Food • wilton drive
Village Pub takes bar food to a
new level. Rumors Bar & Grill 2426 Wilton Dr 954-565-8851 RumorsBarWiltonManors.com Rumors has always been a great place to party, but the food never quite lived up to expectations. That’s all changed, now that they’ve brought in Robyn Almodovar to create a new menu. Almodovar, is best known for winning on Food Network’s “Chopped” and “Cutthroat Kitchen” and competing on season 10 of Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen,” where she finished as a top finalist. She created Palate Party, a mobile catering company/food truck and has won New Times’ “Best Food Truck” award twice. Consequently, Rumor’s menu features many items you wouldn’t expect as bar food, at least here in the U.S. For example, baconwrapped dates are a classic tapas bar item; but you’ll also find steamed pork buns, fried Brussels sprouts and mushroom risotto arancini, as well as classic pub fare such as onion rings and wings. Sandwich options include the classic burger as well as variations on that theme (and a veggie version) as well as duck confit with arugula on a hoagie or short ribs in the middle of a grilled cheese sandwich. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, check out the deep-fried bread pudding or an ice cream cookie sandwich.
Village Pub 2283 Wilton Drive 754-200-5244 VillagePubWM.com How much goodness can you pack into a tiny space? Village Pub has installed a kitchen and the menu is proof that size isn’t everything. The efficient kitchen not only turns out standard Pub Grub (which is what they’re calling the dining component of the business), but some upscale exotic fare as well. Onion rings arrive in a tower, and wings (with a choice of sauces, the classics plus some custom options including; spicy Chinese, sweet hot mustard, Jack Daniels infused with honey, pomegranate jalapeno and my favorite, honey-chipotle) overflow a basket, flatbreads bubble with cheese. It’s all the yummy stuff you love in bar food. But then, there are healthy and well-crafted salads, a charcuterie board to rival the finest dining establishments and a caprese salad skewer, if you’re yearning for something a bit more refined. Village Pub takes bar food to a whole new level. Don’t be so dazzled by the exotics that you pass up such classics as the Black Forest Villager, The thick burger is almost obscene; topped with bacon bits, melted blue cheese and sautéed onions and mushrooms. The sticks of ham on top are a bit unwieldy, (slices would be better) but with so much goodness that’s just nit-picking. Chicken tenders are crisp and panko-crusted, but pounded a bit too thin. Vegetarians and the health conscious will appreciate Quinoa-Huh burger, a hearty patty of grains and veggies with a crispy exterior and a soft and flavorful center, on a whole grain bun, topped with avocado and baby greens. It’s so hearty that even a meat and potatoes guy will be satisfied by it. Monthly specials will also be featured. During our visit, it was a sandwich of blackened cod topped with a crab cake! Everything we sampled was perfectly prepared and featured generous portions. Service is friendly and knowledgeable. Prices range from $5-$10 for snacky foods to $10-$15 for sandwiches and salads.
And Another Thing . . . Boardwalk 1721 N Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale 954-463-6969 BoardwalkBar.com Although it’s technically not on Wilton Drive, Boardwalk’s a close enough neighbor, and it is a bar that serves food, and more than just the sausage-fest you might expect. The fare at the aptly named Beefcakes includes tacos, wings and burgers as well as other classic bar bites. The street-side café offers some great people-watching, whether the dancing boys are around or not.
Bubbles and Pearls 2037 Wilton Drive Wilton Manors 954-533-9553 BubblesNPearls.com Wilton Drive is being taken over by food show alums! In addition to the Robyn Almodovar menu at Rumors, tBravo’s “Top Chef ” competitor, Josie Smith Malave, has opened a globally inspired Champagne and raw bar, serving up small plates. As of this writing, there were no regular hours; they’re open only when people make reservations.