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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 liquor...beer/wine only. They do
    a margarita with agave wine which is interesting, but
    I stick with Bohemia.

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

    Link: http://www.eduardodesanangel.com/

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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.

              2. Thanks to all for your posts. We're looking to trying some of the recs!!

                1. "But many seemed to be burger places".....Many have posted on Ft. Lauderdale and lots of the recommendations were not for burger places. Ft. Lauderdale has come a long way in the restaurant area.

                  You surely can try Marks on Las Olas since money is not an issue for you. Try some of the archive "Ft. Lauderdale" posts...you'll find lots of hi-end places.

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                  1. re: Chuck

                    New to this site; where can I find the "Ft Lauderdale archives" postings?

                    1. re: David

                      There isn't an archove for the Florida board- all the posts are right here on this board (some of our other boards are broken up into multiple "archive boards", but this one isn't.) The best thing to do is fully load the Florida board index page, and then use your browser's search function (CTRL + F on most browsers) to search the page for "Ft. Lauderdale", or just "Lauderdale". This will eventually show you all the posts with Ft. Lauderdale in the titel.

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                  2. I definitely agree with a lot of the recommendations so far, but I have to add a couple. I was surprised no one mentioned Cafe Martorano. This is not only one of the best places in Ft. Lauderdale, but one of the best places in the country. Im talking about just the food here, as the atmosphere can be annoying if you arent in the mood for the 70 year old men with 20 year old, silicone overdosed strippers, and all the Soprano wanna-bes, or a 3 hour wait. The food is so amazing that I can actually withstand all of these things, along with the strobe lights and the music so loud you shouldnt even consider having a conversation. Cafe Martorano makes a Philly cheesesteak that I would request as my last meal were I on death row, however, this is not a cheesesteak kinda place. Its dressy and the rest of the food is more fancy. I also recommend the shrimp with peas and the lobster francese.

                    My other recommendation is Casa D'Angelo. Its much quieter, with wonderful service. They always remember the wine I like. Everything is always good here and during truffle season they will bring a jar to your table to grate over your meal. Ask them to make the snapper oreganata, which is not on the menu. They have the best ricotta cheesecake I have ever had. Casa D'Angelo is also pretty fancy and can get crowded.

                    For casual Italian there is no better than Kitchenetta, and you can sit outside with a lovely view of the Harley store. The food here is almost as good as Martoranos. They have a good, cheap lunch too. I love their pork with figs and flank steak, but everything I have ever had here is heavenly. I consistently overeat every time I go here and make sure you save room for dessert. My only complaint is they serve you drinks in teeny glasses with no ice. its a little too authentically Italian in that respect, but absolutely no other complaints.

                    Wow I must really be in the mood for Italian today.

                    1. I'm no food expert.
                      But here are three places that come to mind:

                      1. Max's Beach Place. (17 S Atlantic Blvd Ste R216, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-1530) Beach Place is a sort-of outdoor mall on the beach. On the 2nd level is Max's Beach Place. For lunch (I think weekdays) they have an amazingly good and cheap menu. Everything is $3.99--but very good. The chicken chop and salmon are great. In the evenings, the atmoshere is nicer and the prices higher. I had scallops which were great. The wonderful view is of Ft Lauderdale beach. Ask for a window seat.

                      2. Charley's Crab. (3000 NE 32ND Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-7207) My boss took me here for lunch recently, and I loved the crab cakes. Nice, comfortable dining, on the intracoastal waterway. Ourdoor seating on the water is also available. Loved to watch the boats go by.

                      3. Taverna Opa. (410 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019-1412) OK, so it's not Ft Lauderdale. But it's close. Also, I think they have more than just this one location now. It's on the intracoastal. It's greek food that tastes great. There's loud dance music with a mediterranean flair. There's dancing on tables. Don't go there to talk, or think. It's an adventure. You'll enjoy the food, and you'll enjoy watching everyone have fun. It gets PACKED on the weekends. Good on a weekday evening with friends.

                      1. My fave 3: Chima, Canyon, Trina...I liked Eduardo San Angel, but thought the food & wine were way overpriced for the atmosphere. I used to love Casa d' Angelo, but they got a new cook and he is not as as talented as the old chef IMO. Have not been to Seasons 52 which just opened, but will go there this week...same with the Capitol Grill....but have heard wonderful things from neighbors who went there.

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                        1. re: Judy

                          Still love Mark's Las Olas; was going to put Casa D'Angelo second but after reading above not sure; and always liked Trina's because of the added beach views; Cafe Maxx in pompano also used to be a top favorite but they've gone down hill a bit. Also on top lists is Sunfish Grill -- but think it's now good but overrated and liked their previous smaller locale and ambiance better than their newish place on Oakland Park. But if you've never been you might not find this true...