Fort Lauderdale, the renowned “Yachting Capital of the World”, is quite famous for its seafood and delectable cuisines of varied kinds. If you are planning your next vacation to Fort Lauderdale, here are some of the best restaurants that you shouldn’t miss out visiting. These restaurants include Valentino Cucina Italiana, Canyon Southwest Café, Market 17, Casa D'Angelo, Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille, Thasos Greek Taverna, Hot & Soul, 3030 Ocean and Sea Restaurant. Let us explore some of these restaurants and know about their offerings.
Valentino Cucina Italiana
Valentino Cucina Italiana was for years located on Federal Highway, just south of the tunnel, in a small strip mall. The restaurant has now moved to a better and bigger space across the street. The restaurant comprises of a private dining room, a bar, artistic pastries, chef-side seating and a huge open kitchen. The restaurant is famous for its innovative dishes such as crispy shallots, monkfish and blueberry served along with sunchoke, black trumpet mushroom, braised red cabbage, venison with butternut squash, and homemade pastas.
Canyon Southwest Café
The Canyon Southwest Café is situated at 1818 E. Sunrise Boulevard. The restaurant’s owner and Chef Chris Wilber is lauded for creating dishes with spicy and bold flavors. The extensive menu offers a wide choice of Southwestern as well as globally inspired dishes. The menu here however changes constantly. You can look forward to savoring some delectable exotic cuisines such as shrimp pico de gallo, ancho crusted salmon fillet with green chili black bean ragout, smoked salmon tostada, and cornmeal-crusted herb goat cheese poblano. The dishes are absolutely worth trying out.
The Market 17 is located at 1850 SE 17th Street. This restaurant is mostly visitied by those who are environmentally conscious and love greens. The dishes are prepared with local, seasonally available ingredients. The restaurant is a must visit for all those who want to enjoy some of its delicious creations such as pan-roasted pork tenderloin with rainbow carrots, rutabaga, broccolini, mustard greens, brown butter corn bread, and mustard demi. Other cuisines worth savoring here include grilled locally caught grouper with pickled pearl onions, sautéed kale, farm zucchini, crispy mofongo cakes, and chimichurri sauce. The menu however changes continuously.
The Casa D'Angelo is situated at 1201 N. Federal Highway. It is a prominent fixture on the Broward County dining scene. Angelo Elia, the proud owner and executive chef of the restaurant, is effusively praised for bringing to Fort Lauderdale fine Italian cuisines. The popular dishes that shouldn’t be missed out in any case include dry-aged New York strip steak marinated in olive oil, rosemary, and garlic, and served with wild mushrooms and Vidalia onion, as well as wood-grilled bistecca alla fiorentina. The Casa D'Angelo is also famous for its best wine selection in the Broward County area. You can look forward to enjoy Elia's house Jermann Chardonnay procured from Italy, and the California cult favorite “Screaming Eagle”. It is often said that the Casa D'Angelo is akin to wine lovers’ version of paradise for its hugely famous offerings.