• Rick's Reviews: It’s Poke, Mon!

    All right, I may be mixing up my islands with that headline; poke is Hawaiian, not Jamaican, but with poke being the latest food fad, I just couldn’t resist. I should amend that to say it’s trending on the mainland, because in Hawaii, it’s long been a standard dish, as ubiquitous at parties as spinach artichoke dip or potato salad. Poke (pronounced poh-keh) is a raw fish salad, usually served as an appetizer or over rice for a light lunch.

  • Rick's Reviews: Kitchen Four Twenty

    Christina Wan is a dynamo. Not only does she run her popular restaurant serving traditional Cantonese, Szechuan, Mongolian and Peking dishes, she’s part owner of the recently opened Kitchen Four Twenty, located a few blocks down Federal from her original restaurant.

  • Rick's Reviews: M is For...

    Whether your mom was more like June Cleaver or Peg Bundy you no doubt have a special place in your heart for her.  If you’re lucky enough to have her around here are some places you can take her to celebrate her special day, Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14.

  • Rick's Reviews: Mangia

    Is there anything more comforting than Italian food? There’s something for everyone in Italian cuisine; vegetarians, vegans, paleo, low-carb (okay so that one’s harder, but just because there are so many tempting pasta-based dishes). There’s also something for every budget from meals less than $10 to the sky’s the limit. No wonder it’s the preferred ethnic food in America. A long-established Wilton Manors favorite and a newcomer to the area both specialize in Italian-American fare that’s certain to satisfy. Mangia!

  • Rick's Reviews: Rating the Asian Buffets

    As far as I’m concerned, Asian food must be shared; the bigger your party, the better the selection. That’s the great thing about an Asian buffet; you don’t have to have a big party to be able to sample a variety of dishes. I must not be the only one who thinks that way because South Florida has plenty of buffets serving a variety of Asian cuisines. You can sample Korean, Thai, Japanese and Chinese food at just about any Asian buffet in town.

  • Rick's Reviews: Soft Openings

    Usually one doesn’t want to see the words soft and opening together (there’s a pill for that), but in the restaurant biz, that means opening the door without much fanfare in the way of press or promotions. A “soft opening” is meant to give the staff time to establish a routine, find out what works and what doesn’t and to tweak the menu and schedules as needed.

  • Rick's Reviews: Summer Specials

    With the temperature on the rise, prices on menus across town lower as folks try to lure us year-rounders out of our air-conditioned homes and into area restaurants. Between reduced prices, special events and other enticements it makes dining out more and more tempting.

  • Rick's Reviews: T is for Taco


  • Rick's Reviews: These are a Few of My Favorite Things

    “Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels / Door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles”

  • Rick's Reviews: Worshipping at the Temple

    As much as I don’t want to, I finally have to spill the beans about how much I enjoy going to Temple. I’m not at all religious (unless you count my devotion to food). I’m talking about Temple Street Eatery.

  • Seasonal Produce A to Z

    Although we may not see evidence of the seasons as dramatically in South Florida as in other parts of the country, the changes in the produce department and at some farmers’ markets is noticeable. Many farmers’ markets should be called produce vendor markets, as many do not, in fact, grow the food, but rather pick it up from wholesalers. However you get your produce, thanks to rapid transportation, we are able to enjoy food from all over the world, and while that means you can get summer vegetables year ‘round, there’s nothing like local produce at the height of the season.  Here’s an A to Z list of seasonal vegetables and some hints on how to prepare them.

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of February 4-10, 2015

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of January 13-19, 2016

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of January 27 -February 2, 2016

  • SFGN Nites for the Week of November 4 - 10, 2015

  • Summer Sizzlers

    We may be in the off-season, but that just means that there are more incentives to dine out, and more special events being held. Before the summer gets too hot, here are a few happenings and specials to lure you out of the air-conditioned comfort of home.

  • To Market, To Market…

    Just because there aren’t large ethnic neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale doesn’t mean you can’t find ethnic markets. Name any international cuisine and you can find a store carrying just what you need to whip up some traditional dishes at home. Whether you are looking for comfort food from your childhood or trying out a new dish that may be exotic to you, you’re certain to find it in one of these places. Many of them also have small cafes, so even if the only thing you know how to make is reservations, you can still sample the delicacies of the world.

  • What to Eat: 5th Element Indian Grill

    Many folks assume they won’t like Indian food either because they think it will be too spicy, they won’t like curry or they’re just not sure of what they’re going to see on the plate in front of them.

  • What to Eat: Rick’s Reviews

    Check out all of Rick Karlin's restaurant reviews here.

  • Where to Eat: NaBu American Fusion Buffet

    You always run a risk when you take over a long-time favorite dining establishment. Sure, you’ve got loyal customers, but there’s usually a reason why the place was for sale. Most often the owners just want out and hadn’t invested much in the upkeep of the old favorite.