Florida’s Fort Lauderdale is one of the world’s most active superyacht hubs, attracting visitors from across the globe. The city’s balmy climate and excellent marine facilities (Fort Lauderdale has over 100 marinas, housing some 45,000 resident yachts) ensure that it appeals year-round to all those looking to explore the area by water.
As well as 12 shopping malls and extensive boutique shopping facilities, Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 4,000 restaurants. To guide you in your choices, Captain Sputh of MY Starfire shares his personal favorite dining choices in and around Fort Lauderdale
For those in search of happy perfection, the range of craft beers on offer at Riverside Market is sure to delight. The selection of more than 550 beers includes many hard-to-find varieties and rare bottles that will appeal to both the craft beer expert and the newcomer. A selection of robust breakfasts, sandwiches and hot plates ensures that guests can try several beers during their visit.
For some of the best contemporary American cuisine on offer, a trip to Yolo is essential. Everything is made in house with true culinary passion and diners can enjoy the spectacle of the enormous open kitchen while they eat. Those looking for an exclusive evening can enjoy a private part of the restaurant for anything from 20 to 500 guests.
If it’s a taste of the Orient that diners are looking for, nowhere in Fort Lauderdale does it better than Coco’s. This fine dining establishment offers a delightful mix of Thai and Japanese flavours, under the careful attention of Chef Mike Ponluang. With a commitment to the nutritional properties of the ingredients used, as well as dramatic and inspiring flavours, this really is Asian food taken to the next level.
Farm-to-table freshness is the order of the day at Market 17, which serves wholesome, organic dishes that are locally and ethically sourced, proving that pesticides, hormones and chemicals are utterly unnecessary when it comes to producing fantastic-tasting food. Traditional French cooking techniques and a wine list that is unsurpassed ensure that every bite delights in this charming concept restaurant.
The award-winning Johnny V is the Fort Lauderdale offering from acclaimed Floridian chef Johnny Vinczencz. His contemporary creations are guaranteed to please the palate, but be sure to leave room for dessert – Johnny V specialises in cheese, with over 35 kinds available, along with exciting accompaniments that have to be tried to be believed, such as his fig balsamic marinated grapes.
Meat-lovers should head directly to Chima for some of the best steaks for miles around. What this Brazilian steakhouse doesn’t know about grilling meat just isn’t worth knowing. Over 15 rotisserie meats are served, alongside an extensive salad bar, until diners can’t possible manage another mouthful, all in an elegant and laid-back setting.
For some of the best views in Fort Lauderdale while dining, head to Grille 66 and grab one of the restaurant’s waterside tables. The food is exquisite and the service excellent. Award-winning specialities offer diners some exciting choices and the restaurant is known particularly for its fabulously prepared fish and seafood. For those looking to approach in real style, 400 ft of direct docking is available to diners.
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