From Romantic to Cheap Fling: Our Top Restaurants for a Date

Let's go old school here and assume that it's the gents who have to select which restaurant is best for wining and dining the ladies. (Or, for our gay readership, maybe you can just flip a coin or have a sexy baby-oil wrestling match to determine the chief decisionmakers in your midst.) It's a tough choice and not one that should be taken lightly. We recommend you first decide what category your date falls into, then use this handy guide to match where he or she would like to be taken.

Photo courtesy Trina

 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-567-8070, or visit
Hands down, the best place to get a date drunk is at Trina. No, getting him or her smashed won't come cheap, especially if you're throwing a Mediterranean-themed dinner in the deal, but each bite will seem well worth the investment. 

Canyon Southwestern Café
1818 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-765-1950, or visit
Count on Canyon on for its ever-changing, ever-original menu and beautifully
presented plates. The prickly-pear margaritas are pretty damned great too. 
Seasons 52
2428 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 2300 N.W. Executive Center Dr., Boca Raton; and 11611 Ellison Wilson Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Visit
Vegetarians swear by Sublime, but Seasons 52 may be the better choice -- its menu offers a wide range of choices for meat eaters and herbivores. 

Jazziz Bistro
5751 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Call 954-583-8335, or visit
Should your date enjoy some eats with beats, check out Jazziz at the Seminole Paradise Hard Rock, where the vibe is mellow and the Asian-themed entrées are delish.

52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-330-3232, or visit
Need some inspiration for intellectual conversation? Dada restaurant/pub always buzzes with an eclectic crowd of creative types. Be sure to get the cheese and chocolate fondues and your meal will undoubtedly take a sensual turn.

351 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, and 2584A E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 561-391-0755 or 954-396-5656, or visit
Just because you can't drop $50 on a steak doesn't mean you can't make your honey happy. Visit Truluck's on a Wednesday night and split a towering hunk of carrot or chocolate malt cake and wash it down with any bottle of wine for half price. 

J. Alexander's
1400 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 2415 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 8550 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation; and 4625 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Visit
J. Alexander's seems to have hit a chord with the gay community, seemingly for no particular reason aside from the fact that they feel welcomed there. These restaurants offer a value-conscious wine list and a choice of menu selections that even a picky eater will find pleasing.  
 9810 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs. Call 954-752-2333, or visit
Minivan-driving moms deserve a night out on the town too. Runyon's, a chichi place with a silly name, has been spoiling them since 1984 with cocktails at its piano bar and a great menu with offerings like escargots, veal Oscar, Maryland soft-shell crabs, and filet mignon.

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