Often overshadowed by Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood has built a reputation as a city with a small-town feel, pockets of great food and surprisingly luxurious amenities.
A Restful Resort
The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa In a town that can feel almost quaint, The Diplomat might go a tad against the grain—but in a tasteful way. It brings grandeur to the oceanside strip with a bridge over A1A leading to all the amenities you’d expect from a full-on resort. Hollywood Prime restaurant has a wonderful range of mouthwatering cuts; the 30,000-squarefoot spa offers hydrotherapy, reiki and reflexology; there are three oceanfront pools; and the hotel’s 18-hole golf course is just blocks away. 3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood; diplomatresort.com
Local Flavor Yellow Green Farmers Market Consider this gem the opposite of a strip mall. Housed in an old steel warehouse, Yellow Green Farmers Market is the largest of its kind in South Florida, boasting nearly 400 booths resplendent with goods such as local raw honey, tomatoes, watermelons, fresh yellowtail snapper, cage-free eggs and farm-friendly deliciousness from around the US—such as Amish apple butter from Ohio and freshly made dips from Louisiana. 1940 N. 30th Road, Hollywood; ygfarmersmarket.com
The High Life
Trump Hollywood The 41-story Trump Hollywood completely changed the town’s skyline when it opened in August 2009, and upped the ante regarding the area’s luxe real estate. It has an opulent lobby, oceanfront pool, views of the Intracoastal and the Atlantic, as well as a 4,000-square-foot fitness center and spa, wine cellar, cigar lounge and game room. More food for thought: On opening, condos were selling for $1.3 to $7 million, and are currently available for just under $800,000. 2711 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood Beach; trumphollywood.com
Built out of flotsam, jetsam and found objects from 1975, Le Tub thrived quietly as a funky place filled with character (thick wooden beams, kitschy decorations throughout) and characters (salty, oft-bearded locals) until GQ magazine put their burger at the top of its “20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before You Die” list. Since then, the place has grown considerably more crowded, but the burgers have remained life-changing, along with nearly everything else on the menu. 1100 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood; theletub.com
Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlour Founded more than half a century ago, this place has changed little since. Everything from the ice cream to the sauces is still made on site, and the décor is top-notch roadside Americana. It also serves the almost unfathomable Kitchen Sink: a mountain of ice cream meant for four that comes to the table in, yes, a metal sink—complete with plumbing. Why take on the mountain? As George Mallory said, “Because it’s there.” 128 S. Federal Hwy., Dania Beach; jaxsonsicecream.com