On the surface, Fort Lauderdale may not come across as a foodie's first choice. A boater's perhaps — but "gastronomers" tend to head to places like Paris, New York, and Rome. Still, the city is rife with hidden haunts and local favorites that serve up some of the most delectable delicacies you'll have the pleasure of ordering. From sleek waterfront venues to family-run bistros with a no-fuss ambiance but some of the best dishes out there, the selection is actually truly profuse.
Whether you're new to town, want to expand your eating options, or are a burgeoning foodie with no idea where to start, utilize our handy sampler of 6 outstanding Fort Lauderdale eateries and you're bound to discover a few gems.
Bao Las Olas
Bao Las Olas is a hip Asian fusion restaurant that boasts a menu rich with contemporary creations such as honey walnut shrimp, Korean street tacos, vegetarian sushi, seafood cous cous, and grilled Scottish salmon. Sound eclectic? It is! Top your meal off with a side of truffle edamame and get an extremely well-rounded experience. With a stylish waterfront location and a trendy modern lounge area, Boa Las Olas is the perfect choice for those days when you just can't decide on one thing.
Locals love TacoCraft for its ultra-fresh local ingredients, handcrafted snacks, brunches, and drinks, and upbeat cosmopolitan atmosphere. Bar-style lighting, loft-inspired design, and exposed ductwork lend this self-dubbed "semi-authentic boutique taqueria" a hip flair, while the food retains a genuine homemade flavor that highlights the care and skill put into these vibrant and popular meals.
Canyon Southwest Cafe
Its flashy exterior leads to a beautiful interior environment, characterized by its dim lighting, dazzling music, and upscale disposition. Merging Asian, South American, and Central American flavors to create a stunning selection of gourmet meals, this innovative venue is truly at the forefront of the Fort Lauderdale cuisine scene.
DBA Cafe is a classic cafe of the highest quality. Offering traditional American fare with an inventive twist, it boasts a menu that almost anyone will find a favorite dish on. Gourmet cheese plates and baskets, penne with "basil blush sauce", peppery calamari, and char-grilled corn on the cob with lime butter are just a small sample of the pioneering items available on this appetizing menu.
Technically, Croissan'Time is a bakery, but it's no ordinary bakery. It has its own little deli and often features live music! The eatery has an impeccable selection of viennoiserie pastries, handmade breads, cakes, pies, cookies, and even artisan chocolates. The deli is where you can find fine meats, European cheeses, and wines.
Rok:Brgr approaches timeless diner food and comfort food with a new vision. Offering delicious sliders, some with caramelized onions and brie, it's no surprise that Rok:Brgr is considered a gourmet burger bar. It has its own mac n' cheese bar offering gruyère , fontina, and truffle oil — enough reason to stop for a visit. A vast selection of state-of-the-art hamburgers can be counted upon, and a menu bursting with food that blends the modern and the traditional is sure to please.