Culinary Genius: Dining Out in Fort Lauderdale

By: Kristin Clark

January 17, 2014

Mealtimes are often a top priority for travel enthusiasts, offering the perfect excuse to branch out and enjoy new foods that you might not find at home. While Fort Lauderdale has more than its fair share of fish for seafood lovers, the city also has an established roster of renowned chefs spinning up a variety of culinary delights.


Market 17

Locally sourcing ingredients, commonly referred to as “farm to table”, has grown in popularity throughout the United States over the past few years. While some local chefs have made efforts to conquer this feat by incorporating elements of local sourcing here and there, Market 17 has really brought the concept to the fore in Fort Lauderdale. Here you’ll find a menu that constantly changes (almost daily) based on seasonal availability, serving some of the freshest entrees in the area. For the foodie adventurer, Market 17 also offers a “˜Dining in the Dark’ experience on weekends only, designed to heighten the senses.


1850 Southeast 17th Street | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316


Casablanca Café


Casablanca Cafe | Dining Out in Fort Lauderdale

Experience a taste of the Mediterranean at Casablanca Cafe © Phillip Pessar


Step into a romantic Mediterranean-inspired seaside eatery at Casablanca Café. The open-air restaurant gives guests the option of indoor or patio dining while experiencing the sounds of the ocean and live entertainment from the piano bar. The kitchen serves an array of prime beef and seafood dishes, but if you’re a steak fan, the petite filet mignon, garnished with a Gorgonzola sauce and granny smith apples, is a sure homerun.


3049 Alhambra St | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304


15th Street Fisheries


15th Street Fisheries | Dining Out in Fort Lauderdale

Waterfront dining at 15th Street Fisheries © Bob Duthie


A popular waterfront dining location, 15th Street Fisheries has consistently received high accolades in the community. Most recently crowned the “˜Best Waterfront Restaurant’, as well as the “˜Best Seafood Restaurant’ by The Sun Sentinel, it’s a fantastic setting for a seafood dinner or casual outdoor lunch on the Intercostal. Guests also get to look down on a large “˜pool’ of live fish swimming just beneath the restaurant.


900 South East 15th Street | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316




YOLO | Dining Out in Fort Lauderdale

Be sure to reserve ahead at YOLO © YOLO


If you’re looking for the trendiest spot in town, be sure to make a reservation in advance at YOLO | You Only Live Once, located in Fort Lauderdale’s Los Olas district. Guests can either dine in the main restaurant, or enjoy exotic cocktails on the outdoor terrace – fully furnished with couches, loungers and fire pits. The food is reasonably priced and delicious, but most people visit the hot spot for the crowd.


333 East Las Olas Boulevard | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


Primanti Bros.


Primanti Bros | Dining Out in Fort Lauderdale

Mouth-watering doorstop sandwich courtesy of Primanti Bros © Adam Stone via Wikipedia


Serving up giant, stuffed sandwiches since the 1930s, taking a trip to Primanti Bros. is a Fort Lauderdale must. The family business is based in Pittsburgh with 20+ locations, but has recently expanded their reach to the southern region of our very own Fort Lauderdale beaches. A treat for locals and visitors alike, there’s nothing like a Primanti Bros. sandwich, stuffed to the brim with french fries, coleslaw, and all the trimmings.


901 North Atlantic Blvd | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304


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Written by  Kristin Clark


Kristin Clark

Kristin is an established lifestyle blogger [] who has collaborated with numerous brands including Chandon, Levis, Express, H&M, and more. Raised in Colorado, she now resides in South Florida soaking up the sun 365 days a year. A wine lover and foodie at heart, she finds thrill in discovering the best hidden cuisine throughout her travels. Follow Kristin: @KristinClarkFSU