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lemarais Jan 15, 2014 08:53 AM

Going to be staying in Pembroke Pines on a winter holiday for a few weeks. Looking for some good non-chain restaurants.

On the web I found Cook In Paris and Giovanni's. Any comments on these and any other suggestions? Thanks!

  1. The Chowfather Jan 15, 2014 05:53 PM

    Chain city...

    Pho 78
    Mojo Donuts
    I'e heard good things about the dim sum at China Pavilion but have not personally tried it

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      lemarais Jan 19, 2014 03:34 PM

      Wow, no responses-- Help, please for info in Pembroke Pines!

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        MaryJ Jan 28, 2014 11:14 AM

        After reading this chain last night we went to Mezes on pine. Thanks it was awesome. Great greek food I felt like we were eating in our old friends kitchen.

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          pjbear05 Jan 30, 2014 07:23 PM

          +1 on Mezes, great food.

          Scruby's on University North of Pines for barbecue.

      2. gblcsw Jan 20, 2014 07:48 PM

        Try checking out Weston-right next door to Pembroke Pines...Not my neck of the woods, but probably some decent restaurants.

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          grdns Jan 21, 2014 05:30 AM

          La Brochette on Hiatus Rd.
          Capriccio on Sheridan & University
          Mezes on Pines Blvd

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            madtheswine Jan 22, 2014 07:15 AM

            There are a lot of chains here, but I wouldn't call it chain city.

            I Love Tacos on 178th and Pines is good, though the food can sometimes be clunky (Tacos are sometimes overstuffed and can be cumbersome). Mezes is very good greek food. Mazza is a lebanese/greek place just west of Dykes on Pines that is very good, but service can be slow. There's no outstanding sushi around, but Silver Spoon on Miramar and Dykes will probably be your fix, if that's what you're looking for. Primos on Miramar and 172nd is the best pizza in town with maybe the exception of Pizza Heaven in Weston. For something a little different, 7 Pecados in Pembroke Gardens is a South American/Italian style place that's decent. Giovanni's is not bad, but I would recommend all these other places before them.

            Don't expect to be blown away by the cuisine in Pines, but there is a lot of good food if you're in town, despite the naysayers.

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              madtheswine Jan 22, 2014 07:29 AM

              Oh, and I second the recs of grdns. Capriccio can be inconsistent, but the upside is high.

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              lemarais Jan 22, 2014 02:02 PM

              Thanks for the recs. Capriccio looks good. (Although real Carbonara and Pesto should NEVER have cream!)

              Anybody been to Cook in Paris and/or Giovanni's?

              RE/Weston-- gblcsw-- what restaurants do you like in Weston?

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                gblcsw Jan 22, 2014 08:11 PM

                As I mentioned, that isn't my neck of the woods. You might try posting again under a heading for Weston. I'll bet you'' get some good recommendations!

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                  lemarais Jan 27, 2014 03:06 PM

                  I knew there were restaurants in Weston...

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                lemarais Jan 28, 2014 06:18 AM

                How is Amazing Thai?

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                  madtheswine Jan 28, 2014 10:29 AM

                  I've only been there twice. Both times it was good. It's been there quite a long time now. Haven't gone enough to tell you they're consistent.

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                  lemarais Jan 28, 2014 02:35 PM

                  Anyone have an opinion on Billy's in Davie or Uncle Al's also in Davie?

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                    lemarais Jan 30, 2014 11:38 AM

                    Anyone been to Moon Thai/Japanese? Any good?

                    Nobody heard of Billy's or Uncle Al's?

                    Which is better, Pho 78 or Pho 79?

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                      tlubow Jan 30, 2014 02:12 PM

                      I don't like Moon Thai. I've been to Billy's (on SR 84?) many years ago and wasn't impressed. Why not try D'Angelo in Weston? I haven't been to that location, but the one in Fort Lauderdale is pretty good. There's a Korean place in Weston that is pretty good. I think it's called Myung Ga.

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                      lemarais Jan 30, 2014 06:55 PM

                      Well, Pho 78 was closed due to New Year's tonight-- (Isn't that Chinese New Year?) so we wound up at Moon/Weston.

                      All I can say is WOW! A beautiful environment, great service, reasonable prices, authentic Thai dishes, a terrific dinner.

                      The larb salad is awesome, not to be found at most Thai places, but it is real Thai. Minced meat with green vegetables. Soft Shell Crab appetizer wonderful, served beautifully. Mains were Tiger Shrimp, and Whole Snapper in ginger sauce. OMG. Sooooo good.

                      Put Moon on your list, Broward-ites.
                      You are lucky it is here!

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                        madtheswine Feb 3, 2014 06:50 AM

                        Hadn't been to Moon Thai in years, so I didn't want to comment. I'm glad you enjoyed. Someone else mentioned D'Angelos in Weston, which is pretty solid. Their pizzas are ok, imo. The specials have been pretty darned good, tho.

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                        lemarais Feb 2, 2014 09:29 AM

                        How does Too Jays in Plantation compare to Mitch's Westside in Weston?

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                          lemarais Feb 9, 2014 09:50 AM

                          Anyone ever done the breakfast specials at Rickey's?

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                            lemarais Feb 10, 2014 06:42 PM

                            Anyone been to Mazza on Pines Blvd?

                            How would you compare Latin American Grill to La Carreta?

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                              madtheswine Feb 11, 2014 08:15 AM

                              I mentioned Mazza on my post below. I believe Rickey's is called something else, nowadays. I would recommend some chains before going to Rickey's.

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                                grdns Feb 11, 2014 11:54 AM

                                The Original Rickey's still exists on Hollywood Blvd. near 46th. The Rickey's on West Pines Blvd has been sold and is now called "Nickey's".

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                                  lemarais Feb 11, 2014 06:51 PM

                                  It's back to "Rickey's" again because the original owner bought it back when she lost her Congressional race to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. I hear weekend breakfast there is quite good.

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                                grdns Feb 14, 2014 05:34 AM

                                If you mean Mezes on Pines they serve delicious Greek food.

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                                lemarais Feb 13, 2014 08:46 PM

                                Anyone been to Batten's for fresh squeezed orange juice?

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                                  grdns Feb 14, 2014 05:35 AM

                                  Stopped there recently. They seem to have changed hands. Not what it used to be.

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