Fort Lauderdale Solo dining (Galt Ocean Mile and Wilton Manors areas)
Will be in Fort Lauderdale for a 4-day solo visit, staying in a condo on Galt Ocean Mile. Like good food, but fairly low key. Don't mind driving, but don't want to venture too far. Any recommendations for breakfast (aside from my Egg & You standby), lunch and dinner?
Thursday night: Dinner at Il Mullino. Excellent as always, and totally not shy about the garlic (the garlic rolls alone would have had me sleeping in a separate bed if my partner was on this trip with me). I had rigatoni with wild mushrooms - superb!
Friday breakfast: cheese blintzes at Egg'n'You. Always wonderful, and sitting at the counter is quite entertaining.
Friday dinner: Sea. The place was totally empty, which is a shame, because it is really excellent. I had the "Braise of the Day" - black grouper with braised squash, zucchini, carrots and gigante beans. The light tomato sauce was very subtle and the entire dish was beautifully composed and executed. Started with corn and fish chowder which was superb and key lime pie for dessert. $40 for the 3 courses was a good deal. Nice selection of wines by the glass.
Sat breakfast: Delacaseas. Just happened in here and glad I did. Very nice people, a very delicious latte, nice egg sandwich and then a single chocolate chip pancake (because I was still hungry).
Sat dinner: Paradero. Little hole in the wall BBQ place on Oakland, immediately west of AIA (in the strip where Pizza Rustica is). Wonderful pulled pork sandwich (to celebrate Chanukah!) served on french bread, with buttermilk battered onion rings. The BBQ sauce was sweet and smokey - just the way I like it. Very nice find - I'll definitely want to try their ribs next time.
Sun breakfast - blintzes again at Egg'n'You - once is never enough.
Sun dinner - Thasos Greek Taverna. On Oakland at corner of A1A. Sat at the bar - rather entertaining crowd, until guy lit up a cigar, which was revolting. The restaurant is beautiful, and so were the servers. Food was very good. I had salmon served on lentils, side of whipped feta dip (fantastic) and side of roasted brussels sprouts (out of this world). Some nice wines, and then a mammoth serving of baklava.
Monday breakfast - Country Egg & Ham. Typical diner, not bad, but pretty basic. Would have loved to sit outside, but everyone out there was smoking. Ugh.
Altogether a wonderful visit to Lauderdale!
Another dinner option, "gourmet Mexican"...
Oh yes, and for lunch... about a 10 minute drive, to South Pompano:
Calypso Restaurant. Again: Great (mostly) Florida/Caribbean style seafood in a VERY casual setting.
Try some of the jerk and or conch dishes if you want dishes you probably won't get in Cleveland too often. Weekdays only, lunch and dinner. I would go here for lunch your first day and you'll have a good idea of what you might want to be looking for the rest of your trip!