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We will be visiting Hollywood next week. Are there any great no-miss Hollywood Restaurants? We will have a car. ($10-20 per person) Any ethnicity works.
We loved Timo in Sunny Isles on the last trip.

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  1. The only no miss in the vicinity is Bourbon Steak and the valet plus tip will blow the budget. In all seriousness, they will validate the parking and you can do the bar menu and be close to the high end of the range. It's one of the best in all of Miami so may be worth stretching on.

    Timo is hit or miss. I've had outstanding dinners there followed by head scratching ones

    Let me know if you are willing to travel and I all add some ideas

    1. That's a tough budget to work within but I'd throw out Hiro's Yakko-San (Japanese - North Miami Beach), Chef Philip Ho (Chinese - Sunny Isles), Il Mercato (Italian-ish - Hallandale), Panya (Thai - North Miami Beach). I also like Kabobji (Middle Eastern - North Miami Beach) - used to have a location nearer to me that was regular rotation take-out for us, but it closed.

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      1. re: Frodnesor

        I concur with Frod's recs and would add Le Tub for burgers and gumbo on the water plus Tarks for clams

        1. re: Frodnesor

          Good recs by Frod but I'd head to west Hollywood and hit China Pavillion before Philip Ho for dim sum.

          I'd also hit up Nick's on the Hollywood Broadwalk for oysters and kickass New England fried clams. Most authentic in South Florida.

        2. my problem with Kabobji is that they do not serve fresh pita bread. They serve day old Lavash in plastic bags and you have to beg them to nuke them to warm them up.

          I'd like to add a new Florida institution, not so much because the food is great (slightly better then average bar food) but because of the view! Quarterdeck just opened up on the Dania pier! In all of South Florida you would be very hard pressed to come up with a better view! Sand and surf to the F!lorida inlet and other the South side as far as the eye can see. In and outdoor dining!

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          1. re: Bigstu99

            Maybe you haven't been to Kabobbji lately, but they now make the pita bread inhouse and it is great. You can watch them being made by the open hearth. They come to the table steaming hot and delish. We eat there often as it's not far from where we live. Their salads are great as is the chicken shawarma, shrimp kabobs, falafel etc. And the price is right!

            1. re: Bigstu99

              > I'd like to add a new Florida institution. Quarterdeck

              Pardon?

              "The Quarterdeck was founded in 1966 when Paul Flanigan’s uncle, Joe “Big Daddy” Flanigan converted the Deem Drug Store on Cordova Road in Fort Lauderdale into a Big Daddy’s Liquor Store and Lounge. Paul bought the Quarterdeck from Big Daddy in 1985, and changed it into the Quarterdeck, a neighborhood bar with good food, ice-cold beer and great tasting drinks."

              ...

              http://www.quarterdeckrestaurants.com...

              1. re: CFByrne

                So are any of the other locations on a pier over the ocean??? You wouldn't catch me dead in any of the other locations!

                The recommendation was for the view not the food and as such I think it is a new institution (on the PIER).

                While I am relying Mama MIa really!!!!! next we will be telling people to go to Carrabas for Italian!

            2. On the circle in Hollywood, eat at at the bar & order a bunch of appetizers at Mama Mia.

              http://www.miagrill.com/wp/

              1. Just tried Tuscany Cafee at 6 NW 1st Ave. in Dania Beach. Looks like a dive on the outside. Went in for lunch with two others. Owner and chef from Italy. I had an excellent sausage, onions and pepper panini with a side salad, $8.95. My companions also ordered paninis and enjoyed theirs. Delicious, as good as I have had in New York. Nothing on the dinner menu is over $20 for an entree but I have not been there for dinner. Worth a shot for lunch.

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                1. re: rebus1805

                  is this the place tucked away in the antique district? Think I've heard about it but was wondering if it really existed.

                  1. re: The Chowfather

                    Yes, it is one block W. of US 1. Used to be just a coffee shop but now serves Italian food. http://www.tuscanycaffe.com/