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The 14 Essential Restaurants in Hollywood, Florida

Possibly South Florida's most diverse food scene

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Nestled between Miami and Fort Lauderdale is a town that many people confuse with its more famous namesake in California. Most of Florida’s Hollywood residents probably like it that way. It keeps the historic city under-the-hype radar, which helps to maintain its funky, colorful, and small-town vibe that has helped it earn it the nickname "Hollyweird."

Amid its 1920s architecture and tree-shaded streets, the town is home to a melting pot of cultures with a dash of old-school Americana that makes for perhaps one of South Florida’s most interesting dining scenes. Whether you are savoring Korean food in a strip mall, scooping up melted raclette cheese in a quaint downtown, or exploring the flavors of Armenia while watching the waves crash, Hollywood definitely offers some diverse eats. And since it's where I-95 and the Turnpike practically kiss, it’s easy to get here from virtually anywhere.

Below are 14 of Hollywood’s more original culinary destinations listed in alphabetical order. See a favorite missing? Or a newcomer that absolutely needs to be on our radar? Hit the tipline, the comments, or in the forums to make your case.

— Written by Carlos Olaechea

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. A La Turca Mediterranean Cuisine

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1848 Harrison St
Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 925-5900
Turkish cuisine doesn’t seem to get the same attention as the foods of its neighbors, even though it influenced the cuisines of most of the region. Regardless, a visit to this downtown Hollywood spot will make you a cheerleader for Turkey’s kebabs, mezze, and desserts.
Yelp/Benazhir M.

2. Casa Borinquen

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1411 N Palm Ave
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
(954) 237-7700
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This casual Puerto Rican eatery has that right combination of friendly service, great food, and affordable prices. Whether you order a full meal or just one of their freshly made alcapurrias or pastelillos, you’ll be treated like family. Don’t miss out on their tripleta sandwich, which features three kinds of meat.
Yelp/Ramfis M.

3. Dragon City Mandarin House Restaurant

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6708 Stirling Rd
Hollywood, FL 33024
(954) 894-8393
This authentic Chinese restaurant is open until 2 a.m. every night, making it a great spot for late night cravings of bird’s nest, sea cucumber, and abalone. Less adventurous diners will find a wide selection of noodles and other dishes. Chinese-American fare is lackluster at best, but why order sweet and sour chicken when you can have steamed chicken with lily flower and black fungus?
Yelp/Kevin W.

4. Hollywood Grill

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905 N Broadwalk
Hollywood, FL 33019
(954) 272-2525
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Don’t let this restaurant’s signage deter you from entering. “Caucasian” here refers to the Caucasus region that includes countries like Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Russia. This is the place to enjoy an assortment of exotic delicacies like cheesy khachapuri bread and succulent lula kebab after taking a stroll on the beach.
Yelp/ Ivan S.

5. J28 Sandwich Bar

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1854 N Young Cir
Hollywood, FL 33020
(754) 208-2902
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Hollywood has one of the highest concentrations of Peruvians in the country, so it should come as no surprise that the country’s cuisine should show up twice on this list. Peruvian sandwiches have become increasingly popular in South Florida, and this is one place that takes the fairly minimalist “sanguche” quite seriously. Its fried pork and sweet potato sandwich is their signature.
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6. La Flambee

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2051 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33020
954-613-5726
Downtown Hollywood has several French restaurants, but this one is unique in that it specializes in tabletop cooking called “pierrade” where food is grilled on a hot stone. This is also one of the few places in South Florida to offer raclette, a type of cheese from the French Alps that is melted and drizzled onto potatoes or bread.
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7. La Vendetta

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1909 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33020
Hollywood has a considerable Romanian population, and La Vendetta is an ideal place to sample some of their hearty cuisine, as well as some well-made Italian specialties. The mititei, a type of sausage shaped meatball, is a signature dish served with a side of creamy polenta smothered in sour cream.
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8. Mickey Byrne's Irish Pub

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1921 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 921-2317
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Irish themed bars seem to be everywhere in South Florida, but do all of them offer a traditional Irish breakfast on weekends? Mickey Byrne’s does, as well as Irish classics like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash along with some creative offerings like corned beef hush puppies.
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9. El Pollo de Oro

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6024 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33024
(954) 964-5685
Diego, who mans the kitchen at this hole-in-the-wall Peruvian rotisserie chicken joint, has been a veteran of numerous chicken spots throughout Miami, always taking his closely guarded recipe with him. He finally has his own place where you can find perhaps the most tender, flavorful chicken north of Peru at a price that can turn this “golden chicken” into a regular habit.
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10. Quickies Burgers and Wings of Hollywood

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1000 S State Road 7
Hollywood, FL 33023
(954) 981-9464
This place had been around for a while before changing hands to a new owner who kept the original recipe for its famous charbroiled burgers but made the rest of the menu halal. As for that famous burger, Quickie’s offers an original Hollywood take on a classic, old-school hamburger with its addition of crispy fried onions a secret sauce that packs just enough heat.
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11. The Dandee Donut Factory

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102 N 28th Ave
Hollywood, FL 33020
(954) 929-1118
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Before donuts became hip and pastry chefs got their hands on them, they were the everyman’s breakfast pastry. Dandee Donuts is one of the few independent places where you can still grab an old-school, traditional donut. You can also sit down and have an omelet, a patty melt, or even a pizza here.
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12. U Know Korean Bistro

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290 S State Road 7
Hollywood, FL 33023
(954) 962-9929
This Korean eatery is one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets. Don’t expect the trappings of some of South Florida’s better-known Korean restaurants, however. This is a no-frills, homey dive perfect for enjoying a comforting bowl of stew or their famous noodles in black bean sauce.
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13. Villa Rose Pizza

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1114 N State Road 7
Hollywood, FL
(954) 983-7660
This no-frills pizza joint specializes in crispy Chicago-style thin crust pies cut into squares and commonly referred to as “tavern style.” It’s what chain thin crust aspires to be.
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14. Yellow Green Farmers Market

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1940 N 30th Rd
Hollywood, FL 33021
(954) 513-3990
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Besides being a great place to buy anything from local eggs to handmade perfume, this weekends-only covered market is where you can find Hollywood’s culinary diversity at its best. The ever changing roster of eats can include from-scratch Moroccan couscous, freshly made Dutch stroopwafel, chocolate “gyros,” muffulettas, and Ethiopian home cooking.
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1. A La Turca Mediterranean Cuisine

1848 Harrison St, Hollywood, FL 33020
Yelp/Benazhir M.
Turkish cuisine doesn’t seem to get the same attention as the foods of its neighbors, even though it influenced the cuisines of most of the region. Regardless, a visit to this downtown Hollywood spot will make you a cheerleader for Turkey’s kebabs, mezze, and desserts.
1848 Harrison St
Hollywood, FL 33020

2. Casa Borinquen

1411 N Palm Ave, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Yelp/Ramfis M.
This casual Puerto Rican eatery has that right combination of friendly service, great food, and affordable prices. Whether you order a full meal or just one of their freshly made alcapurrias or pastelillos, you’ll be treated like family. Don’t miss out on their tripleta sandwich, which features three kinds of meat.
1411 N Palm Ave
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

3. Dragon City Mandarin House Restaurant

6708 Stirling Rd, Hollywood, FL 33024
Yelp/Kevin W.
This authentic Chinese restaurant is open until 2 a.m. every night, making it a great spot for late night cravings of bird’s nest, sea cucumber, and abalone. Less adventurous diners will find a wide selection of noodles and other dishes. Chinese-American fare is lackluster at best, but why order sweet and sour chicken when you can have steamed chicken with lily flower and black fungus?
6708 Stirling Rd
Hollywood, FL 33024

4. Hollywood Grill

905 N Broadwalk, Hollywood, FL 33019
Yelp/ Ivan S.
Don’t let this restaurant’s signage deter you from entering. “Caucasian” here refers to the Caucasus region that includes countries like Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Russia. This is the place to enjoy an assortment of exotic delicacies like cheesy khachapuri bread and succulent lula kebab after taking a stroll on the beach.
905 N Broadwalk
Hollywood, FL 33019

5. J28 Sandwich Bar

1854 N Young Cir, Hollywood, FL 33020
Facebook
Hollywood has one of the highest concentrations of Peruvians in the country, so it should come as no surprise that the country’s cuisine should show up twice on this list. Peruvian sandwiches have become increasingly popular in South Florida, and this is one place that takes the fairly minimalist “sanguche” quite seriously. Its fried pork and sweet potato sandwich is their signature.
1854 N Young Cir
Hollywood, FL 33020

6. La Flambee

2051 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33020
La Flambee Facebook
Downtown Hollywood has several French restaurants, but this one is unique in that it specializes in tabletop cooking called “pierrade” where food is grilled on a hot stone. This is also one of the few places in South Florida to offer raclette, a type of cheese from the French Alps that is melted and drizzled onto potatoes or bread.
2051 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33020

7. La Vendetta

1909 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33020
La Vendetta
Hollywood has a considerable Romanian population, and La Vendetta is an ideal place to sample some of their hearty cuisine, as well as some well-made Italian specialties. The mititei, a type of sausage shaped meatball, is a signature dish served with a side of creamy polenta smothered in sour cream.
1909 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33020

8. Mickey Byrne's Irish Pub

1921 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33020
Zagat
Irish themed bars seem to be everywhere in South Florida, but do all of them offer a traditional Irish breakfast on weekends? Mickey Byrne’s does, as well as Irish classics like shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash along with some creative offerings like corned beef hush puppies.
1921 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33020

9. El Pollo de Oro

6024 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33024
El Pollo de Oro/Google
Diego, who mans the kitchen at this hole-in-the-wall Peruvian rotisserie chicken joint, has been a veteran of numerous chicken spots throughout Miami, always taking his closely guarded recipe with him. He finally has his own place where you can find perhaps the most tender, flavorful chicken north of Peru at a price that can turn this “golden chicken” into a regular habit.
6024 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33024

10. Quickies Burgers and Wings of Hollywood

1000 S State Road 7, Hollywood, FL 33023
Facebook
This place had been around for a while before changing hands to a new owner who kept the original recipe for its famous charbroiled burgers but made the rest of the menu halal. As for that famous burger, Quickie’s offers an original Hollywood take on a classic, old-school hamburger with its addition of crispy fried onions a secret sauce that packs just enough heat.
1000 S State Road 7
Hollywood, FL 33023

11. The Dandee Donut Factory

102 N 28th Ave, Hollywood, FL 33020
The Dandee Donut Factory/Google
Before donuts became hip and pastry chefs got their hands on them, they were the everyman’s breakfast pastry. Dandee Donuts is one of the few independent places where you can still grab an old-school, traditional donut. You can also sit down and have an omelet, a patty melt, or even a pizza here.
102 N 28th Ave
Hollywood, FL 33020

12. U Know Korean Bistro

290 S State Road 7, Hollywood, FL 33023
U Know Korean Bistro/Google
This Korean eatery is one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets. Don’t expect the trappings of some of South Florida’s better-known Korean restaurants, however. This is a no-frills, homey dive perfect for enjoying a comforting bowl of stew or their famous noodles in black bean sauce.
290 S State Road 7
Hollywood, FL 33023

13. Villa Rose Pizza

1114 N State Road 7, Hollywood, FL
Villa Rose Pizza
This no-frills pizza joint specializes in crispy Chicago-style thin crust pies cut into squares and commonly referred to as “tavern style.” It’s what chain thin crust aspires to be.
1114 N State Road 7
Hollywood, FL

14. Yellow Green Farmers Market

1940 N 30th Rd, Hollywood, FL 33021
Yellow Green Farmers Market/Facebook
Besides being a great place to buy anything from local eggs to handmade perfume, this weekends-only covered market is where you can find Hollywood’s culinary diversity at its best. The ever changing roster of eats can include from-scratch Moroccan couscous, freshly made Dutch stroopwafel, chocolate “gyros,” muffulettas, and Ethiopian home cooking.
1940 N 30th Rd
Hollywood, FL 33021

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