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Looking for a restaurant with a "Florida" feel. Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood

cancun44 May 13, 2011 04:57 PM

I have a buddy coming down from NJ and want to give him a taste of Florida by taking him somewhere with a tropical vibe to it. Something that isn't a chain. Looking for something moderately priced. Could be by the beach. Could be seafood. Looking to stay in the FTL/Hollywood area.

Thank you

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  1. advisor_Girl RE: cancun44 May 13, 2011 06:09 PM




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      Nick RE: advisor_Girl May 14, 2011 01:33 PM

      I would second Le Tub, and add Tark's.

      Le Tub
      1100 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

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        freakerdude RE: Nick May 16, 2011 05:35 AM

        Le Tub's chips and salsa is $9?

    2. LiveRock RE: cancun44 May 14, 2011 06:29 AM

      Each of these places are very different from each other but all are very "Florida". I've arranged them by price and find the food at each one ranges from great to OK.

      http://www.capsplace.com/ - Famous for their hearts of palm salads.

      http://seafood-world.com/ - Gracious service and super fresh seafood.

      http://www.catfishdeweys.com/ - The fried shrimp are great and the atmosphere is pure Florida "Cracker".

      1. gblcsw RE: cancun44 May 14, 2011 02:43 PM

        Coconuts on A1A is great deck dining overlooking the intra-coastal.

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          pilches RE: cancun44 May 14, 2011 03:26 PM

          I'll second Coconuts and also add Calypso and Sugar Reef. They are all very tropical. Also the Taco Shack (new on Hollywood Beach) is very inexpensive, good and fun. They have live music and it's a half a block to Hollywood Beach.

          Sugar Reef
          600 N Surf Rd, Hollywood, FL 33019

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            rebus1805 RE: pilches May 15, 2011 06:33 AM

            Where is the Taco Shack on Hollywood Beach?

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              pilches RE: rebus1805 May 15, 2011 06:08 PM

              Maybe not the exact name, but right in front of the old Hollywood Beach Hotel.

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                dbarnard RE: rebus1805 May 16, 2011 08:00 AM

                334 Arizona Street, Hollywood, FL (954) 920-6523
                1 block N of Hollywood and A1A

                Good tacos, the grilled fish is my favorite. Massive beers, including Sierra Nevada for cheap! The corn on the cob is also great.

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                  pilches RE: dbarnard May 16, 2011 08:08 AM

                  It's definitely a welcome addition to Hollywood!

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                Nick RE: pilches May 17, 2011 08:39 PM

                I liked the tacos (and the corn), but found the music to be loud and obnoxious. Sure, steel pan is tropical, but at a Mexican restaurant?

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                  freakerdude RE: pilches May 18, 2011 09:24 AM

                  I ate at Coconuts a couple of weekends ago. The ceviche is pretty good and the deck overlooking the Intracoastal is pretty cool with boats coming in and dropping people off. The blackened mahi sandwiches looked great. They serve a few select Boylan soft drinks.

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                  flavrmeistr RE: cancun44 May 17, 2011 05:46 AM

                  The Rustic Inn near Griffin Road. Old-school crab and seafood house. Been there forever.

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                    Carola84 RE: flavrmeistr May 18, 2011 06:55 PM

                    Definetely a must, check if they have the steam crab!

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                    hollys RE: cancun44 May 20, 2011 04:17 PM

                    Check out the Sea Watch in Lauderdale by the Sea. It is as Florida tropical as it gets. The screened in porch sits right on the ocean with gorgeous views and sea breezes. Go for lunch or early dinner to soak in the view. The menu offers a good variety of fish and seafood choices.

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                      sfeatz RE: cancun44 May 26, 2011 04:51 AM

                      We always take visitors to Rustic Inn- food is good and it has that great old Florida feel to it.

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