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The subject says it all. My wife is headed to Hollywood for a conference and would like to check out anything worthwhile in the local dining scene and at least one place that is more of a high end kind of place. I did a search of the board and didn't seem to come up with much help. Any help would be appreciated. She's staying at the Westin Diplomat on South Ocean Drive if there would be something a quick cab ride away from there. Thanks much.

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  1. Sadly, Hollywood is not a source of can't miss/must have dining options. You would be better off checking out options in Ft. Lauderdale to the north and North Dade to the south.

    1. I have to agree with pilches when they say that there aren't any can't miss/must have options. I will say that Sage Bistro and La Barraca are very good options if you don't want to travel outside of the hollywood area.

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      La Barraca
      Hollywood, FL, Hollywood, FL

      Sage Bistro
      2000 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL 33020

      1. I usually stay in my home turf in Miami but happen to have tried both Sage and Barraca reasonably recently. Sage did some things well - their escargot were done in a classic garlic-parsley butter, and I liked the seafood stew in a tomato-saffron broth. Other items, not so much. Barraca I enjoyed quite a bit when we went there, about a year ago. On some nights they have live flamenco, which I frankly would normally not expect to be a big fan of, but it was actually pretty fun.

        I have heard good things about Lola's on Harrison but haven't been.

        On a semi-related note, does anyone know if the Orale Mexican restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. is related to the Orale taco wagon that's usually on 27th Avenue in Miami?

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

        Orale Mexican Restaurant
        2041 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33020

        1. Lola's
          http://www.lolasonharrison.com/

          Sushi Blues
          http://www.sushiblues.com/

          I live in Boca so I don't go there often, but the few times I've been were very good.

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          Sushi Blues Cafe
          2009 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL 33020

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          1. re: OysterHo

            I agree that Lola's and Suschi Blues are good, but they're definitely not "can't miss/must have" dining options. I wish we had those in Hollywood!

            1. re: pilches

              That's true. I guess if you're going to stay in Hollywood only, then not much else to do but go to "really good" places.

              What about north miami beach, that's very close to the hotel?

              1. re: OysterHo

                It's not a "must have" but falling in the "really good" range is Timo. It's in Sunny Isles but it's only about a 3 mile drive straight down Collins.

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                Timo Restaurant
                17624 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles, FL 33160

          2. While I wouldn't call either "high end" there are two places that I like to recommend to out-of-towners. Both offer a taste of local or Caribbean food that they aren't likely to find in their hometowns and both would be a very short ride from the Diplomat. Sugar Reef on the Hollywood Broadwalk offers a unique taste of the Caribbean and Laura's Cuban Restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard has exceptional Cuban fare.

            http://www.sugarreefgrill.com

            http://www.laurascubanrestaurant.com

            I hope your wife has a pleasant stay!

            Randy

            http://recipesrandycooks.com/

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            1. re: LiveRock

              While it is a clean and nice place, I have to reply to characterizing Sugar Reef as Caribbean.....(having traveled to many, many islands as well as New Orleans, whose food they also feature).

              Nice-looking food, well-intentioned--good service staff (I am former rest. partner), well-sourced ingredients---but oh, so bland, the flavors. We really wanted to like dinner.....great location. But just so, so bland.

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              Sugar Reef
              600 N Surf Rd, Hollywood, FL 33019

            2. There is not much near the Diplomat. A cab ride to Downtown Hollywood is approximately 7 minutes.

              Bourbon Steak (Aventura) is about 7 minutes away and is very good. The entire wine list is half price on Monday night. It's not just about steaks. They also make a great burger available in the bar/lounge area.

              http://www.michaelmina.net/restaurant...

              Timo (Sunny Isles) is also close and very good.
              http://www.timorestaurant.com/

              If she is willing to go take a 10 minute cab ride I would highly recommend NAOE. (omakase only bento box and nigiri) Very special place.
              http://www.naoemiami.com/

              if she wants to go to downtown Hollywood I would recommend Lola's on harrison and Fulvio's (Italian

              )

              http://www.lolasonharrison.com/

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              Bourbon Steak
              19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura, FL 33180

              NAOE
              175 Sunny Isles Boulevard, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

              Timo Restaurant
              17624 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles, FL 33160

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              1. re: The Chowfather

                Always forget to recommend NAOE in that area. Very good choice if you're looking for something different, although it's definitely not for everyone.

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                NAOE
                175 Sunny Isles Boulevard, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

              2. The world's best burger is just a short walk from your hotel...Le Tub! There isn't much in the way of high end dining in Hollywood.

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                1. re: mr. potato head

                  Won't comment on LeTubs burgers since they have their lovers and haters. Will say it is not a short walk from the Diplomat unless a 2-3 mile walk is your idea of short!

                2. Thanks so much for all the feedback. I'm going to forward this thread to her right now. hopefully I'll be able to tell you all where she ends up going and what she thought.

                  1. IF SHE LIKES BURGERS AND WATERFRONT TRY LE TUB ON A1A NEAR THAT HOTEL AND FOR QUICK GREAT SEAFOOD AND WINGS CHEAP TRY TARKS ON US1 AND SHERIDAN IN HOLLYWOOD

                    1. I disagree with the bunch. I feel there are two can't miss spots in Hollywood. They are Sushi Room which is a traditional japanese eatery not your typical sushi restaurant and Giorgio's Bakery. Which is great for Breakfast/Lunch giving customers a very relaxed atmosphere as well as a great view.

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                      Sushi Room
                      1810 S Young Cir, Hollywood, FL 33020

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                      1. re: Juiceadelic

                        Never heard of Sushi Room. Just took a look at their menu online. Other than serving rolls with mascarpone cheese and sun-dried tomatoes (which doesn't sound much like a traditional Japanese eatery), what makes it "not your typical sushi restaurant"? Always happy to find another good Japanese place, what about this place makes you say it's a can't miss spot?

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                        Sushi Room
                        1810 S Young Cir, Hollywood, FL 33020

                        1. re: Frodnesor

                          Was just at Sushi Room the other night, aside from feeling that I paid too much for inferior fish, was not memorable. The last time I went by Sushi Blues, it was closed down, ostensibly for repairs, but there was a for lease sign in the window.

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                          Sushi Blues Cafe
                          2009 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL 33020

                          Sushi Room
                          1810 S Young Cir, Hollywood, FL 33020

                      2. Sonny's Steak Hogies
                        Ricky's Wings
                        Le Tub Burger
                        Sicilianos Frozen Custard
                        Capones Flickerlite Pizzeria

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                        Le Tub
                        1100 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

                        1. I finally have to speak up about Le Tub. I cannot imagine why anyone would recomend that place for any reason. Let alone as a "can't miss". Having to wait a minimum of 45 mins while breathing grill smoke and boat motor fumes and sitting in what was one of the mostuncomfortable and dirty wooden seats to get a large very dry very bland unseasoned burger with no dressings for $11 is insane. I cant help but think people are seriously masochistic if they go there more than once.

                          Sorry but i had to let that go.

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                          Le Tub
                          1100 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

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                          1. re: muushupork

                            point taken mushu...however, I never go during peak times and have never waited more than 20 minutes for my behemoth burger. I happen to love the poppy seed hard roll it's plopped upon. A more rustic waterfront watering hole you'd be very hard pressed to find down here in South Florida. LTO is enough dressings for my BB and when I sit at the bar, I feel like I am on a boat without ever having to leave shore (no fumes eminate from my bar boat either). I'd say it is very much a "can't miss" place when in Hollywood. And if the burger is too bland for your taste buds, try the salmon seafood salad. Voted Best Burger in the USA and those my friend are some serious props! Viva Le Tub - Viva Rochacha

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                            Le Tub
                            1100 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

                            1. re: netmover

                              just to clarify i was there with around 5 other patrons. and because one man said in a gq article that it was his favorite does not mean it was voted best in the usa. there was no vote involved. unless youre speaking of an even more obscure article. either way there are at least 10 better burgers in south florida.

                            2. re: muushupork

                              I'm with muushu on this one. Le Tub is a Le Trap.

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                              Le Tub
                              1100 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

                              1. re: Mat Josher

                                I tried Orale Mexican today and enjoyed it. The burrito was made with grilled steak and the sides were all fresh. I sampled an enchilada which had an interesting mole-like sauce (I don't know the exact terminology, but it was a pleasant surprise, whatever it was). This has been added to my very short list of Hollywood places.

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                                Orale Mexican Restaurant
                                2041 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33020

                                1. re: Mat Josher

                                  Do you have any idea if there is a connection between the Orale restaurant in Hollywood and the Orale taco cart in Miami?