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I come to the area often and haven't found too many knock your socks off restaurants. I love the food at Cafe Martorano's (albeit completely overpriced) but, it is such a scene. I am sure there are a lot of places I don't know about and probably drive by all the time.

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  1. There aren't too many knock your socks off restaurants here!
    What kind of food do you like?

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    1. re: gblcsw

      I am finding that! I like most kinds of food. i usually go to Houston's, Cafe Maxx (they are right near me), Sette Bello and Kitchenetta. I was just looking for something different. Would love a great asian place. I find the reviews on open table completely unreliable. Open to any advice!!

      1. re: sarahval3

        I don't know about "knock your socks off". But some ideas...

        Check out Hot and Soul on US1 and Oakland Park:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9025...

        If you live near Café Maxx, I assume you've been to Calypso and aren't a fan. If you haven't been...
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7802...

        Just a few blocks away, Café La Buca does get many "knock your socks off" raves...
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6640...

        Then there's Sea...
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8026...

        I love Rok: Brgr in Himarshee, their bacon jam burger was one of the best I've ever had:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7724...

        For authentic Mexican, on Dixie Hwy in Pompano
        Taqueria Dona Raquel
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7658...

        Other folks often recommend Seafood World in Lighthouse Point, as well as Casa D'Angelo and Market 17 in FTL. You can find more info on them searching this board.

        Enjoy and let us know...

        1. re: CFByrne

          This is so helpful, thank you so much. I haven't been to any of those places except Casa D'Angelo and Market 17. Now I have a list of places to try, I appreciate it. I really like Casa D'Angelo, but, I think Sette Bello is equally as good and it is close to me. We had a really bad experience at Market 17. It could have been that someone came out of that dark room and spilled wine all over me, but, the food wasn't great. I also don't really get why anyone would want to go out for dinner and eat in the pitch black. Thank you again. I am back in the area mid January and looking foward to checking those places out!

        2. re: sarahval3

          For excellent Italian, try Valentino's in Fort Lauderdale, Lobster Bar Sea Grille, also in Fort Lauderdale, has excellent seafood. For great Mexico City type Mexican (not tacos) try Eduardo de San Angel on E. Commercial Blvd. and for tasty Spanish, Casa Seville on E. Oakland Park Blvd. Unfortunately, I know of no great Asian place down here.

          1. re: gblcsw

            Thank you!!! I do love Valentino's!!!! Will try the others!

            1. re: gblcsw

              gblcsw

              I think you are referring to Cafe Seville not Casa Seville.

              1. re: Alfred G

                Yes...Thanks!

        3. Try Casa d'Angelo in Fort Lauderdale for Italian. Sunfish Grill for seafood. NY prime in Boca four steak. The Duck King in Boca has been getting good press for authentic Chinese.

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          1. re: rsanders99

            Thank you so much!

          2. I agree with most of the posts below and also throw Canyon into the mix for good Southwestern food and prickly pear margaritas. The only down side is that they don't take reservations.
            http://www.canyonfl.com/

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            1. re: zook

              Thanks, I actually forgot about Canyon. I went there last year and it was very good.

            2. Cafe Italia is unassuming on the ground floor of the mid-rise office building at 3471 N Federal Hwy is owned and operated by a man who immigrated from a coastal town in Italy. One of the few places you can get risotto, good wine list, not a pinky-in-the-air atmosphere, more of a down-home place.

              Shishka Lebanese Grill in the Pompano Mall has wonderful authentic food, Almaza beer, hookah selections.

              Fuego Latino on E. Commercial has good Cuban food and atmosphere.

              Like others have said, this is south Florida so knocking your socks off doesn't really occur to them around here. If you don't get food poisoning consider it a success.

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              1. re: boteman

                Thank you!! I am headed down next week and cannot wait to try the new places. I appreciate all of the input!

                1. re: sarahval3

                  A wonderful little Italian spot we discovered is La Dolce Vita in Ft. Lauderdale owned by a charming man from Abruzzi where he owns two other restaurants. Food is extremely well done with lots of thought to flavors and taste and they have an excellent wine list. It is truly an authentic place - where everyone speaks Italian and every dish is made to order!

                  http://ladolcevitaflorida.com/
                  3331 N.E. 33rd Street
                  Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308
                  Reservations 954-565-5707

                  1. re: DolceFarNiente

                    Thank you! My family comes from Abruzzi, so i will definitely check it out!!

              2. Have you been to 15th Street Fisheries?

                http://ftltoday.com/

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                1. re: FTLToday

                  Hi - I haven't but, if it is good, i will check it out!