Rick's Reviews

  • Rick's Reviews: Taco Tuesday

    Taco Tuesday is ubiquitous, but did you ever wonder about its origins? Other than the alliterative nature of the phrase, why is it Taco Tuesdays and not Wednesday or Mondays? Taco Tuesday is almost as common as Happy Hour and varies as much in its offerings. Well, it turns out that “Taco Tuesday” is a hotly debated commodity. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Taking it to the street!


    Asian Fusion Street Food and Sushi

    753 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale



    What is it about sushi and South Florida? It seems as if every place serves sushi in addition to its main focus. There are places that brag “Thai & Sushi”, or “Asian Buffet & Sushi” I wouldn’t be surprised if Flanigan’s or Primanti Bros. started hawking sushi too.

  • Rick's Reviews: Thai One On

    When people find out I am a journalist covering the restaurant industry for SFGN one of the first questions they ask me is, “Why are there so many Thai restaurants in Wilton Manors?”

  • Rick's Reviews: The Brunch Bunch

    As my late mother once said, “You gay boys may not have invented brunch, but you sure have perfected it!”

  • Rick's Reviews: The Early Bird Gets the Deal

    Seniors and early bird dining specials have become a punchline.

  • Rick's Reviews: The Lunch Bunch

    I don’t know what it is, but lately I’ve had a lot of lunch dates and on two of those we opted to check out some recently opened spots. The third place we visited has been open for about a year, but it took me a while to get there. It turned out to be my favorite of the three, so let’s start with that one.

  • Rick's Reviews: The Thrill of the Grill

    The Grille on the Drive, Wilton Manors’ newest restaurant, is owned by Paul Hugo who owns The Manor and the recently closed Eat. In fact the chef and many of the staff from Eat can now be found at The Grille. The place has undergone a complete face lift. Gone is the nursing home lobby look replaced by chic and vibrant décor. The main focus, as you might guess from the name, is on steaks, chops and seafood, but there are also pasta dishes, burgers and sandwiches. 

  • 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: To Market, To Market…

    The best restaurants in South Florida are often to be found tucked into the corner of a grocery store.

  • Rick's Reviews: Totally Baked

    While I agree with many of the dining selections in last week’s “Best of” listings there were a few categories that were missing. One of those was one of my favorite kind of place; the bakery/café. In order to balance out the indulgences of being a restaurant critic, I sometimes go carb-free for extended periods. Then, I walk past a bakery café, and I’m a goner. There’s something about the European tradition of sitting in a bakery, sipping a cup of freshly brewed coffee and enjoying some fresh, baked bread or pastries (or both!) that is soul-comforting. The next time you need to unwind and chill, try stopping in at one of these delightful bakery cafes, anyone of which could be a contender for your “Best of” list.

  • Rick's Reviews: Turkey Trot

    It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Weren’t we just discussing the menus for our Labor Day barbecue? If you’d prefer to let someone else do all the work, dine out or cater in, but remember to make your reservations early. Here are a few spots offering you a chance to take it easy on Thanksgiving. You won’t have the turkey carcass to pick over, but you also won’t have pots and pans to wash.

  • Rick's Reviews: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

    Did you hear about the Irish drag queen? Her name is Patty O’Furniture! While Fort Lauderdale may not have as large a percentage of Irish residents as Northern cities such as New York, Boston or Chicago, that doesn’t mean our folks of Irish heritage are any less proud. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Where the Buoys Are

    I recently got to spend a delightful day sailing on my friends Steve and Robert’s boat. They belong to a group called Boys with Boats and several members sailed with us, before meeting up with more members at Pirate Republic for lunch. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Where to eat after midnight?

    As a child I was (and still am) mesmerized by the paintings of Edward Hopper. I am especially drawn to the ones where people are sitting in restaurants; “Automat” and “Chop Suey” being prime examples. 

  • Ricks Reviews: Two Side Bars You Make Smaller. 

    As the temperatures rise and all the snowbirds and tourists leave, local restaurants are happy to make a deal. So, Let’s look at what ‘s behind door number one.