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Good restaurants near Bank Atlantic Center?

mrschef1 Jul 11, 2008 04:49 PM

Going to the Steve Winwood concert Tuesday and want to grab a decent meal beforehand. Any suggestions?

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    smartie Jul 12, 2008 07:55 AM

    I seem to remember it's in the middle of nowhere. The food at the Center is atrocious - pizza slices and hot dogs. Pack a picnic is my suggestion. Do you have a spare ticket by any chance?

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      mrschef1 Jul 12, 2008 08:06 AM

      Yeah, it is out in the boonies. Was thinking of the Sawgrass mall, but neither Puck nor Lagasse seem to be there anymore...my hubby found the tickets on ebay. Give it a shot. Good luck.

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        tlubow Jul 12, 2008 12:06 PM

        There a decent sushi place call Koume in the Petsmart shopping plaza that is on Sunrise, just a little east of Flamingo. If you want something a little nicer, you will have to travel a little bit further to Broward Blvd., between Nob Hill and Pine Island and go to Josef's for Northern Italian/Austrian. Have a good time.

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      meb903 Jul 13, 2008 04:06 PM

      i know they are chains, but there is a cheesecake factory, bahama breeze & grand lux cafe. not the best food, but better than pizza & hot dogs at the arena.

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        The Chowfather AKA sobe Jul 13, 2008 04:21 PM

        or grab some Chowder at Legal Seafood

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        mrotmd Jul 13, 2008 05:29 PM

        If you are willing to be about 3 - 4 miles from the arena, try Josef's. A northern Italian restaurant on Broward and 96. The food is excellent, the service is even better. Make a reservation. Don't expect pizza or your tipical pasta fare. It is truly a restaurant, not a pizzeria. If decent is what you are looking for, there is a diner on 136th avenue. Nothing to write home about. Your typical diner menu, but it is not a chain. One of the best sushi secrets is on SR84 and 136 avenue (little Japan). Next to a Publix. It is about 2 miles south of the arena.

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          advisor_Girl Jul 14, 2008 07:12 AM


          God I assumed Winwood was just opening for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - no? We are pre-gaming at Quarterdeck - just a half mile east of the BAC and fresh mahi sammies, good ribs and a friendly vibe...

          Quarterdeck Seafood Bar 12370 W Sunrise Blvd

          See you there!


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            mrschef1 Jul 14, 2008 07:32 AM


            I guess it depends on your perspective. To my hubby this is a Steve Windwood concert. ~grin~ I'm looking forward to both bands. Thanks for the advice all, it gave me something to "chew on".

            1. re: mrschef1
              jmdhsmiami Jul 14, 2008 10:47 AM

              Great thread as I am always dumbfounded as to where to eat when I go to a show there. GAG! Arena food.

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                mikek Jul 15, 2008 08:25 AM

                I too am looking forward to both bands, missed my chance to see Winwood at Jazzfest a couple of years back. I heard Winwood has been coming out to play with Petty (a nice Gimme Some Lovin backed by the Heartbreakers sounds appropriate, huh?)

                As for food, we usually keep it simple and do Cheesecake/Grand Lux. There is also a P.F. Changs I believe?

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            CmdrTulkas Jul 14, 2008 05:02 PM

            Isn't there a P.F. Chang's there as well?

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              jmdhsmiami Oct 1, 2008 07:49 AM

              Any new additions to the boonies here? Have a couple of shows the next two months and wanted to know if there are any improved dining experiences close to the arena.

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                CFByrne Oct 1, 2008 05:03 PM

                Someone in the "Where did Creolina go" thread mentioned that they were now sort-of close... but I don't think it's the kind of "close" most folks have in mind.

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                  CmdrTulkas Oct 5, 2008 08:21 AM

                  It seems more of on the way, but truthfully it isn't terribly far. I would say 10 min. at most from BAC

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                    The Chowfather Oct 5, 2008 09:53 AM

                    Yes, that was me. I mentioned it as being an option "on the way" to Bank Atlantic Center. This only applies to people heading west on 595. If so, I would also recommend stopping at Char-Hut which is also on the way. Again, neither are within walking distance to the arena. This only pertains to those traveling West on 595 (and obviously east of the restaurants)

                    Char Hut
                    9000 W State Road 84, Davie, FL 33324

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                Lu612 Oct 5, 2008 12:22 PM

                This is my neck of the woods as I live in Weston...depends on where you are coming from there are alot of options in Weston at town center japanese steak house, tarantellas (italian), east city grill (mark mitellos) carolina ale house, flanagans.......if not mostly chains near the arena, cheesecake factory, legal seafoods, bahama breeze, pf changs, grand luxe cafe, tgi fridays, etc....

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                  jmdhsmiami Oct 6, 2008 11:11 AM

                  Sorry to be ignorant, us eastsiders are not familiar with "town center".. I think I may have gone there for a meal before a show once, but since we don't venture that far west often it is a distant memory... Thanks for the suggestion Lu612

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                    zook Oct 7, 2008 04:14 PM

                    I thought East City Grill closed some time ago when it was owned and operated by Oliver Saucy and Darryl Broeck of Cafe Maxx. Did Militello take it over....I thought most of his restaurants closed, as well???

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