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10 ladies in Fort Lauderdale

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Myself and 9 of my friends are heading for a long weekend in Lauderdale. This is a weekend away from the husband and baby. We want an upbeat spot that's not touristy; however, we're not in our 20's anymore... We are staying in a house near Las Olas.

any suggestions for lunch or dinner are appreciated.

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  1. I'd do Johnny V's on Las Olas
    http://www.johnnyvlasolas.com/
    and
    For great Italian food and a fun place try Cafe Martarano. great meatballs
    http://www.cafemartorano.com/

    Other fun options with good food are
    Canyon
    http://www.canyonfl.com/

    Trina at the Atlantic Hotel
    http://www.trinarestaurantandlounge.com/

    Bistro Mezzaluna
    http://bistromezzaluna.com/
    Himmarshee
    http://www.himmarshee.com/

    Anthony's Runway 84 (another fun Italian place

    )

    Opa. For Greek food and fun. I've never been to the Lauderdale location but assume it is similar to Hollywood and South Beach location.
    http://www.tavernaoparestaurant.com/

    1. Chima is a pretty good option as well - live music, not loud, great ambiance, good food, though I doubt it matches the food at Martarano which I hear great things about from this board and very good friends of mine who say how great it is and whose judgement I trust.

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      1. re: tpigeon

        Las Olas has lots of great places to hear good music and dancing. problem is none of them have great food. I reccomend hitting Johnny V's, Mark's or Cafe paris on las olas. If you venture out, mezzeluna is good. After Dinner try mangos or o'hara's for good entertainment.

        1. re: mountdorahound

          but don't eat at Mango's - the food is awful. Johnny V's is works. Casablanca Cafe on AIA is lovely. Cafe Materaono is quite pricey, supposedly the most expensive Italian restaurant in south Florida.

          1. re: meb903

            Agree with the above. Materanono is great however and worth trying at least once.

            1. re: meb903

              meb, Johnny V's is worse or works?

              1. re: Sobe

                sorry, i meant Johnny v's works - we like it. always have good meals there.