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...
Try Creolinas Dixie Take out, West broward, off 595 and flamingo
If you are more north, some great vietnamese off 441 just north of coconut creek prkwy Siagon Cuisine,
Diggity Dogs off of Sterling West of i-95 Great burgers and Cheesesteaks.
I have a great place and have not seen it mentioned on the board. It is called Bravo Gourmet Sandwich, a Peruvian sandwich shop located just North of Wilton Manors on 6th St (Just South of Oakland Park Blvd).
They do these great, huge sandwiches - Pork, Fish, Steak and a ton more. Prices are really good - like $6.50 for a sandwich. They have ceviche and some other daily specials too. Great cheap eats in FTL. Here is their website:
Also try Sasaya Japanese Market in Gateway Shopping center for good takeout sushi
Joy's Roti Shop in Lauderhill is great as well. Happy eatting!
primanti brothers on ne 6 ave and oakland pk blvd for 6 buck sky high 3 hands needed sandwiches, pizza, beer etc
I love Mario the Baker in Sunrise. I've been going there since I was a kid. Good Italian, very reasonable prices. Cheaper at lunch and most entree's come with a nice salad and garlic knots. I also like Mama Mia in Hollywood( young circle) and Las Vegas Cuban cuisine. I dont live in Ft. Lauderdale anymore, but we always go to those 3 places when we come down for vacation.
Best Tacos: Tortilleria Mexicana on Dixie Highway between Oakland and Commerical. It's a little hard to find, but its the best. Fresh Tortilla's from the machine, great Tacos.
Jamaican. Jerk Machine on Broward (just off it)
Thai Spice on Commerical, but everybody knows it.
Hot Dog Heaven on Sunrise. Real Chicago dogs. With the Works.
Hot Dog Heaven
101 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Karen and I went to Thai Spice last week based on a recommendation from some friends. The food was good and they offer items like steak and lamb which you don't often see on most Thai menus. That said, I wouldn't call Thai Spice "cheap(er) eats".
For really good Thai at very reasonable prices, try going west to Bangkok Palace in Lauderhill (http://bangkokpalacethai.com/ ). We've been going there for years and always enjoy it. The owners (Noi and Richie) are very nice as well.
We really like The Rustic Inn for their garlic crabs. They have a pretty big menu, but you'll find most of the people there are eating crabs on tables covered with newspapers and washing them down with a cold beer. Great place, great prices. It's about 5 minutes from the airport on Ravenswood, just off Griffin. My wife discovered it on a business trip and it's become a "must" on every trip we have to Ft. Lauderdale. In fact, we'll be there next Feb/Mar!
Las Vegas for Cuban.
LaSpadas in Lauderdale by the sea for the BEST subs
Cielito Lindo for good Mexican
91 NE 44th St, Oakland Park, FL 33334
Las Vegas Restaurant
1715 S Federal Hwy Ste C3, Delray Beach, FL 33483
Try Le Tub in Hollywood. They have amazing burgers and fries. It's a simple place run by two funny, brash, older men. It's right on the water and the view is fantastic.
1100 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019
I have to re start this thread and ask about the tasty cheap eats out there, especially in broward. In moving back to Florida Im on the lookout for especially tasty and cheap ethnic eats.
Ran across maxim oriental bakery on SR 7 in Lauderdale lakes… $1.10 for pork buns, curry beef puffs, coconut cream desserts, AMAZING find!!!
Is this the place that is in the Silver Pond shpping center? If it is, I heartily agree. The barbeque place a few doors south is also exceptional.. I also posted about the Asian Buffet and Grill in Deerfield Beach and got zero replies. So I went there last night . It was formerly The Super Buffet. It was great. Bright and beautiful. TREMENDOUS selection. Sushi and Seafood. Whole Pan Fried Tilpia Etc. The best Asian Buffet I have ever been to. And hear this . Friday night Dinner $ 8.99 Hard to believe, but true
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Silver Pond Restaurant
4285 N State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
Based on this, you need to go to Calypso Restaurant in Pompano (just N of Lauderdale).
"We are looking for the best FOOD. Local gems that define the region and people. You get my drift?"
Spealize in great casual Caribbean/Florida seafood. Open M-F lunch and dinner. Family run for 20 years now and consistently excellent. Not cheap but "cheap-ER" than "fine dining".
CRByrne: Whats especially good at Calypso. We will try it.
Tamarindo on State Rd 84. Inexpensive and excellent
Hong Kong Barbecue on 441 north of commercial. Excellent Dim Sum and soups
My Market on SE 17th St. Very good sandwiches
Riverside Market, Sailboat Bend. Sandwiches
Zona Fresca, Best fresh Mexican. Two locations
Lemongrass Asian, lunch sushi.
Sushi-Ko Express in Parking Garage near Main Library
etc, etc, etc
1095 S University Dr, Plantation, FL 33324
100 SE 1st Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
My favorite dishes at Calypso tend to be conch and jerk-oriented... perhaps because back when they opened in April 1990 and I walked in there, these were totally new flavors I'd never had - and they blew me away. And they are still great!
That said, specific favorites of me (and many others) include:
Conch Chowder and the dark Pepper Pot soup.
Conch Fritters - some of the best ANYwhere
Jerk Wings. I hate going there and eating "just" wings but they are so darn good.
The infamous "Scorched Conch". Might be called their signature dish. Wow.
Calypso Cutter (sandwhich) - shrimp cheese mushrooms garlic parsley butter - Wow!
If the have Pork Havana Nueva on special, try that too.
For sides, the Cucumbers are awesome and the plaintains ridiculous.
And save room for Key Lime Pie. Enjoy...
So everything is good but those are a few of my old standbys.
10817 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33167