Great Eats in Fort Lauderdale.....
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!!
your at like where 17th street causeway and A1A come together. lots of good stuff around you.
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
Johnny V - chef was on iron chef last year
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
Anything on Himmarshee Blvd is great, especially River House, Himmarshee, or Creolinas
Hope that helps
I've only been to Blue Moon once and didn't care for it. Here is what I would recommend in Ft. Lauderdale.
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.
Bistro- Bistro Mezzaluna
Hotels near Ocean
Cero@ St Regis- $$$$ but very good
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.
1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
713 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
625 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
3030 Holiday Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL
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
2761 E Oakland Park Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
1145 S Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
1201 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Jack's Old Fashion Hamburger
4201 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
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.....
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!!
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:-(
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.