I'm heading to Ft. Lauderdale this weekend, and I am a huge seafood fan. My friend said his workmates recommended we go to "the crab shack". I am certain that is a chain and in my experience you can always find better food for the same price, or less, in a better atmosphere when avoiding chains all together. That is, if you ask the right people, and you all are the right people.
That being said, I'm not against chains if they are the best value overall.
I'd love to find a place that had amazingly fresh, tasty seafood (shellfish!), but is under $30 a main for the priciest stuff on the menu. Atmosphere is a bonus, but I'm more the type to focus on the quality of the food.
Thank you to all those respond ahead of time.