Icebox Cafe is a New Classic

Enjoy some mouthwatering sweets and warming comfort food in this cozy café's new Hallandale Beach location

Chocolate Layer Cake, photo courtesy of Icebox Cafe
Chocolate Delight. Photos courtesy of Icebox Cafe

Known for a dynamic mix of comfort food and drool-worthy cakes, Icebox Cafe has been a Miami Beach fixture since 1998. It’s even garnered the attention of Oprah, who once raved about the Bomb, a cheesecake and chocolate lover’s delight. The restaurant’s name originates from the idea that if food isn’t fresh, it’s not on the menu. Only items that are kept in a traditional icebox make it out to diners. Good news for Lauderdale locals: Its Hallandale Beach location in the city’s arts and entertainment district is an easy drive. 

Faroe Islands Salmon, photo courtesy of Icebox Cafe
Faroe Islands salmon

The café is designed to make you feel like you’re at a friend’s home, with two cozy spots in which you can enjoy your meal. The first is a greenhouse composed of live botanicals and vintage furniture. The eclectic interior, on the other hand, boasts an industrial feel, anchored by a mural by artist Captain Casual and inclusive of a commissary and test kitchen. 

What’s most appealing is Icebox’s extensive menu. The Faroe Islands salmon sits on a bed of pad Thai–style vegetable quinoa with peanuts, wasabi peas, and micro cilantro. The braised short rib (accompanied by celery root puree and balsamic-rosemary carrots) is so tender, it’ll melt in your mouth. There’s also a wow-worthy lineup of burgers including the Rajun-Cajun, which comes with blue cheese crumbles, Cajun spices, sriracha, fried onions, and pickles on a challah bun. Don’t leave without trying the desserts by pastry chef Maggie Vaillant. Worth the spoonful is the tres leches, as well as the deep-dish key lime pie. 

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