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.
In two decades, the Halal Guys has gone from two carts on opposite Manhattan street corners to a popular fast-casual restaurant chain. And now its blend of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors has arrived in Fort Lauderdale. This new location was also the first to debut the Halal Guys’ take on the burrito, a platter featuring in a sun-dried tomato-flavored tortilla served with a cheesy topping that is mixed with the restaurant’s legendary white sauce.
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.
Jerk Machine specializes in Jamaican Style Jerk Cuisine and has become famous for its smoky, spicy, Jerk Chicken and other delectable dishes like Jerk Pork, Oxtails, Curry Goat and of course, Jerk Machine’s own favorite, Jerk Stew Peas.
Country Ham N’ Eggs Bar & Grill is here to fill you up with generous portions of the most scrumptious home-style breakfast and lunch entrees around. From traditional morning meals like country ham and eggs to mouthwatering specialty dishes like our pork roll, you always get the best of classic American cuisine.
We have a full bar which is very unique to a breakfast and lunch restaurant.
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.
Empanada Top specializes in Argentinian-style empanadas and serves wines and beers perfect to wash down the Latin delicacy. Their menu includes unique empanadas such as Hawaiian (ham, mozzarella cheese and pineapple), corn and pumpkin (corn, pumpkin, onion, red bell pepper, mozzarella cheese and seasoning) and guava and cheese.
Mastro’s is well-known nationally as a high-end steakhouse chain that also features a line in seafood. Their new location in Fort Lauderdale sits on the Intracoastal near Oakland Park Boulevard, an area that’s quickly becoming a go-to dining locale. Executive Chef Rocco Nankervis aims to give customers plenty of options with a menu that, alongside prime cuts of beef, offers all sorts of seafood and even a sushi menu.
Drew Brees almost came to South Florida in 2006. But the Dolphins weren’t sure about then San Diego quarterback’s recovery from a shoulder injury, so instead he went to New Orleans. Now Brees is a Hall of Fame shoe-in who led the Saints to their first Super Bowl win while the Dolphins … well, never mind. But now, he’s coming! Sort of! Brees co-owns Walk-On’s, a sports bar chain serving Louisiana Cajun cuisine. The menu includes gumbo (naturally), Cajundillas (chipotle tortilla, chicken, andouille sausage, boudin, caramelized onions, jack, with chipotle ranch served with red beans and rice), poboys and a smoked gouda turkey burger. Enjoy, and try not to think about how in a different world, Brees might have been opening up a Florida-style restaurant in New Orleans.
Known by the regulars as “Pa D’s,” this restaurant features upscale Italian dining in the main dining room and a more casual experience at the pizzeria and Grille. Menu selections in the dining room include marinated skirt steak and ziti Bolognese. A variety of pizzas is available in the Grille.
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 concept is simple. You start with your basic mac and cheese, which comes in at at $3.95, and you build. For a buck each they’ve got more than a dozen cheeses, and 50 cents each gets you “add ins” ranging from artichokes to caramelized onions to scallions. “Proteins” are more expensive (particularly if you want your mac and cheese with Maine lobster.)
And if all that sounds like too much thinking, you can eschew build-your-own for the regular menu, which includes dishes such as Chef Michael’s Famous Lobster Mac. That’s lobster, Muenster and Gruyere cheeses, scallions, a sauce of the chef’s devising and – lest you think this is all getting too fancy – goldfish. Yeah, as in the little fish-shaped crackers.
Other dishes include the Cuban Sandwich, Philly Cheese Steak and Bacon Cheeseburger. In all cases, the main ingredients from those dishes get chucked into the mac and cheese.
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.
Come pig out on the juiciest barbecue around at Smoke BBQ’s new location in Fort Lauderdale. This Kansas City-style barbecue joint offers the best cuts of meat and hearty sides, great for anyone who needs a real tank-filler. Barbecue fans can argue regional superiority until the cows – or pigs – come home. At Smoke, they do things the KC way – great ribs, great brisket, great sauce and even the “burnt ends” are good.
This little pocket of Creole cooking hugs the southern end of the Victoria Park Shoppes and serves up dishes of red beans and rice and bowls of thick gumbo, as well as po’ boys: oyster, shrimp, catfish, etc. The Black N’ Voodoo Burger comes with jalapeño peppers, horseradish and voodoo sauce.
Friendship Café is an extension of The Friendship Circle of Fort Lauderdale, a not-for-profit organization that offers training and education for those with developmental disabilities. Menu items include falafel, pita, pizza, wraps, sandwiches and vegan food. The café also serves breakfast.