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Listed among the nation's top restaurants by some critics, this outstanding Italian restaurant features more than the usual pasta selections. Applying itself successfully to such options as veal roasted in a wood-burning oven, seafood treated to delicate Italian spices and, of course, exemplary pastas, Casa D'Angelo Ristorante also features a notable wine list. Drawing casual but discerning diners intent on eating well, Casa D'Angelo occupies quarters in an unprepossessing strip of shops along this busy highway. Inside, however, are cozy quarters offering a romantic intimacy.
Tucked away on a back street that's a bit tricky to find, 15th Street Fisheries has a big, cheerful bar that's popular at happy hour when the professional set flocks here in search of a date. Many stay to dine on a wide range of seafood selections with a few options for die-hard landlubbers. One thing is for sure: the fish is fresh, the dishes are creative and the setting is romantic.
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.
A part of Marriott's Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, the 3030 Ocean restaurant is a winner when it comes to serving exotic seafood in a chic set-up. This ocean-front eatery also serves delectable meat dishes that are uniquely creative. The candlelit ambiance and the backdrop of live jazz and flamenco performances gives it an understated elegance. While the bar is open till 1:00 a, the restaurant is ideal for special occasions and romantic dinners.
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.
Thai cuisine is very popular in South Florida and good cooking has garnered this 10-year-old restaurant, a top ranking amidst the city's numerous Thai kitchens. You'll find a variety of red, green and other curries, plus pad Thai and Penang curry options, as well as seafood selections with appropriately Thai touches. Check the menu for daily specials to savor some of the best preparations. A pleasantly cozy dining room offers a romantic setting to feast on exotic flavors.
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.
Since 1956, Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant has been known as one of the nation's top ice cream parlors. With over 20 ice cream flavors available on a daily basis (not including daily specials), it is a favorite with Floridians looking for a cool treat on a hot summer day. In addition to ice creams, Jaxson's serves up American diner fare, like hamburgers and sandwiches.