Offering wine, beer, tomato soup and – of course – grilled cheese sandwiches.
This much-anticipated spot features an always-changing world cuisine menu that offers anything from Indian dishes to ramen to creative takes on American comfort food, including breakfast. There’s interesting local art on the walls and, as these things become more possible, local music and other events on the calendar. And if you like an adult beverage, get a rideshare over and sample from a craft cocktail list that matches with any flavor palate.
Located in the heart of the Drive, Tulio’s Tacos & Tequila Bar brings a vibrant take on Mexican cuisine. The restaurant strives to be a place where friends and family can come together at a casual setting to enjoy top quality south-of-the-border food and handcrafted cocktails – after all, three longtime friends are behind the concept. On the menu, you’ll find the Gringo Burger (house blend of chuck, brisket and short rib served with lettuce, tomato, pickle and fries) and a grouper taco (crispy grouper with purple cabbage, pickled onion, pico de gallo and avocado jalapeño sauce).
Sushi, tempura and a large list of sushi rolls, including the Matsui 55, volcano roll, fire roll, spider roll, and dancing eel roll. For those wanting cooked food, there’s steak teriyaki, dynamite lobster, or nabeyaki udon (a kind of noodle hot pot with seafood and vegetables).
This authentic Thai restaurant guarantees only native flavors in their unique dinner offerings. Notable menu items include grilled whole squid marinated in house special sauce, Choo Chee Snapper (whole fried snapper with Thai choo chee curry sauce), Thai curry dishes and stir fry.
Almost any seafood you can think of is offered at Crafty Crab. The chain promises to use only the freshest seafood and most authentic food in the area. Menu items include crab meat fries, oysters, seafood boils and platters and much more.
The new location in Southport Shopping Center on 17th Street offers what customers have come to love from the first location on North Federal Highway. The Mexican restaurant is inspired by the food originating from the Baja Coast Peninsula, to be specific. They strive to bring light and fresh Mexican food that can be eaten every day to South Florida.
This Peruvian place started as a sandwich shop – try the sirloin steak with bacon, cheese, egg and shoestring potatoes – and now serves dinners, so you can get lomo saltado as an entrée as well as a sandwich and, of course, ceviche.
The healthy fast casual concept stays true to its local supply chain philosophy by sourcing much of its produce from J&J Family of Farms in Loxahatchee and herbs from Harvest Sensations in Miami. The name’s a bit of a misnomer; Just Salad also does wraps, smoothies, “warm bowls” featuring dishes like shawarma and umami, and soups.
Founders Robert and Abby are longtime surfers and beach lovers. They were inspired by their many trips to exotic beach locations including Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, California and Hawaii. Each destination featured its own spin on acai or pitaya bowls. When they came back home, they were inspired to recreate their versions of some of their favorites. The menu features a wide variety including banana bowls like the Nica Bowl (banana blend topped with granola, banana, cocoa nibs, walnuts, strawberry and peanut butter).
Mario’s Catalina Restaurant is named for its flamboyant chef/owner Mario Flores, who puts equally strong emphasis on creating an elegant ambiance and providing outstanding service and cuisine. White linen tablecloths contrast with an assortment of colorful paintings with ornate frames and Mario’s collection of tchotchkes. The food is a combination of Cuban and Spanish favorites, like roasted pork with caramelized plantains, white rice and black beans, vaca frita, and garlic shrimp.
Kitchenetta was opened in 2004 by chef Vincent Foti and wife Maria as a come-as-you-are casual eatery that pumps out top-notch Italian fare with a modern touch. The menu rotates seasonally and includes as many organic and local ingredients as possible. Individual and family-sized portions are offered, so you can mangia some rigatoni bolognese de medici all by yourself or share with your favorite famiglia.
This chic, casual dining spot on Wilton Drive offers outside seating so people can enjoy a meal in true Greek village style. Big and small plates include starters from falafel, pork belly and stuffed grape leaves with hand-rolled rice and fresh herbs drizzled with lemon sauce. And if you want to go big and meaty, you came to the right place with dishes like the Greek platter for two – two lamb chops, grilled chicken, gyro, grilled kefte, pork tenderloin, rice and potatoes. Top it off with a Greek dessert such as Galakto-Fantastico, a warm custard wrapped in phyllo dough, topped with cinnamon and honey. And it wouldn’t be a Wilton Drive dining experience without a signature cocktail or two from the excellent bar.
The restaurant’s name gives a clue as to two of its specialties – champagne and oysters. But if that sounds a bit fancy, the place’s local-art-and-beach-bar vibe and décor should put people at ease. With its long bar of seats and close, cozy tables, the place offers what seems like a Florida version of the Asian concept of communal dining.
The family-style eatery prides itself on serving Vietnamese home comfort food. Flavorful dishes pull from traditional recipes, some commonly known and other
passed on by Nguyen’s mother who he says taught him “every trick there is.” But What The Pho is about more than just pho, known to some as the “King of Desserts,” the menu boasts twists on the classic Thai donuts with “Pho You” and “Pho Me.”