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Need suggestions in Pembroke Pines

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!

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  1. Chain city...

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

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

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      1. re: lemarais

        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.

        1. re: MaryJ

          +1 on Mezes, great food.

          Scruby's on University North of Pines for barbecue.

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

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

          1. 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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            1. re: madtheswine

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

            2. 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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              1. re: lemarais

                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!

                1. re: gblcsw

                  I knew there were restaurants in Weston...

                1. re: lemarais

                  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.

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

                  1. 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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                    1. re: lemarais

                      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.

                    2. 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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                      1. re: lemarais

                        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.

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

                        1. Anyone ever done the breakfast specials at Rickey's?

                          1. Anyone been to Mazza on Pines Blvd?

                            How would you compare Latin American Grill to La Carreta?

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                            1. re: lemarais

                              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.

                              1. re: madtheswine

                                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".

                                1. re: grdns

                                  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.

                              2. re: lemarais

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

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

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                                1. re: lemarais

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