Ten Best Restaurants in Hollywood

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Image courtesy of Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Hollywood. City planners' dreams of a downtown drag offering wide sidewalks with plenty of shade and restaurants are a reality.

Yet there's something strange afoot. Some nights, you can almost hear a pin drop on the opposite side of Young Circle. Despite a lengthy restaurant row, you never know what you're going to find once you get off I-95. It might be a rager, and you'll pound your first against your car's roof as you circle around and around trying to find parking.

Other nights, prime parking is so widely available that there's reason for suspicion. That restaurant your friend recommended is empty, roiling up a deep sense of concern.

But Hollywood Boulevard's problems are really more a symptom of the car-first mentality that pervades Broward County. Endless strip malls and wide, high-speed roads are more conducive to hit-and-runs than a dining and walking district. It certainly is not for a lack of good eats.

Despite the challenges, the fact that these restaurants continue to survive -- and even thrive -- is a testament to just how good the dining in this area really is. This is true taste of "old Florida."

So here they are, the ten best restaurants in Hollywood.

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Salty-sweet lady fingers.
10. Exotic Bites
After a long night of drinking on Hollywood Boulevard, you have a choice. Up or down? Do you want to pass out or keep going? Exotic Bites on Harrison Street will serve your fancy either way. Have them fill you a hookah with jasmine-flavored shisha and puff till your eyes get heavy. Conversely take your pick of American, Italian, Cuban, or Turkish coffee and order a few "lady fingers" of crispy Phyllo dough wrapped around sweet-salty crushed pistachios and suddenly you'll find a few more hours of stamina. Don't forget a lamb kebab or a falafel wrap at the start or the end of the night.


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Image courtesy Laura's Cuban Restaurant.
Laura's Pan con Bistec.
9. Laura's Cuban Restaurant
If you're hankering for a simple pan con bistec and a café con leche, Laura's is the place to go. There's a picture of famed Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti hanging on the wall. Befitting Broward County, refrigerator cases hold dozens of varieties of craft beers to wash down the lechon and moros. A similarly sized collection of hot sauces is also available. While Laura Alfonso runs the kitchen, the restaurant was the dream of her late husband, Ariel Tamargo. Although he passed in mid-August, Laura is keeping the dream alive and says she doesn't plan to quit serving her home-style Cuban classics anytime soon.

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Location Info

Exotic Bites

1848 Harrison St., Hollywood, FL

Category: Restaurant

Laura's Cuban Restaurant

2723 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL

Category: Restaurant

Mauro's Pizza

1904 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL

Category: Restaurant

PRL Euro Cafe

1904A Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL

Category: Music

Istanbul

707 N. Broadwalk, Hollywood, FL

Category: Restaurant

Sara's

3944 N. 46th Ave., Hollywood, FL

Category: Restaurant

Lola's on Harrison

2032 Harrison St., Hollywood, FL

Category: Restaurant

Taco Beach Shack

334 Arizona St., Hollywood, FL

Category: Restaurant

Le Tub Saloon

1100 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL

Category: Music

Sardelli's

331 Van Buren St., Hollywood, FL

Category: Restaurant


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Adam Smith
Adam Smith

Do you have a social media editor?

Sal Macaraig
Sal Macaraig

Missing a couple places: Jacks diner on US1, Siamrice Tapas, Tipsy Boar

J Jess Jessi Abalos
J Jess Jessi Abalos

Le tub is a good place we go there on the boat. The only time I go to Hollywood to eat is when I go to eat at Orale Mexican restaurant.

Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

PRL.. Seriously? lolol You obviously are a new transplant.... You missed many of the older finer establishments!!!! Stick around a few years and then rewrite this column.

sonoamericano
sonoamericano

With the exception of 2, looks like a collection of cheap late night eateries for drunk college kids.

Alexis89
Alexis89

A colada at Laura's was $2.50 yesterday which I thought was a little steep but the restaurant looked amazing inside with a HUGE beer selection.  Looking forward to going back for more.

markeatseverything
markeatseverything

There aren't 10 good restaurants in Hollywood, period. Case in point - PRL is on the list, and even the author couldn't convince himself it counts as an eatery. 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

with EVERY restaurant review you should be mentioning WHERE PATRONs ARE TO PARK !

the most important decision to a patron is WHERE TO PARK !

how many times do i suggest you find where patrons PARK before they go ? ! ?

thechowfather
thechowfather

Wagner hasn't been involved with Lola's for a while now.  Good job!!

Nathan Dodge
Nathan Dodge

I was sad to hear that the owner of Laura's Cuban died. I might have to go there for dinner and a beer this week. Really nice guy, and funny as hell.

Mallory Colliflower
Mallory Colliflower

I hate to be a nag, but PRL doesn't serve food and as awesome as it is, shouldn't be a on a list of best restaurants. Speaking as a Hollywood native here.

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