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Aug 12, 2008 09:19 AM

Staying at Westin Diplomat on Hollywood Beach. Any great restaurants in the area?


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  1. I'm also staying at the Westin Diplomat in a few weeks for a weekend. Can someone make some lunch and dinner recommendations that are close by. I won't have a car but could take a cab. Many thanks

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    1. re: lollypop

      Hollywood Prime right in the hotel is a great steak house. Just ate there a weeks ago. Pricey but worth it.

      1. re: lollypop

        lpop, I recommend Lola's on Harrison for dinner.
        Fulvio's for upscale Italian
        Timo is great and a short cab ride
        Padrino's for Cuban
        El Goyo Pollo for awesome ceviche
        El Tamarindo for Salvadoran (churrasco, carne asada, rice and beans etc
        )Sage for great NY style bagels
        Le Tub for a great burger and beer
        Giorgio's bakery for breakfast and lunch
        Sugar Reef on broadwalk also for breakfast and lunch
        Opa for good Greek food in a fun environment

        Lola's on Harrison
        2032 Harrison Street, Hollywood, FL 33020

        , FL

        Fulvio's 1900
        1900 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL 33020

        Le Tub
        1100 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

        Goyo El Pollo Florida I
        Pembroke Rd Dixie Hwy, Hollywood, FL 33020

        Giorgio's Bakery & Bistro
        800 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

        Sugar Reef
        600 N Surf Rd, Hollywood, FL 33019

        1. I'd add some comments onto the list Frod provided....

          Breakfast on the beach can be loverly. With all the places competing for business, most of the breakfasts are hearty and they come at a very good price... just pick a place that sounds good (though I would avoid the overly-ethnic places - greek, indian, south american- just because they seem better at gyros than eggs- my opinon). Inland, the Rainbow Cafe is in downtown Hollywood. This, again, is a good solid homecooked meal, in a lovely strolling area.

          For lunch, there is a french restaurant on the boardwalk, just north of the Hollywood Beach Resort (the name escapes me). The place itself can only be accessed through stairs that lead to a balcony (the restauarant/building is elevated). I wish I could remember the name- their entirely french menu (I was there for lunch a while ago) was MAGIC for me.

          For dinner, there is the killer Argentinian steak place on the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and I think 19th- we've had good meals there.

          Also, and this is a favorite of mine, there is a tapas place - Las Barracas- in downtown Hollywood, on 20th between Hollywood and Harrison. The tapas were FABULOUS. What was more enjoyable for me was the live flamenco on the raised wooden stage in the front of the dining room on the weekend... We made an entire evening of different tapas, loverly spanish wine and extraordinarily gifted musicians and flamenco ladies... By the end of the evening, the ladies' footwork became a kind-of communal heartbeat for the room and I felt transported back to Spain... I still get dreamy about it...

          Also... there have been recent raves about El Tamarindo in Hallendale, a few minutes south of Hollywood.

          I wish you luck!

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          1. re: QTWO

            The Argentinian place is Beefeater and the French/Carribean place on the broadwalk is Sugar Reef. I like Sugar Reef for breakfast and lunch not so much for dinner due to a couple of mediocre dinners. Great location though.

            1. re: The Chowfather

              Nooooo... NOT Sugar Reef. People always get it mixed up...

              This place is much more south of Sugar Reef. I want to say that it is the "Safari Cafe" or something that would allow exotic animal skin pelts... But maybe that was the guy next to them... These are the three shops (one, I believe has been a bar for a while) that are in the first building north of the Hollywood Resort. Customers have to climb a full set of steep stairs (not just two of three) to get up to the door-level.

              I have to find the name of that place... since I tell everyone to go there. LOL

              1. re: The Chowfather

                Second that on Sugar Reef. Place looked, good, food looked good--but tasted so bland. Lot of $$ and not much punch in return.

                Sugar Reef
                600 N Surf Rd, Hollywood, FL 33019

              2. re: QTWO

                Tamarindo is an excellent, delicious bargain. fairly priced as well. service ranges from fab to slow, but it's worth it..

              3. I second the Argentinian place in downtown Hollywood.

                I also liked the Cuban place that was a short walk up the main road toward the casino. It's a family restaurant. Inexpensive and fun. I recommend the piccadillo - ground beef spiced and studded with olives.

                I also recommend this Romanian restaurant that's off a side street in downtown Hollywood. I can't remember the name, but the food was very good in a homemade kind of way - I recommend whatever soup they're offering and these Romanian burgers of sort - spiced ground meat that's grilled until all crispy outside. And get a beer. The place is pretty funky - has some Dracula decorating scheme.

                You can get to downtown Hollywood from the Diplomat via the bus that runs right outside the hotel - takes you right to the downtown area.

                1. I live in Hollywood and like to try different kind of food. If you like meat the good one and inexpensive is The beef eater in hollywood blvd. Young circle...For me I like sushi!! there is a new Thai & sushi restaurant in Sunny Isles called " Rice Asian house& sushi bar" It's fantastic!!! fresh&quality Try it!! it's on Collins ave.& 170st.