Review: Borinqueya in Davie
Borinqueya in Davie. (Sun Sentinel / March 2, 2011)
IF YOU GO
The Shops at Stirling Place, 6875 Stirling Road, Davie
Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Hours: Noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Open later Friday and Saturday.
Credit cards: D, DC, MC, V
Alcohol: Full bar
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
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For the kids: The menu—ask for an English language menu if you need one—has a kids' section for those 12 and younger: Chicken fingers ($6.25), hamburger ($4.95), cheeseburger ($5.25), all with fries or plantains. Our daughter had the chicken breast ($5.75), also called pechuga de pollo, which was a delicious, thin piece of grilled meat with some herbs on it that a picky eater might want wiped off. She loved it. The fries were good, too.
For the grown-ups: The professionally trained chef offers a lot of flavor and variety. We started with a sampler platter ($15.25), always a good option when reading from an unfamiliar menu. A couple could order this and go home full. On it: corn fritters with a garlicky, red cream sauce for dipping; fried beef turnovers; crispy, glistening and flavorful skinless chicken pieces with sauteed onions; blood sausage that was deliciously spicy; and alcapurrias, cylinders of fried wrap with beef inside. My husband, a big beef lover, said I'd "hit pay dirt'' finding this restaurant. For the meal, he got pork mofongo ($16.95) because I'd read it's the traditional Puerto Rican dish. It features a tall mound of smashed plantains with pork rinds, with a small dish of broth, and a piece of pork on the side. I ordered camarones enchilado ($16.50), plump shrimp in a red sauce with sauteed green peppers. Very tasty, but I was so full I could barely eat it. I chose fried green plantains on the side, which were thin discs, and yucca al mojo, which had black peppercorns on it and was creamy and good. The menu also offered several chicken meals for less than $11 each, as well as sandwiches (only until 4 p.m.), and a Caesar salad meal ($10.25). Keep in mind that one side of the restaurant is more of a nightclub, where people danced and socialized.
Kid-comfortable: You don't get more kid-friendly than having a VCR-DVD player and small flat-screen TV on your table. Ours had the movie "Happy Feet'' in it, very appropriate for this venue. This would be especially helpful with an unruly child or a toddler. Think ahead and take your own DVD, or video game. Your child could also be easily distracted and awed by the dancing, and no one would notice if your child was running around wild, because there are so many people out there learning salsa. High chairs available.
Service: The waitress was extremely friendly, and so was everyone we encountered at this place. If service was a bit slow, we didn't notice much because we got the appetizer quickly and it was so huge it kept us very, very busy.
— Brittany Wallman