Blue Willy’s Barbecue
Blue Willy’s Barbecue is a casual spot where diners order at the counter before finding a table. A popular venue owned by Will Banks, Blue Willy’s specializes in Texas-style BBQ that will please any meat lover who walks through the door. Within a rustic-styled interior, guests can eat an array of dishes, including brisket, pork ribs, sausage, chicken, plus complementary sides, such as macaroni and cheese, pit-smoked beans, collards greens, and cornbread. Sandwiches are also on the menu, including the pastrami sandwich. Only available on Thursdays, the pastrami sandwich is very popular, so diners must arrive early if they want to get their hands on one.
A family-owned and operated place, Cafe Brie is a friendly establishment offering a variety of great food from around the world. From imported meat and cheese plates to a tasty American burger, the menu is brimming with flavorful options that a wide range of tastes. Within a laid-back space, diners can sample breakfast and lunch items with highlights being the corned beef and pastrami omelet topped with Swiss cheese accompanied by fresh fruit and the goat cheese and fig preserves sandwich on rosemary bread with bacon then grilled. Open daily, the cafe also offers various beverages plus many sweet treats, including croissants, cakes, and cheesecakes.
Cafe Brie, 2765 E. Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL, USA, +1 954 532 7800
Looking for a relaxing, homey environment in which to linger over a cup of coffee and sample tasty food? Chez Cafe is the place to go. The cafe’s decor, complete with rich red accent walls adorned with art plus comfortable seating, creates a warm ambiance perfect for relaxing with friends or doing some work. The menu, which features breakfast and lunch selections, has something for everyone from meat eaters to vegetarians. Items to note are the breakfast sandwich, which comes on a choice of a bagel, croissant, English muffin, or bread plus egg, cheese, and choice of meat, and the panini with turkey, Swiss cheese, sliced apple, and raspberry sauce. Chez Cafe is open Monday through Saturday.
Chez Cafe, 1631 S. Cypress Rd., Pompano Beach, FL, USA, +1 954 933 3453
Calypso Restaurant & Raw Bar
Established in 1990, Calypso Restaurant and Raw Bar delights customers again and again with its exotic Caribbean-inspired cuisine. Within an eclectic, lively atmosphere, diners will have access to an array of flavorful dishes all made from scratch using only the freshest ingredients available. While the menu is geared heavily toward fish specialties, meat and poultry eaters plus vegetarians will also find some tasty options. Highlights include the 1/2 Jamaican jerk chicken served with a choice of a side dish, which may include pigeon peas and rice or fried plantains, shrimp stuffed with seafood-vegetable stuffing topped with bacon then baked, and the vegetarian curry served on a bed of pigeon peas and rice. Calypso is open weekdays.
Cypress Nook Bavaria Haus
The oldest German-American restaurant in Pompano Beach, Cypress Nook Bavaria Haus is an award-winning venue serving German cuisine. Tucked inside an old house, this charming place features a cozy interior space along with a spacious outdoor patio where guests can eat everything from appetizers to entrees to wursts and more. Must-try options include schweinshaxe ham hock, which is a Bavarian-style bone-in pork shank with savory German gravy, the beef rouladen or stuffed roast beef with pickles, bacon, onions, and mustard, and German knockwurst served with German potato salad, sauerkraut, and red cabbage. .
The Dandee Donut Factory
Founded in 1995 by Frank Pucine and Peter Spyredes, The Dandee Donut Factory is a friendly venue specializing in not only donuts but also a variety of savory breakfast and lunch items. For those with a sweet tooth, this place offers more than 50 donuts, including apple crumb, maple dip, glazed cruller, and blueberry crunch to name but a few, 14 muffins, plus an assortment of cookies, croissants, turnovers, and more. For something savory, the menu features many breakfast sandwiches for meat lovers and vegetarians, made-to-order omelettes, including the Greek with spinach and feta, sandwiches, soups, and more. Sate a sweet craving anytime as this venue is open 24 hours a day.
Darrel & Oliver’s Cafe Maxx
Offering guests a fine-dining experience within a relaxed environment, Darrel and Oliver’s Cafe Maxx serves creative American cuisine. A staple on Pompano Beach’s dining scene since 1984, this beloved cafe features farm-to-table fare and offers an ever-changing menu to reflect the freshest, in-season products. Some recent highlights include the duck and smoked mozzarella ravioli in brown butter sauce with sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan, the voodoo sea scallop pad Thai with Asian vegetables, red coconut curry sauce, scallion, cilantro, and peanuts, and three-peppercorn filet mignon with three-cheese au gratin potatoes, shallot-thyme compound butter, and natural jus. Serving dinner nightly plus Sunday brunch, the cafe also offers scrumptious desserts, including strawberry peach shortcake, along with an impressive wine list.
Loved by locals, the Fish Shack is a popular place offering seafood and fish lovers an array of flavorful options. A bit hard to find, this family-owned and operated venue is a cozy spot, and while that may translate into a wait, it is a wait worthwhile. The menu features many wonderful dishes with highlights being mahi mahi in grilled, fried, blackened, Cajun, or garlic butter varieties, garlic butter shrimp, and the famous conch salad with hints of sweetness and spiciness. For the meat and poultry eaters, there are burgers, a chicken platter, and hand-battered wings. The Fish Shack is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
Fish Shack, 2862 NE 17th Ave., Pompano Beach, FL, USA, +1 954 586 4105
Open daily, Gianni’s Ristorante is a gem of a restaurant specializing in delectable Italian cuisine. In addition to the hearty fare, Gianni’s also features a warm, spacious interior along with friendly service creating a space that people return to again and again. Something for everyone, the menu offers a variety of dishes for meat and seafood eaters plus some flavorful options for vegetarians. For appetizers, the baked clams oreganato and the grilled eggplant with mozzarella and red peppers are great choices while must-try main dishes include pasta with broccoli, garlic and olive oil, lasagna with meat, eggplant rollatini, and the fried calamari to name but a few. Be sure to try their famous garlic rolls, which come with each meal.
Shishka Lebanese Grill
Established in 2011 by brothers Walid and Gus Zabib, Shishka Lebanese Grill presents guests with a host of Lebanese delicacies within a warm, inviting environment. Serving lunch and dinner every day, the restaurant’s menu is brimming with everything from appetizers to soups and salads to special entrées and more with something to suit many tastes. Notable highlights include the chicken shawarma, which is a marinated, slowly roasted chicken breast thinly sliced and served with Lebanese garlic sauce, the veggie combo with hummus, tabbouleh, baba ghanouj, falafel, grape leaves, and fatayer, and marinated jumbo shrimp with a special Mediterranean seasoning. On Saturday nights, the cultural experience is enhanced by live belly dancing entertainment.