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  • Best new restaurant in South Florida 2017: Monkitail

    Best new restaurant: Monkitail

    Monkitail in Hollywood is the best new restaurant of 2017, as picked by SouthFlorida.com.

  • Best chef in South Florida 2017: Josie Smith-Malave

    Best chef: Josie Smith-Malave

    BEST CHEF Josie Smith-Malave, Bubbles and Pearls 2037 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors; 954-533-9553; BubblesNPearls.com Josie Smith-Malave, Hialeah-raised and New York-trained, spent time in top kitchens such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Vong and Wylie Dufresne’s WD-50 and competing on TV’s “Top...

  • Best baker in South Florida 2017: Lykeisha the Baker

    Best baker: Lykeisha the Baker

    BEST BAKER Lykeisha the Baker Bakery 1021 N. State Road 7, Margate; 3582 W. Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, 954-226-1000; Facebook.com/Lykeisha-The-Baker and Facebook.com/TheSweetSpotMargate Lykeisha Boyd is the best-known baker you’ve never heard of even though her couturelike, made-to-order cakes...

  • Best North Broward restaurant 2017: The Whale's Rib Raw Bar

    Best North Broward restaurant: The Whale's Rib Raw Bar

    BEST NORTH BROWARD RESTAURANT The Whale’s Rib Raw Bar 2031 NE Second St., Deerfield Beach; 954-421-8880; WhalesRib.com A short walk from the Atlantic Ocean and Deerfield Beach pier, the Whale’s Rib has been serving fresh seafood and deep-fried delights for more than three decades. Often busy, it...

  • Best South Broward restaurant 2017: Kuro

    Best South Broward restaurant: Kuro

    BEST SOUTH BROWARD RESTAURANT Kuro 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-327-7625; SeminoleHardRockHollywood.com/Kuro One almost forgets a casino is nearby when dining at Kuro, a Japanese eatery inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and a previous Best of South Florida winner. Kuro’s gorgeously...

  • Best West Broward restaurant 2017: Zona Blu

    Best West Broward restaurant: Zona Blu

    BEST WEST BROWARD RESTAURANT Zona Blu 189 Weston Road, Weston; 954-617-7999; ZonaBluWeston.com Sardinia is an Italian island where a notable percentage of the population lives past 100. National Geographic labels such places Blue Zones. Zona Blu in Weston, which opened in 2015, features Sardinian...

  • Best East Broward restaurant 2017: Hardy Park Bistro

    Best East Broward restaurant: Hardy Park Bistro

    BEST EAST BROWARD RESTAURANT Hardy Park Bistro 21 SW Seventh St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-652-1475; HardyParkBistro.com A place that friends only reluctantly tell other friends about, both in fear of upsetting the balance of relaxed sophistication at Hardy Park Bistro and, more selfishly, in making...

  • Best North Palm Beach restaurant 2017: The Regional Kitchen and Public House

    Best North Palm Beach restaurant: The Regional Kitchen and Public House

    BEST NORTH PALM BEACH RESTAURANT The Regional Kitchen and Public House 651 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach; 561-557-6460; EatRegional.com What do you get when a “Top Chef” finalist (Lindsay Autry) teams up with a successful Palm Beach County restaurateur (Thierry Beaud)? You get this mega-popular,...

  • Best South Palm Beach restaurant 2017: 32 East

    Best South Palm Beach restaurant: 32 East

    BEST SOUTH PALM BEACH RESTAURANT 32 East 32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-276-7868; 32East.com These are bittersweet times for 32 East, a food and wine lover’s paradise that opened in 1996 and spurred the development of the Atlantic Avenue dining and entertainment corridor. The restaurant...

  • Best Miami Beach restaurant 2017: Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann

    Best Miami Beach restaurant: Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann

    BEST MIAMI BEACH RESTAURANT Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann 3201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach (in the Faena Hotel); 786-655-5600; Faena.com/Miami-Beach/Restaurant/Los-Fuegos-by-Francis-Mallmann Prepare to be wowed by this smoldering seductress at the beachfront Faena Hotel. Argentine grill master Frances...

  • Best Miami restaurant 2017: Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres

    Best Miami restaurant: Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres

    BEST MIAMI RESTAURANT Bazaar Mar by Jose Andres 1300 S. Miami Ave., Miami (in SLS Brickell Hotel); 305-615-5859; SBE.com/Restaurants/Locations/Bazaar-Mar Molecular gastronomy in the wrong hands can be dangerous, but at Bazaar Mar it is a shimmering seafood delight. Acclaimed chef Jose Andres, a...

  • Best brunch in South Florida 2017: Juniper on the Water

    Best brunch: Juniper on the Water

    BEST BRUNCH Juniper on the Water 1975 S. Ocean Drive, the Hemispheres, Hallandale Beach; 954-544-3370; JuniperOnTheWater.com Driving by the Hemispheres condos in Hallandale Beach, you would never know there is a gem of a brunch spot tucked inside. Juniper on the Water offers views of the Intracoastal...

  • Best deli in South Florida 2017: 3 G’s Gourmet Deli

    Best deli: 3 G’s Gourmet Deli

    BEST DELI 3 G’s Gourmet Deli 5869 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-498-3910; 3GsDeli.com Traditional Jewish delicatessens keep closing across South Florida, leaving the landscape to chains and modernist newcomers. For old-school authenticity (including cranky and kvetching customers), there...

  • Best diner in South Florida 2017: Lester's Diner

    Best diner: Lester's Diner

    BEST DINER Lester’s Diner 250 State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-5641; Facebook.com/LestersDiner For more than 50 years, Lester’s Diner has been the round-the-clock, go-to spot for those in need of Greek-Italian-American comfort food after a late night with Hennessy or the Sunday-morning homily....

  • Best sushi restaurant in South Florida 2017: Sushigo

    Best sushi restaurant: Sushigo

    BEST SUSHI RESTAURANT Sushigo 477 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561-347-7888; SushiGoJoe.com He is known as Chef Joe, and he takes fish seriously. Sung Gook Joe, a sushi veteran who worked at Nobu in Miami Beach, presides over his 30-seat eatery with stern rigor. Don’t expect genial shouts of...

  • Best seafood restaurant in South Florida 2017: Fish Shack

    Best seafood restaurant: Fish Shack

    BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Fish Shack 2862 NE 17th Ave., Pompano Beach; 954-586-4105 This tiny restaurant is so far off the tourist path, it’s hard to find, tucked as it is in a small strip mall off U.S. 1. Don’t be put off by the humble digs or the wait to get in. Regulars come back for the top-quality...

  • Best steakhouse in South Florida 2017: STK

    Best steakhouse: STK

    BEST STEAKHOUSE STK 2305 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-6988; TOGrp.com/Venue/STK-South-Beach STK is an upbeat and swanky steakhouse geared toward the vibrant young people who strut through Miami Beach. The two-story space has high ceilings, pink lighting, a DJ and a private dining room with...

  • Best coffeehouse in South Florida 2017: The Revenant Coffee House and Eatery

    Best coffeehouse: The Revenant Coffee House and Eatery

    BEST COFFEE HOUSE The Revenant Coffee House and Eatery 2301 NE 26th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-947-7509; RevenantCoffee.com With its baked-daily pastries, ambitiously crafted artisanal coffees, welcoming waterside patio and the stylish bearing of owner Matias Jurgeit (an Argentinean-born former...

  • Best chocolate shop in South Florida 2017: Jimmie's Chocolates

    Best chocolate shop: Jimmie's Chocolates

    BEST CHOCOLATE SHOP Jimmie’s Chocolates 148 N. Federal Highway, Dania Beach, 954-922-0441, JimmiesChocolates.com This iconic South Florida chocolatier celebrated its 70th anniversary in October. And just like when this Dania Beach icon opened in 1947, all Jimmie’s chocolates are still made fresh...

  • Best breakfast restaurant in South Florida 2017: Country Ham N' Eggs Bar and Grill

    Best breakfast restaurant: Country Ham N' Eggs Bar and Grill

    BEST BREAKFAST Country Ham N’ Eggs Bar and Grill 2671 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-530-9402; CountryHamNEggs.com Can a diner be uber-American? No fewer than a dozen pastiche pop-art paintings of Sinatra, Monroe and the Beatles decorate this cavernous greasy spoon, which boasts a...

  • Best waterfront restaurant in South Florida 2017: Coconuts

    Best waterfront restaurant: Coconuts

    BEST WATERFRONT RESTAURANT Coconuts 429 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-2421; CoconutsFortLauderdale.com Coconuts is where restaurateur Elliot Wolf established the template for such successes as the Foxy Brown, Top Hat Deli and Lunchroom. In ambience, in attitude (this is where all those...

  • Best small-plates restaurant in South Florida 2017: S3 Restaurant

    Best small-plates restaurant: S3 Restaurant

    BEST SMALL-PLATES RESTAURANT S3 Restaurant Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-523-7873; S3Restaurant.com That S3? It stands for sand, surf and sun. But they could easily substitute in sushi, steak and seafood. It’s all delish, and the small plates...

  • Best hotel restaurant in South Florida 2017: Steak 954

    Best hotel restaurant: Steak 954

    BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT Steak 954 W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-414-8333; Steak954.com Let’s be frank: Hotel restaurants often are more a matter of convenience than choice. Not so with Steak 954. It’s a destination for locals and tourists alike. The place...

  • Best business lunch in South Florida 2017: Grille 401

    Best business lunch: Grille 401

    BEST BUSINESS LUNCH Grille 401 401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; Grille401.com Grille 401 is right smack in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The lunch menu has an array of salads, shareable plates and sandwiches. Dinner offers elegantly prepared steak, fish and crab entrees. Grille...

  • Best vegetarian/vegan restaurant in South Florida 2017: Plant Miami

    Best vegetarian/vegan restaurant: Plant Food + Wine

    BEST VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RESTAURANT Plant Food + Wine 105 NE 24th St., Miami; 305-814-5365; TheSacredSpaceMiami.com/plant-miami Plant Miami, formerly called Plant Food + Wine, creates Instagram-worthy dishes that can satisfy vegans and carnivores alike. It’s hidden in the Sacred Space Miami wellness...

  • Best late-night food in South Florida 2017: Primanti Bros.

    Best late-night food: Primanti Bros.

    BEST LATE-NIGHT FOOD Primanti Bros. 901 N. Atlantic Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-565-0605; PrimantiBros.com Nothing sounds better after a night of drinking than greasy, carb-loaded food. Thankfully, Primanti Bros.’ beach location is open 24-7 to start nursing those imminent hangovers. Sandwiches,...

  • Best food truck in South Florida 2017: Magic Box

    Best food truck: Magic Box

    BEST FOOD TRUCK Magic Box 305-266-8486; Facebook.com/ElMagodelasFritas The on-wheels version of Little Havana restaurant El Mago de las Fritas, Magic Box serves the humble frita Cubana, a seasoned ground-beef patty that is blended with chorizo or pork, and then topped with grilled onions, ketchup,...

  • Best bakery in South Florida 2017: Croissan'Time French Bakery

    Best bakery: Croissan'Time French Bakery

    BEST BAKERY Croissan'Time French Bakery 1201 N. Federal Highway, No. 4A, Fort Lauderdale; 954-565-8555; Croissantime.com The imperative inside this 31-year-old French bakery seems to be sensory overload. As you enter, the aroma of fresh-baked croissants at once competes with the carousel of multicolored...

  • Best restaurant to impress out-of-town guests in South Florida 2017: Casablanca Cafe

    Best restaurant to impress out-of-town guests: Casablanca Cafe

    BEST RESTAURANT TO IMPRESS OUT-OF-TOWN GUESTS Casablanca Cafe 3049 Alhambra St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-764-3500; CasablancaCafeOnline.com Casablanca Cafe has a chic crowd, a lovely patio and a great view, but more than that, it is a beautifully maintained, two-story Mediterranean Revival home designed...

  • Best restaurant to take kids in South Florida 2017: Aruba Beach Cafe

    Best restaurant to take kids: Aruba Beach Cafe

    BEST RESTAURANT TO TAKE THE KIDS Aruba Beach Cafe 1 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea; 954-776-0001; ArubaBeachCafe.com Sure, there can be a sloshy, “wastin’ away” vibe by the bar on a Sunday afternoon, but beyond that you’ll find a sunny, family-friendly, indoor-outdoor spot bustling with...

  • Best restaurant to take your parents in South Florida 2017: Chima Steakhouse

    Best restaurant to take your parents: Chima Steakhouse

    BEST RESTAURANT TO TAKE YOUR PARENTS Chima Steakhouse 2400 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-712-0580; ChimaSteakhouse.com While your parents hit the buffet hard and marvel at the parade of meat dishes that come to your table every 10 minutes or so at this Brazilian steakhouse, you can enjoy...

  • Best restaurant to visit on your birthday in South Florida 2017: Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor

    Best restaurant to visit on your birthday: Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor

    BEST RESTAURANT AT WHICH TO CELEBRATE A BIRTHDAY Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor 128 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach; 954-923-4445; JaxsonsIceCream.com Jaxson’s version of a birthday cake is its popular Kitchen Sink, a mountain of multicolored, waistline-abusing ice cream topped by sparkler candles and...

  • Best restaurant to take your dog in South Florida 2017: Sawa Restaurant and Lounge

    Best restaurant to take your dog: Sawa Restaurant and Lounge

    BEST RESTAURANT TO TAKE YOUR DOG Sawa Restaurant and Lounge 360 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables; 305-447-6555; SawaRestaurant.com While humans pore over the menu of Mediterranean and Japanese fusion fare, their four-legged, furry friends also get their own menu at Sawa Restaurant and Lounge in Coral...

  • Best romantic restaurant in South Florida 2017: Le Patio

    Best romantic restaurant: Le Patio

    BEST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT Le Patio 2401 NE 11th Ave., Wilton Manors, 954-530-4641, LePatioWiltonManors.com Tucked around the corner from the action on Wilton Drive is this charming little hideaway serving an ever-changing menu that includes rustic classics from Lyon to hearty favorites such as shepherd’s...

  • Best Chinese restaurant in South Florida 2017: King Palace Chinese BBQ

    Best Chinese restaurant: King Palace Chinese BBQ

    BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT King Palace Chinese BBQ 330 NE 167th St., North Miami Beach; 305-949-2339; Facebook.com/Pages/King-Palace-Chinese-Bar-B-Q-Restaurant Don’t believe the New York gripers: There is good Chinese food in South Florida. King Palace is an authentic eatery on par with the no-frills...

  • Best Italian restaurant in South Florida 2017: Valentino Cucina Italiana

    Best Italian restaurant: Valentino Cucina Italiana

    BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT Valentino Cucina Italiana 620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-523-5767; ValentinoCucinaItaliana.com From its humble 2006 start in a small storefront on South Federal Highway to its 2012 move to bigger and more stylish surroundings just south of the New River tunnel,...

  • Best Middle Eastern restaurant in South Florida 2017: Kababi Cafe by Kuluck

    Best Middle Eastern restaurant: Kababi Cafe by Kuluck

    BEST MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT Kababi Cafe by Kuluck 3828 N. University Drive, Sunrise; 954-909-4133; KababiCafe.com Tucked in a drab strip mall, this taste of Tehran in western Broward is a delight. A pleasant spice scent perfumes the air, shakers of sumac sit on every table and soulful kebabs,...

  • Best Caribbean restaurant in South Florida 2017: Rocksteady Jamaican Bistro

    Best Caribbean restaurant: Rocksteady Jamaican Bistro

    BEST JAMAICAN/CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT Rocksteady Jamaican Bistro 2399 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton; 561-465-3167; RocksteadyJamaicanBistro.com Curried goat, vinegary whole fried snapper escovitch, oxtail stew, ackee and jerk chicken are island staples found in many South Florida eateries, but too...

  • Best Thai restaurant in South Florida 2017: Moon Thai and Japanese Restaurant

    Best Thai restaurant: Moon Thai and Japanese Restaurant

    BEST THAI RESTAURANT Moon Thai and Japanese Restaurant 1118 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables; 305-668-9890; other locations in Boca Raton, Weston, Coral Springs, Kendall, North Miami Beach, Cutler Bay and Wellington; MoonThai.com Located across the street from the University of Miami’s main campus,...

  • Best Venezuelan restaurant in South Florida 2017: Doggi's Arepa Bar

    Best Venezuelan restaurant: Doggi's Arepa Bar

    BEST VENEZUELAN RESTAURANT Doggi’s Arepa Bar 1246 Coral Way, Miami; 305-854-6869; EatDoggis.com This cramped, often busy restaurant near Brickell and Little Havana serves a variety of hot and heavy sandwiches, including doughy arepas, sublike pepitos and artery-testing patacons. The “bread” in...

  • Best German restaurant in South Florida 2017: Checkers Old Munchen

    Best German restaurant: Checkers Old Munchen

    BEST GERMAN RESTAURANT Checkers Old Munchen German Restaurant 2209 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach; 954-785-7565; CheckersOldMunchen.com You can tell when the people working in a restaurant love what they do. It’s perfectly clear when you go to Checkers, an institution in Pompano since 1982. The...

  • Best French restaurant in South Florida 2017: Cafe Boulud

    Best French restaurant: Cafe Boulud

    BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT Cafe Boulud 301 Australian Ave, Palm Beach; 561-655-6060; CafeBoulud.com Nestled in the Brazilian Court Hotel and Beach Club, this eatery is vraiment formidable. When the first whiff of stuffiness wafted in about two years ago, Cafe Boulud hit the reset button and did a redesign...

  • Best Cuban restaurant in South Florida 2017: Puerto Sagua

    Best Cuban restaurant: Puerto Sagua

    BEST CUBAN RESTAURANT Puerto Sagua 700 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1115; PuertoSagua.RestaurantWebExpert.com As South Beach has morphed into an international tourist spot over the years, one thing that has not changed is the delicious Cuban cuisine at Puerto Sagua, a local greasy spoon since...

  • Best Greek restaurant in South Florida 2017: Greek Islands Taverna

    Best Greek restaurant: Greek Islands Taverna

    BEST GREEK RESTAURANT Greek Islands Taverna 3300 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-565-5505; GreekIslandsTaverna.com Avgolemono soup, with its egg-lemony tang and generous portions of chicken, remains the unsung dish at the no-frills Greek Islands Taverna in Fort Lauderdale. The soup is often...

  • Best Indian restaurant in South Florida 2017: Bombay Cafe

    Best Indian restaurant: Bombay Cafe

    BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT Bombay Cafe 3060 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-568-0600; BombayCafeFL.com Every meal at Bombay Cafe in Fort Lauderdale starts with an ice-cold pitcher of water, the better to handle the scorching lamb vindaloo and moist tandoori meats doused in mouth-on-fire curry....

  • Best Mexican restaurant in South Florida 2017: Casa Frida Mexican Cuisine

    Best Mexican restaurant: Casa Frida Mexican Cuisine

    BEST MEXICAN Casa Frida Mexican Cuisine 5441 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-530-3668; CasaFridaMexicanCuisine.com Mexican doesn’t get more authentic than Casa Frida. The 50-seat restaurant is decorated with Mexican folk art and Frida Kahlo posters. The menu features many dishes not seen...

  • Best Argentinean restaurant in South Florida 2017: Rincon Argentino

    Best Argentinean restaurant: Rincon Argentino

    BEST ARGENTINEAN RESTAURANT Rincon Argentino 2345 SW 37th Ave., Coral Gables; 305-444-2494; RinconArgentino.com Wanting to honor Pope Francis, a TV reporter once gave him empanadas from Rincon Argentino (Argentinean Corner). Today, banner text on the restaurant’s website trumpets his reaction:...

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