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Unique family dining in Broward or Palm Beach

My wife's Birthday is coming up. I am looking for something out of the ordinary, yet family friendly. We have already been to Chima and Bucca. Anything else out there? Any price range will work. I just want something different.

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  1. Family as in young kids or older kids?

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    1. The place gets mixed reviews, some dishes are stellar while others fall short, but my daughters always loved taking the boat ride to Caps Island. http://www.capsplace.com/

      Although it borders on touristy...from a unique standpoint it's hard to beat Maikai. http://www.maikai.com/

      Casa Bella is out of the ordinary in that it's like dining in someone's home and afterwards, Jaxon's Ice Cream Parlor is right down the street. http://casabellaofdania.com/default.aspx http://www.jaxsonsicecream.com/

      Speaking of dining in someone's home, the Sundy House in Delray is a step above Casa Bella and even offers outside private dining. While the above suggestions aren't exactly "foodie" in quality, this is the classiest of the bunch and definitely serves the best food. http://www.sundyhouse.com/

      Hope this helps!


      1. Our go-to birthday place for the kids (11 and 14) for the last several years has been Izumo in Coral Springs, for excellent Hibachi. Maybe not "different" but definitely a bit special for a birthday, the chefs are very good (better than Benihana) and the food is excellent and you get a LOT of it.

        If you want really special birthday treatment and don't mind spending a lot, you can't go wrong with Capital Grille (Boca Town Centre). We went there for my birthday a few months ago and they said Happy Birthday at the door, had a card and rose petals at the table, gave me a dessert, and a rose before I left...and excellent food and service.

        If any of you are Food Network fans, Chef Morimoto has a restaurant in the Boca Raton Resort. He's not always there, but sometimes he is.

        If you want something funkier, with great food, check out Dada on Swinton AVe in Delray Beach...after dinner walk along Atlantic Ave and get ice cream sundaes at Kilwins.

        A GREAT restaurant in northwest Coral Springs is Falafel Bistro and Wine Bar. On the weekends they also have live music. Wonderful, fresh, delicious food, the owners are great and it has a great atmosphere.

        Falafel Bistro
        5677 Coral Ridge dr., Coral Springs, FL 33076

        Capital Grille - Boca Raton
        6000 West Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431

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        1. re: pringle347

          Can you eat at Morimoto's without being a guest of the hotel? I always thought it was restricted to guests or beach club members only. Have you eaten there?

          1. re: zook

            I have not...but a friend of mine has and was not a hotel guest. Not 100% sure....

        2. Depending on the weather, eating outside at DaDa's in Delray is family friendly. Good food and the servers are certainly "something different."

          1. maggianos family style meal all u can eat and desert salads etc we love it, boca raton fl.

            1. Rustic Inn the kids will love pounding the Crabs with mallets and its great seafood!

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              1. re: Bigstu99

                I second Rustic Inn as unique. As a patron without children, I sometimes want to strangle them but for those with kids it should be a blast.

              2. Mai Kai is about as UNIQUE as you can get and is located in Broward county and really fun for the whole family; it's almost as if you are transported to a tropical island escape! You'll forget all your worries and just take all the tiki fun in. You can't help but just sit back, smile and enjoy the decor and the fire dancing island show etc. Check out their website, I think it will be a hit with all of you. http://www.maikai.com/specials/dinner...

                1. Rustic Inn, Shula's, Marinos Italian (441),& Blue Moon Fish Co. Casa Blanca Cafe (Ft. Laud.)

                  Marinos Italian
                  5191 S State Road 7, Davie, FL 33314

                  Blue Moon Fish Co
                  10317 Royal Palm Blvd, Coral Springs, FL 33065

                  1. Cap's Place is a has-been! Stray cats are all over the property

                    1. Depending on the weather, eating outside at Guanabanas in Jupiter can be an interesting adventure. The no reservations issue can be a problem if you're thinking about for example 8M Saturday night (or really almost any "prime time") But you may want to look into it.

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                      1. re: CFByrne

                        Children can't stay at Guanabanas past 9pm where the live music is being played. I am not 100% sure about the dining areas past 9pm though. Call for more info.

                        Guanabanas would definitely be different but I have never eaten there.


                      2. if you're looking for something really different for a birthday, as it gets closer start searching for a Broward Food Truck roundup. would get to try all sorts of fun foods and in a good atmosphere!

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                        1. re: mattstolz

                          I noticed one very annoying problem with food truck roundups... and that is... where do you eat?

                          If you get something with a plate (2 hands) and then also want a drink (1 hand) the math does not work out so good, when there are no table nor chairs. I think SOME may be near facilities
                          but many may NOT.

                          If you don't mind a family-style picnic eating on the ground, that seems to be the other option.

                          1. re: CFByrne

                            i think thats part of the charm of a food truck though. its supposed to be something where you just claim yourself a spot and go to town!