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Apr 2, 2005 11:03 AM

top three in Ft. Lauderdale

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Hi all,
Looking for recommendations on the top three restaurants in FTL serving outstanding food. Price and location are not really issues. I've scrolled through the other posts for FTL restaurants, but many seemed to be BBQ or burger joints. We'll probably go to some of them, but we also would like a couple of nicer dinner options. Thanks in advance.

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    Tha Groovin' Gourmet

    The list MUST include Eduardo De San Angel.

    Totally outstanding gourmet Mex, in a lovely setting
    with excellent service.

    Only drawback is no only. They do
    a margarita with agave wine which is interesting, but
    I stick with Bohemia.

    Link to their site is can download a pdf
    of the menu.


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      1. re: andy
        Tha Groovin' Gourmet

        Eduardo De San Angel is on Commercial Drive, a rather nondescript stretch on the north side of town. Follow the link in my previous post...there should be a map link or at least an address on the website.

      2. re: Tha Groovin' Gourmet

        Not only the best in Ft. Lauderdale, but one of the best restaurants in North America. Every dish, every dinner is something new and special. It's very expensive, but worth every penny. You will remember it always. Try the cuatlacoche crepes. "Food of the Gods" indeed!

      3. There's a place on Las Olas Blvd. called Citrus (or it has some fruit related name) and it's very nice with an interesting menu. Also, there's a Brazillian Barbecue place where they come around with skewers of meat called Chima or Chimia Plataforma or something like that. If you log onto one of the Fort Lauderdale or Las Olas Blvd. websites and type in Brazilian bbq or rodizio (sp?) you should find it.

        If you do decide you want bbq, make your way to Tom Jenkins!

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        1. re: Francine

          I think you mean Mangos on Las Olas, and I have to disagree with you there, the place is not exact a fine dining experience, it is more tourist trap than anything.

        2. what kind of food and atmosphere are you looking for? there are hundreds of restaurants to choose from.

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          1. re: adele

            Anything, really, we're pretty adventurous. But, fresh seafood is always a good choice. Looking for places where you just can't go wrong. Thanks.

            1. re: mayo

              Restricting the choices to Ft. Lauderdale, I'd pick Cafe Maxx, Canyon, and Johnnie V's although on any given day other choices might slip in and out of this list, these three restaurants have never failed to produce an excellent meal.

              1. re: zook

                and that's another place that I just don't get - johnnie v's. what's so great about this place - i guess i just don't get it. Food is ok, but not great -maybe we didn't order the right stuff?

                1. re: adele

                  I love Johnny V's. It's one of the few places that I'll battle the crowds on Las Olas for. I've been a fan a Johnny since he had a sandwich shop in Miami Beach. His food is very bold and the cheese course is one of the better ones in SFLA. Can't remember what I had, but I remember i liked it.

                  1. re: lax2mia

                    i agree with those who like johnnie v. they made a breaded fish plate with outstanding side dishes and i liked the pear salad.
                    however, i ate there only once and this dish was their special for the nite.
                    it is on los olas right in the middle of block, north side.
                    what i especially like is that it's good food open "latenight". good wine list and good cheese list. rare to find anywhere in usa.
                    i would eat there again.

          2. I'd recommend River House (on Riverwalk) for its beautiful atmosphere (pricey), Herban Kitchen for good inexpensive home cookin, KM at the Grapevine (in Plantation) for exquisite food -- sort of Southwest American x global, a tiny place without much atmosphere but the really cooking rocks. These are three places that I'd return to again and again if I had the time and money, and I still dream about some of the dishes I've had from all three (and wish I could recreate them in my own kitchen).

            1. I just returned from a trip to Fort Lauderdale. We ate at Trina, Johnny V's, and Canyon. By far, the best meal was at Trina, which is right on the beach in the Atlantic Hotel. Lots of fish choices but the fig and arrugula salad blew me away. Interestingly, Johnny V's had an extensive cheese list but the meal was so-so. Canyon served an acceptable seafood burrito with an excellent margherita.

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              1. re: Boltz

                I couldn't agree more on Johnny V's. We had a not so memorable meal there a few weeks ago. The food was okay, but at those prices it should be much more. I seriously don't get what all the hoopla is about. There are much, much better restaurants. I will be trying Trina, though. Hadn't heard about it til now. Thanks for the post.