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From Romantic to Cheap Fling: Our Top Restaurants for a Date

Let's go old school here and assume that it's the gents who have to select which restaurant is best for wining and dining the ladies. (Or, for our gay readership, maybe you can just flip a coin or have a sexy baby-oil wrestling match to determine the chief decisionmakers in your midst.) It's a tough choice and not one that should be taken lightly. We recommend you first decide what category your date falls into, then use this handy guide to match where he or she would like to be taken.

 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-567-8070, or visit
Hands down, the best place to get a date drunk is at Trina. No, getting him or her smashed won't come cheap, especially if you're throwing a Mediterranean-themed dinner in the deal, but each bite will seem well worth the investment. 

Canyon Southwestern Café
1818 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-765-1950, or visit
Count on Canyon on for its ever-changing, ever-original menu and beautifully

presented plates. The prickly-pear margaritas are pretty damned great too. 

Seasons 52

E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 2300 N.W. Executive Center Dr., Boca

Raton; and 11611 Ellison Wilson Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Visit

Vegetarians swear by Sublime, but

Seasons 52 may be the better choice -- its menu offers a wide range of

choices for meat eaters and herbivores. 

Jazziz Bistro
5751 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Call 954-583-8335, or visit

your date enjoy some eats with beats, check out Jazziz at the Seminole

Paradise Hard Rock, where the vibe is mellow and the Asian-themed

entrées are delish.

52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-330-3232, or visit

some inspiration for intellectual conversation? Dada restaurant/pub

always buzzes with an eclectic crowd of creative types. Be sure to get

the cheese and chocolate fondues and your meal will undoubtedly take a

sensual turn.


Plaza Real, Boca Raton, and 2584A E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Call 561-391-0755 or 954-396-5656, or visit


because you can't drop $50 on a steak doesn't mean you can't make your

honey happy. Visit Truluck's on a Wednesday night and split a towering

hunk of carrot or chocolate malt cake and wash it down with any bottle

of wine for half price. 

J. Alexander's

Glades Road, Boca Raton; 2415 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 8550

W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; and 4625 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens.


J. Alexander's seems to have hit

a chord with the gay community, seemingly for no particular reason

aside from the fact that they feel welcomed there. These restaurants

offer a value-conscious wine list and a choice of menu selections that

even a picky eater will find pleasing.  

 9810 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs. Call 954-752-2333, or visit

moms deserve a night out on the town too. Runyon's, a chichi place with

a silly name, has been spoiling them since 1984 with cocktails at its

piano bar and a great menu with offerings like escargots, veal Oscar,

Maryland soft-shell crabs, and filet mignon.

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Riki Altman

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