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Oct 8, 2008 11:05 AM

Need dinner recommendation for birthday on Saturday in North Broward!

Something fun or unusual or wild. Price not relevant. We eat everything.

Something with different food or unusual atmosphere. Off the beaten path.

We live in Parkland/Coral Springs so no major hikes

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  1. Here are a couple suggestions:

    In CS -

    Falafel Bistro - Great Mediterranean/Israeli food; the babaganoush and hummus are both awesome.

    Sazio - Pretty unique Italian place, big portions, good homemade pasta. In the Walk on University.

    El Balcon de Los Americas - Colombian food on Sample just west of Riverside. Cheap, nice patio to eat outside, knowing Spanish is a plus.

    Outside CS - I recommend taking a trip up University to Lauderhill. Between Commercial and Sunrise lies some of West Broward's finest ethnic food. I happen to think it's the best corridor to eat in Broward. I've linked most of them.

    Marumi is probably my new favorite restaurant. I don't want to say much now, as I'll be writing something on it coming soon.

    Otherwise, the rest of these places are all among my favorites in the area.

    Rosey Baby
    4587 N University Dr, Lauderhill, FL 33351

    Sunrise Pita & Grill
    2680 N University Dr, Sunrise, FL 33322

    Woodlands Indian Cuisine
    4816 N University Dr, Lauderhill, FL 33351

    Gabose Korean Restaurant
    4991 N University Dr, Lauderhill, FL 33351

    Marumi Sushi
    8271 W Sunrise Blvd, Plantation, FL 33322

    5 Replies
    1. re: johnmlinn

      not wild or crazy or weird enough. been to pretty much all these places. gabose is my favorite of all time.

      1. re: johnmlinn

        Went to Marumi the other nite after it was recommended by friends and we were underwelmed...what may we have missed?

        1. re: sfeatz

          Hard to say.. what did you have?

          Raboi: Hmm, well I don't know if wild, crazy, or weird are words I'd use to describe anything in the North West Broward region. I'd be very interested to find something like that in the area too.

          1. re: johnmlinn

            you had some great ideas such as gabose, woodlands, and el bacon but i've been to all those places. i'm always trying something different. think i'm gonna check out saporrisimo as RickL recommended. Never had boar or elk so that should be cool. Maybe do some caviar at Soba in Mizner Park as an appetizer! Thanks for the recommendations

            1. re: Raboi

              Cool! I'm going to have to check out Saporrisimo myself. I've had elk once before, but a very simple preparation (my girlfriend's family bagged it on their farm and we broiled a couple steaks one night).

              On the Marumi front - Went there Saturday night and had natto (sticky, fermented soy beans) with yukke (raw, spiced shreds of beef), dried sardiness with shichimi mayo, skip jack tataki, whole fresh florida lobster done 3 ways (sashimi, grilled with sauteed mushrooms and onions, heads steeped in miso soup), and braised beef tongue salad.

      2. Raboi - Would you consider a Boca recommendation?

        My favorite special occasion restaurant in the area is Saporissimo on Palmetto east of Federal. They serve exceptional Tuscan-style food with a great selection of game dishes, seafood, and pasta.

        The owners work the restaurant. Giancarlo will go over the menu and present the specials as only he can and his wife Ana Maria is the Chef. Both are great people and make dining here a real pleasure. I think that Giancarlo's style of service and the broad selection of game dishes might fulfill your desire for unusual atmosphere and different food.

        We've tried the elk, boar, venison, and rabbit along with the raviolis and other pastas and everything is just outstanding. If you like tripe this one melts in your mouth and the oxtail is sublime. Here's a link to their menu:

        Be sure to call ahead. They do take some time off before season to go back home to Tuscany.

        366 E Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33432

        1. For a fun night why don't you try Mykonos in Boca off of 18th? Dancing on tables, throwing plates, drinking ouzo... it is a great place for a birthday! More locally, Payzin's just opened where Onyx used to be - I have not been there yet but have heard they are trying to make it more "cluby" on weekends. Also, not for excitement but we were at Tavolino della Nonna last weekend in CS off of Sample and it was very good Italian. For a little more of a drive but a fun night, we like Nikki Marina accross the street from the Diplomat.

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          1. re: StephSky

            For unusual you could eat in Grandma's Kitchen at Tavolino della Nonna. They have a room set up that look's just like my italian grandmothers did..thank god not old grey haired woman smacking me with a wooden spoon though! Every time I've been its extremely good..especially the tortellini in cream sauce with pears..yummy!