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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 delight, Coconuts at Fort Lauderdale offers some of the best seafood in the city. Some of the tasty, fun and classy items on their menu include coconut shrimp, lobster rolls, clams, oysters and jambalaya. The restaurant also offers a delicious selection of cocktails and wines. One of the best highlights of this restaurant is its spectacular waterfront views. Customers can enjoy watching the yachts pass by while celebrating an event with a sip of wine on the romantic patio, or they can indulge in a fun-filled evening of drinks and snacks with their friends.
Those looking for a quick lunch or just a hearty bite that will last them through the day can head over to Laspada's Original Hoagies in Fort Lauderdale. This local chain of sandwich shops began in 1973, and has been delighting customers with freshly prepared hoagies ever since. The menu offerings are extensive, and they include everything from cold subs to deli sandwiches and salads. Bread is freshly baked daily and all sandwiches are made-to-order for the freshest experience. Extra-large hoagies are also available for those dining with a group. Garnering critical acclaim in various quarters, this restaurant is the place to visit 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.
Gilbert's 17th Street Grill is situated in Fort Lauderdale and offers some of the best burgers in South Florida. This popular, family-run eatery is not only known for its tasty sliders, but also for its multitude of delicious treats, such as homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, ribs, wings, roast pork and tuna, as well as some delectable desserts like cheesecakes and key lime pies. Specials change by the day and include a wide cross-section of dishes. The restaurant welcomes customers with its casual setting and friendly atmosphere.
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 located near the airport, and it boasts some of the freshest seafood in Fort Lauderdale. This restaurant has been welcoming seafood lovers since the 1950s. However, while delicious treats like fried fish, shrimp, mussels and more are on the menu, 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 this beloved restaurant, 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.