We have done our past two long-ish weekend breaks to South Beach. We both love to eat. Places we really enjoyed include Naoe (and I realize there is no comparision in the SE US to it), Michys, The Dutch, Ola. Michael's was probably better than we remember, but we went there the day after Naoe. So all relatively trendy, higher-end places.
So my question is, will we find similar places that will be close to as great in Fort Lauderdale. South Beach is expensive, pretentious, etc. I like the closeness to Atlanta to going down there for a getaway, but would like a different place to stay. Thanks in advance!