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Candace West

Jimmie's Chocolates and Cafe 47

Candace West
In 1946, Jimmie Vonglis and his family escaped war-torn Europe for a new life in the States. A year later, he opened the doors to Jimmie's Chocolates in Dania Beach. Vonglis is long gone, and the shop has changed hands several times since then, but his legacy lives on at his original storefront, which is hailed as the longest-running chocolate shop in the state. Owners Rodney Harrison and Ken Smith took over the property in the late '90s, transforming the business from solely a chocolatier to an iconic homey Caribbean-inspired tapas cafe. Executive chef/managing partner Rob Granado has fused his Puerto Rican background into the regional eatery, reinterpreting Latin flavors with local ingredients. The menu changes seasonally, but keep an eye out for mainstays, like the pernil (slow-roasted pork shoulder), burger of the day (with creative toppings like feta with basil or manchego, crumbled bacon, and sliced pickles), and the line-caught catch of the day (served on Caribbean-style rice topped with fresh avocado, tomato, and red-onion relish with a house-made ground caper tartar sauce).

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