Caribbean zest rules at this restaurant located right next to Funky Buddha Brewery. This food spot offers huge portions with a Haitian twist on dishes such as oxtail, fried fish and curry goat. Wash down your plate of spiced meats, red beans and rice, sweet plantains and a salad with the restaurant’s Haitian Martini for the full Caribbean experience, and enjoy your meal while watching a game or two on their giant projector TV.
Dockside dining is just one attraction at this eatery perched on the Intracoastal just south of Oakland Park Boulevard near A1A. The vibe is Florida-casual, and you can expect to see men in Hawaiian shirts disembarking from boats and strutting inside. Traditional bar bites, Floribbean fare, and international offerings comprise the menu, including crabcakes, fried calamari, coconut shrimp, seared ahi, and conch fritters. You can also order half-pound beef burgers, overstuffed wraps, and out-of-the-ordinary takes on fish, like the blackened mahi Reuben sandwich. Cocktails run the gamut, including fruity martinis, thick frozen margarita-like concoctions, and enormous fish bowls filled with fizzy, vodka-based drinks.
The brewery’s Oakland Park taproom recently launched its Craft Food Counter and Kitchen. Chef Jeff Vincent has come up with a menu that mixes down home with uptown – it’s bar food, but not as you might know it. Perfect-with-beer dishes include the Mighty Tatanka (a bison/pork belly blend with sweet onions and buffalo mozzarella), Craft Brat or Main Street Pork Sandwich.
Kombucha is probiotic, fermented tea that is said to have originated more than 2,000 years ago. According to the people behind Kombulicious, it nourishes the body with compounds that support the immune system, help the digestive tract, detoxify, energize and elevate moods. Kombulicious makes their teas using ingredients from local farms. Flavors include pineapple aloe lime coconut, tangerine lavender and pink guava star anise.
Don’t be fooled by the name, Tatts and Tacos Beer Garden isn’t a tattoo shop where you can also get your Mexican food fix. The relaxed hot spot will serve you authentic south-of-the-border cuisine while you play with one of their enticing outdoor games (Jenga, anyone?). If you’re not looking to eat, their wide variety of 40 craft beers on tap and full liquor bar might be what attracts you to this cool garden.
Dine in drag and enjoy a themed dinner show. Choose between a fixed price menu or a full menu, with selections including the Martina Skyy South of the Border quesadilla, Shon Telle Alfredo supreme, and Nicole T. Philips chicken margarita. Visit the website for a schedule and description of the nightly shows.
This elaborate confection of waterfalls, gardens and thatched roofs along U.S. 1 has been around so long that things Polynesian are once again hip. You can enjoy dinner and a show (dances of the South Pacific) or hang out at the Molokai Bar – which hosts a popular happy hour – with the other retro trendies.
Among the favorites here are the Sonora Burrito, featuring chicken sautéed in homemade sour cream and lime sauce, and chilaquiles (aka Mexican lasagna). On Wednesdays the Top Shelf Ultimate Golden Margaritas, made with freshly-squeezed lime juice, are $5.99.
This new Peruvian eatery is the product of two brothers experienced in the local culinary scene. Inkanto serves classics such as lomo saltado and fusion dishes like Italian-Peruvian pappardelle. And if that’s not enough, the menu features about 16 different combinations of ceviche and seven options of tiraditos.
At the heart of Fat Tap is a rotating selection of more than two dozen beers, exclusively from independent breweries and with an emphasis on locals. The food menu is designed to pair with craft beer, and the daily 4-to-7 happy hour includes $2 off any beer and $4 small plates. Also check out the “Pay It Forward” wall; pay for a beer for one of the people on the wall (recent categories include a jeep owner, a public adjuster and a firefighter) or, if you’re in a group on the wall, claim your free beer. Educators get 10 percent off at all times.
Japanese meets American cuisine at this newly renovated, chic Japanese buffet. The buffet has an array of choices featuring not only American and Japanese cuisine but also Chinese and Italian. Diners have more than 30 different options of sushi to choose from, and a cold bar where customers can have their choice of seafood served chilly. If you see a little smoke, don’t worry – that’s the hibachi grill firing up some food.
This tapas-style restaurant is more casual than its sister restaurants in the growing Angelo Elia empire, but it still provides first-class elegance and healthy portions of both light and hearty Italian fare. Tapas range from familiar to exotic: buffalo mozzarella with prosciutto di Parma, tempura zucchini flowers with mozzarella, and grilled provolone over radicchio. Escarole and beans with roasted sweet Italian sausage is full of flavor, and every pizza is delicate and thin-crusted, just like you’d find in Napoli. Try the basilico bruschetta, served in traditional style with diced tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, and pair it with a bold bottle of red Tuscan wine.
Don’t be a chicken – try it hot. Spatch is a sleek, family-friendly sit-in serving up healthy, hormone-free chicken. The restaurant has created five signature sauces using the African bird’s-eye chili pepper, peri-peri. The menu focuses on peri-peri marinated grilled chicken; customers can choose from the selection of peri-peri sauces, white or dark meat and a selection of sides. The menu also offers platters, bowls, salads and sandwiches. Try the Spatch sandwich – grilled chicken thigh, sharp cheddar, coleslaw, house pickles, sweet hot peppers, and Spatch Peri-mayo. There’s also a children’s menu in case the peri-peri’s too spicy for the little ones. Grownups feeling the spice can wash it down with local craft beer.
Chef Matteo Migliorini brings his talent and love for fine dining to this northern Italian bistro. The authenticity of the restaurant stems from the cooking traditions of Migliorini’s native north. After training in Italy, he sharpened his skills and gained experience in France and England. The bistro features an outdoor terrace and a traditionally Italian family atmosphere. Menu items include Ravioli All’Aragosta (Maine lobster ravioli and pink sauce) and Scaloppine al Gorgonzola (veal scaloppini, gorgonzola, sun dried tomatoes, demi-glace sauce and roasted fingerling potatoes).
Festive Latin restaurant serving the essentials plus Spanish specialties.