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Visit to Grandma in Ft Lauderdale: How do I make this amazing?

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NicoleFriedman Jul 30, 2010 12:50 PM

I am visiting my grandparents who are near Ft. Lauderdale in August with my fiance. We booked a rental car and also want to explore Miami. I've scoped this board for some ideas but would like to be a bit more specific with what we are looking for to help narrow down our options.

We are on a budget and love out of the way places that most tourists don't know about, but truth be told as long as a place has great food we're open to it.

I would love to find some places that specialize in Caribbean cuisine (it's hard to find in NY) and any other local ethnic cuisines.

Finally, assuming we will only splurge on one pricey meal, where should we go? Ideally romantic and if possible, on the water.

Thanks!

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    stuartlafonda RE: NicoleFriedman Jul 30, 2010 02:53 PM

    For your Caribbean meal :Bamboo Fire in Delray Beach
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6054...

    Cheap, delicious and ethnic(?): Tom Jenkin's Ribs in Ft Lauderdale

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      NicoleFriedman RE: stuartlafonda Aug 1, 2010 08:35 AM

      This restaurant is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much!

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        talos126 RE: NicoleFriedman Aug 2, 2010 07:46 AM

        if for any reason you didn't want to make the drive to Bamboo Fire (and it's definitely worth the drive) Calypso Restaurant in Pompano is also very solid.

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      seminole phil RE: NicoleFriedman Jul 30, 2010 06:19 PM

      TRY PRIMANTI BROTHERS FOR CHEAP/GREAT SANDWICHES THAT ARE HUGE AND PIZZA SLICES, 20 FEET FROM THE SAND OFF A1A AND SUNRISE OPEN 24 HRS, FLANIGANS FOR RIBS, BAR FOOD, CUBAN FOOD ALL OVER.

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        SaminSFL RE: NicoleFriedman Jul 31, 2010 07:17 AM

        Ok, here are a couple suggestions..

        Bravo Gourmet Sandwiches, - East of i-95 make right on 6th before the brdge on the right

        Rustic Inn is always a favorite of mine, Great Garlic Crabs - West of 95 on Griffen, Follow the signs..

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          nachogirl RE: NicoleFriedman Jul 31, 2010 11:44 AM

          El Tamarindo on east SR 84 in Fort Lauderdale. Great food, service, and price in a very nice atmosphere. It's Latin American, so there's your ethnic! :-)

          Tonight we are trying Cafe Sharaku for the first time, Asian/French fusion. It might be a good choice for your romantic dinner, not sure. I've heard Valentino's on US1 near Davie Blvd. is a nice romantic place with excellent food.

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          Cafe Sharaku
          2736 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

          El Tamarindo Cafe
          233 W State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

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            cdmirshamsi RE: NicoleFriedman Aug 1, 2010 08:49 AM

            Primanti Brothers., Southport Raw Bar and the Floridian in Fort Lauderdale are all good "cheap eats" The Floridians breakfast is very reasonable and you won't need to eat until dinner.

            Most of the waterfront places are over priced with less than stellar food, perhaps you would consider dessert or appetizers at Trina, 954 steak house or Blue Moon? they are all pretty good

            Valentinos on Davie is expensive but incredible, The Grateful Palate has really gotten fantastic as well (and you can sit at the Chef's table and watch them cook) and if you want an old world (think sopranos) vibe, Anthony's runway 84 has usually very good italian food.

            Another place I like for appetizers on the water is the Oasis, decent food, great view.

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            Southport Raw Bar
            1536 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

            The Grateful Palate
            817 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

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              NicoleFriedman RE: cdmirshamsi Aug 4, 2010 10:11 PM

              The Grateful Palate looks very good. However, the Southport Raw Bar when I looked it up seems to have very mixed reviews, but I still may check it out.

              Thanks a lot!

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              Southport Raw Bar
              1536 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

              The Grateful Palate
              817 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

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                OysterHo RE: NicoleFriedman Aug 10, 2010 06:15 PM

                Southport Raw Bar is a dive bar with good fried food and oysters. It's a very low key, waterway/marina atmosphere, good beer, you know the kind of place. Don't go in there with high expectations. Go for a beer and some wings and relax by the water. My bf had the fried fish and it was very good. I had oysters (of course) and wings and enjoyed it. :)

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                Southport Raw Bar
                1536 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

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              Steve RE: NicoleFriedman Aug 9, 2010 07:14 PM

              El Buen Gusto is a Colombian bakery (with seats) in Tamarac. Excellent golden arepas with cheese. All around very good food here, including lunch specials.

              If you are in Miami anywhere near the airport, I recommend the pasteles at Portofino Bakery. They are kept warm in a heated case. I loved the coconut, but they are always killer. 27th Ave. just north of 836.

              And to continue my bakery theme, in Coral Gables, go to European Corner, a tiny Venezuelan bakery for tequenos (cheese wrapped in pastry) and arepas, which in Venezuela are served as sandwiches.

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              El Buen Gusto
              7227 NW 88th Ave, Tamarac, FL 33321

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