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.
Press Gourmet Sandwiches is more than just your average sandwich shop. Founders Christopher DelPrete and Rand Carswell, who first started out with Miami Press Food Truck in 2012, bring 15 years of culinary experience with them and a knack for chef-inspired gourmet fare. The name was born out of wordplay – all the sandwiches are pressed – but DelPrete and Carswell decided to give each sandwich a newspaper-themed name. And thus, a theme was born.
Las Orquideas (“The Orchids”) serves authentic Colombian and Latin American cuisine. Small and bright, the restaurant is often crowded with customers sitting over plates filled with steaks, beans, plantains, chorizo and rice. Some come in just for the baked goods, which include the gluten-free pandebono.
This small, warm restaurant named for the artist Frida Kahlo enhances the typical Mexican menu with some harder-to-find dishes like chochinita pibil (roasted Mayan pork leg marinated in achiote citrus juice), fish Veracruz style and shrimp mole verde. The tortillas, like the guacamole, are homemade.
With 25 years of Italian culinary experience, Chef Walter Hernandez brings authentic Italian cuisine to the table. Classic Italian menu items include shrimp scampi, Frutti Di Mare, Veal Frascati sautéed in a lemon white wine sauce with spinach, capers, artichoke hearts, and roasted red peppers with spaghetti, pizza and more.
Open seven days a week since it debuted in 1989, Zuckerello’s still has its original owner and chefs in place pumping out home-style Italian. Expect to find traditional dishes like zuppa di clams, fried calamari, and house-made meatballs, along with pasta such as penne alla vodka, crab ravioli, lasagna, and linguine with clam sauce. Large booths can accommodate family-size parties, and the casual-elegant vibe will keep you lounging long after you finish eating. Red and dark gray walls adorned with lively paintings are complemented by glossy wood tabletops and chairs in a contrasting shade of wood. House specialties like veal Marsala, chicken Milanese, and panko-breaded eggplant Parmesan are affordable and come in shareable portions. Fish lovers should try the herb-crusted salmon in orange beurre blanc sauce.
Opened in 1969, this is one of the last of the area’s corned beef-and-pastrami lunch places. Order The New Yorker and you’ll get both meats with Swiss cheese and Russian dressing, and a crisp half-sour pickle on the side. There’s also chopped liver, creamed herring, lox and bagels and, for dessert, coffee cake and rugelach.
Mexican food gets an upscale makeover at owner and Chef Eduardo Pria’s award-winning eatery. Featured in Bon Appetit, Gourmet Magazine, and on the Food Network, Pria denounces typical tacos and boring burritos for more authentic fare such as guajillo chile-spiced black bean soup, pan-seared Florida Keys yellowtail crusted in toasted almonds and thyme, and achiote-rubbed pork loin with honey-pasilla chile glaze. And it’s not always offered, but if Pria is making his cilantro soup when you visit, be sure to order a bowl.
Chef Giacomo offers Northern Italian cuisine with a twist: mushroom strudel and crusted eggplant parmigiana. More traditional fare includes veal Marsala, homemade ricotta & spinach ravioli, and cappellini filetto di pomodoro.
This family-owned restaurant specializes in German-American food, including seven types of schnitzel, two types of calf’s liver, bratwurst and sauerbraten. For more American meals, there are baby back ribs, steaks, and surf and turf.
For casual-elegant dining along the Intracoastal, this acclaimed eatery provides first-class fare with an art deco interior and a stunning backdrop. Offerings from the raw bar include an iced seafood tower of oysters, shrimp, ceviche, clams, tuna tartare, and Maine lobster cocktail. Togarashi-spiced local swordfish with bok choy, udon noodles and coconut curry lime broth highlight the international inspiration.
The new Plunge Beach Hotel adds another eatery to Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Backflip Beach Bar offers the right light bites and beverages any beach-goer would need to sit back and relax with. The cocktails stay true to the beach theme, being named after cult classics featuring the sea – try the “Bigger Boat Needed” or “There Was Room for Two.” As for those bites? They include street tacos, grilled steak sandwiches, fried fish catch of the day and, of course, juicy burgers. From local brews to rum cocktails to fresh juice blends to tasty treats, all you need by the sea is right here.
A beautiful restaurant with a dark wood interior, high ceilings and large windows overlooking the Intracoastal. Tables on the terrace provide a more casual setting. Sweet ginger calamari comes with a chili ginger beer glaze and the filet mignon is served with chimichurri and a loaded baked potato.