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Tropics Gets a Revamp with a Touch of Class

by Dennis Jozefowicz
Thursday Apr 26, 2012

My last visit to the old Tropics was on New Year's Eve, when the story was abuzz that Tropics was about to be taken over by the two former restaurateurs of Chardee's, Charlie Mielke and Tony Dee. So I decided to stay away for a while until the dust settled, and all the changes were made. Wow, what a huge difference.

My first night back was on a Wednesday. I generally go there for dinner at the main bar. I was taken back by the fresh, new look of the place. The employees no longer wore shirts and ties, but matching blue polo's. Things were rearranged. There was much more room. New lighter colors with eccentric artwork all around. The bar top was now a deep black granite. It all came together as a new, modern, fresh appeal, not only to its normally "older" crowd, but a middle-aged audience as well.

So my biggest concern was, "Did they change my usual?" If you didn't know, Wilton Manors' best-kept secret is Tropics filet mignon. At only $26, it stands up to the competition quite well, and is my personal favorite on the drive. Well, I'm happy to report that it remains my favorite!

Once I started rambling to bartender Frankie about how much I love the new look and feel, he told me to come back Sunday evening for their new dinner buffet. It's just $17 from 6 to 9 p.m. all you can eat. Coupled with happy hour pricing at the same time, and entertainment by Ruben Gonzales at the piano, I could spend the entire evening there, and not go bankrupt.

As a former resident of Las Vegas, the capitol of all things buffet, I had my doubts. I am not a fan of buffets, and it's very rare that I can find one that I can tolerate. But low and behold, Tropics not only does it right, they have surpassed any buffet I've ever seen when it comes to quality.

The food is extraordinary, and the staff constantly maintains it to keep it fresh and fabulous. The pot roast alone will make your jaw drop. The Chicken Francaise was melt-in-your-mouth awesome. Stuffed shells with rich cheeses, sausage with peppers, pork chops, shrimp cocktail, award winning flan, cakes, pastries, so much non-standard buffet food, you will leave satisfied, and not feel like you ate on the cheap.

Tropics has always been on my list of local "likes" but with its new attitude, it's moved up more than a few notches on that list. Kudos!

Tropics Restaurant and Piano Bar

2000 Wilton Drive


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