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Gulfstream Village Park in Hallandale -- any good eats?

docjlo Apr 7, 2011 12:35 PM

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

  1. CFByrne Mar 28, 2012 06:07 AM

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

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    1. re: CFByrne
      southocean Mar 28, 2012 06:23 AM

      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
        CFByrne Mar 28, 2012 07:08 AM

        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
          southocean Mar 28, 2012 10:00 AM

          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
          Bigstu99 May 15, 2012 05:48 AM

          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
            non sequitur May 16, 2012 10:13 AM

            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
          The Chowfather Mar 28, 2012 03:46 PM

          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
            tpigeon Mar 28, 2012 06:05 PM

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

            1. re: tpigeon
              The Chowfather Mar 28, 2012 06:53 PM


            2. re: The Chowfather
              southocean Mar 28, 2012 06:56 PM

              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
                The Chowfather Mar 28, 2012 08:47 PM

                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
                  non sequitur May 16, 2012 10:15 AM

                  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
                    The Chowfather May 16, 2012 01:50 PM

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

                    1. re: The Chowfather
                      Bigstu99 May 16, 2012 03:29 PM

                      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
                        The Chowfather May 16, 2012 04:46 PM

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

                        1. re: Bigstu99
                          The Chowfather May 17, 2012 11:07 AM


                          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
                    CFByrne Mar 30, 2012 04:14 AM

                    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
                      lax2mia Mar 30, 2012 07:31 AM

                      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
                      dbarnard Mar 30, 2012 07:07 AM

                      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!

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                  docjlo Apr 27, 2011 07:33 AM

                  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
                    mrmagee Apr 27, 2011 07:46 AM

                    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
                      Bigstu99 Mar 29, 2012 12:54 PM

                      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.

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                      joefla70 Apr 15, 2011 12:38 PM

                      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. dbarnard Apr 14, 2011 07:56 AM

                        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
                          CFByrne Apr 14, 2011 10:22 AM

                          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
                            dbarnard Mar 30, 2012 06:57 AM

                            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!

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                            southocean Apr 7, 2011 01:54 PM

                            These links'll help:



                            And I second Il Mercato.

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                              pilches Apr 7, 2011 01:25 PM

                              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.

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