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Next door to a now famous bakery of the same name, the same Quebec family opened a tiny cafe that offers a few tables for dining on such treats as a Bechamel croissant stuffed with ham or spinach and mushrooms with a Swiss cheese sauce and topped with grated cheese. Even a hot dog's different here. They're wrapped in flaky pastry dough and served with tangy French mustard. They'll make whatever you want from a deli that stocks pate, prosciutto, roast beef, tuna salad, ham, turkey and imported cheeses. Quiches are on the menu in various varieties, and a pizza on French bread dough with fresh tomatoes and mushrooms atop it tempts many.
Tucked away from the maddening rush of downtown Fort Lauderdale, Brew Urban Cafe Victoria Park is one place where you can relax and enjoy your daily dose of caffeine. Devoid of all the frills of the modern coffee house chain, this café comes with an easygoing ambiance which is enhanced by the youthful staff members who always fill your order with a friendly smile. Whether you’re coming in for a caramel frappé or lemonade, this cafe is a pleasant daytime hangout.
Established in 1997, Stork's was founded by Wilton Manor's former mayor, Jim Storks and his business partner and pastry chef Peter Dekaj. Delighting the citizens with great food and amicable service, Stork's Bakery and Café gained popularity and is still one of the best cafes in the city. Renowned for their varieties of coffee, they also serve delicious range of teas, cappuccinos, lattes and smoothies. The desserts are heavenly; do try out their freshly baked pastries. Frittatas, salads, emapanadas and sandwiches are also on offer.
A true blue Floridian masterpiece, Coconuts at Fort Lauderdale has some of the best seafood in the city. Serving fun food with a touch of class, the coconut shrimp, lobster roll and jambalaya are excellent. Celebrate your engagement with a sip of wine on the romantic patio, or have a beer with your buddies for a fun-filled evening.
Whether you're looking for a quick lunch or just a hearty bite that will last you through the day, Laspada's won't disappoint. This local chain of sandwich shops began in 1973, and has been delighting with freshly prepared hoagies (submarine sandwiches) since. The menu offerings are extensive, and include everything from cold subs to deli sandwiches and salads. Bread is baked fresh daily and all sandwiches are made-to-order for the freshest experience. Extra-large hoagies are also available if you're going with a group. Garnering critical acclaim in various quarters, Laspada's is the place to be for a hearty sandwich.
A Fort Lauderdale landmark, the Mai-Kai restaurant offers great food and authentic Polynesian entertainment. Its thatched roof and carved totems are set against a backdrop of fiery torches and waterfalls. Inside, décor includes giant palm-frond fans, massive carvings and high-backed wicker chairs. It has won many awards for excellent cuisine, decor and entertainment. Traditional Chinese ovens create some of the best roast pork in the state and the Crab Rangoon is delicious. Their service is excellent, and the cocktails offered are from original Donn Beach recipes and served in coconuts and pineapples.
For burgers that put others to shame, head to Gilbert's 17th Avenue Grill. This popular eatery is not only known for its tasty sliders, but for its multitude of delicious sandwiches and amazing desserts. Specials change by the day, and include a wide cross-section of dishes so stop in today and see what you've been missing.
Established in 1972, Jack's has been delighting generations of locals with their finely crafted hamburgers. Fresh ground meat and old-school grilling techniques ensure a burst of flavor with each bite. House favorites include the Original as well as the Big Jack. There's a little choice for the kids as well. Besides burgers, Jack's also offers a choice of hot dogs and sandwiches. There's a choice of fries to accompany your burgers as well. Top it off with a creamy milk shake or choose from the beverage selection that includes coffee and sodas. Ranking among some of the best burgers in the country, Jack's is a must-try when in the city.
El Guanaco brings the zesty flavors from Mexico's streets to your palate. The restaurant specializes in tacos and various other forms of popular Mexican street food, known collectively as antojitos. Besides this, diners can also sample little-known specialties from El Salvador. The menu offers an extensive choice of creations from both the countries. While nachos, quesadillas and tostadas are perennial Mexican favorites on the menu, Salvadoran specialties like Nuegados de Yuca, Empanadas de Platano and Pupusas come highly recommended. The entree selection offers such delights as Chicharrones de Pollo, Bistec de Lengua and Camaronnes Criollos. The dining room, decorated in vibrant hues is a comfortable space to enjoy the dishes.
Rustic Inn is a seafood restaurant teeming with character. Located near the airport, it boasts of having some of the freshest seafood in Fort Lauderdale. Fried fish, shrimp, mussels and more are on the menu, but it's the garlic crab that keeps diners coming back for more. Some of its famous patrons include celebrities like Johnny Depp, Armand Assante and Dan Marino. There is also pasta, meat and salads to choose from, but at Rustic Inn, seafood is king.
This local eatery has a huge following in the city for its zesty and authentic Vietnamese preparations. From classic pho (noodle soup) preparations to stir fries, the menu offers an extensive choice of Vietnamese favorites. There seems to be no clear favorite on the menu, with diners raving about pretty much everything on the menu. The restaurant interiors are done up in vibrant hues, with clean lines and contemporary decor choices. Asian-inspired artwork on the walls adds a nice touch to the proceedings. Call ahead for more information.
Creamy ice creams and milkshakes aren't the only favorites at this casual eatery in the heart of the city. Established in 1998, Dairy Belle is one of the few places in Dania Beach where you can enjoy fast food favorites from Canada. The extensive menu choices offer everything from toasted hot dogs and Galvaude to Guedille and sandwiches. The poutine here comes highly recommended and should not be missed. Finish off your meal with the heavenly Hot Panini Ice Cream Sandwich or perhaps a milkshake. Check website for more.