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Jan 15, 2011 04:47 PM

Good and Not Too Expensive Fort Lauderdale Eats

My family and I are coming down from Toronto Canada to spend 2 nights pre-Caribbean cruise in February and were wondering what some recommended not to expensive but good eats are. We are staying near the airport. Last year we ended up just going to the Cheesecake Factory since it's generally consistent so we knew what to expect and didn't know where else to go. We walked around Las Olas road but just ended up at the Cheesecake Factory. I was wondering if anyone has any good suggestions.

Las Olas Cafe
922 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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  1. There are quite few choices in that general area. I think if you specify what kind of food you're looking for it would be easier. Near the airport is Anthony's for good pizza, salad, wings, etc. Also on Las Olas is Noodles & Pannini which is very good and not too expensive Italian. Shuck & Dive is also very close and is good New Orleans/Cajun food. Tom Jenkins BBQ (which I'm not a fan of but the Hounds seem to love) is also nearby. There's lots more, but it really depends what you're looking for and what "not too expensive" means to you.

    Las Olas Cafe
    922 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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    1. re: pilches

      Might as well throw out there that Tom Jenkins is a BBQ dive not unlike Georgia Pig. If you don't have high expectations from BBQ, then this might be good. The bbq sauce is one like I have never had before.

      1. re: freakerdude

        Thanks to both. Not too expensive would be like entrees in the $15-20 range.

        I'll check out your Las Olas recomendations as the restaurants along there looked quite nice. Cuisine type there is no specific preference. I read about Catfish Dewey's on here. The menu looks decent but the pictures of the place don't look that nice. Not that we need super nice decor but my grandmother is coming along too and I don't think she'd like it.

        Catfish Deweys
        4003 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

        Las Olas Cafe
        922 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

        1. re: girlstar

          I would not go to Catfish Dewey - it's also not close to where you're staying. On 17th street, close to their airport, you got Southport Raw Bar, Kelly's Landing. Also nearby is the already mentioned Anthony's Coal Fire Pizza. If you go to 2nd Street, which is not too far, you can go to either Tarpon Bend or Rok Brgr, which just opened and is great. We had a great lunch there on Sunday. They have a pretty big menu - we expected just burgers, but were surprised. Another option on Las Olas is Cafe Europa, for salads, pizzas, and other Italian dishes.

          Catfish Deweys
          4003 N Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

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

          Las Olas Cafe
          922 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

          Cafe Europa
          726 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

          1. re: tlubow

            Thanks for your suggestions I'll definitely look into them!

    2. There are two places that I like to recommend to visitors to our area. Both offer a taste of local or Caribbean food that they aren't likely to find in their hometowns and both would be a fairly short ride.

      Sugar Reef on the Hollywood Broadwalk offers a unique taste of the Caribbean and Laura's Cuban Restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard has exceptional Cuban fare.



      I hope you have a pleasant stay!



      1. I would echo Caffe Europa as the best bet for reasonably priced dining on Las Olas.

        Rok:Brgr on 2nd Street is a new burger joint - nothing really unique (well, except for this area), but fantastic burgers (including several non-beef option) and comfortable setting - indoors or out.

        If you want a water setting: Coconuts has reasonable food at reasonable prices and is right on the water (not the ocean). Otherwise Pelican Landing at the Hyatt Pier 66 has the best setting for sunset (IMHO) although a little pricier than Coconuts.

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        1. re: mrmagee

          Sorry...I have to disagree about sunset at Pelican Landing. It faces east!

          1. re: gblcsw

            No it doesn't.
            It is on the east side of the intra-coastal, faces west (is opposite China Grill at the Hilton Marina) and on a clear evening has a stunning sunset.