Coral Springs is Florida‘s very own ‘City with Everything Under the Sun.’ Originally developed as a planned community in the 1960s, it has now expanded to have a diverse shopping, eating, drinking and cultural scene. For those who want to get away from the main urban areas, the town is in close proximity to the Everglades, a popular Florida drawcard. Here’s the 10 best places to try the local eats in Coral Springs.
Big Bear Brewing Co Exterior Courtesy of Big Bear Brewing Co
Big Bear Brewing Co
Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
A traditional American grill and purveyor of award-winning craft beer, Big Bear Brewing Co continues to bring the brewpub concept to Coral Springs with great success. The restaurant owes much of its success to its friendly atmosphere and locally sourced, fresh, handmade food. Like their food, Big Bear’s handcrafted beer is made using the finest ingredients to give patrons some of the freshest beer in the area, which has won them a number of national awards. They also stock a large selection of other renowned American craft beers. The interior features plenty of dark wood with the bar as the central focal point, and there is a large outdoor veranda for the warmer months.
Blue Moon Seafood and Chophouse makes the bold claim of having the best seafood and chops in Coral Springs and this proclamation isn’t made without merit. The food is plated with top, fine-dining presentation, giving diners some of the best looking shellfish they will be likely to come across. The food is all carefully sourced and as such, the menu is likely to change in line with catches of the day, or the best cuts of meat in season. The delicious seafood includes shellfish, lobster, scallops and fresh fish and the mixed grill offers good surf and turf options. The interior is quite minimal and the outdoor seating gives stunning coastal views.
The Cook & The Cork Interior | Photo by Benjamin Rusnik/Courtesy of The Cook & Cork
A bold, brash, but still traditional ice cream parlour that both takes you back in time and gives you one of the finest ice cream experiences around, this is the place to come for sweet treats. First off, the interior evokes nostalgia in the best possible way, with an old fashioned bar, chequered floor, antiques and general memorabilia from the 1920s, which makes Cherry Smash a one of a kind experience. The hand dipped ice cream is the main attraction here and the daily changing flavors mean that you’ll be spoiled for choice. There are also banana splits, chocolate malts, ice cream floats and sundaes, as well as a plethora of candies in traditional candy jars. For those with a sweet tooth who want to excite their senses, head here first.
Named as one of the top restaurants in Florida by The Sun Sentinal, The Cook & The Cork takes inspiration from across the globe to create a menu filled with simple, comfort food that excites the palate. With one of the most varied menus in the area, diners will be hard pressed to resist the array of dishes on offer, from the relatively tame grilled lamb chops to Korean style spare ribs and vegetarian braised collared greens. It’s worth saving room for dessert, with pies, cobbler and ice cream floats that perfectly round off the meal.
With a history that can be traced back to Chester, Pennsylvania, the original home of the hoagie, LaSpada’s Original Hoagies has been bringing top quality sandwiches to the population of South Florida in its present site since 1973. Staff and customers alike treat LaSpada’s like one big family institution, and its long standing place in the community means that it has amassed more than its fair share of regulars over the years. Food is served in the form of cold subs, deli sandwiches, salads and platters, all with a wide choice of fillings. All meat is sliced on service and they only use the best quality meats and cheeses.
Rocking Scallop Roll | Courtesy of Red Ginger Asian Bistro
A romantic dining experience unlike any other, you and your date, or group of friends or family can settle down around the titular melting pot, filled with cheese or chocolate for dipping. Most opt for the four course dining experience, including cheese fondue, salad, entrée, and dessert. The biggest draw of The Melting Pot is the social aspect of the dining experience, which makes it one of the more memorable and fun meals around. There is a wide range of meat and vegetarian dishes for entrées, all cooked and with sauces to the diner’s preference. Or just come for dessert, with the chocolate fondue being dessert of choice for many in the area.
Red Ginger Asian Bistro brings dishes from across the far east, with inspiration from China, Japan, and Thailand, giving a real taste of Asia in the heart of South Florida. The restaurant encourages family-style dining in line with traditional Asian culture. This gives makes the experience more social as well as giving diners the option of sampling a greater range of dishes from the expansive menu. Dishes are created using the freshest ingredients, and there is an impressive amount of choice for appetizers, sushi, seafood, meat, noodles and rice dishes, all made with ‘an unfaltering sense of perfection.’ The relaxed bar area and large cocktail menu also brings in locals who are looking for a relaxing drink.
Head slightly out of the center of Coral Springs and you will find a venue where barbecue meets metal. Rock n Roll Ribs is the brain child of legendary Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain. The atmosphere is wild and fun, with rock n roll playing day and night. The rock n roll baby back ribs come highly recommended, but any meat and barbecue lover won’t find it hard to find something that they will enjoy, with steaks, chilis, sloppy joes and burgers to be found on the menu. Combine this with a beer and you’ll have yourself a rocking good time.
Runyon’s is Coral Springs’ premier fine dining experience, providing high quality service and the freshest ingredients that has made it a staple of date nights for over three decades. There is indoor and outdoor seating available with the understated yet refined décor making it an attractive dining experience. The restaurant serves up brunch, lunch and dinner, with dinnertime service usually warranting a booking, especially on weekends. The menu consists of choice cuts of steak, a variety of traditional meat and seafood dishes and seasonal daily specials, perfect when paired with their signature side dishes and a glass of one of their many wines. This South Florida’s choice for quality, variety and refinement.
A restaurant and jazz club that combines the charm of old world Italy with a contemporary flair that makes it as popular for its food as it is for nightly entertainment. The menu’s recipes are largely drawn from memories of eating at Nonna’s house as part of a big weekly Italian family dinner. The centerpiece of the Tavolina Della Nonna is the ‘Grandmother’s table’, the original table that evokes memories of a bygone era. They serve up a number of Italian signature dishes and make good use of Coral Springs’ access to fresh seafood. They have weekly lunch, dinner and cocktail specials which bring variety that is sometimes lacking at other Italian institutions.