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Two dinners in Hollywood

bear | Jun 18, 201208:10 AM

Hi, everyone. I'm headed to Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale for two nights and am hoping I'll be free to pick my own meals both nights (social obligations might prevent this). I'm looking to keep costs down, and I'll be a middle-aged woman dining solo. I'll probably eat at the bar if it's busy so as not to take up a table, so a place where I'll feel comfortable would be great.

I should add that I'm coming from the Boston area and would ideally try to stick with what S. Florida uniquely has to offer.

I'll have a rental car but would rather stick to ten miles or so from the Crown Plaza in Hollywood.

Here are the mid-level places I've put out as possibilities:

Padrino's at Hallandale for either a Cubano or roast pork

Beachside Cafe in Hallandale for casual bar food

Il Mercato Cafe and Wine Shop in Hallandale

Pilar in Aventura for reasonably-priced seafood

Toucan's in Hollywood for casual bar food

Bimini Boatyard in Fort Lauderdale for casual seafood

Any thoughts on these choices or more suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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