Archive for December, 2011

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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