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Sunrise, FL-- suburban hellhole

andy huse | Jan 29, 200312:55 PM

had a friend travel to sunrise on business, so i visited. sunrise is one of these mega sprawl zones west of Ft. Launderdale and north of Miami. huge malls, gated "golf" communities, outlet stores, heavy traffic, rich folks. what a nightmare.

Never go to Sunrise to eat. If you do, bring your own food.

desperately hungry upon arriving, the wait for the Applebee's was 35 minutes. we walked to a small italian restaurant called Rosario's II. I ordered a meatball sub, something few people can screw up. The meat tasted like dog food with a huge amount of bready filler. No cheese. lame sauce and bread. I onl;y ate half and then became disgusted. Pizza was barely passable. A friend's chicken and pasta dish was really bad, with a margarine-based sauce.

The Pollo Loco chain was actually quite good for lunch, with good grilled chicken, rice and veggies (broccoli, even!), and well-prepared fried plantains. The best meal I had in Sunrise.

We ordered pizza from Italian village, and it was actually quite good (for Sunrise) with plenty of cheese.

Brunch at--- oh, the humanity---Denny's was what one would expect. Greasy.

I was so glad to roll back into Tampa for the Superbowl. On the drive back, I saw miles and miles of torn up land, being prepared for large golf communities and tract housing. Pretty soon, most all of south Florida will be Sunrise, like one vast circle of hell, with little cheer, too much money, a crush of SUVs, but with plenty of golf and baaad food. It is like a foreign country to me.

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