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    A Singular Chef Returns

    In the late '80s, Chef Richard Cingolani helped transform Broward County from the dining doldrums into a place that could hold its own with the big boys. The acclaimed New World cuisine of his Caf Arugula lit up Lighthouse Point. And, because, ...

    by D.B. Tipmore on September 16, 2004
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    Eats for Mr. Douglasito

    For far more authentic -- and far-flung -- "nuevo Latino" cooking, try Caf con Leche (7721 Lake Worth Rd., Greenacres, 561-439-8899). The place is owned by Roy Burdier, a Dominican whose little slice of good eating next to Publix in the Nassau Squar...

    by D.B. Tipmore on September 9, 2004
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    Cabana Fever

    Roy (Wellington, red wine) was looking for a job. Jill (Boynton Beach, iced tea) and Mike (Boynton, Budweiser) were looking for an evening's escape from the kids. How do I know? Because they were eating and talking large, one and two tables dow...

    by D.B. Tipmore on September 9, 2004
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    Manila Thrilla

    Stuffed frog, pork organs in broth, monitor lizard, fertilized duck's eggs -- do we need more examples of why Filipino cuisine can so easily terrify unsuspecting diners? Many dishes from the world's second-largest archipelago make the perfumed del...

    by D.B. Tipmore on September 2, 2004
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    Fill 'Er Up

    Want a quick fix of Filipino foods and culture? South Florida offers few better opportunities than Far East Food & Gifts (Shops at Oriole, 4140 N. State Rd. 7, Lauderdale Lakes, 954-486-6373). "In this store, if you break it, you'll be happy to p...

    by D.B. Tipmore on September 2, 2004
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    Classic Eats from the Boot

    It's dinnertime and you're driving along Oakland Park Boulevard east of I-95, lost in a beltway of insurance shops and tattoo parlors and curl-'n'-spray hair salons. You're starving. Out of the corner of your eye, you spot a nondescript, one-story bu...

    by D.B. Tipmore on August 26, 2004
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    A Fired-up Kitchen

    Vincent Foti's 4-month-old Kitchenetta, just south of Oakland Park Boulevard, takes the same Neapolitan-inspired cuisine served at Salerno's and puts it through a wringer of fabulosity. No elastic waistbands here. High concept reigns in the flat-scre...

    by D.B. Tipmore on August 26, 2004
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    The Steak Capital

    The Capital Grille compares nicely to a smash Broadway road show: polished to the hilt, full of practiced verve and talent, and yet as adventurous as surfing on Lauderdale beach. The brainchild of RARE Hospitality Intl. Inc. in Atlanta, the first ...

    by D.B. Tipmore on August 19, 2004
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    Foodstuff - Chained Meat

    In Broward and Palm Beach counties, there are two Morton's the Steakhouses (West Palm Beach and Boca Raton), two Ruth's Chris (Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton), and two Shula's Steakhouses (Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach Gardens). All of these cha...

    on August 19, 2004
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    Magic and Meat

    Some people might call it luck that the 9-month-old Chima Brazilian Steakhouse continues to attract customers to a lonely little shopping plaza down on Las Olas Isles. The site has been a restaurant heartbreaker since long before Il Tartufo took a tu...

    by D.B. Tipmore on August 12, 2004
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    Buy Brazilian

    I wanted a place where Brazilians would walk in the door and go 'Ah!, simpjavascript:passCharacter('225')tico owner Ronald Batista says about his almost two-year-old store, Brazilian Point (840 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, 954-630-8840). Ba...

    on August 12, 2004
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    Gone on 60 Spare Ribs

    Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q, 1236 S. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954-522-5046. Lunch and dinner 11 a.m. till 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. till 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Jack's Barbecue and Smokehouse, 500 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Wi...

    by Lee Klein on August 5, 2004
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    Lotsa Soul, Baby

    Jesse's Place (1395 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-523-4774) bills itself as "a fine soul food restaurant." They got that right. The room is simply arranged, a dozen or so tables for two to the left, a counter for ordering and takeout to the ...

    by Lee Klein on August 5, 2004
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    The Painted House

    Henry Flagler established West Palm Beach to house workers who would build and staff the plutocratic palaces of the "real" Palm Beach. But then the area, which was never particularly well off, took a deep dive into drugs, drifters, prostitutes, McDon...

    by Lee Klein on July 29, 2004
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    East Meets West (Broward)

    Chien Chung Peng from Hong Kong opened Chung Hing Oriental Mart (9803 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954-438-1060) in North Miami 15 years ago and five years later brought a second store to Pines Boulevard. The diversity of Asian food items displayed i...

    by Lee Klein on July 29, 2004
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    High-Steaks Dining

    Where are we, in Riyadh?" I asked as we walked, and walked some more, from a distant parking spot to the all-white, multidomed, Saudi-styled Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Located on its own little 86-acre oasis (technically a "reservation" -- wi...

    by Lee Klein on July 22, 2004
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    Mexico, Jamaica, and... Pembroke Pines??

    Let's face it: Mexican-American restaurants are all pretty much the same. Sombreros on the wall. Margaritas. Chips and salsa. Rice and beans. Nachos, tacos, burritos, fajitas -- the whole enchilada. Santiago's Mexican Caf & Grill (17185 Pines Blvd.,...

    by Lee Klein on July 22, 2004
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    Moos, Views

    The United States, with its cowboys and cattle and wide-open West, has always been considered a serious beef-eating nation. Then again, carnivorousness is relative -- our American siblings down south in Argentina, with their gauchos and cattle and wi...

    by Lee Klein on July 15, 2004
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    Taste del Sur

    El Cafetal Bakery (7649 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954-964-7557), a humble Colombian market situated in the corner of a strip mall, is easy to pass by without notice -- until, that is, you've tasted its cooked-to-order, lip-smacking, Latin American...

    by Lee Klein on July 15, 2004
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    Shooters Aims Higher

    Shooters has been a fixture on the Intracoastal in Fort Lauderdale for more than 15 years. It's a place where boaters, boozers, and bikini-clad beauties gather for waterfront vistas, live music, and affordable drinks. Although an informal menu of san...

    by Lee Klein on July 8, 2004
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