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Top Craft Beer bars in Fort Lauderdale

Don't forget Tequesta Brewing and Inlet Brewing in Jupiter or Due South in Boynton Beach. Worth the long drive.

Mar 31, 2014
crewsweeper in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Anyone seen blanton's gold, or straight from the barrel, in Cozumel?

Also check the MEGA store on Melgar. They have a large selection of liquors, though not as much as Covi. Not sure about the Blanton's as I've never looked for bourbon there. But descent mescal selections last time we were there. Second Veggo's Xtabentum rec. Give the DuFry shops at the piers a good once over as well.

Feb 24, 2014
crewsweeper in Mexico

Great Taqueria in Tallahassee

Just saw your post. That's across town from us. But I've been hoping to stop by if I'm in the area. It's the type of Mexican place I tend to favor. Keep missing it from the airport because I forget and turn right onto Cap Circ. So thanks for the report. Do you recall if they had gorditas on the menu? Haven't had a huarache in a couple of years. Last time I was in FLL, I missed getting to Dona Raquels.

Feb 13, 2014
crewsweeper in Florida

Best Meat and Three in Montgomery, Alabama?

Davis Café on North Decatur. Martin's on Carter Hill Road. Or Jim N Nick's on Rte 80 for BBQ.

Feb 13, 2014
crewsweeper in Central South

Anything new and worth checking out in Cozumel?

I checked some old pictures at home last night. And you're correct. The name IS Paradise Cafe. After Wilma, someone called the rebuilt place Rasta's Bar and I guess that's what I've known it as since. Still good ceviche though and a good beach vibe to hang at. But I lean toward Playa Bonita's gorditas version, more because I like good gorditas in all their varieties.

Feb 11, 2014
crewsweeper in Mexico

Anything new and worth checking out in Cozumel?

Veggo,

Is the old Bob Marley/Rasta Bar now Paradise Cafe?
I think Albertos from the West side has a new place up around Punta Chiqueros, haven't been but the food at Albertos was generally pretty good for beach food. Also Chen Rio in the past has done a great job with seafood. Their whole snapper is amazingly good. ITs just before Coconuts if coming from the south.

In San Miguel, OP, it's worth heading to Kintas for one night. I'm hearing that a newer place on Melgar between Calle 2 and 4 is getting good vibes, (Ile? ) but haven't really seen anything on it nor been there.

Feb 10, 2014
crewsweeper in Mexico

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay - February 2014! [OLD]

I'm giving a NAY to the new Tallahassee store. Picked over selections. Nothing appetizing, even in the freezer case, except a decent selection of wines and craft beers at reasonable prices versus local liquor stores. Even the coffee selections looked skimpy in unattractive containers. I'l look for the KIND bars next time I walk in but these are readily available elsewhere around here at similar pricepoints.

Feb 04, 2014
crewsweeper in Chains

Drive MIA to Orlando--anything "don't-miss" close to main highways?

If there's more than 2 cars in the lot and/or more than 4 people in the bar, be prepared to wait 45 minutes or more for your food.

Jan 30, 2014
crewsweeper in Florida

Visiting Tallahassee - Where to eat?

Where are you staying?

Downtown fine dining, I'd say Cypress on East Tennessee near Monroe, Shula's in the Hotel Duval or 101 on West Colelge or Avenue Eat Drink on East Park.

Midtown: Mockingbird, or Bella Bella both on Monroe near 5th and 6th.

Pizza: Momo's out in Market Square or on Tennesee or Dave's Pizza Garage in Midtown behind Brueggers Bagels, or Joe Mama's just down Monroe for a bit more upscaled joint. I'm hearing good spin on Mike's Stone Baked south of FSU, but haven't had it yet.

Sushi: We like Kiku's in market Square, Masa's on Monroe (midtown); and Siam Sushi, shopping center off West tharpe and Monroe, which also has decent Thai dishes. Rengthai and Tan's Asian off Captial Circle NE are 2 other Thai/Asian places to look at. Tans has good Indonesian dishes.

Sandwiches: Any Hopkins Eatery.

Burgers (non chain-mostly): Ted's Montana Grill on Capital Circle NE (now the chain's out of the way), Chubo's in the EspositosCenter (behind Tan's) if he's open, Zaccadoos on Apalachee Parkway, Vertigo on Lafayette off Apalachee Pkwy and Meridian, Voodoo Dog on S Macomb downtown, Prime Time on West Tennessee, or Bird's Aphrodisiac Oyster Bar on N. Bornough,Woodchuck Cafe on West Tharpe (also good breakfast) or Monk's also on West Tharpe (has another name, but I forget what it is).

Food Trucks: Best bet is to head for Food Truck Thursday (if you're here on a Thursday). It's held on West Tharpe Between Monroe and MLK Bld.

I'm sure others here have their favorites.

Jan 16, 2014
crewsweeper in Florida

Puerto Vallarta - best authentic Mexican food HELP

I haven't been to the Mexican Riverera in almost 20 years, but a friend was in PV off a cruise last year and highly recommended taking Vallarta Tours where the guide takes you to the non-touristy spots like street tacos at Tace el Cuando, a coconut stand on the beach that serves slices with spices, Cervicheria El Guero and a few others.

Maybe Gaby's does a plato azteca these days. I think they're still around.

Jan 08, 2014
crewsweeper in Mexico

Man eats only McDonald's for 90 days and...

Yeppers...losing weight begins at the refrigerator door, portion control and best exercise is push aways...push away from the table. Exercise for muscle maintance and cardio benefits...Eat less for losing weight.

Jan 08, 2014
crewsweeper in Chains

Christmas/Winter Brews

Wondering which beers are taking the fancy of craft beer lovers around the country this year.

Over the weekend I sampled 3--Southern Tier's 2-Xmas; Bell's Winter white Ale and St Arnold's WeedWhacker (aka Lawnmower wheatened up). I'm not a fan of alambic brews but 2 X-Mas had that nice seasonal spice and fruit taste would would be great around the fireplace on Christmas Eve. But wouldn't be my go-to brew for steady winter sipping and no need for the fireplace in Florida, LOL. Bell's Winter White was a good wheat beer but nothing overly special that you couldn't get all year round from other brewers. I do like Bell's brews though. And WeedWhacker could do a nice job quenching one's thrist after dancing with the snow blower, just like Lawnmower did after a sweat session in the back yard when I lived in Houston. Light and refreshing, but again nothing spectacular.

What have the rest of you found?

Dec 09, 2013
crewsweeper in Beer

Freeport For Lunch Dec. 24

Order their fritters or the conch salad. Or ask what's fresh off the boat. I've found that these places usually serve generous portions and if really hungry their prices aren't exhorbitant so you can order double. Don't feel rushed to make a decision at the first place you stop. Look around and decide what's most interesting to you. And most of all, relax and enjoy your cruise. Not a time for being frantic.

Nov 26, 2013
crewsweeper in Latin America & Caribbean

Freeport For Lunch Dec. 24

Directly across from the cruise pier is a group of small lolos that all serve fresh seafood in local flavors. Similar to Potters Cay or AraWak City in Nassau. Probably the better of these is Robinson's, a bluish plank biulding.

In the Port Lucaya market place there are some similar shacks, of which we've found Big Daddy's and Da Conch Man to be excellent in the freshness of their fish and conch both prepared very well.

Try a Sands beer versus Kalik. Skip the "LIght" brews.

While Christmas Day might find places closed. Christmas Eve, especially with a ship in port should find these places open. CE is not a holiday in Bahamas.

If you're looking for more of a restaurant sit down waiter type place, Try the Flying Fish at the Pelican Bay Hotel or grab a cab and head to Coral Reef Beach Bar at the end of Coral Road.

Nov 22, 2013
crewsweeper in Latin America & Caribbean

Locally sourced food in Pensacola/Tallahassee/Orlando/Jacksonville

Cypress in Tallahassee (Tennesee and Gadsen-downtown) and the Root Cellar on Miccosukee and magnolia ( Midtownacross from TM Hospital) and some of the items at the Front Porch (6th and Thomasville Road-Midtown) are some other finer locally sourced venues in Tallahassee.

Nov 18, 2013
crewsweeper in Florida

What is with Ocala

I ask myself the same question everytime we pass along I-75.

There's a pretty decent Thai restaurant over near the Regal Cinemas on W27th. And I've heard some good things about Mesa de cotte (?) an Italian place on Silver Springs, but never stopped there. At one time there was a local steakhouse on Silver Springs that had good cuts of meat. Can't recall the name, but it was near a Baptist Church.

Oct 30, 2013
crewsweeper in Florida

Chipotle New Tofu Sofritas Burrito. .

Shudder!! Gawk!

Oct 30, 2013
crewsweeper in Chains

Melbourne Sea Food restaurants?

Well I had heard that but also heard that a UK group who own the Giraffe restaurants was buying it and were reopening. Guess Not. Scratch another from the CB list. Thanks for the heads up.

Fat Snook was good too but been a couple of years since I was there.

Oct 30, 2013
crewsweeper in Florida

Melbourne Sea Food restaurants?

Shells on West New Haven by Melbourne Square. Been around for a long time. Locals love it.

Also try the Shack down A1A (Dixie Hwy) in Palm Bay. On the beach. Great service. easy parking. Good crabs and shrimp.

Islands Fish Grill on 5th Ave Indialantic, just before A1A. Can get crowded. Small place.

For more "party" atmosphere try Bonefish Willy's on the beach up on Pineapple Ave.

You can head up the coast to Cocoa Beach for Bernard's on S Atlantic.

All these places are relativley casual. The Dove on New Haven is Italian but they serve good seafood. One of the more expensive places to dine. And for most expensive, but not necessarily the best-though good for the money, there's always the Chart House over on Front street past the park before the causeway.

Oct 29, 2013
crewsweeper in Florida

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2013

I agree. Have to look for that in North Florida.

Oct 29, 2013
crewsweeper in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2013

We hjad one of the pot pies a couple of weeks ago. Pretty bland on the filling to me, but the crust was good.

Oct 29, 2013
crewsweeper in Chains

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2013

The "natural" is tasty but could use a tad more salt, IMO. Stirs up relatively easily on the open. And oil seems to stay mixed once refrigerated. Not sure what the diff between "organic" and "natural" as both are just peanuts and salt. There's no difference in nutritional value. Farming techniques on the peanuts, perhaps. Otherwise just a marketing gimmick.

Oct 29, 2013
crewsweeper in Chains

breakfast/dinner in fort lauderdale

Diner-By The Sea was a great choice for breakfast. Place was packed at 7AM on a Friday morning. But then it only takes about 20 people to fill it up. Service was friendlyand fast. Pancakes were almost crepe-like. Good eggs cooked in butter. Great homefries.

Oct 28, 2013
crewsweeper in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Stone crabs -2013 season

Ooo...not good news, especially since I'm heading for stone crab territory next week. Let's hope today's boats have better success.

Oct 17, 2013
crewsweeper in Florida

Any recent chow in Puerto Morelos?

El Nicho for breakfast. Tuan Tian for lunch (no frills place). Good quesadillas at quesadilla dela colonial, fresh hot tortillas. El Pesquero for local seafood. Of course you're just up the coast from Playa with tons of good places for the evening.

Hotel Marina El Cid on the beach for under $200 a night is a great deal. Very clean modern hotel. also look at Hacienda Morelos is an inexpensive beach place that's clean but doesn't have all the high end spa amenities. Just a pool. but great water views.

Oct 16, 2013
crewsweeper in Mexico

breakfast/dinner in fort lauderdale

Sounds like it's worth a stop next week when I'm there, as I'm staying over by the turnpike off West Commercial and have meetings in late morning off Commerical east of I-95. Beats the hotel "breakfast".

Oct 15, 2013
crewsweeper in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Orlando to Daytona Beach

There are a number of chains along your route. And the Ravenous Pig isn't too far away, but takes some getting off the I-4 and manuevering throught downtown Orlando to get to..

But if your father is really hungry getting off the plane, head to the Hyatt inside the airport and go to McCoy's Grill.

Otherwise it's only a little over an hour to Daytona Beach and the Brickyard right on International Speedway (Rte600) between I-95 and US Rte 1) with its great burgers is worth the wait. Grab him a candy bar to tide him over.

Sep 30, 2013
crewsweeper in Florida

Pre-cruise stay in FLL

For lunch there's always Le Tub in Dancia Beach/Hollywood. On the beach, south of theairport. About a 20 minute drive from the Ritz.

In Fort Lauderdale beach there's Primati Brothers. Not ont he beach but across the street (No Atlantic Blvd& A1A ) and you can easily walk over to the beach. About a mile north of the Ritz.

Further up (about 5 miles) is Aruba Beach Cafe. Great place for casual lunch or dinner. Will get you in the Caribbean mood for your cruise.

Sep 05, 2013
crewsweeper in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

The Grasshopper Mexican Restaurant

Veggo, based on a web search, that produced pictures from management not customers, I'd said that the menu is primarily Tex-Mex. The owners are from Edinburg, Texas. Most entres are the typical tacos, enchiladas, chalupas, burritos. Not even a carne asada on the menu. Positive reviews all hearld the margaritas, which may cloud some remembrances and certaily dulls the taste buds. And, the worst, IMO, is that they have that oxymoron "Corona Light" on tap. You would think they could at least have Shiner on tap. Probably better off sticking with Acapulco Tropical.

Sep 04, 2013
crewsweeper in Florida

Above average in St. Augustine

Oh quit the "snobbery", LOL. Take them to O'steen's or Saltwater Cowboys and show them what Floridians eat. Minorcan chowder! If you're trying to impress them with the haute, big city cuisine and they're from the big city, you'll fail miserably and will be in stuffy environs. So just tell them you're "slumming". and go and relax and enjoy their company. The food will take care of itself.

Aug 27, 2013
crewsweeper in Florida
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