Ten Best Restaurants in Hallandale Beach
2. Sage Bagel & Appetizer Shop
CandaceWest.com Sage is the place to be on Saturday mornings. Stunner shades optional.
Sage has everything a wayward, homesick Jewish New Yorker wants: chewy bagels; the extra-salty version of smoked, thin-sliced salmon called belly lox; and a cozy place to sit in a family-owned place. Sage is old-school Hallandale, rising from the sand in 1973, when nearby Aventura was only a dream. But through it all, the Fuerst family has overseen multiple expansions and opened a restaurant where you can sit down and enjoy a bowl of hot matzo ball soup alongside a platter of shiny, smoked sable with red onion and capers.
1. Il Mercato Cafe & Wine Shop
Image courtesy Il Mercato Crispy Duck Confit, Vanilla-Parsnip Puree, Grilled Romaine, Cherry Gastrique.
When Il Mercato's chef and owner, Emily Finne, moved to South Florida so her kids could be closer to their grandparents, "it was right in the middle of the recession, and [she] was trying to get a job doing something, anything." Il Mercato opened in 2010, hidden from view in a Hallandale Beach Boulevard strip mall, with the idea of it being a place for a good glass of wine and light bites. "The rent wasn't too bad," she says, "so we took a chance." Soon, people flocked from Sunny Isles, Hollywood, and Aventura, and now Il Mercato is a full-service restaurant offering everything from pasta carbonara to short-rib tacos.
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2500 Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach, FL
800 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach, FL