Lunch/Dinner/Drinks Options around Port St. Lucie and in Ft. Laud
I'm visiting the 'rents in PSL and Ft Lauderdale in December and need some lunch and dinner recommendations.
Firstly, PSL: We usually dine in the general St Lucie West vicinity. Are there any new places I should be aware of? Any really great spots worth a short drive (<20 mins) to check out? Will accept multiple lunch recs! Looking for at least one fancier dinner night.
Ft. Lauderdale: I grew up here partly, but my experience was centered around Flanagan's on Cordova/SE 15th St. (Love the ribs!)Would love to treat my dad to a really nice meal--but nothing overly stuffy. (I get paid in £ so $ is not too much of an issue at the moment.) Also would like a Japanese rec. I remember there being a nice one towards the top of Las Olas, but that was ages ago. Lastly, a good place for a drink with dad after dinner. Last time around, we went to the "new" Irish bar in Beachplace and we liked that because of the live music--something similar would be fun.
Thanks so much, and I hope to return the favor someday. :)
(If you go somewhere along SE 17th for a meal, Waxy O'Connor's is a good, quality Irish pub along there for a drink. The food's good too. However, on weekend nights in particular it's packed, so keep that in mind.)
I hear the Tradition area's blown up in the year since I left the Treasure Coast -- it's just down 95 from St. Lucie West. Poke around their town center and then please come back and tell us what you find!
As for SLW, I hear there's a branch of Bistro Madeleine up there. I used to eat at the one in Palm City all the time, and it was a fantastic place for breakfast and/or lunch -- think a greasy spoon diner, but with a French accent. Forget Bennigan's, this place has the best monte cristos around. And brie on EVERYTHING! (You can't go wrong w/brie.) But right after I left, the owner went to prison (a non-food-related charge. . .) so I'm not sure if the new branch really took off. But if it's there, definitely go.
Mark's Las Olas is excellent, and not stuffy. Walking around Las Olas Blvd. this time of year is fun, the shops are great, pop into O'Hara's for a drink and some great jazz.
The *BEST* sushi in Broward County is out in Plantation at Takeyama's, it is tucked in a strip mall on Broward Blvd.
I haven't liked Mark's Las Olas in a long time (though Mark's in the Park isn't bad, up in Boca Raton).
For a great meal for your dad, I'd recommend Casa d'Angelo on US-1 north of Sunrise for wonderful Italian food, or Eduardo de San Angel for excellent, upscale Mexican food. The latter is a hidden gem on Commercial Blvd east of US-1. Both are very accesible to the great Ft. Lauderdale area.
In Ft Lauderdale, I love Sushi Rock (on the upper end of Las Olas around 15th) and Heart Rock (on US 1 and Sunrise). Both have incredibly fresh, wonderful sushi. Atmosphere is what you'd expect from a sushi place - beer and wine, no mixed drinks, efficient service if a bit indifferent. In the same plaza as Heart Rock is a place called Kim's Alley Bar which I'm told is a great sketchy pub to visit.
For fanicer food, try Canyon (also on US 1 and Sunrise), Himmarshee (2nd St off Las Olas), Eduardo de San Angel, Blue Moon Fish Co. and Cafe Vico. Casa d'Angelo is VERY expensive and we were extremely disappointed when we went (although we know others who have had a great meal). We did enjoy Cucina d'Angelo in Boca Raton (about 40 min North) immensely.