Hi Steve, Sorry I missed your post on Friday but perhaps you can refer back next time you are in town. These are but a few of my family’s local favorites…
Despite what some may say there are actually a number of "chow worthy" destinations in or near Plantation one of my favorites being Marumi Sushi. As the name would suggest the sushi is quite good but there are also a myriad of “very” authentic Japanese dishes to sample. http://marumisushi.net/
If your Mom is not a fan of Japanese food, a little further west is a newer place called Bash Wine Café that I would gladly take my mother to. I thoroughly enjoyed their Escarole and Sausage with Penne! http://www.bashwinecafeandcatering.com
For something a little more tropical The Chimney House is a comfortable little place my wife and I discovered only recently. There is something for everyone on the menu from the most adventurous to the very sedate. I am a little worried our secret is out now that our local weekend paper ran a review on the place just this week. http://www.thechimneyhouse.net/
Another new place, perhaps better suited for lunch is 100 Montaditos. This is apparently already a chain in other countries but what an interesting concept! Little sandwiches made with top quality ingredients and only $1.50 per sandwich. We really like it and have already been a couple of times. http://www.100montaditos.com/us/
If you like Cuban food, Las Vegas is awesome. Filet De Pollo is delicious, and the appetizer bread they bring to the table melts in your mouth. 7015 West Broward Blvd.
One of my all time favorites for Mexican food is Ole Ole located at 8100 West Broward Blvd.
Many new restaurants have opened in the Fountains. The Cheese Course is a good place to sit outside while enjoying a glass of wine, cheese board and sandwich or salad.
I'm from plantation and back in town for a visit. I'd avoid the previous recc's if you are a chowhound. J Alexanders is pretty solid, but truly corporate experience. Ole ole has been around forever and not noteworthy.
If you are really a chowhound, it is worth driving out of plantation--Michael's Genuine in Miami is tremendous.
Hi Steve: What type of food are you in the mood for? Are you taking your Mom out as well?
I love love J Alexander's ~ the crab cakes are amazing! As a local, I don't usually recommend chain restaurants, but this is a worth while place to go, nice atmosphere and the service is always stellar.