Candela in Wilton Manors Mixes Mediterranean and More

Candela in Wilton Manors Mixes Mediterranean and More
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Chef de cuisine Armando Vega with his wife and co-owner, Yudaris Paez; Candela's grilled octopus.

In South Florida, where the recent small plate obsession has tainted our palates (and pockets) with pricey, upmarket concept foods, we have no understanding of the Spanish art of celebrating food and drink. But at Candela Restaurant in Wilton Manors, you can get an idea of what it's all about. Just one block south of Oakland Park Boulevard and over a canal that hems the northern edge of the Island City, you'll find one of the area's best-kept secrets.

Fat and tender, the noodles are left to burn and crisp around the edges, pan-seared and sealed with flavor.

You may be familiar with a restaurant where the chef knows your name and delivers your dish as if you were family. This is the type of experience you'll get from chef-owner Armando Vega and his wife, Yudaris. They aren't looking to thrill with fancy farm-to-table fare, seasonally rotating menus, or fancy cocktails. And this is neither some newfangled gastropub with craft beer coursing through its veins nor the type of place that offers 20 small-batch bourbons.

The popular cerdo asado.
The popular cerdo asado.

Details

Candela Restaurant2909 NE Sixth Ave., Wilton Manors; 954-563-8088; candelarestaurant.com. Fideua negre: $21 Cerdo asado: $17Pollo marroqui (Moroccan chicken): $19Paella: $25(s)/$49(d)

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To read the whole review of Candela, visit our Clean Plate Charlie food blog.

 
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kandafilm
kandafilm

I have been to Candela many times and I have never been disappointed. Every dish is made to perfection. I don't think I will ever get tired of going back (not to mention I drive almost an hour to get there, well worth it!)

 
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