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Long layover at Fort Lauderdale airport, anything chow worthy?

saeyedoc Jan 18, 2010 11:00 AM

We have a 4 hr layover on our way to Treasure Cay Saturday, any suggestions? Would rather not leave the secure area, unless we have to. Flying on Continental.

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  1. gblcsw RE: saeyedoc Jan 18, 2010 07:22 PM

    There is ABSOLUTELY nothing better than Chili's at the airport....It's an embarrassment!

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    1. re: gblcsw
      pilches RE: gblcsw Jan 19, 2010 06:42 AM

      Sad but true!

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      saeyedoc RE: saeyedoc Jan 19, 2010 06:58 AM

      I guess I'll save my appetite for some fresh seafood when we get there.

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        gryphonskeeper RE: saeyedoc Jan 19, 2010 05:09 PM

        As someone who has been stuck in that particular airport many times flying standby, Save your appetite and your wallet for decent food when you arrive at your destination. There is nothing worth spending a cent on in that airport, its a barren wasteland.

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          DagnyTaggart RE: gryphonskeeper Feb 23, 2010 02:58 PM

          Agrred, FLL is an embarassment.

      2. The Chowfather RE: saeyedoc Jan 19, 2010 06:16 PM

        Look for Chef Allen's 2go

        Jerk Grilled Chicken with Curry Slaw
        Chef Allen’s Mango Ketchup, Red Peppers & Raisins, Challah Roll

        Lime Roasted Turkey & Manchego Cheese
        Organic Arugula, Chef Allen’s Key Lime Mojo Aioli, Multi Grain Bread

        Chimichurri Roast Beef & Fire Roasted Peppers
        Caramelized Onions, Organic Field Greens,
        Chef Allen’s Tamarind Sauce, Ciabatta Bread

        Papaya Pineapple BBQ Ham & Swiss Cheese
        Organic Arugula, Pommery Mustard, Onion Panini Bread

        Key Lime Tuna Salad with Plantain Chips
        Organic Mixed Greens, Tomato Salsa & Chef Allen’s Cilantro Vinaigrette

        Crunchy Caribbean Chicken Cobb Salad
        Chicken, Ham, Mango, Green Peppers, Corn & Black Bean Salsa,
        Pico de Gallo, Romaine & Chef Allen’s Key Lime Vinaigrette

        Chicken Caesar with Heart of Palm Salad
        Romaine, Cherry Tomatoes, Asiago Garlic Crouton,
        Shaved Parmesan, Chef Allen’s Caesar Dressing

        Wild Florida Shrimp, Watermelon & Blue Chips
        Organic Greens, Napa Cabbage, Chef Allen’s Hot Mango Cocktail Sauce

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          gblcsw RE: The Chowfather Jan 19, 2010 07:36 PM

          Wow!! When did that open and in which terminal??

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            The Chowfather RE: gblcsw Jan 19, 2010 07:41 PM

            A couple of months ago and it is my understanding that he is in all terminals. (can't confirm that though)

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            saeyedoc RE: The Chowfather Jan 20, 2010 05:34 AM

            Thanks for the rec, I'll look out for them.

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              danb73 RE: saeyedoc Jan 20, 2010 06:03 AM

              I tried one of those Chef Allen sandwiches in Terminal 3 (JetBlue) last week. They sound much better then then look and taste.
              If you have 4 hours and it's not a peak security line time, then I'd venture out of the airport and check out either Anthony's Runway 84 or Anthony's Coal Fire Pizza.


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                mountdorahound RE: danb73 Jan 20, 2010 08:20 AM

                Actually if you have four hours you can take a cab to Tom Jenkins. It is about 3 miles north of the airport on us1

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                  saeyedoc RE: mountdorahound Jan 20, 2010 10:57 AM

                  Thanks, but plenty of good BBQ here in Texas.

                  1. re: saeyedoc
                    ldkelley RE: saeyedoc Feb 2, 2010 01:40 PM

                    Also, this isn't the best Cuban food in South Florida (very run down establishment), but it is authentic and close to the airport if you'd like to try something different.


                    Vila's Restaurant & Lounge
                    2027 S State Road 7, Davie, FL 33317

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                    ldkelley RE: mountdorahound Feb 2, 2010 01:32 PM

                    If you are interested in cabbing out and back through security, you could consider Jaxson's Ice Cream, just a few miles from the airport. No "fancy" food, but decent burgers with sweet potato fries and the best ice cream in South Florida.

                    The ice cream selections are HUGE so plan to share. Everything is made in house: ice cream, toppings, etc.


                    Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor
                    128 S Federal Hwy, Dania, FL 33004

                  3. re: danb73
                    Cyndigo RE: danb73 Feb 1, 2010 05:23 PM

                    The reviews for Anthony's Runway 84 make me think even the airport is a better bet.

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                      DagnyTaggart RE: Cyndigo Feb 23, 2010 03:06 PM

                      People love to disparage Anthony's Runway 84, but the food has been top-notch every time I have ever been.

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                        gryphonskeeper RE: DagnyTaggart Feb 23, 2010 04:26 PM

                        It was my FIL's favorite restaurant while he was alive.

                    2. re: danb73
                      DagnyTaggart RE: danb73 Feb 23, 2010 03:01 PM

                      Yeah, Chef Allen is not good. Take a cab and pick one of the many good restaurants recommended on the FL boards. There are all kinds depending on your mood at the time within $20 fare.

                2. Teep RE: saeyedoc Feb 12, 2010 11:42 AM

                  Any Cuban restos close to FLL? (had some nice empanadas at the Miami airport last year - La Carreta?)

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                    Teep RE: Teep Feb 12, 2010 12:39 PM

                    Well did some more searching and found that Rustic Inn would be a good place - we've never had Stone Crabs before!

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                    saeyedoc RE: saeyedoc Mar 5, 2010 08:20 AM

                    Ended up eating at Chili's on both legs of the trip. The stuff at Chef Allen's did not look good. Chili's was not good either. Had the sliders, overcooked, dry, crappy buns. Wife ordered buffalo chicken, blah. Had an app sampler on the way back, not good either. I feel bad for anyone that has to travel through there regularly.

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