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Dirt cheap (yet quality) lunch/dinner in Fort Lauderdale?

Shuck n Dive, while very good, is not inexpensive. My husband and I had lunch there yesterday and two cups of gumbo, to entrees, and four beers with tip was $75. While we ate a lot, it isn't cheep. Still it is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere.

Mar 26, 2014
BlueHerons in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Cafe Boulud

Call the hotel and make sure the restaurant is still Café Boulud. We were just there a couple of weeks ago to go out to dinner with friends who were staying at the hotel and they said Café Boulud pulled out of the Brazillian Court. We didn't bother to check that out even though we were three feet from the restaurant.

Mar 09, 2014
BlueHerons in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

18% Gratuity Included...Wha???

You are correct. It can no longer be labeled as a gratuity but must be service charge.

To the OP, in South Beach there would not be a single server working if they couldn't add gratuity. Europeans are HORRIBLE tippers.

Mar 09, 2014
BlueHerons in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Where do the locals eat in the Ft. Lauderdale area?

Gran Forno-go to the bakery on Las Olas not the restaurant. Go early, once they sell out of sandwiches that is it for the day.
Foxy Brown
Coconuts
Bettys
Roccos Tacos
Floridian
Sweet Nectar
Big City Tavern
Lobster Bar
Timpanos
Johnny V
Royal Pig
Bokampers

There is a dive Cuban place almost on the corner of Sunrise and Andrews that is a walk up that has the best Cuban and Cuban coffee on the planet. Can't think of the name even tho I've been there multiple times.

Feb 19, 2014
BlueHerons in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

MIAMI/SOUTH BEACH MUST TRY RESTAURANTS

I'm surprised so many are recommending Joes Stone Crab. It is overpriced and has relied on its 1950s reputation since then. If you want stone crab, go to Montys for happy hour.

Jan 30, 2014
BlueHerons in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Upscale Cuban restaurant in Miami or Miami Beach?

Havana 57 is my favorite new Cuban.

Jan 30, 2014
BlueHerons in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Las Olas Blvd. Anywhere worth trying?

Touristy? Not really.
Lobster Bar
YOLO
Royal Pig
Big City Tavern
Roccos Tacos
Sweet Nectar

Jan 30, 2014
BlueHerons in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale dinner, not far from music club on SW 3rd Avenue????

Foxy Brown is excellent.

Jan 30, 2014
BlueHerons in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

4 day visit 24-28 Dec - booked Michy's, The Bazaar, Yardbird and Michael's Genuine - should I make changes?

Jeff McInnes left Yardbird.

Dec 31, 2013
BlueHerons in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Cuban restaurant - Versailles or somewhere else

My new favorite is Havana 1957. It's like eating at my sister's mother in law's house.

Dec 31, 2013
BlueHerons in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Pre-cruise stay in FLL

Le Tub isn't on the beach, it is on the Intracoastal Waterway. Horrible service but decent burger. If they are busy, they won't let you order anything but the burger.

Big City Tavern on Las Olas is excellent.

Oct 23, 2013
BlueHerons in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale

I live off Las Olas and walk by there all the time. The menu is super expensive. As the other poster mentioned, they are never busy when all the other restaurants are. Doesn't look too great for them but I hope they do well.

Oct 23, 2013
BlueHerons in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

South Beach-focused long weekend recap (LONG)

Wow that was great! I gained ten pounds just reading your report!

Sep 17, 2013
BlueHerons in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Yardhouse - Coming to Mizner, Boca Raton - July 2012

Had a horrible experience at the Yardhouse in San Diego and will not be back.

Just because they have low turnover doesn't mean their management is what is keeping them there.

My husband left a restaurant group that had their human resources based out of California and it was impossible for him to fire employees that needed to be fired including illegal drugs and assault.

They had to be written up three times, counseled and all firings had to go through the California human resources department. Kind of hard to run a restaurant when your hands are tied by west coast HR department. His average employee had been with him six years because he couldn't get rid of them.

Sep 17, 2013
BlueHerons in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

When does oyster season in Charleston end?

The rule of thumb is only months with an 'R' in them.

May 14, 2013
BlueHerons in Southeast

Myrtle Beach

E Noodles Myrtle Beach
Prossers BBQ Murrells Inlet
Salt Creek Murrells Inlet
Bubbas Murrells Inlet
Divine Fish House Murrells Inlet
Frank's Outback Pawleys Island

May 14, 2013
BlueHerons in Southeast

The Single Most Overrated Dish

Actually, real red velvet cake is actually a chocolate cake. My aunt makes one to die for but I've had the ones you are describing.

May 14, 2013
BlueHerons in General Topics

Fresh seafood restaurant between Port Charlotte and Sarasota

Casey Key Fish house is pretty bad. The worst crab cake I've ever had.

May 14, 2013
BlueHerons in Florida

Siesta Key

You realize chains also support the locals right? They are able to provide benefits to employees local places can't? Support families?

The Cottage
Blu Q
The Hub
SKOB
Turtles
Captain Curts
Ophelia's
Blase Cafe

May 14, 2013
BlueHerons in Florida

Fried Chicken

Yoders is extremely bland. As a southerner, it's the first time I've ever had bad fried chicken.

I agree Publix is pretty good.

None as good as my grandmothers. She soaked hers in buttermilk.

May 14, 2013
BlueHerons in Florida

Is Florida the next Foodie Hotspot? - Wall Street Journal

I think that sometimes there is nothing in the world that tastes better to me than a good fried oyster.

Florida is what it is. I've at Charlie Trotters, French Laundry and Per Se.

Somethings don't have to be overwrought to be excellent.

May 14, 2013
BlueHerons in Florida

Clear winner as far as best fun food neighborhood around Tampa for vacation?

The term 'tourist trap' is bothersome. All restaurants need tourists and locals to stay in business and all restaurants provide jobs for people trying to make a living.

Restaurants have provided my family's livelyhood for three generations so I'm a bit touchy. That said, I really love Ybor City and especially the Paella and Sangria at Columbia. Plan on forty minutes for the Paella, Sangria is made tableside.

Apr 22, 2013
BlueHerons in Florida

Costco & Trader Joe's Arrive in Sarasota. What food to buy/avoid?

During the holidays at Trader Joes do not miss the salt caramels or the frozen, pastry wrapped Brie. Good god it's good and one time I ate a whole one myself. They aren't small.

Apr 04, 2013
BlueHerons in Chains

Good Places Ft. Myers to Naples/Bonita We Might Not Know?

I know you've already been there and back but I am a really big fan of Tommy Bahama. Not only is the food fantastic but the outdoor restaurant is a really cool place to sit and eat and drink with friends and family. Fish, tacos, ahi tuna poki, tuna tacos, scallop sliders, pina colada cake, lobster bisque are just a few of my favorites.

Apr 04, 2013
BlueHerons in Florida

Drive from Miami to Key West--Where to stop for Key Lime Pie

Blond Giraffe in Key West.

Apr 04, 2013
BlueHerons in Florida

Restaurant w/private room or semi-private area

You might get more responses if you repost with location in the title. Most sit down restaurants will be able to accommodate you.

Apr 04, 2013
BlueHerons in Florida

Naples with kids

Tommy Bahama is fantastic and has very fun, outdoor vibe. Great for kids.

Apr 04, 2013
BlueHerons in Florida

best sarasota restaurants

Heavenly Ham & Devil Dogs has the best reuben on the planet.
Vizen for sushi
Ceviche for Tapas and atmosphere
Columbia for Cuban and Spanish
Thai Restaurant for Thai
Tommy Bahama because it is amazing
Pontillos in Gulf Gate for pizza
Salty Dog on Mote for fried and water views
Walt's for fried seafood.\\
Micheals on East because it is amazing

Apr 04, 2013
BlueHerons in Florida

Bourbon House, Mothers, Deanies, etc

Coops Place was both, dirty and a great atmosphere.

As the wife of a long time restauranteur, I know what I'm looking at. Old oil, horribly dirty bar, floors, tchotckes, etc. The atmosphere was great because the staff and the patrons were so friendly and the music was great. Dark bars have nothing to do with gross as I too enjoy a dark bar.

On the flip side, the oil at Deanies was very clean. It just has that smell.

It was all I could do to get this group to Mothers. Would have loved to have hit up Parkway or Johnnies. Only my son and I went to Coops Place.

Yes, I would absolutely go to Coops again.

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Deanie's Restaurant
7350 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126

Jun 01, 2011
BlueHerons in New Orleans

Bourbon House, Mothers, Deanies, etc

Thanks to everyone that gave me great advice last week on my question for a group of twelve.

Day One: Mothers & Coops.

At Coops Place, we ate what was recommended by the bartender, gumbo, ettouffee, both excellent. Gross interior, and I am far from a prude but the food more than made up for this. Great place, great atmosphere.

We had lunch at Mothers and I got the oyster po'boy which was excellent and my son ate the crawfish ettouffee. Both outstanding. The others in our party did not enjoy the ham and debris po'boys. Their Bloody Marys are also excellent. I think the trip at Mothers is to get what they are famous for.

Day Two; Gordon Biersch and NO Greek Festival.

Lunch at Gordon Biersch outside was really good. I've eaten at GB in other cities and it is a great chain. Had a bacon cheeseburger and regular fries. The Garlic fries are too much.

New Orleans Greek Festival; OMG omg omg the best Gyro I've ever eaten. We went to the Greek Festival (on Bayou St. John) to run the NOTC Greek Festival 5K and then to chow down on Greek food and Abita Beer. They cooked the lamb whole on the spit, pulled it off, piled it on a grilled pita with Greek yogurt and sweet geezus it was one of the best things I've ever eaten.

Day Three; Daisy Dukes and Boubon House.

Daisy Dukes for lunch and had another oyster po'boy. Excellent.

This was the night our now group of 17 went to Bourbon House for dinner and it was a great experience. Starting with our reservation which was originally for 12 and daily grew to 17. We all sat at one table on one of the indoor balconies with an excellent view of the restaurant, Bourbon Street, and the line at ACME next door. I had the BBQ shrimp and let me tell you, I wanted to put my face in the plate. It was a large amount of shrimp and a shortbread biscuit. Service was outstanding. Highly recommend.

Day Four: Cafe du Monde and Deanies Seafood.

This is pretty simple, beignets and coffee at Cafe Du Monde and fried seafood at Deanies. Yes, I got the oysters.

I know this review isn't as extensive as others but I wanted to head back and at least mention where I had been. I didn't pay attention to anyone elses meal because I was too interested in the company I was with.

I think the trick to New Orleans is to order what the restaurant is famous for and stay away from the fly by night traps.

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Bourbon House
144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Deanie's Restaurant
1016 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Daisy Dukes Restaurant
121 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

May 31, 2011
BlueHerons in New Orleans