Graet advice from the South Florida hounds.. particularly good for helping me get the lay of the land of Ft Lauderdale. Walking from where we stayed was not really an option but the water bus was a great idea..We hit a few of the restaurants too.
Flew in and had a meeting staright from the airport. The guy we met with drove us to our hotel..and on the way I saw the smoke billowing from Tom Jenkins. I'd have asked him to stop but it wouldn't have been appropriate. Asked the guy about any good restaurants in the area. He said there was a Hooters nearby; and named a few more places but I had stopped listening after I heard Hooters.
We were pretty starved and wiped out and went to Don Shulas in the hotel. Per CH advice, my expectations were not high; and they were met. OK steaks, not on a par with the best steak houses, great view, and friendly, professional service. It fit the bill. I'm always suspicious of restaurants that are advertised on the roof of every cab, but exhaustion and convenience outweighed pursuit of great food. We ate late and that was our meal of the day. Took the water bus around and stopped at the Hyatt and the Pelican Bar..beautiful spot. Also stopped at Bahia Cabana Bar..nice music and casual food.
Got up starving and took the water bus to get myself close to Tom Jenkins BBQ...and walked the rest of the way...got there about 10:45 and worked up an appetite smelling the smoke..then had a pork sandwich appetizer and a rib plate with mac and cheese amd collared greens, all great...and brought a rib dinner back for my girlfriend at the beach.
For dinner, we decided have some Greek food. Took the water bus to the Shooters stop. Taverna Opa is right on the water and by the bus stop, Greek Taverna is a short walk away. We checked them both out and decided on Taverna Opa. The beauty of the spot and convenience of being right by the bus won out. It was early..7 ish and not very busy, but the few other tables were all full of people speaking Greek..good sign. As soon as we sat down, the waither brought a mortar and pestle to the table, made fresh a "coarse mixed hummus"..Greek olive oil, garlic, lemon, and chick peas..fabulous. Then we shared a Greek salad, best I've had and in a different league than the usual deli Greek salad..delicious grilled octopus, a lamb shank served with ouzo, and mousaka..a lasagna like dish of eggplant, potato, spiced beef and lamb and bechamel...all washed down with lots of good Greek wine..I could see how this place could be crazy busy and fun (or annoying depending on what you're looking for); a belly dancer was starting to dance on a few of the tables, the music was getting louder, and larger groups of people were coming in. We timed the meal perfectly, and caught the water bus for a nice ride down the ICW to our hotel; enjoying a couple of ouzos..BTW, prices were very reasonable..$65 for 2, lots of wine and a generous tip.
The next day we had a car and were on the road early. Started with a pork burrito from Robertos ..on 17th St..fast food, but a cut above most places of it's type.
Early dinner at La Moleinada, Salvadorean on Oakland Park Blvd. This place is in an old fast food place..nothing fancy, but clean and full of Central American families. Excellent meal of conch cocktail, beef and cheese pupusa, sweet corn tamale..(probably the highlight of an excellent meal), fish soup and a fish in lemon sauce. Great meal at the whopping price of about $30..no drinks.
Thanks again for the tips. We really enjoyed Fort Lauderdale and hope to get back soon.