Casually Yours: Unique Broward Dining for Valentine’s Day

Lona Steak & Frites. Photo Credit: Ricardo Mejia (RMStudioCorp), provided by Lona Cocina & Tequileria.

Valentine’s Day, Friendship Day, Treat Yo’ Self day…whatever this day represents to you, it’s a day when you might be tempted to visit a dining establishment.

I am here coming to the rescue. Here are some fun and different spots in Broward where you can enjoy this day with a cocktail on hand and some great bites.

Lona Cocina & Tequileria

Located on breezy Fort Lauderdale beach, this Mexican restaurant offers classic dishes as well as others with a creative flair, with a view of the ocean.

The restaurant’s menu also presents daily chef specials, which engaged servers will explain to diners looking to enjoy something different and special for the night. Appetizers such as Crispy Bacon and Mushroom Empanadas delight, while main dishes such as their Lobster Quesadilla and Baja Burrito, will satisfy those looking for something classic and something unique to eat while visiting.

When it comes to cocktails, their extensive list offers favorites such as the lime margaritas, but you can also enjoy a margarita infused with flavors such as passion fruit, lime, and blackberries. We also recommend the Paloma Brava, a mix of tequila with agave, lime, and grapefruit.

We also recommend trying out their weekend bottomless brunch. There are also special chef dinners that you can attend and other special events throughout the year, so keep an eye out for experiences later on after your visit.

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Pizza Craft Pizzeria

Located on Himmarshee Street in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Pizza Craft Pizzeria is a cozy hideaway featuring Italian favorites, as well as delectable pizzas for every discerning palate.

As soon as you walk inside (there’s also outside seating, best for people-watching), you will notice the impressive Pizza Craft oven, where you will watch chefs prepare the pizzas to make them perfectly crispy and hot.

At the restaurant, we recommend any of their signature pizzas, such as the Spicy Sopressata Pizza, which includes the perfect hint of honey. Then there’s the immense chicken Parmesan dish that you will indulge on some and have a nice portion to take home.

The restaurant also offers amazing appetizers, including chicken wings for those wanting a little something past the Italian menu, as well as a variety of dishes for all tastes. And their Sunday Brunch offers unlimited Aperol Spritz drinks as well as other libations paired with their amazing food. A must-visit!

Lastly, do not forget to order a classic Peroni beer or hand-crafted cocktail. Ask for the Old-Fashioned or anything with Bourbon. You will not regret it!

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Baoshi Food Hall + Bar

Let’s drive on over to Pembroke Pines. Trust me, this spot is worth it; a food hall nestled quietly on an unexpected shopping plaza.

When you walk in, you will be greeted by a little market with Asian chips, candies, and other goodies. Afterward, you’ll be greeted by a vast hall with many tables to choose from to enjoy your dining experience.

The Food Hall offers a variety of Asian specialties to pick from their five walk-up counters such as Gangnam Chikn, offering perfectly crispy Korean Fried Chicken, and Gold Marquees, which offers delicious Chinese Dishes such as favorites like Mongolian Beef.

Then there’s that magical bar. With indoor and outdoor seating, they have a huge selection of beers on tap, as well as hand-crafted cocktails and Asian bottled beers. It’s a spot that’s perfect to relax at, dine at and enjoy the breeze while chatting with your companions.

For more information, visit


Phone: 954-514-7095
Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM - 2PM


2520 N. Dixie Highway,
Wilton Manors, FL 33305



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