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Dine Out Fort Lauderdale!

mattstolz Sep 21, 2010 05:19 AM

Sadly, Miami Spice is on the way out (though I think it treated us pretty well overall this year) and it's time to start looking at menus for Dine Out Fort Lauderdale (http://www.sunny.org/dineout)! October 1-November 11th. So, my question to you is:

What looks good to you?
Anywhere that looks like a can't-miss?
Anything look disappointing?
Also, once we get rolling, where'd you go? how was it???

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    miaedu Nov 6, 2010 01:04 PM

    Due to work and being out of town I've almost missed this completely. Will be in FTL midweek.

    Which should be my choice if I only have one.

    Thanks.

    1. non sequitur Oct 4, 2010 06:36 AM

      Here's the New Times' take:
      http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/cle...

      Just from reading the posted menus, the standouts I'd like to try are Johnny V (which I'd last heard was on the verge of closing?) and Cafe Maxx, both of which seem to be putting out some good effort by going 4-course for $35 rather than 3-course.

      The Capital Grille FLL menu looks better than the Miami location's spice menu this year: 2 steak choices (not 1), potatoes and creamed spinach sides (not "almonds") and chocolate cake for dessert - much more solid in hitting the steakhouse classic notes.

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      Johnny V
      625 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

      Capital Grille
      444 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131

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      1. re: non sequitur
        non sequitur Oct 12, 2010 12:56 PM

        Johnny V was great - the menu was as described at the dine out website, and was 4 courses. I did have to request the "dine out" menu.

        Soups: more of an "amuse" but high-calorie cream-based, so a little went a long way. Smoked tomato was very smoky indeed - very good, but I prefered my lobster bisque.

        Apps: Blue corn crusted calamari were original and ample, but I'd prefer a little lighter and crispy batter. the Wild Mushroom Pancake Stack was a hit - great originality here too.

        Mains: Corn Crusted Snapper and Sage Mahi (jeez, don't call just call it "dolphin" - you'll scare the tourists) were both great. The snapper in particular was one of the most artful presentations I've seen in a long time.

        Desserts: the berry creme brulee is a signature dessert, but I preferred the chocolate cake (just barely).

        Portions: I haven't been to Johnny V's previously, but I think the promo portions were close to regular size, especially for the fish entrees and desserts. I did see one exception: the mushroom stack app in the promo menu was 2 layers, when the full price version was 3. But if I had eaten 3 layers of this, I'd never finish my main, much less dessert.

        Conclusion: highly recommend.

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        Johnny V
        625 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

      2. mattstolz Oct 2, 2010 09:41 PM

        I went to Himmarshee tonight for dinner! everything we had was delicious! i also think its important to mention that literally 80% of their menu is available with the Dine Out pricing. we started with open faced pulled pork quesadillas and butternut squash pasta purses, which were both delicious. for main courses we had the scottish salmon, braised lamb shank with smoked gouda mac n cheese, and roasted grouper with israeli cous cous. again, all three were very good, and everything was cooked very well. i had heard great things about the mac and cheese and it lived up to the hype. we had a big piece of chocolate cake for dessert and all our plates left the table clean.

        on top of that, we got free drinks because they got pretty busy right after we showed up and the food took a little time. but they were VERY good about it and we hardly even noticed, and they more than made up for it with service and comping.

        the portions were all really good and the food was great.

        finally, if you sign up for the mailing list on their website, the first email you get from them contains a BOGO entree coupon! dooo it!

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        Himmarshee Bar & Grill
        210 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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        1. re: mattstolz
          mattstolz Oct 4, 2010 01:24 PM

          i should probably mention also that with the long wait and only three people at our table, they still felt the need to add gratuity for us (20 percent!!) which i thought was pretty generous considering the fact that we waited long enough that they felt the need to pay for our drinks and dessert. was my one complaint

          1. re: mattstolz
            OysterHo Oct 10, 2010 03:42 PM

            Why are they adding 20% gratuity for a party of 3?

            1. re: OysterHo
              mattstolz Oct 10, 2010 07:40 PM

              your guess is as good as mine on that one.

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            crewsweeper Oct 5, 2010 10:19 AM

            I made my reservations for 1 via Open Table for this Friday! I was seriously considering the lamb shanks and chocolate cake. Thanks for the warning on the delays.

            crew

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              crewsweeper Oct 10, 2010 12:54 PM

              I had a great dinner at Himmershae's. Lambshanks. pork quesadillas, because they no longer offer the not so classical caesar salad, and the apple cake for dessert. Their wine flights were interesting...3 reds or 3 whites...in 2 ounce stemless glasses. They do substitute wines. Side bar was hopping as was the restaurant before 7:30, then it quieted down a bit.

              1. re: crewsweeper
                mattstolz Oct 10, 2010 02:40 PM

                glad ya liked it!

          3. mattstolz Sep 23, 2010 05:35 PM

            I definitely agree on Cafe Maxx. Family is coming in to visit next weekend and I really wanted to take them there, but they aren't doing the Dine Out Menu on Saturdays. We will be going to Himmarshee.

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              retloctt Sep 28, 2010 02:15 AM

              Pretty weak showing as usual from Ft Lauderdale. 3030 is probably good, Johnny V is always a hit, Cafe Maxx is bringing it as they always do. Not much else of interest. Maybe the Melting Pot looks ok and i ve never been there so maybe i'll try that. WAY TOO much Italian going on. We'll see.....

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              Johnny V
              625 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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                tlubow Sep 28, 2010 07:48 AM

                While not exciting, The Capital Grille looks like a very good value. Lola's on Harrison has been good in years past. 3030 Ocean is a great restaurant (best mussels in Broward), but there is no selection on its pre-set dine out menu, so that's disappointing.
                Has anyone ever been to Grille 66 at Pier 66? I'd love to hear something about it.

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                Lola's on Harrison
                2032 Harrison Street, Hollywood, FL 33020

                Capital Grille
                444 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131

                3030 Ocean
                Harbor Beach Resort Marriott, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

                Grille 66 & Bar
                2301 SE 17 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

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              zook Sep 23, 2010 02:40 PM

              The Cafe Maxx menu looks like great value.

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                crewsweeper Sep 22, 2010 11:12 AM

                When I'm there next month on business, I'm looking at Himmarshee ( because it's just me dining) or 3030, which would be a great value @ $35. Truluck and Trinas are good too. You might want to look at Lola's as it gets some good press, I've never been. I understand the Todd English place isn't really that good. A bit disappointed that 954 Steak isn't participating.

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