1135 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-210-8989, Padrinos.com
This 4-decade-old minichain has introduced a fifth location in the former Samba House and Melting Pot.
“We’ve wanted to come out east for a long time, but the timing and location haven’t been right until now,” says Laura Padrino Corredoira, whose Cuban grandparents founded Padrino’s in Hialeah.
This is the first one to offer weekend brunch, which will kick off in September, and a full bar with cocktails ($9-$10) such as spicy mango mojito and the Cielo with vodka, passionfruit, coconut and lime.
Family recipes feature a Cuban sandwich ($9), lechon asado (roast pork for $15), bistec de pollo (chicken breast for $15), ropa vieja (shredded steak for $15), churrasco skirt steak ($23) and paella ($26).
“The decor reflects the third generation and is more contemporary. The other locations were opened in the ’90s,” Corredoira says. “I was inspired by an old Cuban home surrounding an open-air central patio. The middle has an outdoor feel with patio-style furniture, and the sides feel like the living and family room with banquet seating and shelves with black-and-white photos and family relics.”
Lunch and dinner are served daily with a weekday lunch buffet to launch in September.