by Rick Munarriz - 406 Reviews - 155 List
The ritzy Pinecrest area is more than just a collection of millionaire estates on acre lots. The heavily trafficked South Dixie Highway that cuts through neighborhood is also a magnet to popular restaurants and unpretentious watering holes where the big game is always on. Here are the top places to grab a memorable meal and the drinks to go with it. (Photo: Courtesy of the Village of Pinecrest)
Updated: October 21, 2009
Diners get to know one another quickly at the long rows of picnic tables the fill out the dining room of this rib joint. It's been a local favorite since 1951, an eternity by South Florida standards. Beyond the saucy meats, the other "can't miss" specialty are the corn ears, served up in a wading pool of melted butter.
This is as close to deep dish as South Florida gets, with nearly two dozen varieties of gourmet pies with tomato crusts piled high. Globetrotter toppings include spicy Thai chicken, Mexican beans or Jamaican jerk chicken. The dining room is small but locals line up for their takeout orders.
French dining doesn't have to stuffy. This inviting bistro offers all of the standards like French onion soup, steak tartare and mussels in a creamy white wine sauce. Classic French finishers creme brulee and crepes Suzette are also on the menu. A wine bar overlooks the dining room for those who would prefer to drink and run.
It's safe to say that there's a concentration of sports bars in Pinecrest. This conveniently situated yet relatively small venue offers all of the genre staples like draft beer, sports programming, and billiards. It just offers it in smaller numbers, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
The Pinecrest outpost of this South Florida chain of dive bars is all about nailing the basics. Beers are ordered by the pitchers. Burgers, saucy chicken wings, and home-cut fries make up most of the menu. The prices are cheap enough that patrons don't mind the frugal decor.
If the mark of any good sports bar is the number of flat-panel televisions, this one holds up well with more than 60 screens. Patrons are drawn to the "no cover" policy, even on crowded weekend nights where live rock and reggae bands take to the raised stage. Thos craving more than just draft beer or spectator sports can head back to the billiard room, complete with arcade games and a half-dozen pool tables.