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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.
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.