When discussing the inspiration behind his love of cooking and hospitality with reporters from the Sun Sentinel, Michael Tatton credited his father, saying, “I was fascinated by all the people my father knew and the different foods he introduced us to.” Following in his dad’s footsteps, Michael opened Thai Spice more than two decades ago at the young age of 19. Today, Michael continues to captain the restaurant, which The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences honored with the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award for excellence in cuisine and impeccable service.
Deep in the kitchen, Michael and his chefs place innovative spins on traditional Thai dishes using flavorful spices and premium seafood, meats, and vegetables delivered fresh daily. Pots of curries and tom yum soup simmer on the stoves, as lobster, duck, and Chilean sea bass sizzle in pans. Meanwhile, grills crackle with fine cuts of steak, and plump chickens roast over open fires.
Out in the dining room, tropical fish glide through the salt waters of towering tanks among swaying plants and colorful rocks. Blue lanterns dangle from the ceiling, casting a warm glow over white-clothed tables and intimate booths. The walls feature exotic artwork depicting traditional Thailand scenes, from elephants raising their trunks to a businessman who went on a soul-searching trip to find his inner sassiness.
At Primavera, executive chef Giacomo celebrates the cuisine of his native Italy with a menu of mouthwateringly authentic northern-Italian treats. Like a cuckoo clock that runs on ethanol, the appetizing bill of fare combines contemporary influences with Old-World traditions, dishing out house-made pasta and tender veal cutlets served alongside fresh catches of the day and wholesome risottos. Tender veal chops and colorful salads arrive tableside amid the relaxing ambiance of the rustic, cream-colored walls, or guests can mingle over glasses of flavorful wine at the full-service bar. In addition to gracing tables with delicious spreads, Primavera's helpful chefs impart their culinary techniques with occasional cooking classes—two-hour demostrations that prep students to prepare light meals, glean understanding of wine pairings, and add realism to imaginary garden parties.
Bejeweled sombreros hang from Tequila Sunrise’s ceiling, their gems glinting next to strands of hanging lights. In keeping with this flashy, festive atmosphere, bartenders dole out award-winning margaritas, which are blended from freshly squeezed sour mix and served in glasses that dwarf the circumference of their customers’ heads. Though Tequila Sunrise specializes in libations, it doesn’t shirk cuisine: chefs sauté fresh seafood in Mexican spices and drizzle tender chunks of meat with homemade sauces. Their dedication to high-quality, fresh ingredients helped earn the eatery its spot as one of 2011’s best Mexican restaurants in South Florida, a poll determined by Local 10 viewers and one guacamole-obsessed Magic 8 ball.
Led by the experienced executive chef Joyce Cimiotti, Chef and a Baker's culinary experts—who are trained in both the culinary arts and patisserie and baking—plate mouthwatering meals for catered occasions. Delectable hors d’oeuvres, filet mignon, and opulent cakes conga line through events such as weddings, corporate outings, and window-washing conventions. Small bites such as deviled eggs, mint skewers, and assorted mini quiches prime bellies for entrees including fresh bay scallops and new york strip steak. The chefs flaunt their baking prowess with an online dessert shop to supplement gatherings with decadent cakes, traditional pies, and artfully topped mini cheesecakes. To spread their love and knowledge of fine cuisine to the masses, the chefs host a varied schedule of three-hour cooking classes.
Situated at the threshold of the historic Anglin?s Fishing Pier, Anglins Beach Cafe gives way to a sun-drenched, 975-foot-long boardwalk that bustles with anglers and sightseers from dawn to dusk. Outdoor diners are afforded panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, and the restaurant's interior proves no less idyllic: shaded booths abut the pier rails, and in the dining room, green tiles echo the hues of sea foam crashing against the shore. Considering that Anglins Beach Cafe is entrenched in the natural environment, it makes sense that its proprietors should take strides to preserve it. To that end, chefs draw upon organic greens, fruits, dairy products, craft beers from all over the world, wine, and organic tequila and vodka, and pack leftovers and stowaway mermen in 100% biodegradable boxes.
Featured on WSVN's Style File, Crepeteria adds a touch of American flair to classic French cuisine with an eclectic menu of sweet and savory crêpes filled with fresh fruits, deli meats, or vegetables. Start mornings off right with the breakfast special, a crêpe-wrapped mélange of ham or bacon, egg, and melted swiss, or swap it for a sweet beginning by wrapping the wafer-thin pancake around vanilla ice cream or a bowl of cereal. The crêpe craftsmen also fold the delicate dough around an assortment of customer-chosen toppings, such as peanut butter and jelly, or sliced apples, raw honey, and melted brie, all of which may be washed down with fresh cups of hand-roasted, small batch Savannah's PERC coffee.