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Feb 12, 2012 06:24 AM

Please comment on the list of restaurants for first week of April

Hello FL CHers,

We will be staying the first week of April in the area, based in FLL. We are interested in trying some good but not too fancy seafood, a good sampling of Cuban, and probably one (or two) dinners at a more 'refined' joint. My list so far (based purely in a couple of hours of CH search) reads as follows. anything I should add/delete (obviously we will not be able to try all of these, but this is a general starting point, and if I dont have any particular feedback, I think we will try most of them)?

The Whale's Rib (954) 421-8880 Deerfield Beach 2031 NE 2nd St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441.

Greek Islands Taverna 3300 North Ocean Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Sunfish Grill 954-561-2004 2775 E. Oakland Park Blvd Ft Lauderdale, FL 33306

Market 17, 1850 SE 17th St Suite 109 Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Rustic Inn 4331 Ravenswood Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, United States (954) 584-1637

Las Culebrinas, 4700 West Flagler Street Coral Gables, FL 33134-1452, (305) 445-2337

Versailles, 3555 SW 8th StMiami, FL 33135-4196, (305) 444-0240

Havana Harry's Restaurant 4612 South Le Jeune Road Coral Gables, FL 33146-1815,(305) 661-2622

La Camaronera Restaurant and Fish Market 1952 West Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33135, 1 305-642-3322 ‎

BTW, if there is any really really good (Texas good, if not Texas style) bbq, we would like to try that as well....but I do not have high hopes!

Thanks in advance!!

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  1. We went to Market 17 a few days ago and had a great meal. They have happy hour from 5-7 at the bar with half priced drinks (wine and cocktails) and half priced apps. It was definitely one of the better meals that I've had in Lauderdale. Try the pork torchon.

    If you're going to Miami I would recommend you check out at least one of these places for your more refined joint: Michy's, Sra. Martinez, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, Michael's Genuine, Red Light, and/or Azul. They all have great local chefs and (except for Azul) are pretty casual in atmophere. You should have a great meal at any one of those and there should be plenty of posts on here about them as well. Hope you have a great stay down here!

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    1. re: IDGuofM

      Thank you, I will look at these and will most probably try one of them. Anyone with input about my more casual seafood and also Cuban choices?

      1. re: shekamoo

        I like La Camaronera quite a bit. I think Versailles is more appealing for the unique atmosphere than the food, which is only OK. I hear good things about Havana Harry's but haven't been. I like Sazon in North Beach but mostly just because it's the closest decent Cuban place to my house.

        1. re: Frodnesor

          Thank you, I too figured that Versailles would be more an institution than a foodie joint, but my impression was that the food would be better than "only OK". Might want to reconsider

          1. re: shekamoo

            You might want to try some of the specialty cuban places like Pappo Llega y Pon (pork sandwich) and El Mago de las Fritas. Both of these places are great.

            1. re: tpigeon

              Both sound great, thank you. I dont know how it will work out, but maybe we can pick up something from one (or both) of these places on the day that we go to the Everglades..could be a huge detour and theres the traffic too, but so far I have no candidates for a good takeout on the way to the park

              1. re: shekamoo

                Since you're already driving into Miami on a few occasions, I'd consider Joe's Stone Crab instead of Rustic Inn. I find the crabs at Rustic Inn to be just OK in quality and drenched in oil. For a few bucks more per person you can eat stone crab at the source, which is really the only crab you should go out of your way to eat in SoFla. And you'll actually taste the crab at Joe's, where it's basically steamed straight off the boat, then chilled and served with mustard sauce.

    2. The Whale's Rib is very good seafood in a very good venue - right by the beach. It's been there forever, so they must be doing something right. Greek Island Taverna is delicious Greek. Their shrimp and lambchops are exceptional. I haven't been to Sunfish Grill in a long time, but it was very good on our last visit. I love Market 17 and highly recommend their tasting menu. Not a fan or Rustic Inn, but it does have a huge following. I much prefer stone crabs and don't like the garlic crabs enough to fight with them. You may also want to look into Calypso for island like fresh seafood. Coconuts is also a great venue (right on the Intracoastal) open for lunch & dinner and brunch on the weekends.

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      1. re: pilches

        both Calypso and Coconuts are on the money , Thank you!

        1. re: pilches

          Second for Greek Isles. Ate there twice last week, once with a party of 14. The lamb chops, shrimp and grilled octopus are outstanding. They don't take reservations and they stay filled up, so it's best to get there early.