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Mar 20, 2011 10:23 AM

Hidden Gems in Fort Lauderdale

We will be spending two days in Fort Lauderdale in May and are looking for the best places to eat. We are not interested in common chains like Hard Rock etc. We want some hidden gems and also if there are interesting things to do would love a heads up. Thanks!

Hard Rock Cafe
401 Biscayne Blvd Ste R200, Miami, FL 33132

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  1. where are ya comin from and what kinda things are you lookin to eat/do?

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    1. re: mattstolz

      We are coming from Kentucky and staying in Fort Lauderdale one night then going to the Keys and then staying there again on our way home. We are big seafood lovers and we just want something to do that will pass the time before we move on. Site seeing maybe.

      1. re: babyviolet7

        Cafe Sharaku comes to mind. There are many posts about this little hidden gem on the board. Also, Calypso has delicious seafood with a Caribbean flare. Also very good in F.L. and on the water with a nice view is Coconuts. Very good fish in a very nice setting. They also have a very nice Sunday brunch.

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

        1. re: pilches

          For Lunch: Barbara Young Bakery on Las Olas for great Shrimp n Grits, baked goods, coffee, soup, etc.
          11th Street Annex on 11th Street & Andrews Ave for a very unique locals-only dining. Two sisters create 4 dishes daily, whatever they feel like, using the herbs, veggies & fruit that grows in the backyard served in the living room and bedroom of a tiny 1950s or 1940s house. The often have seafood on the menu.
          My Market Deli on 17th ST West of us1, sit elbow to elbow with construction workers, doctors, lawyers and boaties and dine on gourmet subs and the largest selection of chips and sodas i've seen in such a small place. Not much seafood but maybe if you sit next to a boatie they can point you in the right direction.

          or Meal in a Pie (no seafood) Just south of Commercial Blvd, 4440 NE 20th Ave
          Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 , a south african savory pastry shop (bobotie, lamb curry, veggie curry, etc)

          For other meals:
          Riverside Market for $2 micobrews and subs, salads, etc.!/riversidem... (usually have ceviche and some other fish items
          )or Bozo's (across the street from riverside market) if your there on a friday they have great Soul Food). (sometimes has fried fish)
          Keese's Gourmet by the beach (A1A & Commercial Blvd) for the world's best falafel (I think they also may have some fish items)

          1. re: SouthFloridaFoodNerd

            i just wanna thank you for mentioning 11th Street Annex! i went here with some friends to try it today and it was a great little find!! i will definitely be going back again!

            1. re: mattstolz

              I'm so glad! A lot of people are very hush-hush about the place because they don't want it mobbed and have to wait for a table, which happens because it's so small and only open during a rather small window of time. I think for places like that, their praise needs to be sung from the rooftops. if people don't know about it, then people won't come. if people don't come.... the unthinkable happens.

              1. re: SouthFloridaFoodNerd


                a place like that never deserves the unthinkable!

                the mango tea and strawberry pie alone was enough to win it a place on my go-to list!

        2. re: babyviolet7

          > We are big seafood lovers... We want some hidden gems

          Suggest you scoot up to Calypso in nearby Pompano Beach. Search this board for "Calypso" and you'll find out why.

          1. re: CFByrne

            Just west of Lauderdale is Catfish Dewey's on Andrews Road just east of I-95 and south of Commercial Blvd. Seafood galore, fried, steamed, fresh -- all at good prices, especially their all-you-can-eat specials (e.g, catfish, fired shrimp, peel-and-eat shrimp and clam strips for $18 with sides and great hush puppies) Lots of stone crab claws also offered as AYCE. Another good dish is baked catfish topped with real crabmeat.

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

            1. re: CJT

              I love Catfish Dewey's. It's a throwback to old Florida. I am planning another visit on my next Ft Lauderdale visit.

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

              1. re: irodguy

                If you love Catfish Dewey's you might want to give Seafood World a try as well. It's about as old Florida as they come with excellent food to boot.