Shadi’s Top 10 Restaurants

The Hallandale Beach/Hollywood/Aventura area is so unique and different from most other locations in South Florida and the restaurants are a true reflection of that uniqueness. You will find a really wide array of cuisines and ambiances with nothing really being the standard. From Cuban and Mediterranean to Thai and your standard Steakhouse, this area has a great selection of high and reasonably priced choices. Below you will find some of my favorite places in the Hallandale Beach/Hollywood/Aventura area and I am sure you will enjoy, depending on your preference, any and all of them.

#1 Bourbon Steak/Aventura


High-end steak house in Turnberry Isle Resort. Excellent prime cut steaks, fresh, local seafood and great appetizers and sides but can be pricy. Or, you can try the Happy Hour from 5-7pm with great drink and small bite prices.

#2 Juniper on the Water/Hallandale Beach


Beautiful restaurant on the intracoastal waterway with everything for the entire family. Steak, seafood, lamb and try the paella. Great place for brunch and relaxing with a nice, cold adult beverage.

#3 Monkitail/Hollywood

This modern Japanese restaurant delivers a contemporary take of classic izakaya. Small plates, sushi and all the items are delectable but the drinks may be an even bigger attraction for their creativity.

#4 Shabo’s Barbeque/Hollywood

The name might confuse but there is no confusing the great food at this American-Middle Eastern Fusion featuring slow-cooked ribs and kebabs, healthy vegetarian and gluten free dishes, Pita sandwiches, soups and all at great prices.

#5 Padrino’s Cuban Cuisine/Hallandale Beach

C’mon man you are in South Florida so you better have some Cuban! And this is a landmark Cuban establishment with all of the favorites……and a little flan and Cafecito for desert.

#6 Barn Bites/Hollywood

Located at the Yellow Green Farmers Market and off the beating path with some great southern comfort food at prices anyone can afford. The chicken and waffles, omelets are fantastic and wash them down with the frozen berry lemonade.

#7 Siam Rice Thai & Tapas/Hollywood
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In the mood for some Asian cuisine? Go here!! With friendly service and great food it can’t be beat in the area. The soups, pad Thai and sushi are all fresh and great…..and the portions will enable you to enjoy for lunch the next day.

#8 Texas de Brazil/Hallandale Beach

Located at the Gulfstream Park complex this is a meat lovers paradise. I usually don’t recommend chain restaurants but if you are needing an all-u-can-eat meat fix this is the place to go….but come with a big appetite.

#9 Runa’s Peruvian Cuisine/Hollywood

The ceviche, chaufa, lomo saltado, whole fried fish and all the traditional Peruvian dishes are done to perfection at this haunt in the heart of Hollywood. And the pisco sours go down oh so good but be careful with that.

#10 Mo’s Bagels and Deli/Aventura

Been going here for years and love the great deli food. Pastrami and Corned Beef is usually juicy and tender and always order the potato knish. Matzo Ball soup is fantastic and open early with great breakfast offerings.

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