Ricks Reviews

  • Dining on the Drive…and Beyond

    Courtyard Café is kicking off March with some terrific dinner specials. This week they include chicken Francaise, peppered pork medallions, pan-seared salmon and a Southwester New York strip steak. 

  • Rick's Reviews: All the Colors of the Rainbow

    Le Dîner en Blanc, the secret dinner global phenomenon held it’s first Fort Lauderdale-based event, taking over Esplanade Park as nearly 750 guests, who started guessing of the clandestine location when they met at departure points throughout the Miami-Dade and Broward County, boarded buses, which all converged at the beautiful location just before dusk for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Brunch & Chocolate & Empanadas, oh my!

    Pelican Landing, 2301 SE 17th St., part of the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, has introduced a revamped Sunday brunch with an unmatched intracoastal waterway view and live entertainment.

  • Rick's Reviews: Brunch Bunch

    It’s always news when there’s a new dining option in town, even more so when it’s a new opportunity on the Drive. The Grille on the Drive has been a popular dining and entertainment spot ever since it opened in the location that formerly housed Tropics.

  • Rick's Reviews: Celebrate New Year’s Eve At These Restaurants

    When it comes to New Year’s Eve, folks tend to fall into one of four categories

  • Rick's Reviews: Dining Out For Life

    The international organization Dining Out For Life (DOFL) began in 1991 as a direct response to the HIV/AIDS crisis that was gripping the nation. Participating restaurants commit to donating a minimum of 30 percent of their sales on the day of the event.  

  • Rick's Reviews: Easy Entertaining

    Make-ahead appetizers make cocktail parties a breeze! As the holidays draw near, there will be more and more opportunities to host, or attend cocktail parties.

  • Rick's Reviews: First Impressions & Second Chances

    My mother used to say, you never get a second chance to give a first impression. That’s certainly true when it comes to restaurants. I love Vietnamese food. When I was in Chicago, I lived next to Little Saigon and we’d head over for a fulfilling (and cheap) meal at least twice a week. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Golden Spoon Awards

    As SFGN celebrates another anniversary, it reminds me that the newspaper business is probably only slightly less volatile than the restaurant business. Both have numerous factors working against them, but those outstanding businesses not only manage to survive they thrive. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Hurray for Bombay

    I love Indian food, but most Indian restaurants are a disappointment. Either they’re too casual, or the service stinks or the food sucks. If I’m going to an Indian buffet my standards are a bit lower (as they are with any buffet) – if you want a greater variety or quantity, you’re going to sacrifice a bit in quality and service. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Le Diner en Blanc de Fort Lauderdale

    On June 3rd last year, “Le Diner en Blanc de Paris” marked its 30th anniversary. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Seafood Festival

    In last week’s column I reviewed one of my favorite new (well, new to me) seafood restaurants, Blue Moon Fish Co. (if you missed it you can find it and all of my past columns at SFGN.com/Food).

  • Rick's Reviews: Tables for Two

    Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year in the restaurant industry. Whether it’s a favorite place, or a chance to explore something new, plenty of couples will be making plans to dine out on Feb. 14. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Three New Burger Joints Open up in the Fort Lauderdale Area 

    Long ago in a galaxy not so far away, Wendy’s hamburger chain coined a catchphrase, “Where’s the beef?” that, as we now say, “went viral.” It became so popular that it was even used as the title of a porn film.

  • Rick's Reviews: Turkey Talk-How To Roast The Perfect Turkey

    (Column) Everyone has an opinion on how to make the perfect roast turkey. Do you roast it stuffed or unstuffed? Do you baste the bird with its own juices or butter? How long do you leave it in the oven? How long do you leave it sit after roasting before you carve it? Hopefully, we’ll answer all your questions in this column.

  • Rick's Reviews: Turkey Trot

    (Column) Sure, a house filled with family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner sounds wonderful, but then there’s the prep and clean-up. If you prefer someone else do all the work, check out some of these places offering special dinners on Thanksgiving:

    3030 Ocean, in the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, is offering a three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu for $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). The first course includes your choice of roasted pumpkin soup or green salad. The second course is served family style and includes turkey breast and leg with mushroom dressing, green beans with onions, garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry-orange sauce and turkey gravy. Dessert is a pumpkin tart.

    Reservations are suggested, 954-765-3030 or 3030ocean.com.

    Burlock Coast, at The Ritz-Carlton, offers a few options. On Thanksgiving guests can enjoy an extravagant food buffet from carving stations and cold tapas to a seafood display, caviar station and a variety of delicious dishes to choose from. Available from noon to 8 p.m., the feast is priced at $129 per person and includes a bottomless drinks package featuring BC Brew, Rum Punch, Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Those who want to indulge from the comfort of their own home can pre-order Thanksgiving dinner to go. For $369, plus tax, the family dinner package will serve 6-8 people. Menu includes herb-rubbed whole roasted turkey with gravy and cranberry sauces; homemade traditional bread stuffing; creamy potato puree; green bean casserole; roasted sweet potatoes; buttermilk biscuits and pecan pie. Orders must be placed by Monday, Nov. 19. Call 954-302-6430 to order. One of the best things about Thanksgiving are the leftover dishes. Burlock Coast’s executive chef Paula DaSilva has created a menu, available Friday, Nov. 23 during breakfast which features items such as; pumpkin spice latte, sweet potato pancakes and turkey Eggs Benedict.

    For reservations, call 954-302-6460 or go to BurlockCoast.com.

    Council Oak at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel will be offering its regular menu as well as a prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $55 per person. The three-course special menu includes: butternut squash soup with smoked chicken and apple sausage, spiced pecan; roasted turkey served with brussels sprouts, buttermilk mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, turkey gravy, cranberry and orange compote; and a dessert choice of apple crostada with maple ice cream or pumpkin creme brulee with roasted nuts.

    For reservations call 954-327-7501 or go to SeminoleHardrockHollywood.com.

    Etaru, best known for its robatayaki cuisine, will offer a specialty brunch on Thanksgiving Day from noon until 6 p.m. at its Hallandale and Las Olas locations. The brunch will include the classic side dish offerings and a turkey carving station. Priced at $75 per person, brunch includes a welcome cocktail, bottomless pours of Whispering Angel Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Primitivo Sasseo or for an additional $20 Louis Roederer NV champagne. Guests will also enjoy an array of hot and cold starters on the robata counter, choice of one main course and a decadent dessert presentation.

    For more info, go to EtaruRestaurant.us.

    Celebrate Thanksgiving with unobstructed ocean views and authentic Mexican fare at Lona Cocina y Tequileria in the Westin Fort Lauderdale. The chef’s tasting menu offers a complete Thanksgiving dinner with a Mexican twist for $55 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) from 6 –11 p.m. Among the fusion dishes are grilled vegetable salad, chili corn bread, adobo roasted lamb tamale, turkey two ways – charred turkey thighs and chorizo stuffed turkey breast and pork pernil, chipotle mashed potatoes with oaxaca cheese and other dishes.

    Call 954-245-3069 or check out LonaRestaurant.com.

    III Forks Prime Steakhouse will serve a four-course prix fixe meal at its Hallandale and West Palm locations. The meal includes tomato soup, III Forks signature salad (Granny Smith apples, Wisconsin blue cheese, toasted pecans and field greens) and a choice of entrée: spice rubbed holiday turkey with gravy, fresh cranberry-orange relish, sausage sage cornbread dressing, creamed potatoes, maple-glazed yams and roasted autumn vegetables; beef tenderloin with whipped potatoes, creamed corn and roasted autumn vegetables; or maple glazed Atlantic salmon with coconut infused jasmine rice and roasted autumn vegetables. Dessert options include pumpkin or chocolate pecan pie and pecan bread pudding with vanilla ice cream. In addition, more than 25 items are available a la carte. Dinner is $49.

    Call Palm Beach Gardens, 561-630-3660, or Hallandale, 954-457-3920, locations for reservations.

    And if those weren’t enough options here are just a few more…

    A very Las Olas Thanksgiving awaits at these favorites along Fort Lauderdale’s “Miracle Mile” of shopping and dining. Chima adds roast turkey and the traditional sides to its Brazilian steakhouse fare. Johnny V offers not only turkey and prime rib to the menu, but also grilled mahi with cranberry chutney and lobster pan gravy. The Royal Pig turns its attention from pork to a traditional Thanksgiving feast with an Italian twist. Timpano offers a three-course feast for $35 a person. Tuscan Grill presents a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, complete with a choice of apple or pumpkin pie for $25 a person and American Social serves up a complete Thanksgiving dinner, starting with corn chowder and even sends you home with a bag of leftovers (turkey sliders, mashed potatoes, stuffing and a pumpkin cookie) for $35 a person.

  • Rick’s Reviews: Finds For Foodies, Gift Guide

    One of the best things about having friends who are foodies is that it makes shopping for them so easy. Even if you think that they’re the person who has everything, there’s always a new gadget or food trend to pique their interest. All of the following can be found at Amazon and other online retailers.

  • Rick’s Reviews: Walking The Tightrope

    As a restaurant reviewer, there’s a tightrope to walk when it comes to new restaurants. It always takes a few weeks for places to iron out the kinks in service and fine-tune a menu.

  • Ricks Reviews: Once In A Blue Moon

    Just because we live near the ocean doesn’t mean all of our fish is locally sourced. With advanced technology used in catching and handling fish and faster shipping methods, the fish that’s on your plate was probably in the water less than 24 hours ago no matter where in the world it was sourced — whether those waters are off the coast of South America, Canada or Asia.