Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Fort Lauderdale gets a bad rap for it’s food scene overall, but several restaurants have really changed that stigmata over the last few years. Here are some more must try’s in 2019!
Top 5 New Fort Lauderdale Restaurants to Try
#1. DUNE – The Restaurant at Auberge Beach Residence & Spa Fort Lauderdale
The first East Coast restaurant from Auberge Resorts Collection (the team behind Michelin-starred Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley) boasts an oceanside location. Their menu boasts such items as Branzino, rack of lamb, and poached monkfish coupled with a unique cocktail menu and Napa inspired wine list makes DUNE our #1 pick for this season of must try’s in Fort Lauderdale.
#2 Del Frisco’s Grille
Del Frisco’s Las Olas Location is the first out of 24 locations throughout the U.S. Delicious menu items include artichoke beignets and sweet corn bisque, followed by steaks and seafood with sides like charred broccoli with honey tahini sauce.
For the desert lover in you, coconut cream pie and Nutella bread pudding.
On the menu for brunch, smoked salmon tower, pan cinnamon rolls with bourbon-espresso caramel sauce, lemon ricotta pancakes, or braised short rib hash with eggs.
#3 ETARU Las Olas
Etaru’s latest addition, Sunday brunch, which is served al fresco on the spacious patio alongside Las Olas Boulevard.
For $55 a person there’s a welcome cocktail plus bottomless pours of chardonnay, rosé, and bordeaux (pay a bit more for champagne), as well as an array of hot and cold starters on the robata counter, choice of one main course like grilled skirt steak with wasabi chimichurri and prawns with arima sancho, plus dessert.
#4 Vale Food Co.
Envision the lovechild of Whole Foods and Chipotle, and you have something like the creation of Vale Food Co. One of South Florida’s fastest growing quick-service healthy eateries, it’s no surprise Vale triumphed as Fort Lauderdale’s best fast-casual restaurant. With locations in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Gainesville and Tampa, Vale’s build-your-own-bowl concept has quickly found its home in South Florida.
#5 The Balcony
Sometimes, the best place to go straight after work isn’t the comfort of your own home, but the nearest happy hour. With a seemingly never-ending list of specials in South Florida, it doesn’t get better than The Balcony. Mardi Gras is a daily festivity at this two-story, New Orleans-themed Fort Lauderdale restaurant, and its happy hour deals are hard to beat. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, enjoy your favorite brews and tapas-style bites for half-off; on Hump Day Wednesdays, happy hour starts around lunchtime and lasts all day long, from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.