Food & Drink in Coconut Creek

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When you look at a Philly cheesesteak, "subtle" might be the last word on your mind. But it is, in fact, a sandwich of subtleties?just ask Big Al and his son Adam. When they moved to Florida from Philadelphia, they tried many cheesesteaks that purported to be authentic, but that lacked the small, signature touches of a true Philly creation: ribeye that was sliced and not chopped, for example, or the steak rolls only the East Coast had perfected.

So, the duo started their own cheesesteak restaurant. They sliced the ribeye steak, scheduled weekly deliveries of rolls from Philadelphia, and even put Cheez Whiz on the menu in addition to melted cheeses for added authenticity. This is not to say that they don't branch out?Big Al's also has burgers, hot dogs, and cheesesteak variants, such as the bacon-bleu cheesesteak or the spring-mix salad (it tastes like a cheesesteak if you close your eyes and concentrate hard enough).

5607 Regency Lakes Boulevard
Coconut Creek,
FL
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Mirrors and ornate paintings surround diners at Lily Garden with a serene atmosphere as they sample a menu filled with Hunan, Cantonese, and Sichuan dishes. Each white-clothed table in the dining room supports a crescent vase of flowers, and red paper lanterns dangle above the booths along each wall. Delivery and catering services are also available.

Tender pieces of chicken, beef, shrimp, and pork simmer in a variety of aromatic sauces, including curry, savory black bean, and fiery sichuan. The Triple Crown In Bird's Nest specialty holds chicken, pork, shrimp, and vegetables in a crispy potato basket, and the seafood straw mushroom combines succulent lobster, scallions, and scarecrows used to frighten away hungry pelicans. Lily Garden also serves beer and wine and curates a gluten-free menu for patrons who swear off the wheat-based protein.

6558 N State Rd. 7
Coconut Creek,
FL
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With over 25 years of history at their location, Bagel Hut Restaurant’s extensive menu of full breakfast and lunch dishes catalogs comforting American dishes and more. In the morning, espresso and cappuccino start the day, while eggs made any way accompany kielbasa and potatoes or can be added with bacon to an omelet. Bagels sport fillings of cream cheese or clasp nova salmon, tomato, and cucumber in a deluxe morning sandwich. At lunch, the eatery's overstuffed deli sandwiches include pastrami, fresh-carved turkey breast, or corned beef. Not to be outdone, club sandwiches pair turkey, egg salad, and chicken salad with crispy bacon. Bagel Hut Restaurant also features lunch specials such as coconut shrimp and Mahi Mahi.

4877 Coconut Creek Pkwy
Coconut Creek,
FL
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Boca BBQ Express coats meats and napkins with its six tangy homemade barbecue sauces. Pork ribs and smoked brisket drip with chipotle-citrus and tropical-pineapple sauce that complement sides such as braised collard greens. Boca BBQ Express offers event catering, in addition to their curbside pickup and delivery services.

6601 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek,
FL
US

Patrons at Red Rock Oasis & Grill can bite into tear-jerking wings, chew through meaty burgers, and peruse the diverse menu to pick from 20 beers on tap. Dip Red Rock boneless wings ($9.99 for 10) in seven sauces, or order the maximum-heat Cosmic sauce and use it to deice your space shuttle. The glow of 42 plasma TVs and projection screens illuminates Double R burgers ($9.99) dripping with barbecue sauce, overlaying their smoked-bacon slices with images of sportsmen sprinting, spinning, and flying away gripping their winged helmets. Red Rock baby back pork ribs soaked in citrus-chipotle sauce ($11.99 half rack, $18.99 full rack) appease flavor-starved palates, and Maine lobster-stuffed ravioli with bacon float idly in cream sauce ($19.99). Red Rock Select, the house lager, smooth-talks palates with its light, malty taste, and beers on tap, such as Guinness and Stone IPA, cry out for attention. The cinnamon-infused, pastry-wrapped Xango cheesecake ($4.99) lives up to its namesake, a Greek village carved from a single puff pastry.

4443 Lyons Rd
Coconut Creek,
FL
US

A fiesta of mouthwatering Latin flavors dances across Medellin’s expansive menu of Colombian-based cuisine. The plátano con aguacate ($7), a sweet and savory commingling of guacamole and fried plantains, tickles tongues as a starter, and house-made picante salsa gives a kick that sends the flavor of a crispy-chicken- or beef-stuffed quesadilla ($8) past the hands of overzealous mouth goalies. The sobrebarriga bogotana ($11), a Colombian-style flank steak sautéed in salsa criolla, balances its meaty boldness with rice, veggies, and fried yucca. Chompers eager to cleave ensandwiched treats release a wave of coastal flavors with the pollo del Tropico ($7), a grilled chicken sandwich topped with cilantro-infused fruit salsa and melted swiss, bobbing on a raft of french fries or fried yucca. Sweet dreams find fulfillment in a classic tres leches custard ($4) or a frosty raspberry juice ($3). Medellin’s warm, earth-toned walls and spacious dining room create a romantic setting where stomachs fall in love with Latin morsels and unused napkins long for the company of crumbs.

4631 North State Road 7
Coconut Creek,
FL
US

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