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Gulfstream Village Park in Hallandale -- any good eats?

I'm heading to Gulfstream Village and wanted to hit up a restaurant (non-chain). Is there anything good?

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  1. I don't think there's anything in there that isn't a chain. If you find anything worthwhile, please let us know! Right down the street on Hallendale Beach Blvd. is Il Mercado which is not a chain and is very good.

      1. I get the Spicy Tuna Roll at the Yardhouse, along with a few of their finer beverages. It's not what you think- it's this raw tuna cylinder (about the size of two cat food cans) with soy beans and shredded nori that's loaded full of chili/wasabi goodness. Yum!

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        1. re: dbarnard

          I agree on that Tuna Roll. It's an app that's almost enough for a meal for two. And if you happen to go at Happy Hour, it's on special and a ridiculous good deal.

          1. re: dbarnard

            Follow up on that Spicy Tuna Roll...
            Went in a couple weeks ago, and the STR was more like the contents of the cat food cans than the size of them. Very little fish, more soy beans, a soggy mess. Very disappointing!

          2. I think pilches is right about everything being a chain. That's just the nature of that type of entertainment and dining complex. However, I really like Brio. I haven't been to that location, but the one in Pembroke Pines has always been very good.

            1. Thanks for the suggestions. I ended up trying Brio. My God, the food there is unbelievably bad. I cannot understand how crowded that place gets. Why? Why?!
              I gasped when they brought out a trough of carpaccio, nearly larger than the table. Ha! The sauces are prison-quality and the red wine was served boiling hot. And the risotto, forget it! How they can call that dish risotto is beyond me.
              But hey, at least the Gulfstream is pulling in a bit of business.

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              1. re: docjlo

                I haven't been to that particular one, but I refer to Brio as the Italian version of Cheesecake Factory - and I do not mean that as a compliment.

                1. re: docjlo

                  I have an Iron cast stomach but before I stopped myself from being dragged there by friends I would always suffer from monumental gas pains. Under no exceptions would I go back....Best food there way overpriced unless you are being comped Christina Lees but nothing really competing foodwise. Only place I disagree is Chapultepec have not eaten there in about 6 years but was not impressed. Do not remember eating their Tacos ...will have to go back.

                2. Anything new going on here? I may be down there this Saturday...

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                  1. re: CFByrne

                    Head a bit south of Gulfstream, into Aventura, and try Pilar (http://www.pilarrestaurant.com/) where chef/commercial fishing captain Scott Fredel does very nice things with fish. Try the rock shrimp spring rolls, the roasted beet salad, and a recent try, the shrimp and goat cheese risotto.

                    1. re: southocean

                      I suppose I could also finally hit Tarks - as I've been hearing about their wings for the past 2 years here!

                      And maybe Le Tub - another place I've never been. Controversial, I know. Some love, some hate.

                      Coming from Delray I don't spend too much time in this area. Although I was lucky to spend 4 days at Turnberry 2 yrs ago and had several meals at Bourbon.

                      1. re: CFByrne

                        Tarks is always good, but I'd wait a coupla weeks or so to go to Le Tub -- after Easter and the departure of many of the snowbirds. Don't go to Le Tub with a time certain appointment after eating. Le Tub is a destination, not a stop on the way somewhere else.

                      2. re: southocean

                        Armed with a Groupon coupon I decided to try Pilar last night, and I have the blisters to prove it. I ordered the PEI muscle App. I'm old school and use the shell to scoop up the broth. It was soo hot I am sitting here this morning looking at the blister on my thumb! For the main I had Paella. I don't know how they served it so hot without it being a soupy mess, but it was too hot to taste. the last 1/8 of the the meal had great flavor.We also had a pasta special with shrimp which was served way too dry which when it came back out 7 minutes later was fabulous. I could not believe the size of the fish dishes around me and will have to go back to try them based on value! Service was very good!

                        1. re: Bigstu99

                          I got that groupon too, and I could practically WALK to Pilar from my house, so thanks for the tips (I need a good LOCAL spot).

                          The Sicilian oven opened a few doors down (also tried it on a groupon), and the pizza was pretty amazing - I'd even put it above Anthony's.

                      3. re: CFByrne

                        Lunch or dinner? Maybe Pre Florida Derby chow? Grab some great tacos at Chapultepec on Hallandale Beach Blvd.
                        Tarks and LeTub are great calls too. If you want a legit bagel hit Sage Bagel/Deli. You could drive about 10 minutes or so South on Collins and hit Chef Philip Ho for dim sum.

                        1. re: The Chowfather

                          If you throw in ho, you might as well throw in yakko-san.

                          1. re: The Chowfather

                            Chapultapec is the real deal. As in 'scary real deal'. You gotta know a place is authentic when the interior decorations are advertisements for one way bus rides to Mexico. "Lengua" means 'lengua!"

                            Chow, TP -- you guys ever been to Pilar? And OP, if you're heading south on A-1-A, you'll hit Timo before Philip Ho, for exquisite Continental/Mediterranean dining.

                            1. re: southocean

                              I live minutes from PIlar and unfortunately have not made it in. I am familiar with the chef from his days at Rumi, another place I lived minutes from by foot.. The last time I looked at the menu it sounded uninspiring and sleep inducing but I will look again

                              1. re: The Chowfather

                                We've never met, but you must be in the same 'hood as me CF!
                                I could WALK to Pilar. You should try the Pizza place I mentioned up-thread.
                                And on a related note, the $5 Tuesday special was reintroduced under new ownership at Racks (not relevant to the OP though - sorry).

                                1. re: non sequitur

                                  I hated the Sicilian. Couldn't even finish the slice. Go to Kings County on Dixie. Best Pizza around.

                                  1. re: The Chowfather

                                    King's county is good but really a takeout place and they dust the pies with corn meal instead of flour. Better pizza by the slice Tony's on 441 19329 NW 2nd Ave

                                    1. re: Bigstu99

                                      Kings County expanded (same location). Try their sicilian pie. I'll have to check out Tony's

                                      1. re: Bigstu99


                                        I hit Tony's for lunch and was very underwhelmed by their slice. Dough/crust is off and that's really all you tasted. Mauro's (Hollywood) and Kings County blow it away!!!

                                2. re: southocean

                                  I'm going to the track for the day. Chapultepec might be ideal for breakfast. Perhaps some Huevos Rancheros or, who cares, three Taquitos.

                                  Maybe the food will inspire me to pick a winner from Union Rags, El Padrino or Take Charge Indy.

                                  Menu here

                                  Afterwards, who knows. With the huge traffic mess I might be forced to just grab a bite in the Village. We shall see. Thanks all for all the good ideas. Report coming Sunday.

                                  1. re: CFByrne

                                    Worse comes to worse there's The Cheese Course. It's very mellow with salads and sandwiches as well as cheese and charcuterie boards. Add a bottle of wine and you can either (i) celebrate your win or (ii) drown your sorrows.

                                  2. re: southocean

                                    I would give Chapultapec a pass on weekend nights- it turns into a "nightclub" that fills up with morose Mexican guys, loud Norteno music and strange flashing lights... very authentic!