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Sep 21, 2010 05:19 AM

Dine Out Fort Lauderdale!

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 (! 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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  1. 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.

    1. The Cafe Maxx menu looks like great value.

      1. 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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        1. re: mattstolz

          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.....

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

          1. re: retloctt

            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.

            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

        2. 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!

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

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          1. re: mattstolz

            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

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

              1. re: OysterHo

                your guess is as good as mine on that one.

            2. re: mattstolz

              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.


              1. re: crewsweeper

                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 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.

            3. Here's the New Times' take:

              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.

              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

                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.

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