Maybe you grew up with Diamond Strike Lanes. It’s been South Florida’s #1 fun zone since 1958, with 32 bowling lanes and an arcade. Your playground now has a whole new look, with refurbished lanes (including eight big screens), a revamped arcade, a sound/light show, pro shop, and a brand-new sports bar, grill, and nightclub.
Bowling is always fun, and rates are reasonable. Visitors say the bar has decent food and friendly, generous bartenders. Bands play Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:30 p.m. until close, and there’s daily Happy Hour.
Check Diamond Strike Lanes’ website for information on rates, leagues, parties, menus, and special events.
Diamond Strike Lanes
2200 North Federal Highway
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Shop and people watch at Mizner Park in Boca Raton. This upscale outdoor shopping center just a short trip from St. Andrews at Palm Aire is filled with restaurants, boutiques, and speciality stores. Favorite clothiers include Tommy Bahama, Rhythm of Grace, Bolfufe, and Plattinni. Lord & Taylor will open in October as a new anchor store. You can grab a bite or a beer at Dubliner, an Irish pub, Yard House, or Tanzy. Many shoppers come to Mizner Park for entertainment at the iPic movie theater, the gorgeous Boca Raton Museum of Art, and concerts at the amphitheater. Mizner's palm tree lined center promenade is great for people watching. All told, it might be one of Boca Raton's best spots for people watching, shopping, and more!
Don’t let the name fool you; Bagelsnack is more than just bagels. Think of them as Grandma’s house on South Powerline Road, with bagels, rolls, cakes, and pastries baked in-house daily; farm-fresh eggs served your way; New York-style double and triple-decker deli sandwiches, made with freshly cooked meats; and catering that will jazz up every occasion.
Exiled New Yorkers say that the bagels and Reuben sandwiches remind them of home, and praise like that doesn’t come cheap! Breakfast does, though: Before 11 a.m., two eggs and a bagel is about $3.
Bagelsnack’s website is basic, so check Yelp for more praise, or come see for yourself.
Cheese Culture serves up a unique concept in South Florida by following the formula of a European charcuterie house. It’s a ‘Whey of Life’, with a sumptuous selection of cheeses, cured meats, wine and beer served in a quaint, cozy setting. Order a glass of wine from their extensive selection and a cheese plate with a variety of tastes to sample. Charcuterie plates are also an option, with meats like prosciutto di Parma, truffle mousse pate, Genoa salami and French ham. Salads and sandwiches are available, with taste pleasers like Supreme Decadence with French ham, double crème brie, cornichons & stone ground mustard, Croque Monsieur with French ham, cheese, & shredded green apple, and the Italian with mortadella, Genoa salami, shaved parmigiano-reggiano, greens, tomato & garlic basil oil. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
813 E. Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
When John Ritter (no, not that one) was a kid in Chicago, he worked in an ice cream shop. It was just for pocket money, and he soon left to join the Navy. He got married, had kids, and had a long career in film animation. But the marvel of fresh, creamy, handmade ice cream stayed with him throughout his life, and when he retired in the late 1980s, John finally opened his own shop serving frozen custard, the rich, premium treat made with eggs in addition to milk and sugar.
Ritter's frozen custard recipe has struck a chord among nostalgic Midwesterners, and today Ritter’s is expanding across the country. Regulars say that the Pompano Beach location would make John proud, giving it high marks for taste, variety, and service. That Midwestern sparkle is still here, too — on Mondays, your dog gets a free treat!
Check Ritter’s site for the menu and more information.
6700 West Atlantic Boulevard
Pompano Beach, FL 33063
Dandee Donut Factory brings you coffee, donuts, breakfast, and lunch all day. Think you’ve seen that before? Not so fast. With just two locations, Dandee Donut Factory offers variety and quality. Regulars report that the donuts here are big, memorable, and gourmet-worthy treats that would sell for much more than $1.29 each in a big city.
Alongside the rest of the menu — full home-style breakfasts, New York-style deli sandwiches, burgers, and more — Dandee Donut Factory stands apart from the competition. Lines are often out the door, and locals love the service and value. Best of all? This place is open around the clock.
Check Dandee Donut Factory’s website for the full menu.
Dandee Donut Factory
1900 East Atlantic Boulevard
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
The waters off South Florida have some of the world’s best biodiversity, accessibility, and diving conditions. Whether you’re an experienced diver and snorkler or looking to take your first plunge, let South Florida Diving Headquarters take you there. This friendly and comprehensive dive center has everything you need to stay safe and get the most from our area’s natural wonders.
Trips happen daily and can accommodate single divers or large groups. South Florida Diving Headquarters offers something for every age and skill level. You can dive, snorkel, or watch from any boat. Old hands praise the crew’s attention to detail, while new divers feel comfortable, supported, and confident.
Check South Florida Diving Headquarters’ website for information on dive/snorkel sites, reservations, training, equipment rentals, and more information.
South Florida Diving Headquarters
2621 North Riverside Drive
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Razzleberry’s brings you handmade ice cream just steps from the beach. That’s reason enough to stop by, but wait ‘til you hear about Chef Waldek. Equal parts artist and scientist, his kitchen/lab is constantly coming up with surprises. Flavors include vanilla, sour cherry, French toast, beer, red rose and cream, cognac, and many, many more. You never know what he’ll come up with, so repeat visits are essential!
And that’s saying nothing of his sundaes, floats, milkshakes, banana boats, malteds, and smoothies. Come for the ice cream, but don’t miss Razzleberry’s International Deli, featuring delights from Waldek’s native Poland and daily specials from the kitchen. Regulars rave about the quality and value.
Check Razzleberry’s website for menus, specials, and more information.
Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab & Kitchen
3412 East Atlantic Boulevard
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Looking for a primo spot to shop in South Florida? The Galleria is the place to do it in a gorgeous Fort Lauderdale setting with all of the department stores, specialty shops and restaurants you love. If you need a fashion makeover, head to Abercrombie & Fitch, Express, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Chicos and Gap for the latest duds. Aldo Shoes, Coach, Comfort Shoes and Foot Locker have everything you need to find comfy and fashionable shoes. Pottery Barn, Brookstone, and Williams Sonoma are ready to help you spruce up your abode with something fabulous. When it’s time to fuel up for the next round of shopping, head to the Capital Grille, P.F. Changs, Piazza di Giorgio Market & Eatery, or Seasons 52 for some tasty refreshment. Open every day.
Hillsboro Antique Mall and Café encompasses a wide range of sellers in one convenient location, making it an antique enthusiast’s dream come true. At any time up to 250 dealers comprise the mall, making it a fantastic place for browsing. There's a little something for everyone among the shops, and helpful employees survey the premises dressed in red shirts to stand out among the crowd. In addition to the great buys you can also find some awesome food in the onsite Café.
Hillsboro Antique Mall and Cafe
2900 W Sample Road
Pompano Beach, FL 33073