Reporting back after a few days at the beach.
After checking the board here for past recommendations for Ft. Lauderdale with a toddler, our first meal was at Lulu's Bait Shack-yummy food, thanks. I had the fish taco, which are rarely available up this way so I can't claim to be an informed judge. Others had steaks, mahi mahi, a chicken po' boy, and more french fries than would sink a barge. The po' boy was declared bland, even with hot sauce, the rest all much enjoyed. One note: I have to admit to surprise at the rec for the age group. The noise was incredible, blaring music and TVs, and, well, there was somefairly serious drinking going on at the bar. Damned fine fish taco, tho'. And the baby was impressed by the waitresses' mammaries.
Cafe de Paris on Las Olas was close to a disaster. My search on the board post facto came up empty on this place, but google had lots of positive reviews linked. The food was good (grilled salmon stood out), butthe service was disgraceful. Again with a toddler in tow, it was about a half an hour after we were seated before bread was offered. Yes, I know I am not the center of the universe, but it is only sensible to get small children *something* ASAP-for everyone's sake. Beyond that, there was very little info offered, let alone support in ordering. The food didn't come out in synch, half of one order was simply forgotten, desserts which had been included in two orders were not offered. We were challenged about the amount of our tip, asked whether there had been a problem with the service, then walked away from and subsequently ignored when we tried to answer. All in all, it was an appalling experience.
Chima was fantabulous. Yes, some of the food on the buffet could be improved. Yes, the meat does require a taste for salt. But the total experience of surroundings (beautiful and dramatic), service (outstanding, attentive, and friendly), and pretty yummy food made for a great night. And anyone who would like to claim my first born as his/her own just needs to send my husband the recipe for the little rolls they serve.
Next time, we'll try to get to Eduardo de San Angelo-if I am getting the name halfway right:)