Rick Karlin

  • Food: Java Jive

    (Mirror) Let’s face it; there are two types of people; coffee snobs and everyone else. If you are a coffee snob you already have your favorite place where they brew your cup of Joe to exactly the right temperature, roast their own beans and do gawd knows what else to set themselves apart.

  • Food: News on Brews

    (Mirror) Fort Lauderdale is known for its warm, sunny days, and nothing goes better with that kind of weather than a cold beer. With South Florida’s increasingly hip, young population it should come as no surprise that there are many craft breweries popping up in the area. 

  • Food: Specials During COVID-19

    While the shutdown has made things difficult for folks all around, there is a bit of a silver lining here. In order to drum up business, local restaurants have been offering specials for pick up or delivery orders. Here’s a list of specials running the gamut from A to Z (literally) that have crossed our literal desk. As always, it’s best to check and see if the specials are still in effect when you place your order. 

  • Ice Creaming Queens

    (Mirror) What is better on a hot summer day than a delicious scoop of ice cream? Well, maybe floating in a refreshing pool while having your feet rubbed by a gorgeous man while you’re eating that ice cream.

  • International Outreach Key Focus for Pride of the Americas Organizers

    The first Pride of the Americas in Greater Fort Lauderdale may be four months away, but efforts to attract visitors from Alaska to Argentina and all points in between began more than a year ago.  

  • Mexican Fine Dining? Yup it exists. 

    (Mirror) You know from the name that Eduardo de San Angel is not going to be your run of the mill restaurant, and it doesn’t disappoint in that regard. This is not a place you go to scarf down a couple tacos pastor after a few beers. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Best of the Fests

    One of the best things about living in South Florida is the vast array of food festivals and food events offering enticing opportunities to taste a variety of scrumptious fare. The majority of these events are scheduled during the Spring months while the snowbirds are still in town and before the weather becomes too hot.   

  • Rick's Reviews: Boos & Booze News

    Halloween is believed to be the one night of the year when the barriers between the living and the dead break down. It began as the festival of Samhain, part of the ancient Celtic religion in Britain and other parts of Europe.

  • Rick's Reviews: Bountiful Brunch Buffets

    A comedian once described brunch as, “…a meal invented by rich white chicks to rationalize day drinking and binging on French toast.”

  • Rick's Reviews: Golden Spoon Awards

    As SFGN celebrates a milestone 10th 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: High Holidays

    Those of my readers with Jewish friends (that means just about everybody in South Florida), will have heard about the upcoming high holidays. This is not, as it sounds, the time when Jews all imbibe magic brownies.

  • Rick's Reviews: Mario’s Catalina 'Step inside & Feel like Family'

    (Mirror) Mario’s Catalina can be a bit confusing. Sometimes it’s listed online as Mario’s Cubano, sometimes Mario’s Catalina. The cuisine is listed as “Cuban and Spanish,” but Mario himself is from Honduras. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Miami, Nice

    We’ve been spending a lot of time in Miami lately. That seems to happen whenever we have visitors from up north and the early snows up there have caused an increase in visitors.

  • Rick's Reviews: New Year’s Dining

    On New Year’s Eve, before you blow your horn or toss your confetti (both of which sound like a euphemism for something unseemly) it is traditional to enjoy an upscale meal. Here are some places to consider for your celebratory repast.

  • Rick's Reviews: No Loose Ends at Thai Me Up

    I usually give a place a few weeks after it opens to iron things out before I go and do a full-fledged review. Thai Me Up is a perfect example why. Early reports on the restaurant taking over the space formerly occupied by Galanga weren’t good. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Nothing Fishy Going On Here

    Let me put this right out there. I am not a beer drinker. Never liked the stuff, tried quite a few, supposedly “great” beers and they all taste like dirty sock water to me.  

  • Rick's Reviews: Ohho? More Like Oh No!

    We were looking for someplace to have dinner before going to a concert at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. A Google search turned up Ohho Noodles Market, just a short drive from the Center, and the menu looked fabulous, so we called to see if we’d need reservations. 

  • Rick's Reviews: The Green Party

    You might think from that headline that this column is about politics, but it’s not. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner (March 17) and at this time of year, everybody’s a little bit Irish. That includes the hospitality industry, and there are plenty of places that will be decked out in green and offering Irish American favorites.

  • Rick's Reviews: Where To Eat For Valentine’s Day

    Second only to New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day is a time to dine out and area restaurants are offering all sorts of package deals to entice lovebirds.

  • Ricks Reviews: Now Serving Seafood Realness

    There’s no shortage of seafood restaurants in South Florida. They range from ultra-casual and relatively inexpensive, such as Southport Raw Bar, to over the top indulgence, such as Truluck’s. Gone are the days when you could snap up a great seafood meal for less than $10, even someplace downscale such as Southport or Catfish Dewey’s will cost you twice that. Technically, I guess the Mickey D’s Filet O’Fish counts as a seafood meal for less than $10, but let’s be real here.