Stephen Starr

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    James Beard 2014 Semifinalists Announced: Florida Gets Several Nods

    The James Beard Foundation has announced the 2014 semifinalists for its Restaurant and Chef award categories today, the state of Florida got several nods and specific recognition for its culinary achievements. Even Orlando got a pat on the head from the prestigious foundation for hosting the annou ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 5, 2013
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    July 8, 2013

    Sushigami Opens First Location in Sawgrass Mills Mall

    It's an impatient foodie's dream, your meal's ready before you even sit down. The latest addition to the Sawgrass Mills' mall grub scene, at Sushigami you'll never have to fill up on stale bread or tap your foot in hungry anticipation again. Even though sushi isn't anything new, serving it on a 14 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2012

    Steak 954 Named Wine Spectator's 100 Best Wine Restaurants

    Wine Spectator has come out with their annual listing of the 100 best wine restaurants in the country and Steak 954 has been named of the the top picks.The Stephen Starr steakhouse at the W Fort Lauderdale hotel joins such notable restaurants as Le Bernadin, The Lambs Club, Per Se, and Minetta Taver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Girls' Night With Cocktails, Massages, and Steak At W Fort Lauderdale

    All girls really want to do is have fun -- and be treated to a lavish evening devoted entirely to them. Each Thursday night (4pm-12am), the W Fort Lauderdale will host a special girls' night with free champagne, mini-makeovers, and a three-course dinner at Steak 954.

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Steak 954 Throws Down the Gauntlet With Monthly Wine Wars

    While other restaurants hold monthly wine tastings, Stephen Starr's Steak 954 offers something a bit different: a wine battle, where you'll be the judge. Hosting a new monthly Wine Wars Dinner series ($85 per person) starting at 6 p.m. May 24, Chef Jason Landon Smith will create a five-course meal p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2012

    Steak 954 Introduces Summer Menu: An Interview With Chef Jason Smith

    Steak 954 has introduced a new menu for summer, with ten new dishes created by chef Jason Smith, who has been at the restaurant in The W Fort Lauderdale Hotel for three years. Clean Plate Charlie caught up with the chef in an email interview last week to learn more about the offerings -- which inclu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Our Ten Most Romantic Restaurants

    ​Dinner with your love need not be relegated to a once-a-year affair but rather part of your repertoire. What makes for romantic dining? The company, of course, though scenic backdrops, stellar service, and food that serves as an aphrodisiac helps. After the jump, our picks for the most romantic r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    Steak 954's Philly Cheese Steak and Regional Sandwich Porn

    ​ Steak 954 newest lunch kicks off today's list of regional sandwiches and where to get them around here. Read on for the day's sandwich porn.Philly Cheese Steak at Steak 954The ultimate guilty pleasure sandwich, this decadence is served by chef Jason Smith in a nod to Philly native and restaurate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Calling All Servers, Line Cooks, Bartenders, and Hosts: Burger Bar, Steak 954, Old Calypso, and Sugarcane Need You

    ​Burger Bar by Chef Allen, slated to open November 15, seeks servers, bar backs, hostesses, runners, line cooks, and dishwashers. The space is across from Scripps, offering indoor and outdoor seating. It's the second of his burger restaurants, with the first located in the airport. Susser's custom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Dine Out Lauderdale: The Five Most Compelling Menu Deals

    ​In "What Would You Order for Your Last Supper?" in the Food and Drink issue of the New York Times Magazine, New York chef and cookbook writer David Pasternack lists a dozen local oysters and clams paired with Pabst Blue Ribbon in a can on his fantasy menu, while Mario Batali lists "one of every s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Steak 954, Johnny V, and Hard Rock Casino Seek Cooks, Bartenders, Servers

    ​I'm struck by how depressing Chipotle's employment campaign is. Opportunity is a lonely fast food burrito - for which we can't even see the food? It's so sad sack it reminds me of a scene in American Splendor in which Harvey Pekar wears a frown and slumps through garage sales, sifting through old ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Makoto Opens In Bal Harbor Shops

    Chef Makoto Okuwa​Restaurateur Stephen Starr (of Steak 954 and Morimoto fame) has opened Makoto at the Bal Harbor Shops, bringing some life and good food to the mall. The 200-seat indoor/outdoor restaurant will offer modern Japanese cuisine with twists on classic Japanese dishes. Makot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Steak 954 Introduces Affordable Lunch

    ​Steak 954 -- the posh steak house from Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr -- might be able to make a mean rib eye or tuna-foie gras taco. But for a lot of locals, the posh steak-house prices don't exactly translate into casual lunch. Well, if you've been itching to try the place without drop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Kobe Beef Sliders From Steak 954

    ​As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to 6: Kobe Beef Sliders From Steak 954Stephen Starr's Steak 954 is as straight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    New Afternoon Treats and Drinks at Steak 954

    If you're not a subscriber to our weekly Café Bites dining newsletter for Broward and Palm Beach counties, here's a taste of what you missed this week. Click here to subscribe. If you haven't wandered past the mesmerizing glow of jellyfish gracing the entrance of Steak 954 because you're put off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Foodist Events on the Radar

    Panera Bread's pink ribbon bagel.​• Iron Chef Cat Cora will be giving a cooking demo on February 27 at 5 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Tickets cost $35 in advance through Ticketmaster. The celeb chef will be giving a free appearance at 3 p.m. in the hotel lobby that same day.• ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 24, 2009
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    December 22, 2009

    Our Five Favorite New Restaurants of 2009

    ​This week in Dish we walk down memory lane and revisit the crazy year that was 2009. Our year-end wrap up answers the following: What notable newcomers made their way onto South Florida's eager palates? What restaurants fell victim to the stagnant economy? In 2009, restaurateurs turned to trends ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 19, 2009
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    August 19, 2009

    Taking "The Dude" to Fort Lauderdale's Steak 954

    Dude, ever had an Australian Tajima Kobe Porterhouse?​For so many years -- I'm thinking ten, at least -- I've been able to avoid the dreaded blind date. But since I haven't been finding much quality on my own, I decided to make a public announcement to my buddies: "Line 'em up. I'm fix-up-able!" I ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 4, 2009

    Shining Starr

    OK, OK, I take it back! Steak 954 is brilliant.

  • Dining

    April 30, 2009
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    April 29, 2009

    Stephen Starr's 954 Opens Tomorrow at W

    Remember how we warned you about Stephen Starr's new steak house, Steak 954, scheduled to open this month at Lauderdale's new W Hotel? Well, here it is the end of the month, and the place is rolling it out right on schedule: You can call and make your reservation for Thursday's debut dinner if you'r ... More >>