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Jan 22, 2011 06:27 AM

Coming to Ft Lauderdale next weekend - where to eat?!


I am coming down from Boston next weekend and staying on the beach in Lauderdale by the Sea. We are there for three nights and looking for some restaurant suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are more interested in good food than in trendy atmosphere but would also love to find a place on the water one night if that is possible. Thank you!

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  1. For Sunday breakfast/brunch, we love Coconuts...It is on the water, but not on the beach side. Great outdoor deck and nice, inventive food. Highly recommend the potato cakes...Love the beignets they bring out gratis.

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    1. re: gblcsw

      I second Coconuts, one of my favorite places to eat in Ft Lauderdale for both food and atmosphere. Never been for brunch but the menu looks great, have tried almost everything else on the menu.

      Casablanca is a great spot for lunch, overlooks the ocean.

    2. Hey, did you know Coconuts is doing a Paella night on Tuesday & Friday now? I'm going to have to check that out!

      Just east of Lauderdale By The Sea are a few places of note.

      One of my favorites is The Ambry. Chef Hans truly puts his heart in the food. Be sure to ask if there are fresh sausages and check out that beer menu!

      Do a chowhound search for Eduardo De San Angel for one of the most mentioned restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. This is gourmet Mexican like you've never seen.

      My personal favorite at Thai Spice is the fish of the day. Sometimes it's a whole yellowtail snapper other times a seared grouper but it is always top notch. When I have gotten past the fish I have been treated to some truly fine panang and green curries.

      For a unique lunch experience check out the Pomperdale Deli. The guys behind the counter are a crackup and you'll wish you had someone with which to share that stacked pastrami sandwich.

      Enjoy your stay!


      Thai Spice Restaurant
      1514 E Commercial Blvd, Oakland Park, FL 33334

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      1. re: LiveRock

        Thanks for the recommendations so far! Any other suggestions for dinner? Eduardo De San Angel looks good but we will still need a couple of others. Also, how about places to pick up sandwiches to eat on the beach at lunchtime?

        1. re: lmuller

          Mr. Nicks makes a fantastic sandwich. It's a little sandwich stand on Andrews. The Chizzer is really popular but everything I've had there is good.

          You could also check out Shuck 'n Dive for Cajun food. Not on the water but really good food.

      2. For Breakfast:
        Country Ham & Eggs
        4405 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308 (954) 776-1666
        Sandwich/Sub pickup:
        LaSpada's Original Hoagies
        4346 Seagrape Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308 954-776-7893
        On the Water:
        Aruba Beach Cafe
        One East Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308 (954) 776-0001
        Sea Watch Restaurant
        6002 N. Ocean Blvd., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308 (954) 781-2200
        Blue Moon Fish Company
        4405 W Tradewinds Avenue Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida 33308 954-267-9888
        Other notables:
        101 Ocean
        101 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308
        (954) 776-2269
        Pa' DeGennaro's Restaurant & Deli
        4331 N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308
        (954) 351-0310

        101 Ocean
        101 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

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        1. re: Munchkin

          Can you tell me any more about any of those places? Are they places that you recommend or just places in Lauderdale by the Sea?

          1. re: lmuller

            They are places that I recommend. What more did you want to know?

        2. Pomperdale Deli 3055 East Commercial Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-4311 - (954) 771-9830 ---- Very good pastrami, busy at lunchtime, no frills

          Kyojin Buffet 3485 N. Federal Highway
          Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
          Good solid Japanese buffet

          Check out Jeff Eats blog for more possibilities

          Kyojin Buffet
          3485 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

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          1. re: zzDan

            I don't know... what can you tell me!?

            1. re: lmuller

              I can absolutely recommend Laspadas subs a Ft Lauderdale staple since I was a kid,no fan fair just a small place that churns out wicked awesome far as the Ambry I have not eaten there in quite a few years .......but my grandfather German by birth swore by this place,I think dinner is better than lunch(more pricey but more choices) both are close to where you are...

          2. Tell me where you like to eat in Boston (I am from Boston) and I can tell you what's comparable - although don't raise your hopes too high.

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            1. re: DolceFarNiente

              Is the food at Eduardo's as good as Angela's?

              1. re: Alcachofa

                I'm not familiar with Angela's but Eduardo's is quite good - need to get back there to try it again. I have been hearing wonderful things about Market 17 - stopped in to take a peek and it's a cool space so maybe you want to try it.