Rick's Reviews

  • Rants & Raves: Goodbye Humpy’s; welcome back free parking and more

  • Rick's Reviews: 'Family' Food

    Did you know that Wilton Manors has more restaurants per capita than most major cities? The adult population of Wilton Manors is about 10,000 people and there are 24 restaurants on Wilton Drive alone! That’s not even taking into account the four ice cream shops and the candy stor-gasm that is To The Moon!

  • Rick's Reviews: A Few Spots to Eat After Your Brightline Ride

    When Henry Flagler began to build the Florida East Coast Railway more than a century ago, he had real-estate and resort development in mind. Now another set of entrepreneurs has seen a local railroad vision come to fruition. Brightline began running trains in January nonstop between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, and just a few weeks ago added service to and from downtown Miami.

  • Rick's Reviews: A is for...

    A is for acclaimed. A is for affable. A is for accomplished. Finally, A is for Angelo, as in Angelo Elia, the Italian-born chef/restaurateur, whose impressive roster of dining establishments includes three Casa D’Angelo restaurants (Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Paradise Island/Bahamas), as well as a growing chain of wildly-popular casual-chic Italian eateries – Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar, Tapas (Fort Lauderdale, Weston, Delray Beach and Coral Springs) and the Angelo Elia Bakery Bar.

  • Rick's Reviews: A Toast to Love and Other News You Can Use

    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to think of making a reservation for that romantic dinner. Quite a few places will be offering “special” Valentine’s Day dinners for two, which usually means jacked-up prices and a limited selection. However, two spots are offering special cocktails and that’s always reason to celebrate. For those of you not observing the holiday, there are plenty of other specials and a few new restaurants to pique your interest.

  • Rick's Reviews: Aventura Adventure

    If your idea of the food court at the mall is Panda Express and Sbarro’s, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the new Treats Food Hall at Aventura. In 2017, the 2.8-million-square-foot mall underwent a $214 million renovation that included transforming its humble food court, where pigeons often flew from rafter to rafter, into a chic food hall.  

  • Rick's Reviews: Basque in the Glory

    The area in West Palm that flanks Dixie Highway has long been known as Antique Alley for the preponderance of antique and vintage furniture stores. As far as dining goes, it was a vast wasteland, until recently. Several new restaurants have popped up in the past couple of years and the latest, Basque in the historic Hotel Biba, has got to be one of the best dining experiences, not just in the area, but in all of South Florida. What’s even more amazing is that the majority of the food is prepared and served out of a food truck.

  • Rick's Reviews: Batter up!

    It’s spring and that means the beginning of baseball season and I’ve visited two new restaurants. One hit it out of the park and the other struck out. And that’s about as far as I can go with baseball metaphors, so let’s focus on the restaurants.

  • Rick's Reviews: Beach, Please!

    Now that the crowds are gone, and before it gets too ungodly hot, it’s time to hit the beach! I love nothing better than to hang out at the beach then retire to a nearby casual spot to enjoy a cooling cocktail (or two or three) and a snack, all while keeping my toes in the sand. I’m talking about places right on the beach, no crossing the street – that’s so touristy! Last week on a sojourn to Miami, I discovered a fantastic little cantina that feels like it was pulled up off a beach in Mexico and plopped right down on the edge of South Beach.

  • Rick's Reviews: Burgers, Booze, Beer & Brunch

    As Barbie said, “Math is hard!” I couldn’t remember the math term for the equation that comes after squared (a number times itself) and cubed (a number times itself, then times itself again). It’s quartic and that’s the end of today’s math lesson, except for this equation 4 x B =? The answer is delicious; if B equals burgers, booze, beer and brunch, as it does at the two places we focus on today.

  • Rick's Reviews: Cuba Libre

    For quite some time, Cuba was a tropical playground for Americans looking for a quick getaway. Then came Castro’s Communist regime, followed by an American embargo and suddenly, Cuba was cut off from most of its suppliers. With little in the way of raw materials, the Cuban people made the best with what they had. Old American autos were kept running for years beyond their life expectancy. With limited agricultural resources the, Cuban people were equally resourceful.

  • Rick's Reviews: Deli-sh

  • Rick's Reviews: Diner Dash

    Let’s face it, there’s no shortage of diners in South Florida. Diners fit in with the laid-back South Floridian lifestyle. When you wear long pants only two or three days a year, how fancy do you want to get? Even those of you who need to dress up for work are often looking for a quick and inexpensive meal after a rough day at the office. Many seniors don’t see the point of cooking for just one or two folks and lots of young people don’t have the time. These factors and the bad economy (unless you’re in the 1 percent), have all made it the perfect time for diners to thrive.

  • Rick's Reviews: Dining Naked

    No, I’m not suggesting you join me au natural (believe me, no one wants to see me naked), I’m referring to chef Ralph Pagano’s latest venture, The Naked Crab, which recently opened in the B Ocean Resort. Pagano has also opened Naked Taco in Miami and Wynwood’s Naked Lunch.

  • Rick's Reviews: Do You Peru?

    The cuisine of Peru, like many South American countries, reflects influences from the indigenous population, including the Incas, as well as cuisines brought in with immigrants from Europe (Spain and to a lesser extent, Italy and Germany). 

  • Rick's Reviews: Do Your Own Thing

    Is it just me or does it seem as if there are massive apartment complexes popping up all over town? Although the Manor at Flagler Village, on Federal between 5th and 6th Avenues, has been around for a couple of years, I never thought to check out the restaurants there. They just seemed so…hetero.  While visiting friends in Delray Beach, we dined at a Mellow Mushroom restaurant, that made me think of the one on Federal, which led to checking out the others in that mall. Although each is part of a chain (or mini-chain), all three offer design-your-own- dish options.

  • Rick's Reviews: Down on the Farm

    Regina's Farm gets lots of press about providing a unique Brazilian dining experience. Brazilian natives Regina Rodrigues and her husband Elizeu Silva are effusive hosts who produce an elaborate picnic buffet about three Saturdays a month. Each event draws about 150 people and there is a month-long waiting list for the three-course family style buffet meal.

  • Rick's Reviews: East Meets West

    Two new restaurants opened in the area within a few days of each other, representing two distinctly different cuisines; Wok on South Federal in Fort Lauderdale, bills itself as “A new breed of Pan-Asian street food,” while Ethos Bistro, in Wilton Manors offers modern Greek fare. Both are from successful restaurateurs; Ethos is a new outpost of an established Coconut Creek favorite, while Wok comes from Randy Wilcox, owner of New River Grill and Pizza, located right across the street from Wok.  One would expect that Wilcox’s venture would be more polished, given his many years in the business, but Ethos opened with polish and finesse, while Wok’s staff was floundering in the weeds on a recent visit.

  • Rick's Reviews: Eat Like A Pig

    Don’t tell my husband, but I’m in love with award-winning pit-master Bryan Tyrell, co-owner of the latest Boynton Beach dining destination, Pig Sty. It began as a little gastonomical flirtation when he opened Smoke in Delray Beach, but the food at Pig Sty has me smitten. His way around a rack of ribs and a brisket just makes my heart flutter. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Eating Well & Doing Good