By Rebecca Cahilly
Stepping out to be entertained – at the theater, concert or show – calls for a commensurate dining experience. From pre-show dining to post-performance desserts, here are suggestions for great dining before or after the show.
& CULTURAL CENTER
3385 NE 188th St., Aventura
This hidden gem does upscale Italian cuisine in style. La Montanara offers a well-curated wine list, house-made pasta and tasty pizza for those in the mood for something more casual. Save room for the ricotta cake and ice cream. Harbour Center, 18851 NE 29th Ave., Ste. 102, 305-974-0167, lamontanaramiami.com.
Soho Asian Bar and Grill
After the show, one of Aventura’s newest hot spots, offers a range of Asian favorites – from sushi and dim sum to signature tapas and steak – all prepared under strict kosher guidelines. Indoor and outdoor dining is available. Open 5 p.m.- 12 a.m. Monday-Thursday; closed Fridays; open one hour after sunset Saturdays until 1 a.m.; and 3 p.m.-12 a.m. on Sundays. 19004 NE 29th Ave., 305-466-5656, sohoasiangrill.com.
2555 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise
Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar
There is no shortage of chain restaurants nearby in The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills, and they’re all fine. But for an especially fun meal pre-sporting event or post-concert, check out Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar. Zinburger offers a great atmosphere, hearty burgers, craft beer, wine and milkshakes (why not?). Bottles of wine are half off on Wednesdays. The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills, 1800 Sawgrass Mills Circle #2460, Sunrise, 954-846-9360, zinburgereast.com.
Koume Japanese Restaurant
Leave the shoppers and their parcels to enjoy the mall circle and head to Koume, where you’ll enjoy sushi at an “artisanal” level in a casual atmosphere. Save room for the lychee ice cream. 11905 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation, 954-577-9277.
Broward Center for
the Performing Arts
201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Marti’s New River Bistro
You can’t get any closer here than Marti’s, which offers a three-course prix fixe dinner menu on site 2.5 hours prior to curtain. The menu features classic American fare from sea bass to pasta. Indoor or outdoor seating overlooking Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway sets the tone for a perfectly enjoyable evening. Weekend brunch offered for matinee performances. 954-660-6333, browardcenter.org.
Chimney House Grill and Café
Located in a 1924 historic home within walking distance of the Broward Center, the Chimney House features a latin-inspired, and inspiring, menu. Sip on sangria and nibble on churrasco chimichurri at a table on the newly expanded patio. Show your ticket for discounts, including a $29 prix fixe theater menu. 701 W. Las Olas Blvd., 954-900-5352, www.thechimneyhouse.net.
Look no further than Himmarshee Village after a concert at the Broward Center. With hip new offerings such as Himmarshee Public House, TacoCraft Tacqueria and Tequila Bar and Rok:Brgr, Fort Lauderdale’s Second Street is once again bustling after hours. Tarpon Bend and Dicey Riley’s remain local favorites, but this year don’t miss the newly opened PizzaCraft and Apothecary 330, a speakeasy-style cocktail bar accessed through a hidden door and serving absinthe, Fernet and other high-end brown spirits. PizzaCraft and Apothecary 330, 330 SW Himmarshee St., pizzacraftpizzeria.com; downtownhimmarshee.com, publichouseftl.com, tacocraft.com, rokbrgr.com, tarponbend.com.
Attending a matinee with the family? Guaranteed to please all ages, particularly fussy young’uns, O-B House serves breakfast – the best breakfast in town, in our humble opinion – all day. Lunch is served Monday through Saturday. Get there early, however, as O-B House does not accept reservations. Parties over
six are seated at separate tables.
333 Himmarshee St., 954-530-7520, obhouse.com.
Coral Springs Center for the Arts
2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs
Spice it up
Great ethnic restaurants abound in Coral Springs, from Red Ginger Asian Bistro (Chinese) to Chimi and Kimchi (Argentine/Korean) Grill. Add some curry to your evening with dinner at Khana Kh’zana express Indian kitchen, or head across the street for chicken tikka masala and some garlic naan at Arun’s Indian Kitchen. Ask for Arun then sit back and enjoy the flavors. redgingerrestaurant.com, chimikimchi.com, khana-khzana.com, indiankitchen.com.
After the show, wax nostalgic over a root beer float or sundae at Cherry Smash, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor filled with your favorite confections from days gone by. 8000 Wiles Road, 954-346-0999,
Feisty Bull Tequila and Tapas
Specialty margaritas and tapas punctuate a fun night out at this recently opened Latin-inspired restaurant in Coral Square. Open until midnight; 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 9225 W. Atlantic Blvd., 954-623-8066, thefeistybull.com.
707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale
Coco Asian Bistro
It’s a few miles away, but Coco Asian Bistro off 17th Street is one of our favorite pre-theater spots. Ask for Chef Mike Ponluang, who creates tasty sushi rolls and spicy Thai dishes paired with craft cocktails. 1841 Cordova Road, 954-525-3541, cocoasianbistro.com.
Las Olas Boulevard
Broward County’s main street provides plenty of pre-show dining options, from the recently opened Louie Bossi’s Ristorante and flavorful SuViche to local favorites Grille 401 and YOLO. Show your ticket and receive a complimentary dessert with your entrée at YOLO or a $55 dinner for two at The Royal Pig Pub. At Grille 401, share a bottle of wine with your friends. Bottles over $40 are yours for $20 when you show your ticket. Louiebossi.com; suviche.com; grille401.com; yolorestaurant.com; royalpigpub.com.
This charming Italian ristorante is not only close to the playhouse, it offers theater-goers a complimentary glass of house wine with their entrée. It’s always been one of my personal favorites, not only for its romantic atmosphere and friendly service, but for its hearty traditional Italian dishes. Stop by after the show to enjoy the piano bar, open until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 1125 N. Federal Highway, 954-565-9681, cafevicorestaurant.com.
Burlock Coast Seafare and Spirits
Located in the lobby level of the beachfront Ritz-Carlton hotel, this new – and newly renovated – restaurant boasts seaside views, an indoor/outdoor bar and detailed tableside service. The menu by chef de cuisine Gavin Pera emphasizes local sources and fresh seafood. 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-302-6460, burlockcoast.com.