone seems to like. Also close by in Aventura you have Chef Allen and Bagel Cove and a host of other places mentioned farily frequently on this board. I haven't been for ages, but a lot of people like Padrino's in Hallandale for Cuban. We really like Pancho's in Hollywood for Cuban/Mexican (very good ceviche). La Barraca in Downtown Hollywood has good Spanish and Fulvio also downtown gets good reviews for Italian. The wine bar on Harrison St. in downtown Hollywood is very nice and we also like A La Turca for Middle Eastern (on Hollywood Blvd.) There are a few places that I usually recommend on the Intracoastal and the Broadwalk, but the weather is way too hot for outdoor dining. Have a good visit!

      1. We like Mama Mia's in Hollywood( young circle). Conca doro is a fav of my family, but I prefer Mama Mia. Las Vegas Cuban cuisine is great(it might be too far, its on state rd 7). There is another cuban place on Hallandale Beach Blvd that has a lunch buffett. The sage has awesome bagels. I brought a dozen back with me when I left last week( visiting family). Skip all Chinese food, it sucks in S. Fl. People have raved about Pizza Rustica, but I wasnt that impressed. Carini's on US 1 is a lot better.

        1. try these Tatiana, upscale Vegas style shows, they buy quality seafood. I know.

          Sugar Reef, Very Florida, quality seafood

          Giorgois Grill, Upscale Italian lots of excellent seafood

          Aizia, Upscale, Walking distance(it s in the W/D hotel) Excellent seafood

          1. Definitely get to Fulvio's for dinner. It's pricey, but excellent quality. Sugar Reef, mentioned here already, is also very good for seafood. And, for complete hole in the wall breakfast / lunch, head to Nick's on Hallandale and Dixie.....there's nowhere like Nick's. Two good, but very casual, sushi are Nakorn and Eddie Hill. There you have it! All my favs in Hollyweird!

            1. I'm about 1/2 mile from the Diplomat. About two miles north of the Diplomat on A1A is Le Tub. Go for lunch - incredible burgers (cash only - might take a minute to get a seat). Padrinos on Hallandale Beach Blvd is good for cuban (about 3/4 mi from you) Otherwise, the Diplomat has great food. I've had great appetizers and drinks at Nikki Marina. Aizia and Hollywood Prime have been wonderful every time I go.

              1. Just returned from my stay at Westin Diplomat and definitely found chow worthy food a short cab ride from the hotel. Fulvio's had excellent northern- italian cuisine. Enjoyed the butternut squash raviolis,steamed mussels, and the osso bucco was very tender and flavorful. Thay also had a nice selection of italian wines. Went to Padrino's for Cuban and thought it was also a very good spot. Black bean soup was tasty as well as the oven roasted pork and paella. Had a nice bottle of Chilean merlot. Went to Billy's Stone Crab for seafood, and thought the seafood was good, but not great. Had the combination of conch and clam chowder soup and it was dynamite. Large stone crabs were OK but not as good as the one's I've had at Joe's. Broiled Grouper was seasoned nicely but a little overcooked, and the key lime pie was pretty average. I will check out Sugar Reef the next time I'm in town. The food at the Westin was extremely expensive, and was a mixed bag of quality. The breakfast buffet was excellent, but $25 for omelets and typical breakfast fare is ridiculous. Nikkis Marina across from the hotel has great duck quesidillas and makes a tasty mojito, the waterfront setting was a nice touch.The sushi at Aizia was mediocre at best and also very over-priced. I highly recommend Fulvio's and Padrino's and will definitely be back the next time I'm in the Hollywood area. Thanks for all the recommendations

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                1. re: mookiejg

                  Yes definitely agree with the sushi at Aizia, other menu items are much better. Are you sure you had stone crabs at billys? The season closed May 15th, so if you did, they were frozen. Billy's is not what i would call "quality". Thank God you didn t go to Le Tub for their horrid burgers. I ve been on two different occasions and not at all been impressed. Zero flavor, Too big to eat, Expensive to boot. I think that now they are "famous" they don t care as much. I would take Wendy s any day over Le Crap. Sorry but talking about overpriced CRAP.
                  Joe's is the KING. If it wasn t for stupid tourists it would have closed years ago.

                  1. re: mookiejg

                    I will echo bostonchowterrier, if you have not been to Le Tub, I have to say that it is a Chowhound MUST. Nothing else like it anywhere, a true original, and a burger that puts others to shame. Sometimes there's a long wait.