It’s hard for Fort Lauderdale locals to imagine a summer without taking a dip in the water…well, what about their bagels? Known for a 14-step water filtration process that goes into its authentic Brooklyn-style bagels and coffee, Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. has officially opened its second Fort Lauderdale location. In addition to bagels and coffee, menu items include breakfast and deli sandwiches, baked goods, omelets and “baninis” – bagel paninis, naturally.
Shake Shack, known for its 100-percent all-natural Angus burgers, fresh-made frozen custard and crinkle-cut fries, has finally opened in Fort Lauderdale. The East Coast rival of West Coast icon In-N-Out Burger also serves chicken sandwiches and griddled flat-top dogs (which have no hormones or antibiotics). Keeping things local, they offer brews from Wynwood Brewing Co., Due South Brewing Co. and Funky Buddha Brewery. Lucky for us, this location includes a collection of frozen custards exclusive to Fort Lauderdale: Pie OH My, S’more and Caramel Crumble (in addition to the classics).
Laurent Tasic, chef and owner of popular Federal Highway restaurant Sage French Café, recently opened blues and jazz gastropub QBar Blues & Burgers next door. The wine list looks similar to Sage’s – but that’s where the similarities end.
A French bistro with all the classics, Sage sits hidden in the Whole Foods shopping plaza. Chef Laurent Tasic’s meticulously prepared plates include roasted duck in honey-raspberry sauce, cassoulet l’Armagnac, and coquilles St. Jacques en croute, a dish of fresh scallops in puff pastry with fennel sauce. Savory crepes are also noteworthy, such as Crepe Suzanne with grilled chicken, a mix of shiitake and local mushrooms, and a light cream sauce with tarragon. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, with pain perdu (rum-flavored French toast) and versions of eggs Benedict with garlic sausage, smoked North Atlantic salmon, and artichoke bottoms with fresh mussels.
Known for its wood-fired dishes, J. Alexander’s serves classic cuisine in a sophisticated setting. Enjoy Tuscan steak, grilled fish with mango papaya salsa, chicken Milanese and seafood czarina. Pair your meal with wine from the full-service bar.
Only USDA prime beef is used for the six signature steaks: filet, petite filet, rib-eye, cowboy rib-eye, T-bone, New York strip and porterhouse (for two). Also available are lamb chops, lobster, stuffed chicken breast and barbecued shrimp.
The healthy fast casual concept stays true to its local supply chain philosophy by sourcing much of its produce from J&J Family of Farms in Loxahatchee and herbs from Harvest Sensations in Miami. The name’s a bit of a misnomer; Just Salad also does wraps, smoothies, “warm bowls” featuring dishes like shawarma and umami, and soups.
The new location in Southport Shopping Center on 17th Street offers what customers have come to love from the first location on North Federal Highway. The Mexican restaurant is inspired by the food originating from the Baja Coast Peninsula, to be specific. They strive to bring light and fresh Mexican food that can be eaten every day to South Florida.
Founders Robert and Abby are longtime surfers and beach lovers. They were inspired by their many trips to exotic beach locations including Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, California and Hawaii. Each destination featured its own spin on acai or pitaya bowls. When they came back home, they were inspired to recreate their versions of some of their favorites. The menu features a wide variety including banana bowls like the Nica Bowl (banana blend topped with granola, banana, cocoa nibs, walnuts, strawberry and peanut butter).
Mario’s Catalina Restaurant is named for its flamboyant chef/owner Mario Flores, who puts equally strong emphasis on creating an elegant ambiance and providing outstanding service and cuisine. White linen tablecloths contrast with an assortment of colorful paintings with ornate frames and Mario’s collection of tchotchkes. The food is a combination of Cuban and Spanish favorites, like roasted pork with caramelized plantains, white rice and black beans, vaca frita, and garlic shrimp.
Sushi, tempura and a large list of sushi rolls, including the Matsui 55, volcano roll, fire roll, spider roll, and dancing eel roll. For those wanting cooked food, there’s steak teriyaki, dynamite lobster, or nabeyaki udon (a kind of noodle hot pot with seafood and vegetables).
The popular Cuban bakery and café has opened its first Broward location and has been attracting foodies looking for a Cuban coffee and pastelito fix. Owned and operated by a third generation Cuban-American, the food is authentic and offers a twist on classics. Be sure to try the arroz con pollo bites (chicken, yellow rice, mozzarella fritters and sazon aioli).
Kitchenetta was opened in 2004 by chef Vincent Foti and wife Maria as a come-as-you-are casual eatery that pumps out top-notch Italian fare with a modern touch. The menu rotates seasonally and includes as many organic and local ingredients as possible. Individual and family-sized portions are offered, so you can mangia some rigatoni bolognese de medici all by yourself or share with your favorite famiglia.
Cascading window waterfalls, Italian wall tiles, skylights, and exotic trees are just part of the eye candy that earned this innovative vegan eatery Zagat’s “Top Restaurant Decor” distinction .But it’s the food — like quiche, brick oven pizza, and fire-roasted artichokes — that keeps even devout carnivores returning for more. Owner Nanci Alexander dedicates all of her profits to organizations that help promote animal welfare and a vegan lifestyle.
Fresh Flash Fire Pizza! is the place for the perfect place for a pizza. Ingredients are farm fresh the portions are more then generous, so bring your appetite. if your not into the pick and eat, you can always build your own. and don’t forget to have a plate of veggie greens.
This deli, bakery and restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and even brunch. The award-winning menu includes the Triple J (corned beef, roast beef, turkey and Swiss cheese rolled with cole slaw and home style Russian dressing), the Reuben (classic hot corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese with home style Russian dressing served on rye bread), French toast and chicken and waffles.
This barbecue place sits inside Holy Mackerel Brewery’s new Wilton Manors location. Danny’s operates as an on-site restaurant where brewery-goers can enjoy a bite, full meal and even desserts. Barbecued meats include pork, beef, chicken and their specialty BBQ Sundae (mashed cornbread, “mack” and cheese, pulled pork, brisket and Brussels sprouts served in a mason jar).
A family-owned restaurant serving upscale comfort food from chicken potpie to pigs in a blanket to Janice’s meatloaf and fried green tomatoes. And yes, drinks are served in Mason jars.