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The Village at Gulfstream Park

Has anyone eaten at any of the restaurants in this new addition to Gulfstream Park?

http://www.thevillageatgulfstreampark...

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  1. Yes. I ate at Cadillac Ranch for lunch the other day. It was average factory style food. I also went for the Florida Derby the week before and toured the mall. It looks like a fun option and I will be back to go to the track, shop and eat. There is a little cheese shop that looked pretty good. The restaurants are huge and I'm not sure who is going to support this venture, but I like horse racing and my wife likes shopping so we will go for the race season (which ends soon.)

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    1. re: scscr

      It's The Cheese Course and I've had some good sandwiches there.

    2. I went to III Forks against my will this weekend and regretted it.

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      1. re: Frodnesor

        I went to the soft opening of III Forks. Maybe this is unfair given it was a soft opening, but I found it horribly over-rated.

        I am curious about Cantina Laredo and Brio Tuscan. I know they are chains, but would like to know if the food is any good. The location is very convenient.

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        Cantina Laredo
        811 S University Dr, Plantation, FL 33324

          1. re: sherry f

            Cantina Laredo was vile. Everything was oversauced on the outside, underseasoned on the inside (speaking of enchiladas and tamales). More than disappointing.

            1. re: lax2mia

              Second "Vile" for Cantina Laredo. Fajitas tasted like they had lighter fluid on them and the table side guac had to be doctored by us to make it edible. The mole was from a jar and the guac that came with the fajitas was the cheap stuff restaurants who do not care about food get at Restaurant Depot. I cringed after LAX2MIA's post knowingly going into a bad spot, but I was just along for the ride this time. Our server was great, but the food will mean we will not return.

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              Cantina Laredo
              811 S University Dr, Plantation, FL 33324

              Restaurant Depot
              8855 NW 77th Ct, Miami, FL 33166

        1. I had a family member tell me Cantina Laredo was great. I went and did not find it vile, but not great either. Safe is probably a fair assessment. I believe jmdsmiami tried the lamborghini cafe and enjoyed it.

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          Cantina Laredo
          811 S University Dr, Plantation, FL 33324

          1. tried cadillac ranch and playwright irish pub...gotta say they both were pretty bad

            The food was underwhelming at both and I didn't get the atmosphere- $200+ bottle service and frozen spinach dip served up near a fire pit and a mechanical bull? An Irish pub where no on can pour a black and tan to go with your mini crabcakes and french onion soup??

            I have absolutely no idea what market they are trying to attract but the concepts certainly do not appeal to me. Wouldn't go back to either one.

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            1. re: nolapark

              my parents tried Brio the other night and said it was a glorified Olive Garden. I don't think Gulfstream is going for upscale. Let's see what Doug Rodriguez brings to the table there. Over all, seems to be more along the lines of the Hard Rock with massive restaurants serving mediocre food.

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              Hard Rock Cafe
              401 Biscayne Blvd Ste R200, Miami, FL 33132

              Olive Garden
              2575 NE 8 St, Homestead, FL 33033

              1. re: HabaneroJane

                PS: i have no idea how those links ended up there. I didn't add them, but it's kind of funny.

                1. re: HabaneroJane

                  Brio opens up in underserved markets. I've been to the one in Pembroke Gardens twice and had a decent meal (read: above Carrabas and similar) and one worse meal. It is what it is and it's catering to markets that do not have a whole lot of solid dining options around. As a result it gets packed.

                  I would try Lamborghini next time, and Yardhouse, if it resembles the one in Coral Gables at all, will be a hit.

                  1. re: Icantread

                    it's not meant to be a gourmet, foodie hot spot. I think most of the restaurants there should do fairly well, in fact.

                    1. re: Icantread

                      We sat at the bar for a light dinner at Lamborghini last night. Enjoyed some tasty fried calamari. Half-off appetizers and pizzas at the bar for happy hour, 5-8 p.m., and wine by the glass and some mixed drinks were $7 or $8. Didn't get a good sense of the dinner menu but it didn't seem like a typical megamall restaurant. Would go back (especially for happy hour).

                      I always enjoyed the tortilla soup at Cantina Laredo when it was in Plantation but the rest of it....nothing special.

                2. re: nolapark

                  I agree on Ppayright. I didn't eat there but had a Guinness. For a supposed Irish pub, they had no idea how to pour a Guiness. It came out ice cold and the bartender poured it all at once. You would think that pooring a proper pint of Guiness would be part of training 101 for an "Irish Pub"

                3. There's a Yardhouse coming sometime this summer- perhaps my prayers for a decent venue for craft beers will appear in my local area!

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                  1. re: dbarnard

                    Had the worst dining experience ever at The Yard House in San Diego.

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                    Yard House
                    320 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

                  2. Texas de Brazil is pretty consistent. When you see what you get, you realize its around the same price as those other restaurants there.

                    1. Looks like Primebar is open. Kurobuta pork belly sliders, Asian short rib tacos and several draft beers may get me there

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                      http://www.restaurants-america.com/up...

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                      1. re: The Chowfather

                        That place is huge and better serve decent food because it's right across from Yard House and below Playwright and if it's only drinks that are decent, they're effed.

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                        Yard House
                        320 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146

                        1. What happened to Douglas Rodriguez's Ola Cuban??

                          1. Yard House opens this Sunday. Anyone been to one?

                            http://www.yardhouse.com/menus/appeti...

                            Ola Cuban is not happening

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                            1. re: The Chowfather

                              I recently went to The Yardhouse in Palm Beach Gardens for the first time and returned a week later. I was very impressed with this chain out of California. Mgmt whoever they are knows what they are doing.

                              Take an upscale sports bar, mix in some Cheesecake Factory, add classic rock music and about 150 regular and craft beers on tap, and you get The Yard House. Very impressed with this chain out of Long Beach California and now in about 10 states.

                              Upon entering immediately greeted by 3 smiling and friendly hostesses. Mentioned first time here and they promised we'd be back. Service outstanding from start to finish. Food excellent: I had jambalaya - as good as you find on Bourbon Street. "Gourmet" Mac and Cheese "Squared" also excelled.

                              Asst Mgr came over and took us on tour of their Keg Room. Nice final touch: Takeout boxes are a step above styrofoam - and on the outside they write what's in them and the date. A smart little touch to keep the good memories alive when you see it in your frig a day or two later.

                              One staffer told me she's been working there for years and they have very low turnover. That's a sure confirmation of superior mgmt in the restaurant biz.

                              We returned a week later in time for Happy Hour (ends at 6, we got there around 5:30) and ordered about 4 apps at appx $5 each, they were all outstanding and that's all we needed to be very happy. Included some tuna tartare like dishes that were really really good.

                              Obviously a well-run and fun place, we WILL be back. Recommended!

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                              Yard House
                              320 San Lorenzo Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33146