Peppered among 23 miles of soft beaches, eight distinctive beach towns, and 300 miles of inland waterways, Greater Fort Lauderdale has a dining culture like no other. Whether you are a culinary traveler or just a part-time foodie, you’ll love exploring the diverse and innovative cuisine scene that ranges from island-inspired fare to brunch temptations to the best local craft brews and burgers ever.
Because this is the “Venice of America,” you’ll find a number of dock-and-dine restaurants where you can arrive by boat and dine alfresco with intracoastal waterway views. Try BAO Bar + Asian Kitchen, 15th Street Fisheries and Billy’s Stone Crabs. At Boatyard restaurant, enjoy hook-to-table Floribbean cuisine, the freshest daily catches, and their legendary Bimini Bread while relaxing under the gumbo limbo tree.
In Greater Fort Lauderdale, brunch is more than bottomless mimosas. (But, yes, there are definitely bottomless mimosas.) It’s an opportunity to explore where sweet and savory run amok, like the tempting Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Lavender-Scented Honey served at OCEAN2000. Make weekend plans with your choice of exciting brunch menus at American Social Bar & Kitchen, Burlock Coast, Foxy Brown and S3.
Sometimes, the good food finds you. Monthly events at Hollywood’s Arts Park and Fort Lauderdale’s FATVillage Art Walk, as well as the Food Truck Invasions at area parks, bring mobile menus of all sorts. Keep your eyes open for trucks like Conch Shack, King of Racks BBQ, Dough Dough’s Donuts and Buenos Nachos, serving cuisine as cool as the trucks themselves.
This mix of cultures, cuisines and scenery is what makes Greater Fort Lauderdale so appetizing. Vegan and vegetarian dining destinations include Sublime Restaurant & Bar and Woodlands Indian restaurant. Enjoy casual fare and craft beers in the heart of nature at Park & Ocean inside Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. And get immersed in organic farm-to-table dining at Market 17, serving fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced by Executive Chef Lauren DeShields at local farms.
If low-key is more your appetite, there are many outstanding local spots that serve up unique experiences and tastes. Craft coffee roasters, bakeries, green markets, whiskey bars and of course, craft beer breweries. You can tour some of the most popular breweries by Water Taxi, bus — even a cycle party, where you can peddle your way with 15 of your closest friends.
In February 2018, Greater Fort Lauderdale and the “SOBE Crave GFL Series” will once again be in the spotlight during the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Past events have featured celebrity hosts Neil Patrick Harris; Valerie Bertinelli; and restaurateur, Iron Chef and “Cooks vs. Cons” host Geoffrey Zakarian — plus more than a dozen other top chefs, celebrity authors and foodies. This time, expect hot, new events and delicious happenings. Learn more at sunny.org/cravegfl