At the Sugar Reef Tropical Grill every table has a view

At the Sugar Reef Tropical Grill every table has a view

Waterfront dining has always been part of South Florida’s charm. There’s just something about an ocean breeze that makes the food taste that much better. But deciding where to dine on the water can be the real task: there are lots of choices on more than a few beaches. To make decision-time less of a trial, I break the choice down into three parts. First, which city has the best beach on which to dine: Delray Beach? Boca Raton? Fort Lauderdale? Second, which restaurant has the best eats? Last would be value: which restaurant has the biggest bang for your buck. When you take all three into account, the choice for a great diner on the Atlantic is the Sugar Reef Tropical Grill. With its well-placed boardwalk (actually called the “broadwalk”), skyscaper-free vistas and blue-green ocean waters, Hollywood Beach makes the perfect choice for dining. Sugar Reef Tropical Grill’s combination of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine with a French flair gives the competition a run for its money, and as far as money goes, it goes a long way at Sugar Reef: the average dinner runs between $35 and $50 a person. Sugar Reef Tropical Grill is owned by Robin Seger and Chef Patrick Farnault. When they opened in 1994, their goal was to create a destination restaurant with a quality, flavorful, light, traditional, and healthy menu. There motto is “start with great food and you get a great meal.” Some of their great meals include the half-roasted duck served with a mango salsa, the five-cheese ravioli with tomato sauce, and the superb tropical fish stew, made with their own bouillabaisse prepared with coconut milk and green curry (be careful – it’s spicy). A good appetizer starts a great meal, and the steamed mussels with white wine or green curry and coconut milk are a perfect beach appetite-quickener. When it’s time for dessert, try Chef Farnault’s espresso cake with vanilla ice cream. Sugar Reef Grill also has a great wine list, for evenings when a bottle of bieno would go perfectly with dinner. Sugar Reef Tropical Grill is closed Mondays for lunch, open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and breakfast, lunch and dinner is served on weekends. Reservations are recomended for dinner, especially if you have a big party. If you need to know more, ask one of their satisfied regulars (most have been coming since they opened their doors). The Sugar Reef Tropical Grill is located at 600 North Surf Road (between New York and Fillmore Streets) on Hollywood Beach. Call (954) 922-1119 for reservations and more information. -2d2gc [mappress]
Hollywood Beach Aerial view of the Sugar Reef Tropical Grill

Hollywood Beach Aerial view of the Sugar Reef Tropical Grill