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Heading to Ft. Lauderdale to visit friends next week... Any area restaurant I have to try? Outdoor dining space a plus!

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  1. Recommendations : Eduardo de San Angel is a high-end Mexican/Mayan cuisine. Canyon does a very good Southwest. Casa de Angelo is a pretty decent Italian, a bit staid but with good food. Don't be put off by strip mall locations, that's just the lay of the land in Fort Lauderdale.

    For outdoor dining, there is a Greek place called Greek Islands on Ocean near Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Boisterous and casual with straight-ahead food, but authentic and tasty.

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    1. re: masterjoe

      Eduardo de San Angel is excellent, a sort of seasonal gourmet Mexican restaurant. Casa De Angelo is also great. I'd throw in Trina into the bunch as well.

    2. Try Johnny V's on Las Olas Blvd. Nice outdoor venue and very good, upscale food.

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      1. re: gblcsw

        Agree with Casa de Angelo for italian. You can dine outside there but there's really no view. I'm a fan of their cooking but always try to sit inside in the wine room. For oudoor fare, you might also like Mark's Las Olas where you can dine along Las Olas Boulevard---a nice street for shopping, art galleries, and restaurants. . The food and service at Mark's are always consistent and the menu is varied. I've personally had some so-so meals at Johnny V's.

        1. re: Debbie

          I agree completely....so many other great places on Las Olas with outdoor dining, better than Johnny Vs, and with all price ranges and cuisines. If you're not looking at the ocean, go with Las Olas...or get both a water view, and Las Olas at Rino's Tuscan Grille...it's on the river, with patio dining. Great food too :-) I think Johnny V's is really overrated....we were so packed together with other diners, it felt like the zero lot line of restaurants. The food was decent, the atmosphere downright gloomy and the service passable. So many better places.

      2. I was in Ft. Lauderdale last weekend and went to Mai Kai which was awesome. It's a tiki themed restaurant and bar which I found to be like a Trader Vic's on steroids. We ate in the bar which I'm told was built with the remnants of the set from Mutiny on the Bounty. It was really cool. We were in on a Friday which is ladies night with $5 mai tais, and they have a happy hour every day with half price apps and two for one drinks. I don't know how you feel about booze, but I like cocktails and their's were a lot of fun and an awesome way to kick off the weekend. Again we just ate apps, but those were good enough...different kind of bar food than usual.

        1. Last time I was there, admittedly a long time ago, we dined at Sublime. It was wonderful; gourmet vegetarian. Not everyone's cuppa joe, though. I've also had a good meal at Eduardo, recommended above.