Alright Ft. Lauderdale, lets hear about some cheap(er) eats!
So we just moved to Ft. Lauderdale and have eaten at a few "nice" restaurants that have been more of the same old crap. I have given up on fine dining and "high end". I think that the seasonality of this part of the country lends itself to be invaded by money hungry restauranteurs that know that mediocre food will turn a profit because the snowbirds will eat just about anything, especially if there is a gimmick i.e. buy one, get one free. O.K. off my soap box.
We are looking for the best FOOD. Not necessarily the best service or atmosphere but the best grub. Cuban, BBQ, Jamaican, Thai, Vietnamese, southern, etc. Local gems that define the region and people. You get my drift?
Sorry if i come off a little harsh but we moved from Houston which for the most part is chain infested and thrives on the "more food is better food" mentality. Houston has good food but the majority of the restaurants are a monopoly of corporate mediocracy.
I'd love to hear what you think...... what you really think.
Being from NYC, I grew up on greek diners. The best one down in S. Florida is Lester's Diner, the 24x7 one on SR-84 near US 1. Many of the dishes are excellent and they do all their own bread and dessert baking on-site. Still a good buy. Also, another greek diner is Peter Pan on Oakland Park Blvd also 24x7. Generally, S. Florida is not known for cleanest restaurants, if you watch Ch. 10 news exposes with the health violations. I prefer chains, like Cheesecake Factory or Outback, that you know has national standards.
250 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Don't forget, channel 10 sells airtime. Those health violations are bogus(mostly). The local health department officials know as much about food production as I know about rocket science. Can you tell I have had issues with them in the past?!
Thank you for the info on the diners. I went to school in NY and also love the diners. Best late night food around! Those greeks know how to run diners thats for sure.
I worked at an Outback Steakhouse in my adolescence and believe me, they are under much less scrutiny than the mom and pop places. Support the little man.
There are dozens of "best ____ food" threads here if you search, but I'll toss in a few of my current faves that don't get much attention. Most of these are probably outside the comfort zone for those who prefer big chains:
Vietnamese - Phuong Nam 6672 NW 57th St. Tamarac (just off Commercial Blvd.)
Mediterranean - Dimasi Sweets 7794 NW 44th St. Sunrise - Mostly carry-out, though there are a few tables and the owner is super-friendly & accommodating...
Chinese - Golden Rice Bowl 3276 N State Rd 7 Lauderdale Lakes - total hole in the wall, but a dining counter flanks the kitchen and it's fun to sit there during lunch and watch the chef crank out orders. There are two much better options for Chinese just north of here, but interesting nonetheless.
Peruvian - La Granja - various locations - a local franchise, but cheap and very consistently good food.
Middle Eastern - Al-Salam 1816 N University Drive Plantation
Dirty is allways around,, just remember,,hot grease will kill anything!
Here are some decent places for a decent price.
Cuban= las Colinas on alexander with great breakfeasts.
Jamaican = The place behind the metro terminal on federal and 115th Some one tell me the name!
American southern= catfish deweys
Thai on the beach = good view, good price
La brasa = peruvian in plantation
Rosey Baby is Lauderhill (i think) is a popular place for Cajun. It's on University north of Oakland Park Blvd. Good restaurant with good service, very reasonable prices.
give us an idea what part of town you're in and that might help narrow down the suggestions...