Hollywood, Hallandale Beach and Dania Beach are great cities for dining. Here are four quick suggestions from our Fine Dining Writer, Rebecca Cahilly.
BILLY’S STONE CRAB 400 N. Ocean Drive, 954-923-2300, www.crabs.com. A visit to Hollywood is not complete without a waterside lunch or sunset fine dining experience at Billy’s Stone Crab Restaurant and Market. Friendly, attentive staff add to the familial atmosphere, but it is the seafood – most of which is purchased daily from local fisherman – that keeps Billy’s at the top of our list of great places to take family and friends. If you’re in a hurry, stop at the market for the day’s fresh catch as well as some mandatory stone crabs with Billy’s signature mustard sauce to enjoy at home. If you want the full Florida experience, book a half-day fishing charter with Billy himself and enjoy your catch prepared your special way at the restaurant afterwards.
THE FIELD IRISH PUB & EATERY 3281 Griffin Road, Dania Beach, 33312, 954-964-5979, www.thefieldfl.com. When a discerning, well-traveled Brit recommends a local Irish pub, you will be well off heeding his advice. The Field in Dania Beach comes highly recommended, not only for its welcoming atmosphere – “loads of seating inside and a good bar,” weekly live music and outdoor tables under a huge Banyan tree that just might make you feel as though you are a key character in a Tolkien novel – but mostly for the authentic fare. With Guinness served at “exactly the right temperature” and fish and chips worth writing home about, The Field is a special place for any of us longing for the Emerald Isle.
LOLA’S ON HARRISON 2032 Harrison St., Hollywood, 954-927-9851, www.lolasonharrison.com. Capturing the quaint, neighborly essence that is prevalent throughout Hollywood and serving it up with style is Lola’s on Harrison Street. Creator and Chef Michael Wagner focuses on simple, fresh, American-style dishes that highlight flavor without being pretentious and overpowering. With an emphasis on local ingredients, every menu item is prepared from scratch by a chef who is clearly passionate about his craft.
FULVIO’S 1900 1900 Harrison St., 954-927-1900, www.fulvios1900.com. Being married to an Italian/American from a restaurant family means that any Italian restaurant we try is met with a high level of scrutiny – and on this level Fulvio’s 1900 delivers. The veal rib chop in a marsala wine sauce is a personal favorite, as are any of the fresh pasta dishes. From the professional staff to the well-prepared traditional Italian menu items to the fantastic wine selection, Fulvio’s is, in a word, excellence.