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.
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.
A popular beachfront place serving tropical drinks and comfort foods like conch fritters and coconut shrimp. The Bimini bread is baked throughout the day and served with honey butter. With rotating drink specials, the happy hour packs the ocean-view bar.
This Peruvian place started as a sandwich shop – try the sirloin steak with bacon, cheese, egg and shoestring potatoes – and now serves dinners, so you can get lomo saltado as an entrée as well as a sandwich and, of course, ceviche.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The owners have come a long way from New York, and we don’t blame them. Fort Lauderdale’s more of a seafood town, anyway. This unique walk-up kitchen and outdoor dining concept is perfect for socially distanced dining. Menu items include New England-style lobster clambakes (steamed fresh lobster, clams, shrimp, mussels, corn on the cob and potato), fish fry baskets, buckets of mussels or clams, sandwiches, pasta and more.
Wilton Drive has always been a great place to go for Asian food, and this Thai spot with pan-Asian flavors adds another option. It features an elaborate sushi bar that features avocado sushi. Other menu items include popular favorites such as stir fried chicken with cashew nuts
Dark reds, browns, creams, and wood tones give this sushi and Thai restaurant a warm, inviting vibe inside, while torches and ornate shrines of Buddha and ancient stone faces elicit feelings of being in a faraway land. Galanga also serves up a variety of Japanese and Thai appetizers, soups, salads, and entrees, as well as eye-popping platters of fresh sushi and sashimi.