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Pembroke Pines area recommendations? (also The Keys)

laurachow Mar 27, 2011 10:08 AM

Visiting family in Florida. The in-laws live in Hollybrook, which is in the Ft. Lauderdale area, and aren't very mobile so we don't want to travel far with them. Any recommendations in that particular area? We have a range of eaters: vegetarian, seafood lovers, and our non-adventerous 80-something in-laws who like basic fare (nothing too exotic for them).

Then, hubby, daughter and I off for a few days in The Keys. Any places not to be missed?
We're looking for awesome seafood, vegetarian food, ethnic cuisine and, of course, key lime pie!

Thank you!

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    restless tongue Mar 27, 2011 12:35 PM

    Try Capriccio's. Just up the road from Hollybrook.


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    1. re: restless tongue
      laurachow Mar 27, 2011 04:52 PM

      Thanks. Menu look great!

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      madtheswine Mar 28, 2011 09:13 AM

      Capriccio's is excellent. I would also recommend Elle's which is in Miramar.

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      1. re: madtheswine
        laurachow Apr 5, 2011 08:58 AM


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        laurachow Apr 10, 2011 02:27 PM

        Due to family complications we didn't get to try Capriccio's or Elle's. Which was too bad since we ate plenty of bad food in the Pembroke Pines area. But, we did find Doris' Italian Market and Deli which was pretty amazing for those who have kitchen access and want to prepare their own food.

        In the Keys, we had a nice lunch at The Fish House in Key Largo (just the regular place, not the more expensive Encore next door). I had the Matecumbe Catch (baked after being topped with fresh tomatoes, shallots, capers, fresh basil, olive oil and lemon juice) prepared with the fresh snapper. It was delish. Juicy and cooked just right, not overcooked like most restaurant fish dishes. Daughter had a seafood taco that also looked quite yummy. My vegetarian hubby was mostly out of luck and ended up with a quesadilla, but later realized he could have had the Cuban black beans and rice which was a vegetarian preparation. The key lime pie here was passable, but not spectacular. Same with the hush puppies; passable but not spectacular.

        In Key West we found some amazing vegetarian and seafood at The Cafe.
        I had the blackened tuna sandwich. Daughter had a sprouthead sandwich. Both were generous portions and yummy. Hubby had the warm beet salad and he liked it (I think it was on the extensive special menu!). We shared a stuffed portabella mushroom appetizer and it was huge and also excellent with a wonderful light cream sauce. There were so many options on the menu it was nearly impossible to make our selections. Wish we had been there long enough to return for another meal. They also have a rotation of guest chefs coming in to prepare specials! We would recommend this place even if you're not vegetarian. So many delicious options!

        We saw the now closed Blonde Giraffe, which apparently was the best place to get authentic key lime pie. We didn't have any luck finding a great key lime pie to recommend.

        Fish House
        9513 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156

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