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 10 suggestions — 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.
ArtsPark at Young Circle, Hollywood:
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.
Bistro 1902, 1902 Hollywood Blvd., 954-689-2229, 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.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale:
Lester’s Diner, 250 W. State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-5641, LestersDiner.com. So maybe you don’t want to be eating a Western omelet dressed for the opera. But other times, Lester’s easy-on the-wallet prices and big parking lot are perfect pre-theater fare.
Cheese Culture, 813 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-533-9178, 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.
Coral Springs Center for the Art:
Mario Ristorante Italiano and Wine Bar, 6370 N. State Road 7, Coconut Creek, 954-420-3100, 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.
Mythos Greek Taverna, 2864 N. University Drive, Coral Springs, 954-345-9559, 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.
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, 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.
buccan, 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 561-833-3450, 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.
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.
Elle’s Restaurant and Lounge, 12312 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, 954-437-0071, 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.
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