Dining — 02 November 2013
Critic pick: Where to dine before, after shows

Looking for a spot to grab a bite pre or post show? Here are suggestions near South Florida’s most popular entertainment venues — some that provide the entertainment themselves.

By John Tanasychuk & Rebecca Cahilly

 

Near ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood

Kilwin’s Hollywood, 1907 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 954-367-2872, kilwins.com/Hollywood. Not to be missed – particularly for the kids and the kid in you. Ice cream, taffy, fudge, chocolate, toffee and caramels and everything under the sun double-dipped in chocolate. (RC)

 

Kussifay Argentinean Restaurant, 2050 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 954-842-2396, Kussifay.com. Owner Yanina Arias now has two Kussifay locations. This second outpost doesn’t serve the pizza and calzones of the original, but offers excellent Argentine beef dishes and outstanding gnocchi and risotto. Be sure to start with the house-made sangria. (JT)

 

Mickey Byrne’s Irish Pub, 1921 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 954-921-2317, mickeybyrnes.com. Go for a pint, stay for the bangers and mash and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch one of the many special events and live entertainment. (RC)

 

Palate Party Food Truck,
954-495-8385, palateparty.com. Call ahead to check the whereabouts or simply keep an eye out for this brightly decorated food truck that lives up to its claim of providing a party for your palate. Chef Robyn Almodovar aims to please with delicious gourmet dishes and an ever-changing menu. Not only is her truck the first female-owned, non-dessert food truck in South Florida, it’s also the only one with a built-in stage for live entertainment. Don’t miss the meatball sliders, aptly named “Pockets of Love.” (RC)

 

The Tipsy Boar, 1906 Harrison St., Hollywood, 954-920-2627, TheTipsyBoar.com. An impressive beer selection along with inventive gastropub fare such as pork-belly sliders, goat cheese and thyme croquettes and lobster mac-and-cheese. (JT)

 

Near Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale

Cheese Culture, 813 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-533-9178, cheese-culture.com. Wine and gourmet cheese pairings (and charcuterie!) are the specialty of the house and if owners Mitch and Susan are there you’re in for a treat. The perfect pre- or après-show stop to round out a great date night. (RC)

 

The Chimney House Grill & Cafe, 701 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-900-5352, TheChimneyHouse.net. Ceviche, churrasco, lomo saltado plus burgers and salads are served out of this remodeled house built in 1924. Seating is limited, but it’s just half a block west of the Broward Center. (JT)

 

Grille 401, 401 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-767-0222, grill401.com. Sushi rolls, crispy crab fritters and grilled artichokes for starters set the tone for fresh and innovative entrées such as curry snapper with rock shrimp or the New Orleans pasta with a Cajun cream sauce. Sip on a specialty cocktail, perhaps the gluten-free “greyhound” made with Tito’s homemade vodka, and save room for one of the housemade desserts. (RC)

 

Lobster Bar Sea Grille, 450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-772-2675, BuckHeadRestaurants.com. Downtown Fort Lauderdale now has the striking seafood/steak restaurant we’ve been waiting for. Be sure to start with char-grilled Mediterranean octopus, pickled red onion and Santorini capers. (JT)

 

Rok:Brgr, 208 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-7656, rokbrgr.com. Start with the fried pickles and then prepare your senses for one of the handcrafted specialty burgers. This burger bar and gastropub is best for adults, but the kids have enjoyed the mac & cheese bar. (RC)
Wild East Asian Bistro, 1200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-828-1888, wildeastbistro.com. Asian fusion in a pretty waterfront setting. Curry shrimp fried rice, spicy tuna sushi rolls and entrées such as beef l’orange and ancient chili pepper chicken keep Wild East on the list of go-to spots on Las Olas. (RC)

 

Near Coral Springs
Center for the Arts

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, 1580 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, 954-227-7055, BJsRestaurants.com. Open since late August, this is the 13th Florida location for the California-based chain featuring deep-dish pizza, handcrafted beer and the famous Pizookie, a warm cookie topped with ice cream. (JT)

 

Cherry Smash Ice Cream Parlour, 8000 Wiles Road, Coral Springs, 954-346-0999, cherry-smash.com. You’ll feel like a kid in a candy store at this old-time ice cream shop, and the kids will as well. Every treat is something special, from sundaes to old fashioned malts and candy jars galore. (RC)

 

Khana Kh’zana, 10345 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 954-227-9344, khana-khzana.com. Originally only for take-out, this little Indian spot now offers 5-6 tables for patrons lucky enough to savor their Lamb Rogan Josh and garlic naan on site. (RC)

 

Tavolino Della Nonna, 10181 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 954-509-0046, TavolinoRestaurant.com. Soulful Italian home food is on the menu. For the authentic experience, sit in Grandma’s Room, where you’ll find a Formica-topped table, a four-burner gas range, circa 1940, and vintage wedding photos. (JT)

 

Near Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach

City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, CityPlace, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., Upper Level, West Palm Beach, 561-366-0071, CityCellarWPB.com. Pizza, pasta, steaks and seafood. For post-show snacks, try the charcuterie plate or choose from the daily changing cheese selection. The bar stays open until 1 a.m. (JT)

HMF at The Breakers, 1 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 561-290-0104, hmfpalmbeach.com. The glamorous era continues at HMF, where you’ll feel like a movie star as you sip a champagne cocktail and nibble on a spectrum of small plates that include everything from Korean short ribs to artisan salumi. (RC)

Imoto, 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 561-833-5522, ImotoPalmBeach.com. Peking duck tacos, sushi plus wood-fired small plates such as Wagyu beef short ribs and tuna and foie gras sliders. Imoto means “little sister” in Japanese, as it is the smaller relative of chef Clay Conley’s būccan next door. (JT)

 

PB Catch, 251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, 561-655-5558, pbcatch.com. Champagne and oyster happy hours, raw bar and basically everything fresh and from the sea make this a perfect pre- or post-show spot. (RC)

 

Near Miramar Cultural Center ArtsPark

Brimstone Woodfire Grill, The Shops at Pembroke Gardens, 14575 SW Fifth St., Pembroke Pines, 954-430-2333, BrimstoneWoodfireGrill.com. On Fridays and Saturdays, Brimstone serves its steaks, seafood and burgers until 11 p.m. The bar is an inviting place to sit in this gorgeous restaurant that takes its design inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright. (JT)

 

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 11338 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, dickeys.com. The fall-off-the-bone ribs and chopped beef sandwiches washed down with sweet tea make this franchise worth the visit. The kids will love the free self-serve soft-serve ice cream. (RC)

 

La Famiglia Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, 11655 Red Road, Miramar, 954-862-7499. A great Italian and pizza spot for the whole family. Everything from the fried calamari to the garlic rolls, chicken marsala and pizza is fresh and tasty. Save room for the gelato. (RC)

 

VooDoo BBQ & Grill, 151 N. Hiatus Road, Pembroke Pines, 954-443-8406, VoodooBbqAndGrill.com. Barbecue meets the big Cajun-Creole flavors of New Orleans at this franchise where you can have classic slow-smoked meats and gumbo, po’ boy sandwiches and burgers. (JT)

 

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