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crazyspice Apr 23, 2008 02:46 PM

Hey fellow Hounds!

We are headed to Ft. L in a couple of months and would love recs on the best eats in town. The only foods we are not fond of are Mexican and Chinese. Everything else is fair game! I looked for a current thread and could not immediately identify anything for 2008. This is a big vacation for us, so we are not on a budget where our food is concerned. I appreciate any insight you can share!!

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    rosygogo May 25, 2008 01:58 PM

    Based on where you are staying, don't overlook the Bahia Cabana at the Days Inn. I wouldn't stay there. But the food is "dive bar" great and very reasonable. Great views of the intracoastal. Music on Weekend afternoons. You can't eat at Johnny Vs for every meal. :-)

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    1. re: rosygogo
      robiyaki May 25, 2008 05:33 PM

      Yeah but you got to eat Johnny V's at least once while down there. But a lot of the places on the same street look promising too.

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      lexpatti May 16, 2008 04:45 PM

      If you want fun, casual, awesome New Orleans food (bbq shrimp, po-boys, buckets of crawfish, red beans and rice, gumbo, jambaliya, etc.) and awesome music and beer - go a little west to Rosey Baby's on University Ave. I really love this place.
      http://www.roseybaby.com/menu.php

      1. Calipoutine May 15, 2008 07:53 AM

        Old Florida Seafood house is really good and rarely gets a mention. The fish is very fresh, huge portions, not too expensive. Its in Wilton Manners.

        1. Calipoutine May 15, 2008 07:51 AM

          Well, the Chinese food is pretty crappy in S. Fl so you're not missing anything. I have found one Mexican place that rocks though.

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            jmdhsmiami May 15, 2008 08:20 AM

            Interesting what you say about chinese. I am asian, and I rarely eat chinese due to the lack of quality. The only place I may go if at all is Tony Chan's in The Grand Hotel/Condo in Miami.

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              aynrandgirl May 15, 2008 10:13 PM

              Where? The Mexican food in SFL is generally pretty crappy, too.

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              danb73 May 15, 2008 06:37 AM

              I agree that Timpano's is mediocre at best. Greek Island Taverna is a good recommendation but be prepared to wait in line. My favorite Ft. Lauderdale place by far, if you like fish, is Sunfish Grill on Oakland Park east of US1.

              1. gblcsw May 14, 2008 01:50 PM

                Timpano's is a mediocre chain. For excellent steaks, beautiful atmosphere and a great dining experience, try Riley McDermott's on Las Olas. I would also recommend Johnny V for a very nice meal (new American) and Valentino's for great Italian food. Cero at the St. Regis is another excellent choice. We were just at 3030 Ocean and while nothing was wrong, the food wasn't great or exciting.
                By the way, Mark's is closed:-(

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                  Icantread May 14, 2008 02:18 PM

                  too bad about 3030. Although there wasn't anything to unique when we ate there, we were surprised by how good it was the 2 times we ate there.

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                    crazyspice May 15, 2008 06:25 AM

                    I have never heard of Timpano's so I did not know it was a chain. We generally don't care to eat in chain restaurants. We are staying at the Marriott and were looking forward to 3030. Thanks for the recs.

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                    Jagg May 14, 2008 11:50 AM

                    Hands down favorite greek ever is Greek Islands Taverna

                    http://www.greekislandstaverna.com/

                    We still have foodies from NYC who come down and request this place.

                    The lambchops are to die for!

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                      pilches May 14, 2008 12:29 PM

                      Yeah, and what's the secret ingredient in the shrimp sauce? I've tried to duplicate it at least 20 times!

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                      Raboi Apr 23, 2008 06:02 PM

                      please be more specific as to whether you will have kids, price range, how dressy, where you are staying and i can be REAL specific about the restaurant.

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                        crazyspice Apr 23, 2008 06:34 PM

                        We will be staying at the Marriott Harbor Beach, No children, Dress, well we bring it all, price does not matter. We will pay with no limit for excellent food. Does that help?

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                          Raboi Apr 23, 2008 07:04 PM

                          your at like where 17th street causeway and A1A come together. lots of good stuff around you.

                          15th Street Fishery - A Lauderdale Classic
                          http://www.15streetfisheries.com/
                          Fish - on the 17th Street Causeway
                          http://www.fish-fl.com/

                          Anthony's Run Way 84 - On Marina
                          Great Italian, up there with Cafe Mortorano, Cafe D'Angelo
                          Head over to Las Olas 1 mile north of you for tons of great food
                          Chima - All you can eat meat, brazilian style
                          http://www.chima.cc/
                          Johnny V - chef was on iron chef last year
                          http://www.johnnyvlasolas.com/
                          Las Olas Cafe - Small hole in the wall awesome food

                          Trina - On A1A, Mediterranean style
                          Canyon - On Sunrise at Federal. My favorite in Lauderdale. Hi Class Tex Mex

                          Thai Spice - Oakland Blvd
                          Sunfish Grill
                          Anything on Himmarshee Blvd is great, especially River House, Himmarshee, or Creolinas

                          Hope that helps

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                            crazyspice Apr 24, 2008 08:41 AM

                            Thank you for these suggestions. We will be there for a week and will eat lunch and dinner out. I don't care about breakfast food at all. We do like a Sunday brunch because they generally serve food other than breakfast. Any ideas on that?

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                              sweet_polly Apr 24, 2008 11:24 AM

                              The Blue Moon Fish Co. is lovely, and they serve an wonderful seafood and champagne brunch (click link for menu). They are situated right on the intracoastal waterway, so you can watch the yachts go by while you dine. Lunch and dinner are very nice, too.

                              http://www.bluemoonfishco.com/menu.html

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                                The Chowfather AKA sobe Apr 24, 2008 12:15 PM

                                I've only been to Blue Moon once and didn't care for it. Here is what I would recommend in Ft. Lauderdale.

                                Italian
                                Valentino's- small spot that serves upscale Italian.
                                Cafe Martorano- also very good Italian. More of scene type place and on the red sauce side of the equation but great food and a lot of fun.
                                Casa d' Angelo- closer to Valentino's in style than Martorano.

                                Seafood
                                3030 Ocean
                                Sunfish Grill

                                Bistro- Bistro Mezzaluna

                                Las Olas
                                Johnny V's
                                Mark's

                                Hotels near Ocean
                                Cero@ St Regis- $$$$ but very good
                                Trina@ Atlantic-

                                Casual Seafood
                                Kelly's Landing- lobster roll, clam bellies, great burgers
                                Southport Raw Bar- conch chowder

                                Pizza and wings
                                Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza- don't forget the wings

                                Burger- Jack's Old fashion
                                New, haven't been yet but getting good reviews- Christine's
                                New for Ft. Lauderdale- China Grill

                                I'm sure I'm forgetting some other options and will post back later.

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                                Cero
                                1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

                                Bistro Mezzaluna
                                713 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

                                Johnny V
                                625 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

                                3030 Ocean
                                3030 Holiday Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL

                                Cafe Martorano
                                3343 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

                                Trina Restaurant & Lounge
                                601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

                                Kelly's Landing-New England
                                1305 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

                                Mark's Las Olas
                                1032 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL

                                Sunfish Grill
                                2761 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

                                Valentinos
                                1145 S Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

                                Casa D'Angelo
                                1201 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

                                Jack's Old Fashion Hamburger
                                4201 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

                                1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe
                                  sweet_polly Apr 24, 2008 12:19 PM

                                  Really? I made my husband drive me to Ft. Lauderdale from Tampa several months ago just because I was craving Blue Moon's spinach salad with blackened langostinos, caramelized onions, walnuts and goat cheese for lunch. lol

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                                    ldkelley Apr 24, 2008 12:23 PM

                                    We love their Sunday Brunch for special occasions.

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                                      The Chowfather AKA sobe Apr 24, 2008 12:27 PM

                                      I was really looking forward to it because the menu sounded great but we were very underwhelmed. I only went 1x though and could be in the minority.

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                                        sweet_polly Apr 24, 2008 12:37 PM

                                        I used to go all the time when I lived in FLL several years ago, but (to be fair) I have only been back 2-3 times in the past couple of years. Perhaps their consistency has faltered since I was a "regular". I'd better drive down again soon and see. :)

                                        I miss FLL.

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                                    crazyspice Apr 24, 2008 02:01 PM

                                    Great suggestions! We are staying at the Marriott where 3030 Ocean is. I am looking forward totrying it.

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                                      johnmlinn Apr 25, 2008 06:39 AM

                                      If you like Thai you also may want to try Four Rivers.

                                      Upscale Thai Fusion. Great fish.

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                                      Four Rivers Restaurant
                                      1201 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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                                        crazyspice Apr 25, 2008 07:14 PM

                                        Big fan of Thai! Just retuened home from Charleston and had a fantastic Thai at Basil. Will do Thai for lunch multiple times! Thank you.

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                                          RickL Apr 25, 2008 08:16 PM

                                          If you don't mind heading west to Rt 441, go to Bangkok Palace for a great Thai lunch.

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                                          Bangkok Palace Cuisine
                                          4345 N State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319

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                                            johnmlinn Apr 26, 2008 08:13 AM

                                            Yeah, Bangkok would be a good lunch spot. Four Rivers is very sophisticated and would be good for a nice dinner.

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                                        j3c77 May 13, 2008 03:26 PM

                                        The best suggestion I can give you is my personal favorite Timpano's Italian Chop House. It is located at 450 las olas blvd. which is right around the corner from your hotel. That is if you don't mind paying for great food. It's pricey but well worth it. They have one of the best steaks the 12oz N.Y. strip, the filet is super tender and the garlic mashed potatoes are to die for. My fav. appetizer is tomato, basil and matz. stacked and drizzled with balsamic reduction.....perfecto.
                                        Many other people rave about Jackson's steakhouse which is also on las olas just down from Timpano's they are said to have great food but when I was there I wasn't impressed. But they do cary the biggest live lobster I've ever seen around in a little red wagon. Both of these places are 5 star.
                                        Mark's on las olas is also popular but pricey. Mark (chef) prepares his menu's based on what is readily available at the fresh markets. I've never been but it has great reviews. All are very fine dinning and have a great ambience!! Timpano's has a live jazz band on Saturday nights and a great martini bar at the front of the restaurant.
                                        Hope this helps.....

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                                          crazyspice May 13, 2008 03:56 PM

                                          We have been to Jackson's and don't need to go back. (Pity the poor lobster!) The last time we were there I did not have the foresight to seek advice from my delightful buddies on Chowhound. (Shame on me!) I don't travel without checking in with you guys. I am anxious to try Timpano's! It sounds like The Saloon here in Philadelphia. I am getting excited now! Many thanks!!

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                            tpigeon Apr 23, 2008 02:52 PM

                            Cafe Martorano

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