I will be traveling out of State later this summer, heading back to my Southern roots. The only time I have driven out of State has been in a hurry, and not designed around a leisurely road trip/eating fest.
From Ft. Lauderdale, I will be taking the turnpike up to Orlando, then 75 to 10, and then 10 West. I have some fabulous stops planned once I enter the panhandle, but always wonder what good food I may be missing along the way.
Recommendations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner available along this route welcome!! I am looking for GOOD FOOD and do not consider that to be anything relating to "fast" or "cracker barrel." Ideas?
What type of food is San Angel- I like Chima as well, but its just too much meat sometimes.... and i LOVE meat!!
I have tried Canyon- maybe i was there on an off night and need to re-visit?!?!
I will re-visit Sunfish Grill- i think i had too many cocktails prior to dinner and it ruined my experience... dog-gone Maker's Mark...
I think I am- I tried Troy's last night (67 MILE TRIP) and was extremely pleased that I did. I posted about it above, and give it my highest recommendation!!
You are completely dead on!!! I couldn't wait until this weekend, and went last night... MUCH TO MY DELIGHT!! I ate my entire rib dinner with glee and used all three napkins given to me. My BF and I both agreed it was well worth the 67 mile round trip!!!!
I hereby give my official endorsement of TROY's as being the closest to real southern BBQ that i have had in SoFla. (Sauce was differnent and not as plentiful as I am used to. Also ribs were smaller and slightly less moist than normal, although still better than anything else I have had outside of the SOuth).
The atmosphere, including smoker in the back, and friendly laughing faces, made me so happy that I almost felt at home!
2 rib dinners, including wonderful mac and cheese, peas, and cornbread, cost a mere $26.50.
this made me laugh, and feel sorry that no one told you sooner!! How DARE they charge such prices for microwaved dinners with a side of pineapple?
I think Pilches hit it on the head- Kitchenetta is a good value for the quality (and quantity) of food. Did you try Kitchenetta's baby octopus? (i will not attempt to butcher the italian spelling)
Of the top five places in FTL other than these two, I would think it depends on what type of food you are looking for.
Some places i have found that i like and frequent often depending on mood:
The Black and Blue Buffalo Burger is good at Shuck and Dive, although I loathe all of their other attempts at Southern and/or cajun food. Plus, the Abita is always good and cold...
Doughboys- good, reliable standby for quick pizza or calzone dinner... not atmosphere and best as delivery or take-out. (I also like New River pizza, although their quality has gone down the last couple of times i ordered it).
The Field's Irish pub consistently has good mussels in cream sauce and delicious fish and chips.. again, good cold beer doesn't hurt!
Sukko Thai is fairly decent Thai food, although I have heard better comments on a Thai restaurant in Wilton Manners that i have yet to try...
Royal India on Griffin- fairly good selection and prices accordingly.. some of the best Indian I have had in SoFla.
Samba Room for appetizers and Mojitos..
This is harder, because I tend to go to Valentino's a lot.. and haven't been to many other finer establishments without some level of disapointment... i am always open to suggestions....
THIS IS SO EXCITING! Thank you for all of your recommendations, although I highly disagree with any endorsement of Tom Jenkins... way overpriced and highly under-seasoned... not to mention a rip off!!
I am going to try Troy's this weekend. I also have found some others and would love any suggestions on these:
Elwood's Dixie BBQ in Del Ray
Robinson's BBQ in Boynton
John D's Tavern and Cracker Style BBQ in WPB
Ayos Louisianna BBQ in WPB
Ohh honey! You will not be disappointed!!! We take all of our out of town guests to both of these, and have yet to get a complaint! If you want something fun before you head to Kitchenetta, travel 1 mile more up the road to the Mai Kai. (Polynesian dinner theater opened 51 years ago). The food is ABSOLUTELY terrible, and should be avoided at all costs. However, the bar is made to look like the inside of a pirate ship and the drinks strong enough to make you giggle after a couple of sips! (Plus they come in ceramic mugs shaped like pirates, skulls, and tiki's- how can you say no?). Happy hour is 2 for 1, and should cover you all night!!
If you are like most people, you have not even heard of Valentino's or Kitchenetta in Fort Lauderdale.. they do not advertise, and quite frankly, they don't have to! The food is so good that you will wish someone had told you sooner!! Relax Sugar! Here's the Qween's suggestions:
I imagine that you have driven past this place before and never given it a second thought.. from the outside, few would. Nestled next to a T-Mobile store and a convenience store that sells porn and sodas, Valentino's quietly sits on US 1 in Fort Lauderdale roughly 1/2 block North from US1 and Davie intersection. (located in a shopping mall next to Blockbuster's). However, upon entering inside you will be transported to another world thanks in large part to the wonderful Italian cooking coming from the large open aired kitchen to your immediate left.
Ohh! I could go on for a while about the atmosphere, the wonderful, attentive staff, or the amazing wine list. But the true feature is the FOOD!! The specials are always wonderful and creative- the hogfish, if available, is a must. On the menu, the Sunday gravy is consistently amazing with rich, delicious flavors and a huge portion to eat the following day(s). As an appetizer, the butternut quash tortellini with crushed ammaretto cookies as garnish is breathtaking.
This is not a place for children or people who want a quick, cheap meal. This is real Italian cooking, made from scratch, and yes, that means it costs a little more. But, for a treat, it is beyond the right choice. Reservations are recommended and dress is business casual.
I truly thought that this place sold imported kitchen wares, and passed it routinely on my way North on US 1 towards Oakland Park. (Located across from the Harley Davidson dealership) 1/2 mile from Oakland intersection. However, once i went, i have gone over and over and over again!! (Atmosphere wonderful, free valet parking, outside seating, witty and attentive wait staff)
Again, this is amazing Italian food cooked in the traditional style... one side of the menu is Italian- the other English. The food choices are amazing, and the portions are HUGE and come in individual size (what i thought was family size!!) and family size (enough to feed a table of Alabama football players!!)
The specials are phenom, and change depending on what is in season. Always fresh, always delicious! However, the selection is routinely expansive and you will find that you have to narrow your choice down. As an appetizer, I would mandate that you try the Rissotto balls.. They will melt in your mouth and make you squeal with delight!! The salads are always fresh and the bread is baked to order on their open hearth!!
The prices at Kitchenetta are more afforable than those at Valentino's, and a table of 4 can usually expect to pay around 35 each, including wine.
Very casual environment, limited children running amuck.. A must do for a night out!!
I am a Mississippi transplant and am DEEPLY saddened at the lack of good BBQ that SoFla has to offer. One of the only things I am a snob about is BBQ (the other is Alabama football!!) Maybe I am missing some places... suggestions?!? I am willing to drive... just looking for a direction!
I cooked a huge meal last night for a going away dinner for two good friends.. i made a big pot of shrimp and grits... my syle. It was WONDERFUL and enough to feed six adults and two kids, with leftovers for all. This is a dish that always gets rave reviews and is served best with some peppery white wine or sweet tea for the Baptists.
2 cans of stewed tomatoes
let this pot slow simmer for roughly 45 minutes- until all of the squash and zuchhini are tender. In the last five minutes, mix in 1/2 pint of heavy whipping cream and 2 lbs of freshly peeled and devined large shrimp. Let slow simmer until shrimp are pink. (You can also add 1/2 lb of good chopped bacon into the pot for additional smoky flavor).
Serve this delicious snack immediately over savory cheese grits (if you don't know how to make, you should't be considered a southna'), with a side of corn bread, collards, and sweet potatoe pie!!