There's a good chance you don't live down the street from everybody's favorite noodle joint.
Nah, in South Florida, we've got to drive to find the best ethnic food. Think way out west in suburbia. That's where you'll find these favorite spots for fine foreign eating.
Want something different? Fun? Smoky? Sit beside a bed of red hot charcoals and sear Korean meats in the center of your table at Gabose. Be sure to order the bibimbap, too, fried rice served in a clay pot so hot that the edges crisp.
4991 N University Dr., Lauderhill, (954-572-4800).
EAT LIKE AN EMPEROR
"In the tradition of Imperial China," begins the menu at South Garden Chinese Restaurant, where simple ingredients are cooked homestyle, like sauteed bok choy, or better-than-it-sounds jellyfish. You probably want to cancel any afternoon meetings, as this food coma should be enjoyed, not rushed through.
10855 SW 72nd St., South Miami (305-274-9099).
The crowd that fills the buffet line at Woodlands Indian Cuisine largely wears saris and speaks in Hindi, a true sign that what's to come is the real thing. It's all vegetarian, but yeah, that's just another indication that this Indian is just how it's done in Bombay.
4816 N University Dr., Lauderhill (954-749-3221).
VIETNAM VIA HAVANA
No place is a truer test of a foodie than Hy Vong Vietnamese Cuisine. Long lines and often-absent service may scare away some, but the food-obsessed stand outside for hours at this Calle Ocho restaurant to taste the finest pho anywhere.
3458 SW 8th St., Little Havana (305-446-3674).