Conquering discriminating palates with its tempting small plates, enticing entrees, and cozy, eclectic atmosphere, El Pimiento brings a taste of traditional Spanish dining to South Florida. Sample from a selection of small portions designed to be passed among dining companions both real and imaginary. Nibble upon chistorras, Spanish sausage links simmered in Spanish cider ($6.49), pick at pimientos rostisados, fire-roasted red and yellow peppers ($6.95), or feast fiendishly upon morsels of filetillo con queso cabrales, beef tenderloin accented with aged blue cheese ($10.95).
Just as the name suggests, the dishes at Smitty’s Grille get their flavor from the flickering flames of the eatery’s grill. Smoky barbecued pork and brisket pile onto Smitty’s signature pulled barbecue sandwiches, while chefs fire beef short ribs over the same flame. Famous for their lasagna, Smitty's also flips burgers—Angus beef, turkey, and veggie—and coats wings in seven tasty marinades, including teriyaki, garlic, and hot sauce.
The burnt-orange walls of Parrillada el Gaucho echo the welcoming heat of the grills in the kitchen. There, steaks acquire charred stripes before they reach diners in several cuts, from rib eye to T-bone. Uruguayan-style parrillada meals layer impressive amounts of meats and garnishes on pans, often piling enough skewers of shrimp and crisp sausages for two. This traditional South American style of cooking typifies the warm, convivial venue, whose dining room is decorated with horseshoes and ranching artifacts. Though steaks remain its most popular offering, the menu also boasts entrees such as chicken parmesan and custom-mixed pastas, with housemade flan to bring meals to an authentically sweet conclusion. Party packages, late hours, and Friday-night musical performances conspire with tender bites, luring festive groups to tables without coaxing trails of confetti.
Gerardo and Sabrina Seferlis, owners of Gerardo’s Marketplace, ensure that its bakery cases teem with freshly made bread and the salad bar and market shelves stay full of local, organic, and seasonal fare. The former manager of a gourmet marketplace in the same location, Gerardo decided to reopen the market himself after it closed, because "I knew all my customers and they're the ones that needed what I had to offer." Since 1998, the store’s deli counter has given personalized attention to customers and any confused club sandwiches that wander in.
Sushi N Thai, which is open daily, brims with staff ready to adorn tables with steaming dishes of crispy, sauce-slathered thai duck ($17) or other classic Thai or Japanese dishes from its extensive dinner menu. The Beauty and the Beast roll ($10) sets tuna and eel, the star-crossed lovers of the marine world, in an ensemble of scallions, avocado, asparagus, and masago. Drunken noodles ($12) sway eaters into the slippery embrace of mixed vegetables, basil, and rice noodles sautéed with egg, and the kake udon ($10) dunks broccoli and black mushrooms in a hot bath of japanese wheat noodles. Thai curries ($13–$17), like traffic lights in heaven, can be summoned in red, green, or yellow varieties at the customer's whim.
Ninja's Asian Tavern delights savor sectors with a refreshing menu of Korean and Japanese fusion cuisine that includes an epic sushi bar bedecked with a bevy of vibrant nigiri, maki, and sashimi options. Lance a fresh appetizer of assorted sashimi ($10) with chopsticks before treating tummies to a chromatically dazzling Kanisu cucumber-skin roll stuffed with a choice of salmon, tuna, crabstick, eel, or the memoirs of a grizzled fisherman ($9.50). Combo plates advocating sashimi and sushi matrimony include the Chirashi which adorns a bowl of sushi rice with assorted fish-stuffed flavor tubes ($20), and the Three Musketeers, which gathers a merry band of tuna, california, and salmon rolls for a swashbuckling assault on unsuspecting taste buds ($12). Ninja's dimly lit interior boasts private party rooms, karaoke, and sleek modern décor adorned with jagged Japanese characters, glowing orbs hanging from the ceiling, and televisions tuned to the latest in sumo swing-dancing competitions.