I was on vacation for two week and not only did I go on my first cruise (and last which I will write about) but I also spent one week in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. My parents currently live in Ft. Lauderdale and I have been there a few times. This time I decided to make my top 10 restaurant list for those that have not been there before.
Ft. Lauderdale has a lot to offer for everyone. You have the beach with lots of bars and restaurants. But then there is Las Olas Bouevard with cute little stores and great restaurants that you can sit outside and do some great people watching. I also learned that just because a state is sourrounded by water it does not mean they know how to prepare fish. I have no idea why but fish seems to be a hit or miss in Ft. Lauderdale. At Yolo it was always prepared perfectly but at other place you have to tell them not to over cook your fish or 50% of the time they will. So if you are a fish person this is just a reminder to tell your waiter how you want your fish prepared.
Would love to hear where you like to eat in Ft. Lauderdale but here are my top 10 places to eat:
Yolo (You Only Live Once) – I ate here for lunch and dinner and it was always delicious. You have the options of decadent or healthy food but all just perfectly prepared. Their fish is not overdone and their salads are very tasty. The California Spinach Salad is delicious served with Rotisserie Chicken, Green Apples, Cranberries, Cashews, Bacon and Chopped Egg . The Prime Rib is out of this world. Served with Garlic Toasted Ciabatta, Melted Swiss, Caramelized Onions and French Fries. And my favorite dessert is the Ice Cream sandwich with Espresso and Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream and covered in Nuts and served with a warm cinnamon sauce. Do not miss this place.
333 East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2259
The LeTub Saloon – This place is not in Ft. Lauderdale but in Hollywood, FL which is about 20 minutes outside of Ft. Lauderdale but you still can’t miss this place. This place serves one of the best burgers in the US. I am not kidding you. This is not a fancy place but the burgers are amazing. A formerly Gas Station but closed in the seventies, the owner personally hand built LeTub totally of Flotsam, Jetsam and ocean borne treasures all gathered daily over 4 years of day break jogging on Hollywood Beach. Don’t miss this.
The LeTub Saloon
1100 North Ocean Drive
Hollywood, FL 33019-3309
Pelican Landing (Hyatt Regency Pier 66) – Considered “Fort Lauderdale’s Best Kept Secret,” A casual place with simple and good food. Great people and boat watching at this place. Go during happy hour and this place is even better since drinks and appetizers are discounted.
Pelican Landing (Hyatt Regency Pier 66)
2301 Southeast 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Greek Island Tavern – I have been to Greece and this place has good authentic Greek food. If you like Greek food you can not miss this place. The Greek salads and the feta here is amazing. The lamb is out of this world. Their soups are delicious. The menu is large and everything I have had here was always just prepared great. On top of that the staff is really nice and the service is great. Don’t miss this place.
Greek Island Tavern
3300 North Ocean Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-7119
Casa D’Angelo Ristorante – Excellent Italian place. You have three locations to choose from , Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Atlantis Resort in Bahamas. I have only tried the Ft. Lauderdale one but the food was excellent. Veal in a ragu sauce, homemade sausage, veal scaloppini, sautéed shrimp, so many choices and everything excellent.
Casa D’Angelo Ristorante
1201 North Federal Highway # 5B
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304-1458
Café Martorano – This is another Italian place that has 3 locations one in Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood and Las Vegas, NV. I have only been to the Ft. Lauderdale one but a great little place. They are famous for their meatballs so you have to try those. But they also have great thin crust pizza, lots of pasta and the South Philly favorites. I didn’t stay this long but I hear at 11pm it turn into a club.
3343 E Oakland Park Blvd,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Sage Café – A french restaurant that has two locations one in Ft. Lauderdale and one in Hollywood, Fl. Great place for brunch, lunch or dinner and order the crepes.
2378 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305-2562
Coco Asian Bistro & Bar – This place is in a strip mall, so I would have never gone here if I didn’t know about it and it’s a great little surprise. Very chic and stylish little place. The Chef is from Thailand and the food is excellent. The spring rolls, dumplings, and curry is excellent. The menu is large and something for everyone.
Coco Asian Bistro & Bar
1841 Cordova Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Vienna Café & Wine Bar – Great Food, Great Atmosphere, Great Wine! Do not miss the Danish meatballs.
Vienna Café & Wine Bar
9100 W State Road 84
Davie, FL 33324-4416
Wild East Bistro – Another great Asian Bistro with lots of choices here. Dumplings, Shrimp, scallion pancakes, Shrimp in Grand Marnier and they have kimchi. Something for everyone here. Sit outside but don’t fall into the river.
Wild East Bistro
1200 E Las Olas Blvd # 101
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-2367