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Jan 8, 2008 12:22 PM

Rosey Baby's - just outside Ft. Lauderdale - still great??

I was here several years ago and had a blast and had wonderful food (new orleans style). Is it still a great place to go? We are heading down that way early march and would love to get some crawfish and po-boys!!!

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    1. re: johnmlinn

      If you like Cajun food you may also want to check out Creolina in downtown Ft Lauderdale.

      It used to be a little dinner, I started going in 1992. Things have changed but still, the Gumbo, Jambalaya and Etoufee are pretty darn tasty as they always have been, courtesy of Chef Mark (CIA) and fiesty waitress Rosey.

      1. re: CFByrne

        How would you guys rank Rosey Baby, Creolina and Shuck n Dive? and are they worth traveling to? I'm a huge fan of oyster and shrimp poboys, crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, etc and have never been to either three.

        1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

          I liked Creolina!! Haven't been to the other two. When I go back i am going to try one of their steaks! They looked good!

          1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

            My wife and I really enjoy Creolina's. It's a little more upscale than the other two (but not expensive) and the food is very good. We haven't been to Rosey Baby in a couple of years but this post has me thinking it's about time for a return visit.

            Are they worth the drive...I guess that depends on what you have for Cajun-Creole places down your way. They're not going to compare to New Orleans (or to NYC which always seems to be the gold standard on this board) but they're as good as it gets in the Broward - Palm Beach area. Here's a review of Creolina's from 2005:

            By the way, when we're in the mood for crawfish we usually go to Catfish Dewey's for the Saturday night all-you-can-eat.

            209 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

            Catfish Deweys
            4003 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

            1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

              I think Rosey Baby is worth the travel for a couple things: Crawfish boil. I haven't had one in Fla this good. Super spicy, juicy, fresh crawfish that the owner has flown in from Louisiana daily. It's really, really good.

              They also do one of the best alligator dishes around. It's a skillet dish with rice, peppers, hot sausage, onion, and alligator tail. Very spicy, sizzling, extremely tender alligator, which is a rarity.

              Their etoufee and gumbo are OK, not the best by any means. They do make some of the best chicken wings around, and almost everything on the menu is really good and consistent. Beans and rice with sausage is really top notch too. The place gets pushed over the edge for me because of its laid-back bar vibe, really good beer and regional blues and zydeco music every weekend. Plus, I prefer it over Creolinas because downtown Lauderdale/Himmarshee is a pain in the ass, and pretty lame for the most part.

              Shuck and Dive can't compare to either imo. They make good fried green tomatoes... but their po boys kinda suck. For a great po boy, check out Alligator Alley on Commercial east of Dixie.

              1. re: johnmlinn

                Oh yes, I almost forgot about Alligator Alley. Kilmo and his crew make some mighty fine Gumbo. Few years back I helped run the Ft Lauderdale Cajun/Zydeco Fesival "Gumbo Cookoff" for several years. Kilmo and his gang were always among, or at, the top.

        2. Awesome, thanks everyone. I'm making my list - try to hit all of them mentioned. I had also heard from someone else about Catfish Dewey's.