Recently the hotel and casino added another tasty reason for us to take a trip down to Hollywood — the opening of their newest restaurant, Japanese Craft Kitchen Kuro. The new-style Japanese restaurant features contemporary artisanal dishes using both locally sourced and imported ingredients directly from Japan. Led by Creative Culinary Director and Executive Chef Alex Becker and Executive Sushi Chef Shuji Hiyakawa, menu items boast bold and complex flavors that are balanced and harmonious, and are designed with sharing in mind.
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.
This family-run restaurant has been serving steak, seafood and Italian dishes for over 60 years. Among other items, there’s petite filet mignon, cowboy steak, crowned chopped sirloin, chicken parmigiana, seafood penne a la vodka and baked stuffed shrimp.
Grab a plastic bib and a wooden mallet and beat away at the famous garlic crabs. As a reward for your labors, there are specialty frozen drinks. For an easier time of it, try jumbo grilled shrimp, filet of grouper, steak crabiola or fried sea scallops.
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.
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.
Cuban-style restaurant featuring traditional recipes and drinks.
The casual café now has two locations, with a new spot on Wilton Drive joining its existing Marina Mile location. The largely Greek-inspired menu features unique favorites such as konafa (fillings such as spinach, eggplant, beef or lamb in a thin, shredded golden-brown pastry) and pita bread mini-pizzas. Or try favorites such as taramosalata, saganaki, moussaka and baba ganoush. Open all day, it also offers a full breakfast menu, as well as take-out and delivery.
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.
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.
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.