On Saturday and Sunday nights, a group of wandering mariachi singers pass through this restaurant as you dine. On any night you can enjoy whopping 46-ounce margaritas, Mexican beer and an array of Tex-Mex specialities. Tucked away in a tiny shopping-office strip handsomely landscaped with big oak trees, this small restaurant is loved for its food, camaraderie and modest prices. As for décor, you'll find booths and tables on a covered patio and three other rooms, the back one of which is the most intimate.
4003 North Andrews Avenue Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Catfish has kept Catfish Dewey's in business for 16 years at this unprepossessing, rustic, spot. If catfish are a bit too ambitious for you just yet, you will find plenty of other options on the menu, ranging from all-you-can-eat crab legs to a variety of other all-you-can-eat treats. These include those catfish, of course, offered every day, along with shrimp on Monday and Tuesday and baby back ribs on Wednesday. At any time, you can try blackened shrimp, a strip steak, grilled chicken and in stone crab season from October to May, those delectable claws.
830 East Oakland Park Boulevard Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334
You will be greeted at the door and checked on regularly by the owner, Giacomo Dresseno, who spends considerable time on the floor seeing to the care and feeding of guests for more than a decade, even pouring coffee himself. That special attention and some excellent cooking are factors that account for the success of this restaurant. Entrees are upscale Italian includes gnocchi with a heart-health-conscious buffalo meat sauce topping, homemade pastas and gloriously decadent sauces for veal, seafood and poultry.
141 Northeast 26th Street Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305
Simple wood furnishings, a big bar and, most of all, solid, dependable cooking help Old Florida draw loyal diners. You'll find a warm welcome from folks who'll remember you after you've dined here once, and who know their fish. Fresh seafood appears in familiar preparations as lobster Newburg, or fish prepared in a lemony francaise style, sauteed, fried or grilled.
No matter the price tag, this delightful oceanfront restaurant draws crowds, thanks as much to its breathtaking views of the Atlantic just across the street as to the excellent fusion cooking available here. A chic crowd frequents this restaurant along the Fort Lauderdale beach strip, dining indoors in a minimalist atmosphere aglitter with crystal and white linen or outside on a covered deck that can be blocked from the breezes, if need be. Candles glitter, a professional staff is in charge, and the food is ethereal. Asian flavors are evident but the innovative cuisine generally defies simple explanation. The menu offers, for instance, a wood-seared, soft-shelled crab. Overall, the East City Grill is elegant, chic and flavorful.
2765 Northeast 28th Court Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33064
Cap's is tricky to find, although absolutely everyone knows where it is. On a small island in the middle of the Intracoastal Waterway, it is rustic beyond rustic, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves what may be the only fresh hearts of palm, a radically different delicacy than those canned things you might have had-in all of Florida. To go with those: home-baked bread, shrimp, scallops, oysters, pompano, crab, sea bass, kingfish, sea trout, swordfish, nearly everything else that swims. Open daily 5.30 onwards.
1200 South Ocean Boulevard Beachcomber Resort & Villas Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33062
The Ocean Grill Restaurant, located inside the Beachcomber Hotel, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The restaurant's contemporary American cuisine includes salads, fresh seafood and steak, chicken, lamb and veal entrees. There is also a full-service bar and an extensive wine list. The restaurant overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the Beachcomber's landscaped courtyards. An oceanside patio bar adds to the ambiance. Because of the restaurant's location, resort casual dress is encouraged. So come along to enjoy this refreshing change!
2601 East Atlantic Boulevard Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33062
This dinner-only restaurant combines Italian, Asian, Cuban and Caribbean cuisines to create unique meals. If you enjoy exotic foods and want a culinary adventure, this restaurant is for you. The elegant dining room offers a few cozy booths. However, because of the restaurant's popularity, it is best to make dinner reservations early in the day. The restaurant's international menu includes delicious choices such as chicken quesadillas and pistachio-fried oysters. An assortment of entrees takes its flavor from the oak-burning grill.
4611 North University Drive Pine Ridge Square Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33067
This restaurant offers authentic Austrian and German food in a comfortable, casual setting. A favorite with locals for its large portions and homemade strudels (apple, cheese, cherry, chocolate chip, and sugar-free apple), polka music plays in the background. The waiters and waitresses, dressed in Bavarian costumes, add to the cheerful ambiance. Selections include schnitzel, Hungarian goulash, paprika chicken, and sausage platters. For lighter appetites, seafood, chicken and Greek salads are available. Early bird specials include soup or salad, entrée, strudel and coffee. A children's menu is also featured.
Established in the early '90s, Las Brisas (The Breezes) offers excellent Argentinean food and a romantic setting. Loocated on the Boardwalk on Hollywood Beach, it features delicious grilled meats-Skirt Steak, New York Strip, Flank Steak, and an exceptional Parrillada Mixed Grill for two. Pasta dishes and daily seafood special are also available. The dining rooms are simple (horse-racing photos abound) and somewhat cramped, but the beachfront location makes up for any deficiencies. A few outdoor tables are available.
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