Coral Springs, Florida, just north of Fort Lauderdale, is a splendid community that offers visitors a wide range of eateries from fine dining to casual, to unique to the city. This burb is a city unto itself with entertainment venues, unique shopping options and leafy neighborhoods for those who decide to live here. We at 10best happily made the trek back here to search out great dining options – and there are many. Start out by considering a home-cooked Italian meal in a comfortable and welcoming setting at Tavolino Della Notte. If it's steak and all the fixin's you desire, Runyan's may just be place; easy to find and a true experience awaits here. Big Bear Brewing Company is a local favorite so stop in a see why. Whether you enjoy freshly-brewed beer or their great menu, this is the place. Asian cuisine, you say? Red Ginger Asian Bistro is here, and you can be assured it won't be your first visit. Bru's Room Sports Grill is the ideal spot for sports fans who love to get together with other enthusiasts. And bring the kids – they'll love it, too! Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar is a Mediterranean Restaurant in the northern part of Coral Springs, and well worth the drive. And don't forget to top it all off with your favorite ice cream dish at Cherry Smash. You'll love its old-fashioned decor and quality ice cream.
LaSpada's Original Hoagies
LaSpada Original Hoagies is known as having the "Best Damn Hoagies in Town!" and has been creating legendary hoagies and with their enthusiastic staff since 1973. With a list of local "Best of's" they continue to draw crowds to this awesome sandwich shop. Whether it's the Italian Special, ham, turkey, roast beef, meatball marina or the yummy Mama La Spada (turkey and Salami) this is the place to get a lot of food for a great price. And since these hoagies are so large and so full of delicious, fresh ingredients, plan on taking half of it to work for lunch tomorrow; you'll be so full today from the first half. Also available are deli sandwiches, salad platters and salads by the pound. Stop in! (954-345-8833)
Cherry Smash has become the place to go for an old fashioned experience when you have a craving for ice cream. While many people may not remember when ice cream parlors were in vogue, they were indeed very special. Today ice cream is available in any number of venues but Cherry Smash is an experience to remember. This mesmerizing place, full of antiques and treasures from yesteryear, as well as local patrons who appreciate this old-fashioned treasure, is the perfect setting for trying one of their many specialty ice cream sundaes, tasty malts, ice cream sodas, banana splits and even more. (254-346-0999)
A Florida favorite, Bonefish Grill combats the backwoods stigma of seafood restaurants with its hip environs. With four locations in Broward County, the Coral Springs location is just blocks from great shopping and attractions. Its strong popularity also gives credence to a tasty menu. Fish (you choose from several varieties) is cooked over a wood-fired grill; the smoky flavor is accented with mango-, garlic-, teriyaki and butter-tinged sauces. Mussels, rock shrimp, calamari and lobster also make appearances, and pastas, chicken, steaks and pork round out the options. Choose your favorite cocktail, wine or beer. And don't forget dessert! Waits can be common, so plan accordingly. (954-509-0405)
La Bamba Mexican & Spanish Restaurant
Well known locally for the incredible Mexican and Spanish fare, La Bamba has three Broward County locations; Fort Lauderdale, Margate and Sunrise. Just blocks from the BB&T Center and Florida's favorite shopping center, Sawgrass Mills Mall, La Bomba in Sunrise offers their time-honored and classic favorites. A full menu of soups/sopas, salads/ensaladas, appetizers/aperitivos, mouth-watering entrees, burgers and sandwiches, burritos, steaks/bistecs and fajitas. And don't forget dessert!. Also available are a list of beers, wines and, of course, Margaritas. Great for a casual lunch or dinner, party or office party or business meeting function, and don't forget you can order for take-out. (954-978-6377)
Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar
You don't have to go far to find the finest Mediterranean fare than right here in Coral Springs. Opened since 2007, Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar is well-known eatery that is cozy and welcoming and a favorite of locals. Offered here is a menu for all tastes, dietary preferences, such as vegan items and health-conscious cuisine. Also ask for the extensive wine list; you'll be impressed. Enjoy your picks from the extensive menu, with a wide variety of Starters and Tapas,Soup of the Day, Mediterranean Specialties, Salads, Entree Hummus Plates, Flaky Crepes and Bistro House Specialties, items from the grill and Entree Vegetarian Wraps – and more. And brings the kids, there's a menu for them, too. (954-346-3434)
Bru's Room Sports Grill
Bru's Room Sports Grill is a popular destination for those who love its lively atmosphere that sizzles with sports enthusiasts and great food. While it may be a regional chain you can't go wrong with stopping in at any one of them. Serving wings and pub fare, Blu's Room Sports Gill is a hit with just the two of you or the entire family. Take advantage of the tropical breezes and sit on the outdoor patio and cheer on your favorite sports team. And should you want to bring the kids, they will love the atmosphere, too! Offered is a kid-friendly arcade in the family dining room. (954-656-8041)
Red Ginger Asian Bistro
A true find for Asian food lovers is right here at Red Ginger Asian Bistro. Diners can take their time perusing the mouth-watering menu for their very favorites. The list of appetizers will be a challenge, as there are so many delicious ways to start your meal. From egg rolls to Spinach Artichoke Rangoon, Handmade Pork Dumplings and Shrimp Tempura and more, you will not be disappointed. There is also available salads, various noodles and rice dishes and list of Sushi choices that will be guaranteed to bring you back for more. Included here are Roll, Roll, Roll, Chirashi Deluxe, Salmon, Tuna Sushi & Sashimi and eye-catching Boats/Platters with such favorites Tokyo Platter and Red Ginger Boat. Get your camera out to snap a shot before you devour it. Red Ginger Asian Bistro offers an extensive lunch menu with everyone's favorite pork, seafood, meat and curry entrees. (954-752-1850)
Big Bear Brewing Co.
Easy to find, Big Bear Brewing Company is a local treasure. Opened since 1997, the goal here was to provide fresh brewed beer with quality and creative food in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. And it looks like they have succeeded wildly. Providing outstanding service and the very highest quality of food, the chefs here serve only those ingredients at the peak of their season. Homemade daily from scratch are a great list of tantalizing salads, salad dressings, desserts and sauces. What's more Big Bear Brewing Company is proud to use locally sources fresh seafood and produce. What could be better than that? (954-341-5545)
Runyon's is a landmark restaurant here that opened in 1984. Known for its amazing steak-focused menu and nightly entertainment in their lively piano bar. This place really does draw quite a crowd. Offering a menu of the freshest food, aged beef and poultry have been their hallmark all these years. Choose from their list of Starters, Entrees, Mix & Match, Casual & Comfort Selections and Sides, and, of course, amazing desserts. Be sure to take time to peruse the photos of the many celebrities who have eaten here. You'll like the friendly staff. Easy to find and plenty of parking is available (954-752-2333)
Tavolino Della Notte
This Italian restaurant is unique in that it is based on the concept of Grandmother's Table. The vision here is to have people come and experience a combination of Nouvelle cuisine intertwined with Grandmother's home style cooking. Choose from a extensive menu of tantalizing appetizers, salads, sandwiches and wraps, and oh-so-difficult to choose from entrees. Along with their mouth-watering menu of everyone's Italian favorites, Tavoline Della also offers live entertainment. With "Notte" the Italian word for Night, stick around and enjoy a true world-class musicians, jazz bands comedy nights, lady's nights and Latin nights. What a great combination of great food, great fun and great memories. Reservations suggested for parties over six. Private rooms for meeting and lunch catering available. (954-509-0046)
About Dale Mack
Dale Mack has been involved in Fort Lauderdale tourism and promotions for over twenty years. Working for Travelhost Magazine in Dallas, Texas, he was especially drawn to the edition published by the Fort Lauderdale Associate Publisher; the city's beauty, its energy and the fun-in-the-sun atmosphere. When an opportunity came to relocate to Fort Lauderdale by another company, Dale accepted. He has spent the last eleven years discovering "the Venice of America" and South Florida itself.
Dale is the author of three children's books and numerous articles. He has also worked as a copywriter for the South Florida real estate market.
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