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Amante’s. Italian Close to the International Fishing Pier, steps from the sand, stands Amante’s Italian Cuisine (and Bob’s Pizza). You can choose from a casual family pizza experience to an elegant dinner and everything in between. Amante’s is usually bustling: filled with locals and visiting guests there for an after-beach meal or pizza. The menu has all the Italian favorite pasta dishes, meat entrées and daily chef specialties. 2076 NE Second St., 954-426-1030 $$

Antonio’s. Italian Antonio’s has been around for decades serving authentic Italian cuisine. They’ve got all the classics with a few out of the ordinary dishes too. We were positively swooning over the chicken marsala. In the mood for pizza? They’ve got that too. Dine in or take out with delivery and catering available. Located in the Cove Shopping Center. 1636 SE Third Court, 954-427-4871 $$

Barracuda Seafood Bar & Grill. Seafood • Brazilian This spot by the sea serves seafood with a touch of Brazilian flare such as the bobo de camarao—shrimp sautéed in coconut milk, saffron, palm oil and yucca cream baked in a cast iron skillet. 1965 NE Second St., 954-531-1290 $$

Biondo’s. Italian • Pizza Enjoy traditional Italian fare in a small, intimate setting. 606 S. Federal Highway, 954-427-7754 $$

Café Med. Italian Authentic Italian restaurant right on the ocean with an Italian chef from Rome. Excellent service, coupled with carefully prepared dishes just across from the ocean always provides for a lovely dinner. Live music nightly. Breakfast and dinner available daily. 2096 NE Second St. (at the Wyndham Hotel), 954-596-5840 $$$

Casa Maya. Mexican Start with a margarita and it only gets better from there. This is not your typical Mexican joint — it’s better. Try gobernador tacos: a combination of shrimp with diced poblanos, onions, tomatoes and cilantro on a crispy corn tortilla topped with melted cheese. See, we told you it’s not ordinary. 301 SE 15th Terrace, 954-570-6101 $$

Chanson at the Royal Blues Hotel. Seafood • Seasonal Chanson offers fine dining with an ocean view. 45 NE 21st Ave., 954-857-2929. $$$$

Deer Creek Grille. American Enjoy the club atmosphere with gorgeous views of the plush gardens and waterfall. The restaurant offers daily lunch and dinner specials, a Sunday breakfast buffet and covered patio dining so you can dine al fresco. 2801 Deer Creek Country Club Blvd., 954-421-5553 $$

JB’s on the Beach. Seafood Glorious Beach views and a private glass room perfect for business or family affairs. 300 N. Ocean Way, 954-571-5220 $$$

Kevin’s. Sushi • Thai The juxtaposition of the outside (a strip mall) — to the inside which is a lovely atmosphere — is quite surprising. Kevin’s serves high quality fare for the sushi enthusiast. Very friendly staff serving a lot of regulars. 706 S. Federal Highway, 954-418-3939 $$

Little Havana. Cuban Little Havana has fantastic lunch specials and most of their dinner plates will feed two. Their masas de puerco frita and their Little Havana steak are two of the stand-out menu items, aside from their zesty chimichurri. 721 N. Federal Highway, 954-427-6000 $$

Luigi Di Roma. Italian Enjoy all your favorite classic Italian dishes served in a clubby room complete with brick arches, warm tones and lighting. 718 S. Federal Highway, 954-531-6151 $$$

Ocean’s 234. Seafood Amazing views of Deerfield Beach and the pier with gluten free options available. 234 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-428-2539 $$$

Phat Boy Sushi & Kitchen. Japanese • Thai • Sushi Don’t be fooled by the name, this restaurant serves much more than sushi. They have salads, ramen and noodle dishes, tempura and of course a plethora of inventive sushi rolls to choose from. They also have two other locations in Fort Lauderdale and Oakland Park. 949 S Federal Highway. 754-227-5489 $$

Rattlesnake Jake’s. Tex Mex Dive bar close to the Beach with live music and plenty of menu items to choose from. 2060 NE Second St., 954-421-4481 $$

Taj Indian Restaurant. Indian We have two words for you: lamb korma. This classic Indian dish varies from restaurant to restaurant, and while we don’t have their recipe, we can tell you it’s juicy leg of lamb cooked in a rich cream sauce with raisins and cashews. 201 SE 15th Terrace, 954-304-7032 $$

Tijuana Taxi Co. Mexican Perhaps it’s the all day happy hour (Mon.-Fri., 11am-7pm) with $5 El Jimador margaritas, but as soon as you enter, the weight of the day lifts off your shoulders. The atmosphere is friendly and fun all around. There is outdoor patio seating available and a large U-shaped bar inside. The portions are generous — certainly enough for a doggie bag. We enjoyed the spicy shrimp tacos — soft flour tortillas filled with Cajun-grilled shrimp in a spicy chile lime sauce, topped with cilantro slaw, avocado and pico de gallo. The menu has a lot more than tacos — there’s all the Mexican favorites plus burgers, sandwiches, steaks and more. And for the little ones there is kids night on Sunday: kids eat for 99 cents from the $4.99 kids menu. 1015 S. Federal Highway, 954-708-2775 $$

The Tipperary Pub. Irish • American A classic neighborhood pub — where if you go often enough, everyone will indeed know your name. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Try a red eye — half tomato juice, half beer. 1540 SE Third St., 954-421-9769 $

Two George’s. Seafood An intracoastal hot spot with live music, a great view and a legendary Friday happy hour. 1754 SE Third Court, 954-421-9272 $$

Whales’ Rib. Seafood Locals know it well and tourists know it from “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Whatever you do, don’t skip the whale fries. 2031 NE Second St., 954-421-8880 $$

Pompano Beach

And Fish Kitchen + Bar. Seafood Located at the Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, enjoy chef Eric Kaszubinski’s modern take on fresh seafood. The restaurant has recently been renovated and now sports a contemporary and breezy ambiance. 1200 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-782-0100 $$

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. Italian • Pizza • Wings You can credit this place with bringing the whole “coal-fired pizza craze” to South Florida. Pizza and chicken wings — do you need anymore? Try the cauliflower pizza — good and good for you. 1203 S. Federal Highway, 954-942-5550 $$

The Beach Grille. American Delicious eats near the beach with the capability to order online. 3414 Atlantic Blvd., 954-946-6000 $

Beach House. American • Craft Cocktails This is the perfect place to take out-of-town guests. Snag one of the stadium seating style booths overlooking the Atlantic. Enjoy the casual and relaxed ambiance with a rooftop deck on the second floor. 270 N Pompano Beach Blvd. 954-607-6530 $$

Bella Roma Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria. Italian • Pizza Tasty dishes, large portions, and delivery is available. 40 SW 15th St., 954-784-3696 $$

Bobby Rubino’s. Barbecue • American Specials and coupons are posted daily, and catering is available. The restaurant also has a large bar room where you can dine at the bar or booths. This place is a Pompano Beach icon. 2501 N. Federal Highway, 954-781-7550 $$

Brew Fish. Bar and Grill Dine outside in the tiki hut overlooking a canal right in Pompano Beach. Comprehensive menu and attentive staff. 200 E. McNab Rd., 954-440-3347 $$

Briny Irish Pub. Irish • Bar Food At the end of East Atlantic Boulevard, steps from the ocean, is Briny Irish Pub. There is a large beer selection plus the regular and, dare we say, unique mixed drinks. The kitchen offers an array of bar food as well as some classics like bangers and mash and fish-n-chips. The casual atmosphere is created by an immense array of nautical artifacts and oddities that fill every inch of the pub. Music plays constantly, often live with a dance floor if one is inclined. 3440 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-942-3159 $

Bru’s Room Sports Grill. American This spot is home to the Florida State Booster Club of Broward County. Wings and plenty of bar food is available. 235 S. Federal Highway, 954-785-2227 $

Caffe Roma. Italian Café This darling little spot on Atlantic Blvd. is exactly the sort of neighborhood place locals long for. They serve up all your Italian favorites, plus a few that maybe you didn’t know you love. On a recent trip, we had the smoked salmon pizza for lunch. It was fresh, tasty and satisfying. They have a full menu with salads, sandwiches and entrées. Also, it’s a great place to grab a cappuccino. 1915 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-366-4346 $$

Calypso Restaurant and Raw Bar. Caribbean Since they opened their doors in 1990, Calypso has been a local favorite. This gem of a restaurant is known for their fresh, wild caught fish, Bahamian conch dishes, Jamaican jerk and American favorites all served with an island flair. On any given day, look around and you’ll see fellow diners devouring their house special cutter (sandwich) — sautéed shrimp with garlic butter, mushrooms and cheddar all stuffed into a hollowed out kaiser roll. Check out the special board for a variety of locally caught fish with everything from grouper to snapper to wahoo among others. Plenty of land lubber options are also available including filet mignon. For island comfort food, don’t miss one of their curries or rotis. Fresh oysters and clams are also available. Wash it all down with a draft beer, a glass of wine or choose from over 40 different bottled beers. So, if you are in search of high-quality ingredients, inventive cooking and a very welcoming staff, head over to Calypso. 460 S. Cypress Road, 954-942-1633 $$

Casareccio Trattoria Italiana. Italian Wow! What a find. This small but impressive Italian eatery is delightful. We can’t really tell you what to try because the menu changes daily. However, we are willing to bet you will fall in love with this place which feels like it just plopped into Pompano straight from the hills of Tuscany. Reservations are highly recommended. Also, call ahead to see what they are serving. 1386 S Federal Highway, 954-998-3642 $$$-$$$$

Checkers Old Munchen. German When you’re looking for a change in your restaurant rotation, take a trip back to the old country at Checkers Old Munchen. The restaurant’s exposed wood framing is reminiscent of the German half-timbered architectural style and the walls are lined with classic German beer steins. For a traditional German meal, try the wiener schnitzel — it’s divine — a lightly breaded veal cutlet sautéed in lemon butter and topped with homemade brown gravy. The spaetzle (German noodles) are a real homemade treat and not to be missed — throw a little of that brown gravy on them and they could be a meal unto themselves. The red cabbage is both classically sweet and sour and there are other side options too including potato dumplings, potato salad and even hot potato salad. As you look around, you can’t help but get the feeling that most of the patrons are returning customers. And the next time we get a hankering for some schnitzel, we know where to go. Imbibe to your hearts content with their wide assortment of German beers. 2209 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-7565 $$

Chef Dee’s. Sushi • Seafood A small neighborhood place with plenty of charm. Impressive sushi rolls and a varied menu with something for everyone. 3919 N. Federal Highway., 954-582-4444 $$

Cypress Nook. German This place has been in business for 38 years — talk about staying in power. It’s open for three meals a day, and there’s nothing like a little knackwurst with your eggs. 201 SE 15th St., 954-781-3464 $

Darrel & Oliver’s Cafe Maxx. International This restaurant is an anchor of the South Florida fine dining scene. 2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-0606 $$$$

Dos Amigos. Mexican When you feel the hankering for a fajita, this Pompano Beach spot fits the bill. Try the margaritas too. 1308 N. Federal Highway 954-781-1955 $$

Eric’s Authentic Mexican Food. Mexican The tacos are a standout here —served street style — which translates into fresh ingredients prepared with love and care. Start with some chips and guacamole. For some authentic and tasty Mexican, head over to Eric’s and thank us later. 625 E Atlantic Blvd., 754-215-6103 $$

Fish Shack. Seafood A small, roadside seafood shack, for a small seafood town. This is truly one of those best kept secrets. With only a handful of tables, we’re selfishly hoping not too many people get in on this gem in Pompano Beach. 2862 NE 17th Ave., 954-586-4105 $$

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill. Seafood • American Enjoy a deal every day. 2500 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-3762 $$

The Foundry. American • Continental Seating options galore, from bar seating to lounge seating and old-fashioned casual dining seating. 2781 E. Atlantic Blvd., 754-205-6977 $$

Galuppi’s. American What could be more entertaining than watching golfers swing and blimps ascend as you sip a drink at an outdoor bar? 1103 N. Federal Highway, 954-785-0226 $

Gianni’s Italian Restaurant. Italian Enjoy traditional Italian fare at this family owned and operated establishment, serving everything from pasta to gourmet specialties like Chicken Gianni’s and fresh seafood. Pair your dish with a bottle of wine or cocktail from their full bar. They also offer daily lunch specials Monday – Friday starting at $9.95. Don’t skip the romaine salad with the blue cheese. 1601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-942-1733 $$

Great Indian Grill. Indian If you like Indian food, this place should go on your “must-try” list. Everything we sampled (and we ate quite a bit) was packed with tantalizing Indian spices and flavors representing the many different regional styles of Indian cooking.. 2692 E Atlantic Blvd., 954-532-7872 $$

The Gyro Joint. Middle Eastern Eat in or carry out. It’s all Greek to me. 165 S. Cypress Road, 954-946-9199 $

Houston’s. American Enjoy this contemporary eatery for lunch or dinner. Outdoor bar and seating on the Intracoastal available. 2821 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-9499 $$$

J Mark’s. American A relaxing, modern restaurant and bar with food and service to match. 1490 NE 23rd St., 954-782-7000 $$$

Kings Head British Pub. British Fish and chips, bangers and mash, savory pies and other British classics are all made on premises. 900 E Atlantic Blvd., 754-222-8671 $$

La Perla Di Pompano. Italian This small and intimate Italian eatery offers a wide selection of Italian dishes including four different risotto dishes alone. 420 N Federal Highway, 754-222-9174 $$$-$$$$

La Veranda. Italian The atmosphere is elegant, yet comfortable and warm. Inside or out, one can enjoy a truly special evening in the Tuscany-inspired surroundings. Be it drinks from their full bar, a bottle from the copious wine selection or naturally the Italian food, everything is served perfectly. Expect to be delighted. There is a big selection of pasta, entrées and traditional dishes, with new favorites to be discovered that the wait staff will happily explain. You can taste the love in their homemade desserts. If you’re looking to celebrate or simply treat yourself to an evening of wonderful dining, La Veranda is an excellent choice. Reservations are suggested. 2121 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-7390 $$$

Miami Masala. Indian Enjoy classic Indian dishes as well as a few more modern ones with an Indian twist. The stuffed Hungarian peppers appetizer, while not being a classic Indian dish, had all the flavors fans of the cuisine crave. Great service by a friendly staff. Try the Indian crepe — crazy good. A daily lunch buffet includes traditional, vegetarian and vegan choices. 900 E Atlantic Blvd., 954-317-1371 $$

Nikki’s Orange Kitchen. Continental Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy salads, sandwiches and entrées all with a slight Mediterranean influence. Organic and gluten free options available. Enjoy the location right across from the Pompano Fishing Pier. Have dinner and take a stroll — it’s why we live here, people. 1 N. Ocean Blvd., Ste 102, 954-532-2771 $$-$$$

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar. American Beach front dining at the Beachcomber Resort — go for the view. 1200 S. Ocean Blvd. 954-941-7830 $$$

Pho Lavie. Vietnamese If you have never had Vietnamese food, you are missing out. This spot will delight you. Everything is so fresh. Go and have some pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), you’ll thank us. 3321 N. Federal Highway, 954-941-4155 $$

Ruby’s by the Sea. Italian Tucked away in a small strip mall near the Hillsboro inlet is Ruby’s serving classic Italian fare. 2608 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-785-7700 $$

Rusty Hook Tavern. American Located on the Pompano Intracoastal, sit inside or outside, just keep in mind that the word tavern means a local place to gather around the table.

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