I thought I'd share some of my favorite restaurants in the area. It's not an easy place to find good food, so here goes.
My new favorite is Gaysha, a sushi bar on Wilton Drive. This is the best restaurant I've been to in Broward. He makes up for the limited menu and spartan decor with phenomenal and beautiful plates. Very fresh, high quality ingredients and a lot of care and preparation make it stand out from the your run of the mill sushi joints and its neighbors. When you eat the food its clear a lot of care is taken in its composition and I really appreciate that. The tamago really stands out, but I've liked everything so far. The lighting is very bright, but they make up for that with awesome music. Interesting choices for Japanese beers and a few sakes. It's a bit pricey but worth it, including drinks you're looking between $30 and $50 per person, after tax but before tip.
On the other end of the spectrum, I like the tacos at Alegria on Andrews Ave between Oakland Park and Commercial. Tasty, Mexican tacos and a few other staples like tortas and menudo. It's in kind of a gritty area, and the design of the place leaves something to be desired, but the tacos are big, fresh, and yummy. So far I've like the lengua and al pastor best, but there's no accounting for taste. I typically embarrass myself by getting three tacos, rice and beans and a 1/2 litre of Mexican Coke for about $13.
My standby for regular, weeknight dinners has become Fuego Latino on Commercial near Dixie. It's a Cuban restaurant with some Mexican and Spanish offerings, while I've only gotten Cuban the paella looks decent. Everything I've had, with the exception of a fried fish which was too small a serving, has been very good, but I keep going back to the ropa vieja. Awesome prices, friendly service. The ropa vieja is $9 and comes with side dishes, most other things are in the same ballpark.