Pompano Beach- Need help!
Going to be in Pompano Beach for a week. Never been to Florida. Please recommend non-chain pubs/restos/delis/bars. Thanks.
Cafe Maxx - Long time upscale leader in Pompano, sophisticated yet not stuffy.
Calypso Restaurant - Would be a great intro to fresh Florida / Caribbean Seafood you've likely not had elsewhere, for example jerk seasonings, conch dishes, etc.
Taqueria Dona Raquel - Authentic, cheap Mexican. This is not Taco Bell.
For Italian, many folks like the fairly casual Gianni's.
And I have not been, but for a very special Italian meal (read up so you know what you are getting into), take a look into Cafe La Buca.
You can search this board for more detailed info on each of these.
With judicious ordering you can enjoy a very good meal at Cafe La Buca. Based on my own dinner last night (2/13), you can have a very good meal if you concentrate on the antipasti (served from the glass case; take a look and see what looks good) and the pasta.
I would skip the second courses and order a pizza if the above is not enough.
No frills dining room; many fellow diners speak Italian. Not inexpensive. I will write a more detailed report on CH soon.
Oh please... not even close... the MIA gang are the pros...
I'm just a regular Joe who enjoys writing about my fairly infrequent dining experiences, and breaking news I happen across.
I do believe I know of a few good places in Broward and S Palm Beach... but certainly not Dade. However I appreciate the sentiment.
I very respectfully disagree about Cafe Maxx. I was so looking forward to going there for my birthday only to find everything grossly underseasoned. I needed to add salt to everything which I almost never do in a restaurant. When I looked around I realized the majority of customers were elderly which could explain that, however, i will never be back.
There have been lot's of good suggestions here and I have a couple more for you...
Brother Tucker's - This is a beer lovers pub. Lot's of craft beer selections with some great food to go with it.
Malulo's International Seafood - This has become my favorite Peruvian restaurant in the area. The Ceviche's are great and the Peruvian specialties are a real treat.
Pomperdale Deli - Old school NY deli
The Ambry - Fine dining German food with a great little pub up front. Look for Han's daily specials or try the Calve's Liver "BERLIN" sauteed with Apples, Bacon Browned Onions and gravy. It's awesome!
Seafood World - "Old Florida" style seafood done well.
CFByrne has it covered. I've been to all those places. I have to apologize in advance because it's a chain, but my favorite place in Pompano is Houston's. Great menu and service and the location is right on the water at Atlantic and the Intracoastal.