Posts tagged ‘Pembroke Pines restaurants’

January 7, 2013

The Big Tomato Market, Not To Be Confused With Sweet Tomatoes **UPDATE

by jem614

**Update: My husband has informed me that this cute little restaurant has shut down.  Although the food was a bit greasy and overcooked, it was still good and had great atmosphere.  I’m sorry to hear that this has happened.

My husband decided to be spontaneous and take me to a new restaurant this past weekend.  I love that about him!  It wasn’t anything fancy and the food wasn’t amazing but it was different and had a great atmosphere.


The Big Tomato Market in Pembroke Pines is right off of University and Pines next to Cafe Iguana (by the way, I had a peak inside and that place looks funky, I might have to check it out).  The inside of Big Tomato is old world Italian slash classic pub and the food is about the same.  I ordered the eggplant parmesan which was a little too greasy and didn’t feel overly fresh but it was tasty all the same.  They serve dinner with garlic rolls that are literally soaked in an inch of oil but OH MY GOSH are they delicious.  In fact, don’t order an appetizer because you’ll probably eat all of them and won’t be able to eat your dinner.BTMG2

For a side dish I ordered the tomato bruschetta, a very simple toasted bread with tomato and basil and not much else but it was best that way because the garlic rolls had enough taste to go around.


The server was very sweet, did a great job until the very end when she kind of disappeared and we had to ask someone to go get her.  The place was not packed at all for a Friday night but there were some people at the bar that were making a lot of noise- I wasn’t sure but it almost sounded like it was a DJ or Karaoke.

If you want a chill atmosphere and some fattening Italian food, check this place out!

September 28, 2012

Pho 78 in Pembroke Pines

by jem614

Not far from the Green Papaya in Miami Lakes, we found Pho 78 in Pembroke Pines.  Pho 78 is a “cafeteria-like” restaurant in a small shopping center.  It lacks the charm of Green Papaya but still draws you in with its promise of delicate soups and vietnamese cuisine.

I tried the summer rolls filled with tofu and vegetables.  I wasn’t extremely impressed as the wraps were not exactly what I was expecting though the sauce was good.  My mother had the fried egg rolls  and she did enjoy them.

The Boba tea smoothie here is a little different.  They serve it with whipped cream which makes the smoothie quite decadent.  I would probably have preferred it without the whip cream.

All in all, I found it to be just on the “ok” side.  There aren’t many options for vegetarians but it will do the job if you’re in for a Boba smoothie fix (just ask for no whip).  Meat eaters may find this place fits them better as I’ve heard several of their “meat” dishes are quite good.  Maybe this is just not a place for veggies to roost.

For more information on Pho 78, go to:

September 11, 2012

The Village Mediterranean Restaurant & Pastries in Pembroke Pines

by jem614

Want to indulge in a little “Middle East” decadence?  Check out The Village in Pembroke Pines for some delectable baklava and spicy Mediterranean fair.

The great benefit to Middle Eastern or “Mediterranean” food is that there are so many vegetarian options.  I love falafel sandwiches but have been going without because the place I normally get them from  makes them a little too greasy or maybe the oil they cook them in just doesn’t agree with me (I don’t really expect Gyroville to be perfect though, it is a fast food restaurant chain).  The Village makes them just perfect: fresh crunchy veggies, ungreasy falafel balls and tzatziki sauce.  My husband was in love with their b**f schwarma (for those of you who have meat-eating spouses or friends).

They also have opened up a new restaurant on University Drive that has a mini-store inside.  I will be going soon so we can make some fava bean and baba ghanouj dishes.

And…. of course, you can’t leave the restaurant without buying one or TEN baklava’s.  I literally could eat a hundred of them but unfortunately with Gestational Diabetes, I’m going to have to wait on that.  One little triangle of the chocolate baklava satisfied the craving for now!

Please go out to visit them and keep them in business because they are a little piece of food heaven!

12502 Pines Blvd
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

January 18, 2012

Miami Tandoor Indian Restaurant

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

I had a craving for Indian food last Friday when I came in from Denver so I had my husband swing by this little Indian Restaurant called “Miami Tandoor”.  It was my first time eating here which is a surprise because I cannot eat enough Indian food.

I called in my order on the way from the airport and when I got there they knew my name, asked me how I had heard about them and made me feel like family.

I ordered some papadam (which I love with green sauce but unfortunately I forgot to ask for some), an order of vegetable samosas and palak paneer.  The papadam was amazing, just the perfect blend of spice and crunch and the vegetable samosas were fabulous.  I could have eaten a monument of them.  The palak paneer was a little different than I was used to but it was still good- I ate half one day (it was alot of food) and the other half the second day.  I think it was actually better the second day.

I’m looking forward to going back and trying some more of their vegetarian dishes as they have quite a few.  It seems like there are a few Indian restaurants in the area so we’ll be going there more often now that I’ve found it!

For more information on Miami Tandoor as well as their menu, go to


Papadam and Veggie Samosa

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