Dine Out Lauderdale 2012 menus?
The menus are now posted. http://www.sunny.org/dineout/ A quick perusal, and I see that some look pretty good. Primavera and Market 17 have very extensive offerings. Cafe Maxx has 4 courses offered rather than three. Yet some fall into the usual petite-filet-chicken-salmon rut. Gotta choose carefully.
Had my first Dine Out meal last Thursday at Grille 66 at the Hyatt Pier 66.
They did not offer the DO menu - we had to ask, which was disappointing. From there though things were really excellent. The setting is fantastic - we sat outside overlooking the intra-coastal. We all ordered off the DO menu - like Spice, you order all 3 courses at the same time. Three people got salads - all seemed happy, and two of us got the seared tuna. It was delicious - came with julianned veg and something that tasted like a prawn cracked.
Mains were split between the salmon for the non-meat eaters - which were good but nit spectacular, and the 8oz filet, accompanied by mushrooms and mash. The steak was a bigger portion than at Bourbon Steak, and my dad absolutely loved it. Although tender and delicious, it did not blow me away like the Spice filet at Bourbon Steak.
Desserts were ok, key lime pie was the favorite, chocolate mousse was good but a bit rich to eat the whole thing and cheesecake was good but fairly standard (and apparently not as good as Cheesecake Factory).
I should also add that we extra cheaped-out by bringing two bottles of wine with us (we were actually celebrating and they were a gift for the occasion), but I did not feel so bad as the corkage was $25 per bottle, plus service and tax.
Overall, an excellent Dine Out experience, and great value for money. The setting is as good as it gets (and quiet for those that prefer it) and the service as you would expect from a top steakhouse.
My friend and I tried Maxx's Cafe and really liked our dinners. I had the duck and she had the yellowtail - both were excellent. The two apps and desserts were great too. This is a 4 course dinner so an even better value than some others. They also offer specials of the day in each category.
I would love to try Market 17. I hear such good things about the restaurant, happy hour, and wine menu.