There was a time when Fort Lauderdale got a bad rap for its food scene, but thankfully things have changed these days. New restaurants have been popping out of nowhere, which really helped the culinary scene leap good miles in order to be seen on the map.
There a ton of things to do in Fort Lauderdale, but for now, let’s talk about food. Because really, why not? Food is one of the main reasons why people rate their experience in one place excellent, and in Fort Lauderdale, there’s no shortage of must-eat places.
“From comfort food to decadent fondue, Fort Lauderdale has it,” says South Florida businessman Lee S. Rosen. “In fact, South Florida’s food scene is so diverse, there’s definitely a cuisine for everyone.”
1. Terra Mare
Terra Mare is a newcomer at Fort Lauderdale and boasts a variety of dishes sourced from locally grown meat and seafood. Fitting, considering the name of the place is Italian for land and sea.
Terra Mare’ dynamic menu was created by Johan Svensson, an alum of Aquavit, Marcus Samuelsson’s NYC eatery. Some of the dishes you can enjoy in this restaurant include the finest tenderloin with roasted vegetables, crispy whole snapper with leeks, and sea bass with miso glaze. You’ll also love Terra Mare’s grilled romaine, beef tartare, and juicy oysters.
2. Apeiro Kitchen and Bar
When Apeiro opened its doors to the public three years back, it became a hit among restaurant reviewers, food bloggers, and local foodies. Broward Palm Beach New Times included Apeiro in their top 10 list of best new restaurants, and the Sun Sentinel rated it four stars. To this day, the restaurant is still a favorite among Floridians and tourists.
Apeiro Kitchen and Bar has a Miami location that serves Moroccan- and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Among those you should try is the Forest Mushroom flatbread and Moroccan spiced lamb ribs.
3. Asia Bay Sushi Bar and Thai
Found in the popular and prestigious Las Olas Boulevard, the Asia Bay Sushi Bar and Thai is where all Asian cuisine lovers go to taste delectable Thai food and mouth-watering sushi. The restaurant is known for using only the freshest ingredients, and you have the option of outdoor seating too. While eating at the popular restaurant, you also get a magnificent view of the Hmmarshee Canal, the perfect backdrop for anyone who wants to relax and enjoy good food and good people.
4. Amarena Bakery and Bistro
In Amarena, delightful batches of Argentine cuisine and European-style cakes await foodies of all ages. The bistro is spearheaded by Argentine pastry chef Ariel Oyarzabal, who provides guests with delectable profiterol and mil hojas. Amarena also serves cupcakes, petit fours, cake pops, bonbons, and mini tarts. For fans of Argentine treats, there’s a fine selection of Balcarce, Rogel, alfajor cake, subs, miga, and baked empanadas.
Chef Ariel’s wife, Daniela, is one of the first persons you will see upon entering the establishment, offering ham-stuffed bread called cachitos de jamon.
5. The Rusty Hook Tavern
“The thing about the Rusty Hook is that you won’t find it unless you go searching for it,” says Lee Rosen.”If you do come across it though, make sure to have a cocktail or two.”
The Rusty Hook Tavern operates under Gordon Ramsay’s ex-chef de cuisine Nader Jaouhar. Chef Nader previously helped run Ramsay’s Boca Raton restaurant called Cielo, which explains why in here you will find all kinds of seafood and a pleasant view of the Intracoastal while dining in.
While the food is extraordinary, the drinks deserve a spotlight as well. The Rusty Hook is famous for its dangerously-named cocktails such as Darn N Stormy, Guilty Plea, and Troublemaker. On Thursdays, ladies can enjoy half-priced drinks to go with their seafood.