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Candela in Wilton Manors Mixes Mediterranean and More

Chef de cuisine Armando Vega with his wife and co-owner, Yudaris Paez; Candela's grilled octopus.
Chef de cuisine Armando Vega with his wife and co-owner, Yudaris Paez; Candela's grilled octopus.
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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.

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.

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

The popular cerdo asado.

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