BY JOHN TANASYCHUK AND REBECCA CAHILLY
Eating before a show in South Florida ought to be easier, but there just aren’t many restaurants within walking distance of many venues.
Relax. Here are 16 suggestions from our Fine Dining writers — from white tablecloth to barbecue — that will keep your stomach from growling during your next trip to the theater.
Just leave enough time to park at both the restaurant and your final destination.
Near ArtsPark at
Young Circle, Hollywood
Billy’s Stone Crab Waterfront Seafood Restaurant & Market 400 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-923-2300, www.crabs.com. Be the envy of your neighbor when you open your picnic basket after a stop at Billy’s seafood market. From stone crabs to chowder to Key lime pie, your al fresco meal will be the talk of the park. Order online in advance and have your meal delivered FedEx! – R.C.
Bistro 1902 1902 Hollywood Blvd., 954-689-2229, www.Bistro1902.com. It calls itself a French bistro and, sure enough, escargots and beef bourguignon are on the menu. But 1902 also does a fine burger and several Italian-style pasta dishes. – J.T.
FULVIO’S 1900 1900 Harrison St., Hollywood, 954-927-1900, www.fulvios1900.com. Whether it’s for dinner before the performance, or a glass of wine or dessert afterwards, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Fulvio’s 1900, just steps away from Young Circle. Romantic atmosphere, excellent service and great Italian cuisine. – R.C.
Mama Mia Italian Ristorante, 1818 S. Young Circle, Hollywood, 954-923-0555, www.miagrill.com. Don’t rush through dinner before the show; instead request a sidewalk table at Mama Mia and enjoy authentic Italian fare within earshot of the performance. Portions are large, so request a to-go bag for late-night snacking. – R.C.
Pho Vi, 1933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 954-367-7786. Hearty, steaming bowls of Vietnamese pho accompanied by bánh mì sandwiches in a no-nonsense, family-run storefront. – J.T.
Near Broward Center
for the Performing Arts,
Cheese Culture 813 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-533-9178, www.Cheese-Culture.com. With its redone bar area, this cheese shop has become an even more inviting restaurant. They make a wonderful croque-monsieur and Caprese salad, which you can pair with above-average wines by the glass. – J.T.
Seventh Street Wine Bar 701 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-5560, www.seventhstreetwine.com. Sniff, swish and sip a glass or two of a selection of over 2,500 wines before or after the show. A great way to try some new varietals in a fun atmosphere. – R.C.
Valentino’s Cucina Italiana 620 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-523-5767, www.valentinoscucinaitaliana.com. An anticipated performance can be best set off by a superb dining experience and Valentino’s will guarantee just that. Ensure enough time to savor dessert before the show. – R.C.
Coral Springs Center
for the Arts
Mario Ristorante Italiano and Wine Bar 6370 N. State Road 7, Coconut Creek, 954-420-3100, www.MarioRistoranteItaliano.com. Old World Italian meets beach chic at Mario and Nadia Spina’s restaurant in the Regency Lakes Village Center. Great pasta and veal dishes. – J.T.
World of Beer 4437 Lyons Road, Ste E-101, Coconut Creek, 954-984-0300, www.coconutcreek.wobusa.com. Beer. People. Music. Sports. Perhaps in that order, but the draft selection is impressive and live music makes for a festive atmosphere. Wine drinkers are not left to cry in their beers although the selection is weighted in favor of hops and barley. – R.C.
Mythos Greek Taverna 2864 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, 954-345-9559, www.MythosRestaurant.com. Light eaters will appreciate the huge selection of cold and hot meze (scordalia, spanikopita, taramosalata) while bigger eaters can dive into the signature roasted leg of lamb or moussaka. – J.T.
Near Kravis Center
for the Performing Arts,
West Palm Beach
City Cellar Wine Bar & Grille CityPlace, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-366-0071, www.BigTimeRestaurants.com. Big Time Restaurant Group, which owns restaurants across the region, knows how to please a wide variety of tastes – from pizza and pasta to grilled seafood and steaks. – J.T.
būccan 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 561-833-3450, www.buccanpalmbeach.com. It’s much easier to get a table at chef Clay Conley’s temple to small plates pre-theater than at prime-dinner time. That’s what happens when the James Beard Foundation gives you a best chef nomination. – J.T.
PBCatch 251 Sunrise Ave., Palm Beach, 561-655-5558, www.pbcatch.com. Two-for-one drinks and $1 oysters are the perfect complement to a sophisticated evening of culture. Happy Hour 4:30-6:30 p.m. Closed Sundays. – R.C.
Miramar Cultural Center ArtsPark
Smitty’s Grille 12328 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, 954-432-6422. Baby-back ribs and fried chicken are served with hand-cut steak fries and fried Brussels sprouts here in a friendly atmosphere. – J.T.
Elle’s Restaurant and Lounge 12312 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, 954-437-0071, www.EllesRestaurant.com. The surprisingly sophisticated menu reflects South Florida’s ethnic diversity, with such dishes as chile-rubbed pork shoulder, oxtail lasagna and a Caribbean burger with Scotch bonnet aioli. – J.T.