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jenmoore76 Oct 15, 2008 06:58 PM

Hello all! I am looking for suggestions for a dinner for my husbands bdayin November. We will probably have a few friends join us so we want something FUN and yummy of course! We are new to Ft. Lauderdale but have a pretty good grip on the local area. A friend of mine suggested BartonG's in Miami which looked like a great time but wayyyy to expensive! We don't have an issue with spending some money just not all of it ; )
Any similar ideas? Again.. small group of friends, bday dinner, fun, great food, doesn't break the bank... willing to drive a 1/2 hour in any direction. Thanks again fellow Chowhounders : )

  1. Blind Mind Oct 15, 2008 08:10 PM

    No Barton G!

    Give Tuscan Steak a try. Excellent food, excellent price.

    1. Icantread Oct 16, 2008 10:00 AM

      Are you looking fancy, high end or casual? In the Ft. Lauderdale area I would try Eduardo de San Angel. Excellent "Mexican" food with a seasonal menu. No full liquor bar however. Somehow, they can give you a margarita if you ask for one, though ;). I also really enjoy the food at Trina. They also have several interesting drinks. There are others who can definitely give you more recs in the general Ft. Lauderdale area.


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

      Eduardo De San Angel
      2822 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

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      1. re: Icantread
        Icantread Oct 16, 2008 01:49 PM

        came across this article today in the new times (from 9-25):


        the Trina I dined in apparently changed hands not too long ago. What a shame. I do not know if anyone else has ventured there since, or if anyone has any information on the former chefs?

        1. re: Icantread
          jayfla Oct 16, 2008 07:24 PM

          Pardon me, as I am pretty much regurgitating my last few posts...

          I love Tuscan Steak (South Beach), too... it's a nice, classy, low-key place for a birthday party.

          Michael's Genuine (Design District) is great too... and is good for a group that wants to share a lot of small plates.

          Michy's (70th and Biscayne) is wonderful, too... and I also like Joley in Miami Beach - probably the best drinks out of all in this group I've mentioned (there's a Cafe Joley in Boca, too).

          Andu in Brickell/downtown Miami is also awesome, but a little pricey - exceptional drinks and a funky atmosphere. The gnocchi is a must.

          Timo in Sunny Isles is a great choice in Sunny Isles - nice wine menu, good desserts, solid, elegant menu.

          Happy birthday!

          1. re: Icantread
            cockscomb Feb 7, 2009 06:44 PM

            trina changed hands? isn't it part of the starwood property? last time i went there it was shortly after the new york duo who had consulted on the opening had just relinquished responsibility. is that what you mean by changing hands?

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          jenmoore76 Oct 20, 2008 10:56 AM

          What about Himmarshee Grill?

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            shannontow Oct 20, 2008 11:13 AM

            The Samba room has there private dining table that accommodates up to 16 on Las Olas.
            Off the Hookah is another fun place that has dining on beds and belly dancers and is also in Fort Lauderdale.

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            1. re: shannontow
              jenmoore76 Oct 22, 2008 06:07 AM

              I haven't been to Off the Hookah so forgive me if I am jumping to conclusions but by looking at their website to me it looks tacky? Also we aren't in need of a private room since it's just 6 or so of us.

              1. re: jenmoore76
                johnmlinn Oct 23, 2008 01:11 PM

                I wouldn't eat in there. It reminds me of a strip club buffet.

                1. re: johnmlinn
                  cockscomb Feb 7, 2009 06:45 PM

                  anyone remember assman's wacky world?

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              jenmoore76 Oct 22, 2008 01:55 PM

              Has anyone been to Grass in the Design District, Miami? I loved the atmosphere there although we didn't eat so I can't speak for the food. But I guess this is the kind of place we are looking for for his bday. Maybe this will help guide the suggestions.. thanks again!!!

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              1. re: jenmoore76
                Blind Mind Oct 23, 2008 12:00 PM

                Food is fantastic. You also have Michaels Genuine, Pacific Time, and Fratelli Lyon within 1 block.

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                RevrendAndy Jan 12, 2009 04:29 AM

                I will be in Lauderdale for 1 night the end of January and booked dinner at the Samba Room. It looked like a fun place with an interesting menu. Does anyone have any opinions on the food?

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                1. re: RevrendAndy
                  tlubow Jan 12, 2009 07:15 AM

                  Not great, but not awful either. There are better choices on Las Olas. Go across the street to YOLO or Bova Prime. Even Timpano next door will be a step up. Eat somewhere else and then go to the bar at Samba Room.

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                  Raboi Feb 8, 2009 06:13 PM

                  Thinking Party and Ambiance. Loud with Music... Chima, China Grill, Blue Moon Fish Company. Love Eduardo but not very loud and partyish. Cafe Mortorano may be too loud. Anything in Mizner park would be a good party. Timpano's may be cool and partyish.

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