Out to Eat
    By R. Reader

Hi-Life Cafe

This pleasant little bistro is quietly nestled into a corner just south of Oakland Park Blvd. on Federal Highway. It is truly  a home for contemporary American food at its finest.  Already highly rated by mainstream culinary reviewers in daily publications, the Hi-Life Cafe is owned and operated by Chuck Smith and his life partner Chef Carlos Fernandez.

The cafe only recently celebrated its fourth anniversary, and I wonder why I have not been here more often. From the enticing sweet potato fries, which greet patrons as they sit down, to their dessert of orange coconut pie, the restaurant is superb.

Their recent expansion now provides ample room for indoor and outdoor dining for those who may have been dissuaded from coming back because of their once smaller accommodations.  Now roomier but still cozy, the Hi-Life cafe also feature a Tapas Bar which enables guests to enjoy Sangrias and Spanish appetizers prior to dining.

Specials are offered daily in this dinner-only establishment, which includes a healthy variety of appetizers and salads.  The wine list is plentiful as well.  The salads include a tasty goat cheese salad, a gently seasoned caesar salad, and a rosemary chicken salad that is truly to die for, not too heavy, but engagingly romantic.

Somewhat rushed to accommodate a screening, the pleasant wait staff insured our meals were served on a timely basis, but with still enough room to allow for proper enjoyment of the evening.  Remembering exactly who ordered what and where in our party of five, we got to taste test a peppercorned seasoned Steak au Poiver,at $18.95, which was utterly sumptuous.  The steak was as tender as filet and melted in your mouth.  Even the chicken fried chicken, I suppose the American version of twice cooked pork, was a Southern sensation.  The pastas were equally alluring.  The Penne ala Mama, at $14.50, was served in a spicy cream sauce.  And the gnocchi ala Vodka, at only $12.95, was a bountiful plate full of Italian sauces.

Of course, the Coca Cola Cake was a dessert so attractive one of our party ordered an extra to take home to his partner.  Rich in chocolate and flavor, it was matched by a Grand Marnier ice cream, that also had appeal.  The expansion of the restaurant has not cost a tad in intimacy, and we are left only to congratulate Chuck and Carlos for their excellent dining establishment.  This little bistro is not only a find but a keeper. It is a testament to the passions of its owner, who maintains a constant vigil for excellence.  He succeeds marvelously.  Value and elegance at its best. Unique intimate dining at its finest.

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