• 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: 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: My Two Cents - Random Thoughts on Wilton’s Dining Scene

    In the ever-changing culinary landscape that is Wilton Manors, a food writer always has something to consider and mull over. Recently I’ve been thinking about the strengths and weaknesses of the WilMa dining scene.

  • 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: Oceanic is The Jewel in Pompano’s Crown

    Get ready Mr. DeMille, Pompano Beach is ready for her close-up. After years of being relegated to the second row of the chorus, metaphorically speaking, Pompano Beach is poised to take its bow in the spotlight.

  • Rick's Reviews: Ramen? Amen!

    If your memory of ramen is limited to those cups of instant noodle soup you ate in college, you are behind the times. Those salt bombs are a thing of the past. Ramen is the latest food to be adopted by the hipster crowd and artisanal noodles and gourmet ingredients have elevated this once-pedestrian dish to haute cuisine.

  • 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: Red Neck Holiday Cookin’

    It’s kind of difficult to celebrate our country these days when we have the idiot in chief threatening to start a war, trying to roll back LGBT and women’s rights and separating children from their parents and housing them in prison camps with inadequate medical care and substandard food. 

  • Rick's Reviews: Return to the Garden of Earthly Delights

    Is there any place more quintessentially old Wilton Manors than Eucalyptus Gardens? Let them renovate “Wilton Drive,” build new developments or have the umpteenth new business go into a space; the old hippie vibe of Eucalyptus Gardens keeps chugging along. For those who haven’t been there, this plot of land east of the train tracks and tucked behind the massive shopping center across from Wilton Station, plays host to a variety of shops and restaurants, each with its own distinctive personality. 

  • 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

  • Rick's Reviews: Sheer Indulgence

    Big City Tavern is the perfect place to go with a group, especially when you can't agree on what kind of food you want. If someone wants a burger, they’ve got those.

  • 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: Soul Train

    I developed my love of soul food thanks to my former roommate Kelvin. I remember spending many holidays with Kelvin’s family. His mother, Essie, was open and loving and treated me like her fifth child!

  • Rick's Reviews: Souper Duper

    That recent cold snap we had (I actually put on a sweater and long pants!) made me realize how much I miss soup. Up north, when we’d get a winter storm, I would avoid cabin fever by mixing up a big pot of soup.

  • Rick's Reviews: Spooktacular Halloween Recipes

     Hosting a get together at your house before heading out to the Drive for Wicked Manors? Here are a few cocktail and munchies ideas to get you in the mood.

  • Rick's Reviews: Spring Has Sprung

    Spring is here and that means we have a few more weeks of cooler weather before the summer heat moves in. It also means that Easter and Passover are upon us. If you plan on doing the whole Easter brunch thing, dust off your bonnet and check out some of these possibilities, who knows, you may just find a great big basket!

  • Rick's Reviews: Stork’s Delivers Good Food and Memories

    To say that Stork’s is a Wilton Manors landmark is an understatement. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary the bakery/café has been a popular meeting spot since Jim Stork opened it in 1997. Those who think of it as “just a coffee shop” couldn’t be more wrong. While it does serve eight different styles of brew, as well as an array of teas, smoothies, cappuccinos and lattes, iced or hot; folks can also grab a pastry to go along with their cup of Joe, or sit and enjoy a full breakfast, lunch or dinner.