Restaurants & Bars Miami-Fort Lauderdale

The Good, and the Bad

gntlmn6464 | | Nov 1, 2012 12:30 PM

Just back from a few days of eating in and around Fort Lauderdale/Miami and we had a blast. I was surprised by the abundance of Bar B Que restaurants/joints. Almost as many as Ferrari dealerships. We didn't try them, are any of them any good? I'm spoiled coming from Austin Texas, BBQ capitol of the state. Anyway, the Good...we enjoyed a restaurant week treat at Cafe Maxx. Four sublime courses from Kobe beef meatballs, to pasta bolognese, to a petite fillet to a chocolate suffle, on the mark each time. Great service, wonderful restaurant. Also Good was Pomperdale's for a late sunday morning breakfast. The other 3 had lox, bagels, creamcheese, the works and all loved it. I ate eggs and bacon with a bagel and a schmeer, excellent and a great value! Next visit I'm coming here for at least one lunch. A great place, great atmosphere, great food, interesting people. One evening we bought Mahi Mahi at a gorgeous Fresh Market. We made fish tacos with a chipolte aoili and slaw. They were marvelous. We also had a marvelous plate of eggs benedict at Deco on South Beach in Miami. They were $5.75, a real value, and excellent. Two perfect poached eggs, thick slices of Canadian Bacon, home made Hollandase and a wedge of potatos. Great location, great day to eat outside, great people watching and all for $5.75. And now the BAD. Years ago I ate at Monty's in Coconut Grove. I have raved about it for years and made the very unfortunate mistake of taking the group to the Monty's on Miami Beach. Don't make that mistake, please! Do they make Conch Chowder in a can? I'm betting Monty's found it. The worst excuse for coconut shrimp I've had the pleasure of eating, over fried by a long shot. The crab claws were ok, not good, and the mustard sauce was abomnible. All in all a waste of a meal and $186.00! Why oh why didn't we go to Joe's? I'll be back again soon and look forward to trying more of your recommendations. Thanks!

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