Category Archives: Dining
By David Volz
Tammy Zbinden enjoys cooking seafood.
“I can prepare crabs, scallops, steamed lobster, fish, and other seafood delicacies,” said Zbinden. “We just love to cook seafood.”
Zbinden was among about 170 vendors who participated in the 30th Annual Pompano Beach Seafood Festival held near the Pompano Beach Fishing Pier on April 25, 26 and 27. The three day event featured a huge variety of seafood including coconut shrimp, lobster, fish, scallops, paella, and many others offering seafood served grilled, spicy and fried.
William Spellman was serving lobster rolls and lobster mac and cheese. “All I do is prepare and sell lobster. This is a fun event,” he said. “This is the fifth year we have been here.”
Lee Waldo was part of the Seafood Festival Beer Team. “We really have a lot of fun at this Festival. It is a great event for Pompano Beach and one that we all look forward to,” said Waldo.
Betty Anthony spent the day selling conch fritters and other treats. “We really like to be a part of this event,” said Anthony.
In addition to food, there were arts and craft vendors. People could purchase jewelry, printed fabrics and other items. There was a small pool where people could try scuba diving and receive a free lesson. Also, there was a play area for children which included a bounce house and games.
Grand Funk Railroad was the top band and they gave a strong performance. Other bands included Iron Butterfly’s Mike Pinera, Blues Image featuring Miami Sound Machine’s Wesley Wright, Blue Fire with Randi, WolfePak Band, The Resolvers, Fleetwoods, Shadow Creek, Valerie Tyson Band and the Andrew Morris Band.
The weather was perfect for an outdoor festival and most of the people who attended had a good time. The theme of the 2014 Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, which attracted thousands of people, was “Living the Life in Florida.” Indeed.
2014 Pompano Beach Seafood Festival
El Tamarindo Café II
3100 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach
When we walked in to El Tamarindo, we were immediately greeted by wonderfully attentive service – even more so than at, say, the Capital Grille.
My guest and I were seated quickly, and a white cloth napkin placed across our laps. Another server materialized almost instantly with a pitcher of water, and to my right the most incredible soup appeared. Our drink orders were taken, and a free appetizer of plantains with a cilantro sauce for dipping arrived. Truly a party in your mouth!
You can look at a menu which includes, burgers, seafood, sushi, and the $7.00 pork chops that melt in your mouth (sorry, nearby chophouse), or watch the server present images of the most mouthwatering dishes on an iPad. I did not ask the price but just said, “I will take that beautiful seabass with squid , mussels and clams on a bed of angel hair pasta (big enough for two, at $24.00).” Later, the chef saw me eyeing the gorgeous Sushi next to me, and made me the biggest sample! (Let’s call it a meal.)
For dessert, we were very impressed by a magical flan that was the best I’ve ever tasted. Throughout our visit, while I am not a celebrity, I was truly treated like one. According to what I’ve heard, everyone is treated this way.
It’s quite clear that Alex, the Chef-owner, knows how to please. What took me so long to find this treasure?
El Tamarindo Café is open 7 days from 11am-11pm
Oh, and they cater too!
You can also visit several other locations:
El Tamarindo Coal Fired Pizza
712 Atlantic Shores Blvd.
Hallandale, FL. 33009
El Tamarindo Bisto & Bar Latin Cafe
233 State Road 84
Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33315
Telephone: (954) 467-5114
El Tamarindo Pizza & Continental Cuisine
614 SE 10th Street
Deerfield Beach, FL
Telephone: (954) 480-9919