Fort Lauderdale area report
Here is a brief report on my dinners during a recent trip to Fort Lauderdale area:
CAFE SHARAKU - I found out about it from this board, and totally agree with other posters - a largely undiscovered gem. I do not understand why it is not constantly jammed. Our server was well informed, extremely professional and friendly. Atmosphere is nice - white tablecloths, without extreme formality. Quality of the food is excellent, and the prix fixe is very good value (4 courses for $28 for anything on menu with additional charges for some of the menu items). Chef trained at Nobu and with Daniel Boulud. Small wine list is decent and well priced. I took my parents (80 & 77), and they were very impressed and will return with others.
CALYPSO (Pompano Beach just south of Atlantic and east of Dixie Hwy) - AMAZING seafood. I had grilled grouper, and debated whether to opt for cajun or blackened. Was so pleased I didn't, as their standard seafood marinade is excellent. Grouper was cooked perfectly and with the marinade was one of the best fish dishes I have had. We had an early dinner mid-week, and by the time we left, restaurant was quite busy. The high quality of the seafood here appears not to be a secret. Very casual atmosphere, and friendly service.
EDUARDO DE SAN ANGEL - I have been here several times, and always enjoyed the meal. However, the food did not have a "wow" factor. Each time, the servers have been outstanding. Career professionals who are informative and chatty without crossing the line to interfere. Overall, a good experience, but perhaps declining slighly.
CASA D'ANGELO - Very good Italian. Nothing to criticize, but again no "wow" factor.
GRILL 66 - More of a sceney place than others. Located on intracoastal, so great views, including multi/multi-million $ yachts to stroll by after dinner. Combination of food/service and ambience result in a good experience.
BEST - Cafe Sharaku for overall experience and Calypso for the fish grilled with their marinade.