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Pembroke Pines

Will be visiting in a couple of weeks. Seems like this area is a wasteland, with mostly chain restaurants and strip malls. Anything more noteworthy around here?

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  1. There are some good ethnic places at Pines Blvd and University. Pho 78 or Sheiks bakery for roti. Good burger at elevation burger just west of I-75 on pines blvd.

    1. That's it? A little Asian and another chain? Where does one have to travel to to get a decent real restaurant?

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      1. re: lemarais

        generally east. and then south or north.

      2. Hi lemarais: Brimstone Woodfire Grill is awesome! I love ALL of the food. Some nights they provide live music on the patio area.This restaurant is located in the Shops of Pembroke Gardens. Very nice area to walk around before/after dinner. Check out the menu.

        http://www.brimstonewoodfiregrill.com...

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        1. re: travelinggirl

          Thanks, travelingirl! Looks like a starting point. Still looking for some other suggestions-- what about if I went into Hollywood or FtLauderdale?

          1. re: lemarais

            Give me some more information. Type of food, price point, casual/formal? There are many many great places to eat in Broward county especially since you are not restricted to Pembroke Pines.

        2. China pavilion at flamingo and pines offers authentic dim sum.
          I Love Tacos on 17722 pines is a lovely place for Tacos.
          Romeu's cuban restaurant on 6800 Dykes rd is our little best kept secret for Cuban food.
          All are low budget family restaurants too

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          1. re: keithtang

            Mentioned all the right places. I'll second all those and say that Mezes and Mazza are good for Greek/Lebanese food, respectively.

          2. We have a good number of "mom & pop" ethnic restaurants here in the Pines. Atlakat on Taft & Douglas for Salvadorian, Mezes on Pines Blvd for Greek, Las Totoritas, also on Pines for Peruvian, Broccolini's on Sheridan & Hiatus for Italian and others too numerous to mention. Certainly not a "wasteland".

            1. Like "New American". Medium price point. Definitely casual, NO formal. Ethnic OK if it's not a "hole in the wall".

              1. While you are visiting our "wasteland" try La Brochette on Hiatus Rd. between Sheridan & Sterling. Zagat rates his food at 28. For a "mom & pop" resto that may meet your standards.

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                1. re: restless tongue

                  Now La Brochette sounds promising!

                  P.S. I am not looking for fancy restaurants-- actually, they are out of favor these days-- good, smart casual, chef-owned places that care what the place looks like and the experience their customer gets. Chains, UGH!

                2. Chain city. Pho 78 for good Vietnamese but 0 ambiance.

                  1. Here's some of my favorite chef-owned places in my 'hood-- I really am not looking for hotsy-totsy; looking for chef owned, reasonably priced decent looking real restaurants. No chains.

                    I said that Broward seems expensive, that Brimstone rec has a burger for $12-- up here they average about $8.

                    http://www.facebook.com/PJFinnegansNJ...

                    http://www.quintasteakhouse.com/index...

                    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi...

                    http://www.cask171.com/Restaurant/Abo...

                    All of these are chef owned, and reasonably priced with attractive ambience. Any info about places like these in or around PP would be appreciated.

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                    1. re: lemarais

                      Read my post dated Jan. 16. These are the type of restaurants you seem to be seeking. Next time I'm in NJ I will try your recs although they have no bearing on what's going on in PP.

                      1. re: lemarais

                        I just had a chance to look at the restaurants you posted and linked

                        I understand now the type of restaurants you enjoy.

                        I lived a few years ago in Teaneck, N.J. and always purchased wine, etc. at Queen Anne Liquor. I moved to Florida before Kevin opened the restaurant.

                        Both he and Christine are both knowledgeable and helpful.
                        They also have a great and extensive Kosher/Israeli wines

                        Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale/BocaRaton might fit your needs.

                        You might also want to checkout South Florida TV show.
                        http://checkpleasefl.com/

                        There are some new Central American/SouthAmerican restaurants that have opened in Broward/Miami-Dade counties

                      2. I feel like I am volunteering for the Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce.

                        http://www.opentable.com/miami-restau...

                        although Jason Perlow visits mostly NJ restaurants he has also been to several in Florida
                        http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/

                        http://southflorida.menupages.com/
                        most are chains buta few are good restaurants

                        You need to do some searching yourself

                        1. Here's a place that I loved in Naples FL-- anything like it in Broward?

                          http://www.evoo-bistro.com/

                          Also-- anyone been to Bash Cafe in Sunrise?

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                          1. re: lemarais

                            Bash Cafe is a dump with VERY mediocre food.