Even those on plant-based diets get a bit of love with the Vegan Yum Bowl. Polenta cooked in coconut milk isn't overly sweet but smacks of the fresh fruit. Crispy onions add texture while a mushroom gravy offers a bit of the sensation of eating meat.

The dessert they call Dark Bark brings thin sheets of dark chocolate sprinkled with sea salt and crushed pistachios and drizzled with olive oil. The salt intensifies the already rich flavor of the dark chocolate, while the fruitiness of the olive oil and the nuts provides the perfect complement and crunch. They are not the first to plate this combination and will not be the last.

And Samoy is usually on the floor. With olive skin and hair pulled back and covered by a bandanna, she's constantly running food across the restaurant. Petite and all business, she looks almost overcome by a pair of large plates.

Go Fork an Egg: cast-iron-grilled culotte steak with a fried egg, fries, and  steak sauce.
Go Fork an Egg: cast-iron-grilled culotte steak with a fried egg, fries, and steak sauce.
Hot & Soul's interior; Dark Bark ($5)
Hot & Soul's interior; Dark Bark ($5)


Hot & Soul, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 754-206-2155. Open Tuesday to Saturday 4 to 11 p.m. and for Sunday brunch 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Soba Noodle Salad $5/$9

Manchego Toast $9

Gumbo Yumbo $9/$16

Chicken Adobo $7.50/$14

Go Fork an Egg $18

Dark Bark $5

With Hot & Soul, South Floridians have another restaurant worth visiting enough to become regulars. As its name suggests, each dish is full of heart, and every bite tastes like a comforting home-cooked meal your adopted Filipino or Creole grandmother might serve on a Sunday night.

Samoy and Hampton are the kind of restaurateurs Broward County needs. Unlike many around town, who plot strategies and promotions from far-off corporate offices, these two are on the floor, just as comfortable running hot plates of food as they are paying the bills.

Let's hope that they're able to pay it forward and that one day when a new cook comes into town, he or she stumbles into Hot & Soul and realizes South Florida is a place with more to offer than beaches, no state income tax, and cheap, bank-owned real estate for grabs.

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I was told about Hot & Soul by a friend of mine, I recently went there with a group of my friends and my wife..  We sat at the "Communal Table" in the back and had the best time.  The food is incredibly tasty (I think I tried everything on the menu), we all enjoyed the casual ambiance..  Mike's a great host, he came to our table sat with us and talked with us about his move here from San Diego..  (We're better off, trust me!)  Mike, left us all with hugs and anticipation for our next time to this great spot!!!