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.
Old-fashioned ice cream parlor with one of the nation’s largest collection of rural American memorabilia. Oh yeah, and they also serve huge amounts of ice cream.
If a tourist ever made his way to this neighborhood hangout just south of the swing bridge, you’d feel inclined to reward him with a beer, which would be easy, as craft brews line one wall of the place (under poster-sized vintage postcards of Fort Lauderdale). A friendly, eclectic crowd comes here for beer and food that goes well with it – fish tacos and pizza being the most popular.
This chain serving American food and steakhouse options has opened a location in Dania Pointe. They serve everything from hand-cut, aged steaks to seafood to burgers and pasta. Popular items include the Durango Burger (chile-spiced pepper jack cheese, pickles, fried onions, roasted garlic ranch dressing and brioche bun) and the Firebirds Chicken Pasta (spicy Asiago cream sauce, applewood-smoked bacon, green onions, tomatoes). They’re now doing takeout.
Many people come here for the music: that of the Beatles on Tuesday and of Rod Steward on Wednesday, then the real thing, Celtic Bridge, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. But the kitchen and the friendly servers are the co-stars, delivering Irish stew; Donegal mussels in a Chardonnay, garlic and cream sauce; and a truly outstanding Reuben wrap.
A unique concept consisting of bowling, dining and nightlife has opened in Dania Pointe. Bowlero is a blacklight bowling and retro-inspired destination with a menu that features oversized shareables and signature cocktails. Food options include the XXL Pretzel (a gigantic soft pretzel served with mustard and queso), Nacho Avalanche (corn tortilla chips layered with nacho beef, queso, jalapeños and pico de gallo, topped with sour cream) and Buffalo Chicken Melt (crispy tenders tossed in Buffalo sauce, mozzarella cheese with tomato and ranch dressing on sourdough).
Chef Stefan cooks up chicken Marsala with spätzle, wiener rostbraten, Hungarian goulash and Holstein schnitzel. With the warm décor, and the music, it always feels like Oktoberfest inside. The large, attractive bar next to the dining room is a cozy place to sit with a mug of German beer.
The first thing you receive, after the warm welcome, is a basket of warm bread and a small bowl of garlicky chimichurri sauce to dip it into. Run by Salvadorans, the restaurant has a cozy elegance and serves generous portions of everything, including ceviche, mariscada soup and churrasco.
Anthony Bruno, of Runway 84, opened this pizza joint in 2002 because he couldn’t find the “well done” pizzas of his native New York here in Fort Lauderdale. The flagship location has since become a nationwide chain. Ashy flavor permeates the crust of pies like the “Paul & Young Ron,” piled with meatballs, sausage, ricotta, and hot or sweet peppers. Oven-roasted chicken wings and salads round out the menu, and beer and wine are served.
Indian cuisine options have typically been few and far between on the eastside, but a new Cordova Road establishment looks to fill the gap. The Indian Harbor claims the ability to meet the desires of picky eaters while incorporating traditional Indian cooking. The menu’s a mixture of the paneers, masalas, biryanis and tandoori dishes fans of Indian cuisine will recognize. There are plenty of vegetarian options and of course, also some rich, traditional Indian desserts.
Chef and owner Mike Ponluang’s elegant Asian bistro offers large private booths and the finest fusion fare, including sushi and a lunch menu with noodles and bento boxes that’ll lure you back multiple times a week. Lobster Pad Thai is Ponluang’s signature dish, but everything is worth trying here, from Chinese dumplings to Vietnamese fresh rolls, and enormous entrees like pan fried Chilean sea bass with pineapple and red curry.
Owned by two sommeliers, Market 17 does farm-to-table organic fare with an emphasis on wine. Acclaimed Chef Lauren DeShields prepares everything fresh daily and constantly changes her menu to reflect what’s in season, using only the cleanest, natural ingredients in dishes like Florida gulf shrimp with roasted sunchokes, zucchini, and squash ribbons with gremolata aioli. Market 17 is also known for offering “dining in the dark” and generous tasting menus.
A Fort Lauderdale staple since 1982, this Italian-American eatery will bring you back to Sunday dinners at your Nana’s house – if you’re Italian, that is. Expect Sinatra to play in the background as Chianti flows and platters of shrimp oreganata, veal Francaise, and zuppa di pesce are shared family-style. Intimate meals also work inside Runway’s setting, with its low lighting and mellow atmosphere. Don’t miss the Sicilian stuffed peppers (served cold with red wine vinegar and stuffed with bread crumbs, capers, olives, anchovies, and grated cheese), and the plump meatballs with marinara. Big-time diners will want the surf and turf entree, a combination of New York strip and South African lobster tail.
Chef Michael Siegel grills up prime, 28-day-aged steaks in this restaurant with stunning Intracoastal views. Lobster, stone crab, shrimp and shellfish comprise the raw bar, while entrees include crab cakes with roasted sweet corn-jalapeno relish and macadamia-crusted sea bass with mango-citrus sauce and slivered shallots.
Located in the Pier 66 marina, this handsome restaurant has waterfront views and a menu featuring Caribbean seafood chowder, Bahamian conch fritters, giant all-beef hot dogs and a jerk chicken sandwich. Watch the sunset while sipping a specialty drink.