I'll be in Ft. Lauderdale next Saturday night. I've been through the Chowhound Florida Board, and tried to scout out some additional information from other sources, though it's been tough sledding. William Fox's recommendation of the Samba Room sounds pretty intriguing, although a Haitian restaurant called La Coupole in Kendall (is that close to Ft. Lauderdale?) also sounded interesting.
Since this is my first trip to Ft. Lauderdale, are there any local food items that aren't available elsewhere and that I put on a "don't miss" list? For example, when is the Stone Crab season? If they are in season during my visit, should I plan to eat them instead of going to someplace like the Samba Room? Where is the best place for Stone Crabs? Rachel Perlow, in a previous post, suggested Rustic Inn.
Cafe Maxx keeps popping up on lots of lists. What's the "tropical cuisine" at this place all about, and how good is it?
Finally, any suggestions for Sunday breakfast and lunch/brunch?