Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of casual breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Offerdahl's Café Grill. Choose from the following locations: Boca Raton, Hollywood, Weston, Lighthouse Point, and Palmetto Bay.
Offerdahl's, the brainchild of former Dolphins linebacker John Offerdahl and his wife, showcases a menu loaded with fresh bagels, sandwiches, burgers, and exotic entrees. Head south of the border with the Fiesta bowl ($7.79–$9.29), a tango of grilled chicken, black beans, cheddar, yellow rice, and guacamole; or make a western voyage with the Pacific Rim grilled salmon ($8.99–10.49), accompanied by ginger slaw, rice, and teriyaki-sesame sauce. The hot chipotle steak sandwich ($7.99) features an all-star lineup of caramelized onions, bleu cheese, and mushrooms. Stomachs left growling after a full night's sleep can tuck into the breakfast bounty at Offerdahl's, which includes bagels ($0.94) and egg scramblers ($4.49) served with cheesy potatoes and a choice of a bagel, toast, or a cassette of The Best of Bread.
- The ambitious entrees work for the harried family looking for quick takeout that isn't stuffed into a greasy paper bag. The counter guy had us in and out in less than 15 minutes while offering us samples of chili, preparing our salads and making sure the grill chef didn't put cheese on our bean burger. – Jeff Kleinman, Miami Herald
- Offerdahl's a smallish restaurant, which serves an interesting menu. You're not going to find any of their menu items anyplace else. We've tried several things on the menu and they were all pretty tasty. This is a fantastic alternative to fast food – Bill H., Yelp, 8/23/08
Offerdahl's Cafe Grill
For John Offerdahl, the aroma of meat sizzling on the grill stirs memories of his family's barbecues in rural Wisconsin. Even when John grew up and became a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, he couldn't escape that enticing smell—it would waft into the stadium from fans tailgating outside and the mascots who secretly stuffed their costumes with cheeseburgers. So it was only natural that, after retiring from football, John would once again find himself at the grill when he and his wife Lynn opened Offerdahl's Cafe Grill in 2000. The couple were no strangers to the restaurant business; they had previously owned a chain of bagel shops. This venture, however, would prove more ambitious—they devised menus of classic American cuisine that could be served up fast for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a focus on fresh-grilled fare.
Today, Offerdahl's Cafe Grill has expanded to seven locations, but its flavorful, no-frills meals remain the same. "Johnny O's Famous Bagels" still take the starring roles during breakfast, waking diners up with flavors like cinnamon crumb, pumpernickel, and fruit-and-nut. But once breakfast turns to lunch and dinner, the grill takes over. Chefs swiftly cook up steak, chicken, and salmon, serving the proteins over rice, pasta, or salad with homemade dressings. They also grill chicken sandwiches and burgers, in a nod to the café's backyard barbecue roots.