El Tamarindo Cafe in Fort Lauderdale is the place to be if you wish to take your friends out for a wholesome Contemporary Latin-style meal. The interiors are tastefully done, featuring an array of antique furnishings and comfortable seating options. The menu is primarily meat-centric but does offer some decent vegetarian choices with the Whole Red Snapper, Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Mariscada Soup being some of their specialties. Alcoholic beverages are served here.
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.
Home of legendary clams and cheese-steaks, the Southport Raw Bar has carved a niche for itself. Serving fresh food throughout the year, this waterside delight has been attracting crowds since it opened in 1973. Daily specials, gratifying platters and toothsome desserts make this place a must-visit.
Sky Thai Sushi in Fort Lauderdale is one of the classiest Asian restaurants in the city, offering a wide range of contemporary Thai and Japanese dishes in an upscale setting. The interiors are tastefully done, featuring a host of sleek furnishings and intimate dining spaces, making it a great choice for romantic dinners. Known for their rolls, you should try the Daimyomaki, American Beauty, and Candy Cane Roll which are some of the house specialties.
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.
Everything served at The Capital Grille is fresh, delicious and prepared to perfection. The impressive wine list has more than 5000 wines to choose from. If you are very particular about what you drink, select a wine from the "Captain's List", which consists of only the best wines. This place has received an 'Award for Excellence' for its quality food and warm service. The private dining room is perfect for an intimate gathering and can accommodate upto 36 people.
Enjoy generous portions of fresh seafood at Calypso Restaurant & Raw Bar. This place comes highly recommended by the locals.
Taste German cuisine in the home-like atmosphere of Checkers Old Munchen. Some of the traditional offerings to try out are Sauerbraten, Rindsrouladen and Wurstplatte. The Kombinationen Platte from the appetizers menu is also tempting. With a great ambiance and an elaborate beer list, Checkers Old Munchen is definitely worthy of a visit.
This dinner-only restaurant combines Italian, Asian, Cuban and Caribbean cuisines to create unique meals. If you enjoy exotic foods and want a culinary adventure, this restaurant is for you. The elegant dining room offers a few cozy booths. However, because of the restaurant's popularity, it is best to make dinner reservations early in the day. The restaurant's international menu includes delicious choices such as chicken quesadillas and pistachio-fried oysters. An assortment of entrees takes its flavor from the oak-burning grill.