Cuisine: 

Spanish

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Price Range: 

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Contact

954-565-1148

Address: 

2768 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Café Seville

Joe Esposito and his wife, Sallie, did a slight makeover when they bought Café Seville in 1998, but otherwise they’ve kept the same tried-and-true Spanish offerings ever since. While the menu hasn’t changed, each day the staff crams a poster-sized erase board full of specials. Most are seafood, like sea bass and swordfish. But there’s regularly a veal shank and often rabbit. The treat-you-like family servers will recommend every one of those dishes if you ask. The paella for two ($49.95) is overflowing with calamari, mussels, clams, scallops, and chicken. The depth of flavor comes from that seafood base as well as saffron, garlic, and chorizo. The dessert tray has all the traditional offerings, like flan and tiramisu and a not-too-sweet tres leches ($9.95), a tower of moist cake. The flourless chocolate cake ($9.95) isn’t traditional, but it’s one of the best around, light and fluffy and richly chocolaty. Get it with a cappuccino, light on the foam but with an old-school rock candy stirrer.