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Jamie says: Here’s an exciting story. Mom was reading DSW Magazine (the local magazine for Davie, The Ranches, Weston, and Copper City), and saw Two Sisters Dine Out quoted in it multiple times! She couldn’t believe it. The Two Sisters Dine Out restaurant review of Zinncredible Pizza & Panini was the basis for the article. How cool is that! Check out page 20 in the June 2012 issue of DRW Magazine to read the Zinncredible Grows article and see Two Sisters Dine Out mentioned and quoted.

TSDO is quoted on page 20 in the DRW Magazine article titled Zinncredible Grows!

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Kathryn says: The Field Irish Pub & Eatery is a charming restaurant on Griffin Road that takes you away. I’ve never been to Ireland, but I felt like I was visiting when I entered the doors of The Field. It definitely gives off that European feel.

I was introduced to the restaurant when a colleague invited me to join a group for lunch there, and I had no idea what a find it would be!

Upon first arrival, a knight in shining armor greets you from a 110-year-old banyan tree.

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The tree towers over a substantial outdoor seating area with large tables shaded by green tarps. I loved the finishing touch of the white string lights along the perimeter.

There’s a cute little outdoor bar around the corner with high-top tables near the entrance. Once you walk inside, the lights are dim, but there sure is a lot to look at. Around almost every corner, there’s a fake fire place and some knick-knacks that it looks like they took from my Grandmother’s house, as she pointed out when I brought her on my second visit. There’s old china plates, books, fake flowers, pots and pans and antique lamps in every nook and cranny.

It’s a very spacious place with tons of seating, some on tables with barrel bases. The place is full of dark wood furniture and low-lit lamps. It’s very cozy and seems like the perfect place to camp out for a long meal on a rainy day or to relax for a celebratory evening with a group of friends.

As any good Irish restaurant would have, their menu is loaded with potatoes. On my first visit, I ordered an iced tea and one of the lunch specials – a fried fish sandwich with french fries and Irish potato soup.

The unsweetened tea came in a mason jar, which I found to be adorable.

The fish sandwich was gigantic, perhaps a foot long. It was crunchy, crispy white fish served on a long loaf of white bread with lemon and tartar sauce on the side.

I’m picky when it comes to fries, but someone at the table said they were good here, so I went with it. They were delicious, thick steak-fries with light seasoning. I enjoyed them dipped  in ketchup and dunked in my potato soup.

The potato soup was creamy and had medium-sized chunks of potato in it. The bacon bits, scallions and cheddar cheese on top filled it with savory flavor.

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On my second visit to The Field, I brought my Grandma for dinner. We were in the mood for drinks, so we each got a Black and Tan, which is a tasty mix of Guinness and hard cider.

For my meal, I ordered the Country Chicken Pie, a homemade casserole with chunks of chicken, chopped mushrooms and onions, sliced carrots and peas. A giant, flaky pastry sat on top with a scoop of mashed potatoes.

It looked like a decadent dessert pastry with a scoop of ice-cream and a cream puff on top, don’t you think? Or maybe I just had a sweet tooth.

The pastry was surprisingly light and airy. Underneath, the tender chicken and fresh veggies were mixed into a flour-like gravy that gave it the consistency of a soup.

The small side of green (and yellow) beans was good and buttery.

For dessert, we split the Decadent Chocolate Cake.

It came with a few sliced strawberries and some whipped cream on the plate and chocolate syrup drizzled on top. As you could imagine, the cake was rich and loaded with a gooey chocolate icing.

Perhaps I’ll come back to catch some live Irish music some time.

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Jamie says: Mom and K have been talking about “gas station” pizza for weeks now. I really wasn’t too sure how their favorite pizza in town could come from a gas station, but I figured I didn’t want to miss out. So I texted Mom and made plans for a Mother-Daughter dinner date to Zinncredible Pizza and Panini (4450 South Pine Island Road, Davie, FL 33328; tel. 954-452-0101; they also have a Facebook page), after trap shooting with K and Dad, of course…

Zinncredible Pizza and Panini

It’s really quite convenient- you can get gas for your car, mail a package, pick up a snack or lotto ticket, and have delicious Italian food- all in the same little place.

It's inside the Chevron gas station plaza in Davie on Pine Island Road and Orange Drive

Yes, the restaurant is really inside a gas station…but that’s part of the fun of it!

Chevron gas station

But it’s got an Italian restaurant feel on the inside.

Here's the restaurant

You order at the counter and they bring the food out to you.

It's small but it does the trick (and they're expanding)

The owner was a really nice guy. He came to our table and talked to us about New York and Italy- two wonderful food places. He’s very passionate about his pizza- and it shows. One thing that he said really resonated with me- “When you do things with your heart, you will always be successful.” I believe that to be true.

The owner is a really cool guy!

We each ordered a slice of pizza and a few “salads” and shared it. (The wine came from the gas station.)

Mangia, mangia! Want in?

Mom chose the margarita Sicilian. It had a nice, thin sweet sauce, slices of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and parmesan cheese. It was really awesome! I was having flashbacks to our recent trip to Italy.

Sicilian pizza by the slice

I went the traditional route- with a big slice of thin crust cheese pizza. It was perfect. I dipped my crust in the oil on top like usual.

Thin crust pizza by the slice

The antipasto salads were incredible, too. The one on the left was an artichoke antipasto salad. And the one on the right was a red pepper antipasto with black olives and garlic. There were even whole cloves of garlic! I was really impressed.

Antipasto salads- artichokes and roasted red peppers with olives, garlic, and parmesan cheese- and a little bottle of wine (from the Chevron gas station)

The dressing on the side salad was really tasty, too! And I liked how there was a hint of cheese on top.

Side salad with Italian dressing

Mom and I had a great girls’ night. We laughed and ate and talked about her days when she was dating my Father.

A fun dinner with my Mom

I loved my “gas station pizza” night with Mom. You’ve got to try “gas station pizza” at Zinncredible’s! It really is some of the best pizza in town!

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Jamie says: A few days before I left town to start my new job, my Godparents (aka my aunt and uncle) took me to The Riverside Market Cafe (608 SW 12th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312; tel. 954-358-8333) for lunch. My uncle had been speaking highly of the place for quite a few weeks and had been inviting me to check it out, so we decided to make the plan a reality.

So one beautiful and sunny afternoon last month, I drove to his house and hopped in his car with my aunt and we headed off down a bunch of side streets to get to the restaurant/cafe.

I soon discovered it’s in a residential neighborhood- cool!

The Riverside Market Cafe

I liked their storefront sign…

That's their name- proudly displayed so you can find it in this local, residential neighborhood

If you’re a local, you can ride your bike there…

Even from the outside, this restaurant/cafe has a cool, local vibe

Check out those vibrant chairs they have on the front porch…

Have a seat (and a bite to eat or a drink) outside in one of these brightly colored chairs

Even the inside of the restaurant is fun!

The view of the dining area when walking in

There were customers dining and enjoying drinks on the high top tables and on couches!

You eat on high-top tables

They had a lot of beer options, too.

In addition to food, they offer a wide range of beers

I almost ran into a “floating” bottle opener… I laughed to myself and thought it was fun and unique.

The bottle openers hang from fishing wire- fun!

They also had a case of non-alcoholic beverages.

The back of the restaurant/cafe

It was Christmas-time when we were there. They decorated a tree…

Look how they decorated their Christmas tree!

I asked someone at neighboring table to snap a picture of me and my Godparents.

My Godparents took me to lunch before I left town for my new job

They’re were some good options on the menu, but I went with the special…

Today's special... is what I ordered!

And here it is…

The special- Curry Chicken Salad Wrap with a side of potato salad with bacon (they were out of orzo)

It was good and filled me up. I liked the idea of a curry chicken salad and homemade potato salad with bacon. It made me want to try to make both at home.

A peak at the inside of the wrap

Overall, it was a cool experience. I liked the atmosphere and local vibe the most since it was so unique. Check it out, and let me know what you thought.

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Jamie says: Here’s a long time favorite fancy lunch spot from the Pine Island Plaza- Vienna Cafe and Wine Bar  (9100 State Road 84, Davie, Florida 33324; tel. 954-423-1961).

This is the side of the restaurant most people would probably see. (We rarely see because we come from the other direction.)

Vienna Cafe (the side you'd see from State Road 84/ Interstate 595)

I actually stood in front of the sign for a little trying to figure out if it was new or just something I never noticed before…

Their sign up close

Here’s the side of the restaurant we usually see…

Vienna Cafe (the side you'd see from the plaza)

Check out the bar inside. (I’ve never sat at it because I always go for the delicious food.)

The bar

So straight to the tables we go. This is the area we have always sat in…

Seating area

But there’s also another seating area, too.

Another seating section

It’s a charming place to dine for a nice lunch. (I love their lunch, but I’m not as sold on their pricier dinner menu.)

Take your special someone to Vienna Cafe

I love how they always have fresh roses on the table.

The tables always have beautiful, fresh roses

One of our favorite salads is the Sonoma Salad. We will often share it as an appetizer, but this time I really wanted their delicious grilled salmon on top of it. (They’ll add grilled salmon to any salad; for a fee, of course.)

Sonoma Salad with grilled salmon added

Kathryn says: Whenever I go to Vienna, I have a go-to meal that I get because it’s so very tasty. The Cambridge Royal Smoked Salmon  is a sure bet for a delicious meal. The delicate smoked salmon is piled atop crispy fried potato shreds. The dish is topped with a dollop of sour cream and a small spoonful of caviar. A little bowl of capers comes on the side. If you’re in the mood for salty, crunchy and sophisticated, then this is your dish.

Cambridge Royal Smoked Salmon

Jamie says: Overall, Vienna Cafe is a wonderful place for a nice lunch out. The food is scrumptious and the atmosphere is charming.

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Jamie says: I was first introduced to the restaurant Coconuts, also known as Coconuts Waterside Grill,(429 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316; tel. 954-525-2421) by my Aunt Angi. We have a wonderful tradition of a Godmother-Goddaughter afternoon together to celebrate my birthdays; this year she suggested Coconuts for lunch. I was excited to give it a try.

The location is awesome- right on the intracoastal. We got a table outside on the water. It was enjoyable to watch the boats pass by and soak up the beautiful weather.

A birthday lunch with my Aunt Angi on the intracoastal at Coconuts

I also liked looking at the clouds. I love clouds. (That might be because I had cloud wallpaper when I was little. Just a thought.)

There were boats, and beautiful weather, and the beach nearby

I ordered the special- a vegetable sandwich- with the side of the day- sauteed spinach.

The special- a mouthwatering veggie sandwich with a side of sauteed spinach

It was so delicious. I wish I could have another one right now.

They didn't skimp on vegetables or flavor

The atmosphere, food, and service was so great that I wanted to return again soon and recommended the restaurant to my sister as a place to try when her boyfriend, Andy, was visiting. So we ventured back to Coconuts. This time at night.

Coconuts at night for dinner

I liked the night vibe just as much.

The Coconuts overhang

In addition to seating right on the intracoastal, there’s also outdoor seating in a raised area with an overhang and indoor seating (I’d recommend the intracoastal seating, but if the weather prohibits, the raised deck with the overhang and the indoor seating are good second options).

There's also bar and table seating between the intracoastal seating and the indoor seating

The weather was great, too!

The view at nice is night with the lights, too

Isn’t it romantic?

The best seats are right on the intracoastal

Kathryn and I both ordered the same meal- the Sesame Seared Tuna Salad. It was light, fresh, and flavorful.

We both ordered the Sesame Seared Tuna Salad

The restaurant choice was a success! We all had a great time.

The two sisters and Andy had a nice dinner and night out

I can’t wait to see what great meal I’ll have next time.

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Jamie says: When I was reading the Sun Sentinel newspaper one morning, I was treated with a great surprise- a section devoted to the best restaurants in the area. I recognized the name Kristof’s Kafe (8912 W State Road 84, Davie, FL 33324; tel. 954-475-8977) despite never having been there before. I soon realized I had seen the restaurant many times because it’s located near my local Publix Supermarket which I so frequently visit.

So Mom and I planned a mother-daughter date and ventured to the restaurant for lunch this past Saturday. From a street view, the plaza (Pine Island Plaza) isn’t the most beautiful, but many good hole-in-the-wall places aren’t either.

Kristof's Kafe

Up close, the restaurant looks more cozy and festive.

Up close it looks cute

Inside it was classy and decorated for the Christmas holiday, too.

The stockings were hung by the bar with care...

It’s a small and relatively quiet restaurant- perfect for my lunch out with Mom.

A glimpse of the seating area

There were a lot of menu items I wanted to try, but I finally decided on the pulled pork sandwich. It was very tender and flavorful. I’d definitely order it again.

Pulled pork sandwich

Mom got the Cuban wrap. Hers looked good too, so I cut my pork sandwich in two and we swapped halves. My eyes didn’t deceive me… the Cuban wrap was mouthwatering, too. I was glad I made the switch so I got to try hers, too.

Cuban wrap

We both substituted the fries for a salad for an upcharge. I liked how our salads were served first while we waited for our sandwiches.

Side salad with house dressing

Overall, the restaurant was a winner. The food was delicious, the service was great, and the atmosphere was nice on the inside.

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