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Jan 14, 2013 06:58 AM

Long weekend in Ft. Lauderdale

I've had very little experience in South Florida and the neighborhood names mean nothing to me but I will be staying in Weston for a long weekend in mid-February and am looking for a few recommendations for lunch and dinner. My wife is a vegetarian but I am an omnivore so it would be nice to find places that will accommodate her needs without stifling mine. Ethnic, particularly Cuban, would be welcome, since you don't find Cuban in my part of the Midwest. Coming, as I do, from the middle of the country, I also want to have the best seafood experiences possible. Thanks.

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  1. Weston has a good Korean place called Myung Ga Tofu & Barbecue,excellent tofu, short ribs, and soups, awesome lunch deals Monday through Saturday. Also in Weston is Cheese Course for a lunch option and Ireland steakhouse for dinner (might want to check menu for veg options, steaks are great!) For cuban you may need to travel a bit, Las Vegas is a small chain but very good. For seafood try Calypso in Pompano, a bit for a haul from Weston but has local fish and is very popular, they are closed on Saturdays though. Have fun!

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    1. re: newbiefoodieinlaud

      Thanks. We're willing to drive a bit so I'm open to options that are not necessarily close to Weston.

    2. Did you find anything good? In am at the Westin- I have been eating at Whole Foods, except for the wedding I came here for, and those meals.

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      1. re: Moneychick77

        The "Westin" hotel and the "Weston" community aren't the same thing.

        Compiled suggestions would include:
        La Rural Argentine Grill in Weston. Waterfront patio in the back.2346 Weston Rd., Weston, FL
        La Brochette -, in Cooper City -- Go-to special occasion spot
        Marumi Sushi (Sunrise)- Awesome Japanese food.
        Bash Cafe and Wine Bar (Sunrise) - Awesome comfort food.
        Kristof's Kafe (Davie) - Awesome brunch on the weekends
        Bru's Room (Pembroke Pines) - Triple Threat extra wet wings.
        El Agave Azul (Davie?) Good Mexican food.
        Brimstone Woodfire Grill, Pembroke Gardens, Pembroke Pines

        1. re: Moneychick77

          I just got back less than a week ago from Ft. Lauderdale, and I've got to say that I really, really enjoyed my meal at SEA. Sure, it was a bit of a splurge, but for a three course meal where two of the courses were just plain home runs, $53 out the door (no beverages, but tax and tip are included in that total) for what I had was just fine by me.

          It's a small venue to be sure, but Tony really knows what he's doing, so far as I'm concerned. I was able to just walk in (single diner, toward the end of service that night), but if you're with someone, or *especially* more than two, I'd call ahead and reserve your table.

        2. Based on your request I would add a couple more to the great suggestions you've already gotten. I must also add my 2 Lincolns to SEA and just say this is one of the best in town right now for fine dining seafood!

          If you would like a sample of "Old Florida" style seafood, Seafood World in Lighthouse Point always reminds me of the places my family frequented in Miami and the Keys back in the 60's & 70's.

          It's kind of a hole in the wall but for Cuban food I always recommend Laura's Cuban Restaurant. The food is like visiting a Cuban grandma's kitchen and the husband and wife team that run the place always make us feel welcome.

          1. Just got back from a week, and the best meals I had were at Las Vegas in Pembroke Pines (they have several locations) for Cuban and the best Lechon Asado I've ever had. Also Amazing Thai Japanese in Pembroke Pines is fantastic, should have many vegetarian options.

            As far as seafood, bafflingly enough, for an area with miles and miles of Atlantic coastline, it's virtually non-existent except for frozen. I was at Pirate Bar in FtL from the Water Taxi and they had a "catch of the day" on the menu. When asked what it was that day, they responded "Frozen Basa Fish". Enough said.

            1. D'angelo Italian pizza and tapas just opened a second location in Weston. We really enjoy the ft. Lauderdale location.

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              1. re: tlubow

                Unfortunately, all of these responses came too late but I'll save this discussion for the next trip down that way.