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Mar 10, 2008 09:59 AM

Cheap eats in Ft. Lauderdale?

We will be in Ft. Lauderdale for 1 week with a group of 25. What are the best places for great food for those on a budget?

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  1. Do you have transportation? For a good non-touristy local joint, try Catfish Dewey's in Oakland Park (4003 N. Andrews Ave, 954-566-5333.) Southern-style cooking (a rarity in So Fla) and of course great fried catfish ( There's also AYCE crawfish, fried oysters, and stone crab as well as great honey fried chicken, grits and collards.

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    1. re: RickL

      Forgot to add the "place" reference.

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

    2. Li'l Red's Barbecue (don't go at lunch on a weekday with 25 unless you're there by 11:30 or after 2) at SR 84 just east of I-95.

      Lil Reds
      1705 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

      1. thanks, we will have transportation. How about Italian?

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        1. re: wpchic

          Zuckerello's on E. Commercial Blvd. has pretty good food at reasonable prices.

        2. I like Southport Raw Bar and don't remember it being expensive.

          For a fantastic breakfast but not exactly cheap, The Floridian on Las Olas is excellent.

          1. OK, you are in town with a large group for a week. I am guessing some or most are from up north and have been looking at snow or cold for 5 months now...

            So... you want some semblance of authentic Florida, not a chain. You probably want to be near the water or in some tropical type setting.

            I haven't been there in a few years, but how about Aruba (literally on the beach at the east end of Commercial Blvd in FtL)?

            I can see out-of-towners getting a major kick out of the casual seafood and cocktails experience at a place like this. Exciting vibe, crowded, noisy - but might be just what you are looking for. Local chowhounds will chime in, I'm sure, if I've got this wrong...


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            1. re: CFByrne

              I used to work down the block and always liked Aruba whether for lunch, or after work to kick back for a bit. I think it's a nice spot...loved their lobster salad sandwiches...

              1. re: pringle347

                I also really like Aruba! I was there a couple of weeks ago and it was really good.

                What surprised me so much is usually restaurants with a view of any kind or are on the water have lousy food. Many South Florida restaurants are the complete opposite of that.

                Charleys Crab (waterway) and 15th Street Fishery (waterway under 17th Street drawbridge) are also good.