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Jan 10, 2012 12:20 PM

Ft Lauderdale / Miami: resuraunt/hotel recomendation

Hi all,
Thank you to all the folks here- I love salivating while you describe all the things not available OOT where I live far from my native NYC.

Im going to Florida, we live in a town with no kosher restaurants and we rarely travel so its a big deal to be going there.

I have a few questions I hope you can help with.

1- Hubby is arriving Friday and will be spending shabbat at a conference in Ft Lauderdale - any suggestion for where he can get either take out or if possible someplace I can order food to be delivered to the Hotel (to keep in his room in the mini fridge)

2- Again in Ft lauderdale any suggestions for meals for the next few days?

3- I am joining with my boys for the week and we will not be tied to FtL so what are the BEST places to eat food I cant cook at home. Think Shwarma, Chinese or really elegant places where we could leave the boys at the hotel (they are old enough to leave and would be just as happy eating tuna sandwiches in front of the TV)

4- We plan on staying where ever there is the greatest concentration of good restaurants so we can limit wasteful driving during a short vacation so ANY suggestions of the best area to find a hotel is appreciated.

Thank you SOOOO much for any advice you can give!


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  1. 1) In which hotel is he staying?
    2) Look in Hollywood, which is just 10 minutes south of Ft. Lauderdale. Lots to choose from.
    3) Rare and Thai Treat on Miami Beach
    4) Stay in Miami Beach in the 40s.

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    1. re: DeisCane

      DeisCane pegged it. Take his advice on all points, and stay in Miami Beach in the 40's.

      Also check the restaurant reviews in recent threads on this board.

      And lucky you. When you live OOT (and I have) it is really fun to go somewhere you can eat out.

      I wonder if anyone in the Beaches offers a tasting menu, 'cause it's a lot of fun and you may as well pack in the experiences before you go back to where wonderful food is available, but only when you're the one dicing the onions and washing the pots.

      1. re: AdinaA

        Scarpetta at Fontainbleu and 1500degrees at Eden ROC both have tasting menus which are excellent. Just got back this sat. from Miami beach where we ate at both and stayed at Eden Roc. Food @ 1500 degrees was very good and lunch at the outdoor Cabana resto good also-try the fish tacos. Scarpetta also good, although twice the price(both were w/ the wine pairings.) For amazing Chinese-Hakasan @ Fontainbleu. The two hotels are next to each other in the 40's as some recommended.

      2. re: DeisCane

        I have been going to Florida for years and usually never venture down past Hollywood. Last time I went to Thai Treat and it was really just amazing and the prices are great. Definitely go there!

        1. re: pitagirl

          BTW, I believe Rare has a tasting menu. Never had it though. Maybe when I'm next down in a few weeks!