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

It ended up that I only at a few meals at restaurants. I was able to get a place with a kitchen for 2 of the weeks I was in Ft. Lauderdale and I also was able to have dinner at the homes of friends and former neighbors from Pa. The places I did go to were - H2O Cafe, which was decent, but pricey - Hot & Soul, which I thought was really good and inexpensive and the kind of place I wish was here in Pa. I did not get to the Rustic Inn Crabhouse, and I'm not sure that's a bad thing since I found that the place was sold a while ago and, the friend who told me about it said it was not the same. So, thanks for all the info. I'll probably be back in the area early next year and I'll be checking this thread for ideas.

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

How about a good Peruvian place? And, who's got the best pizza - and what's the best Szechuan in the area?

High Street on Market

Went to HSOM with my daughter, grandson & his girl friend. We all really enjoyed the meal. Everyone liked the fried broccoli enough to order a second serving! My grandson & I shared the lamb tartare (artichokes & cashews) and an incredible Striped Bass Collar (braised greens & razor clam vinaigrette). Maybe the sweet, most succulent fish I've ever eaten! Pastas were: Agnolotti (jerk spice, eggplant, goat yogurt), Buckwheat Orecchiette (crawfish & okra), Beet Corzetti (sardines, hazelnuts & cheese), and Green Tea Garganelli (duck ragu). Every one of the pasta dishes were really good. Service was very good - attentive without be annoying.

The meh of the night was a beet salad that had little to nothing going for it.

We're all looking forward to returning!

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

Thanks for the responses folks. Now I have some homework to do to start figuring out what I'd like to try when I get to Ft. Lauderdale.

Just as a point of interest, here's a link to the Orlando thread I was referencing - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884522

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

Heading to Ft. Lauderdale in a few weeks for a month's stay. I haven't been in the area in about 4 years, so I don't have a good idea of where I want to go except to say that I'll definitely have at least one meal at the Rustic Inn Crabhouse. I don't want (and can't afford) to eat at the top restaurants every day, something no one does in the place where they live. I'll have a car and I'm willing to drive up to an hour for a good local place. The only food I really don't like is Indian, so feel free to recommend anything other than that. I've been in Orlando the last few winters and there's a great thread there, that was created by "Yosemite Sam", that's updated annually and is a great resource for folks like me. So, I'm guessing there's a good chance that some of the Ft. Lauderdale area residents can come up with an equally good thread for your area!

Pete Wells doesn't like Han Dynasty

Funny reading some of those NY posts! Lots of mentioning that Han's food is "Americanized". What do they think has happened to Italian, French, Spanish, etc., cooking here in the states? How about something as simple as pizza? For us Philly folks, how many of you eat cheesesteaks in NY, or Chicago, or San Francisco? How about what a hoagie morfs into when you get a "sub" or "hero" elsewhere? Regional cooking is just that - regional!

Jan 26, 2014
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Pete Wells doesn't like Han Dynasty

I have a brother who's had a number of restaurants in the NY/NJ area that have been reviewed by Pete Wells. My brother's take on Pete Wells is that he is more biased than any other reviewer in the NY/NJ papers. I'd take what he says with more than one grain of salt!

Jan 22, 2014
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Bamboo in East Norriton, modern szechuan cuisine

I'll second chefpaulo's take on the Kungpao chicken. It's definitely the best I've found in that section of Montco. I did a take-out on my way home from Delaware the other night and also got some Hot & Sour Soup, which is one of my touchstones for an Asian restaurant. It's not the best I've had, but it's decent. Incidentally, I just walked in around 7:15 Saturday night, placed my order (the hostess spoke English, as did a female server and the runner from the kitchen - if that had been a problem there was a Caucasian server there also). I was out the door, in my car, at 7:27! Great service. I'll be back!

Jan 19, 2014
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

What do Chowhounds do for a living (besides eat of course)? [old]

Retired!!! I'm a 70 year-old widower who, to the astonishment of most of my friends and acquaintances (but not to my family), cooks a complete dinner for myself every night that I'm home. I scour magazines and cookbooks for something interesting that I've never had before. I don't get folks my age who are eating sandwiches for dinner?

Wegmans not opening til fall 2013 at montgomery mall

Made my first foray into the new Wegs this afternoon. I'm standing at the fish counter waiting for the monger to filet a bluefish for me and I'm watching the "Wegmans Eyes" people. Funny! Folks walking around with no cart, just looking at everything as if they've never been in a supermarket before. I don't get it?? The first time I was in a Wegs was in the early 90's in upstate NY when a client took us to lunch at one. I was impressed, but I didn't roam the aisles. Happy to be 10 minutes away and not have to drive to Warrington, Collegeville or KOP anymore. Thanks Wegs!!

Nov 07, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Anyone ever show up at a BYOB with decanted wine?

I have decanted at home, funneled it back into the bottle, sealed it with the Vacu Vin, put it in my wine bag and put the bag in the trunk. Have never had an issue at any restaurant and don't run the risk of having the open container in the car if I should be stopped for any reason. Simple!!

Oct 24, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Mainland Inn

Doesn't sound like it's gonna be "another sports bar". Nor does it sound like it's gonna be what we remember of the Mainland Inn. It sounds like it might be something that we will like however! http://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2013...

Oct 20, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

30-45 minutes from Absecon?

Thanks for the replies. We went to Mako's in Sea Isle City the first night and were not impressed. Over-cooked chicken and salmon entrees. Very meh food. The next night we made up for that by going to Peter Shields Inn in Cape May. Great place. Nice ambiance, very good wait staff, excellent food AND it's BYOB!!! We will definitely be back at Peter Shields Inn on our next trip to the shore.

Oct 17, 2013
bucksguy14 in New Jersey

Wegmans not opening til fall 2013 at montgomery mall

Another advantage for us retired folks - shopping when there aren't any of the "working people" around!! Whenever possible, I stay away from shopping on weekends and stay off the roads for the morning/evening "rush"!!

Everything I've seen says the store open Sunday 11/3. I won't go there before the following Wednesday. When you go, watch for the people with "Wegmans Eyes" who've never been in a Wegs before! Just look around, they're as easy to recognize as the folks who are walking around Costco for the first time with "Costco Eyes"!

Oct 17, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Wegmans not opening til fall 2013 at montgomery mall

I've been impressed with Wegmans since I walked into one in Rochester, NY about 20 years ago. The only thing that's ever disappointed me is that they, like every other store for some reason, cannot keep Granny Smith apples fresh. I don't think I've bought a GS apple in the past 5-10 years that didn't have some brown spots when they are sliced?

Sep 02, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Wegmans not opening til fall 2013 at montgomery mall

The traffic impact won't be on five points, it'll be 309 & N. Wales Rd, which is already a bottle neck with a short light on the N. Wales Rd. sides. Wegmans won't draw me back into the mall with the stores that are currently there.

I have been driving a 1/2 hr. to either Warrington or Collegeville, and sometime KOP, so I'll definitely drop the count at the sores because the new store will be less than 10 minutes from my home. And, since I'm retired, I try to avoid the "working people" as much as possible both shopping and on the road. Can't wait for 11/3 to arrive!

Aug 27, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

30-45 minutes from Absecon?

Dinner. But now that you mention it, a diner for breakfast would also be helpful. Thanks!

Aug 25, 2013
bucksguy14 in New Jersey

30-45 minutes from Absecon?

Gonna be in Absecon for a weekend in early October. We're looking for very good dinners within a 1/2 hr-45 minute drive. Cuisine is not a huge consideration and BYO or bar is fine. If the weather cooperates we're very happy to dine al fresco.

Aug 25, 2013
bucksguy14 in New Jersey

Yellow Plum - Anyone been?

We're going to be in the Bloomfield/Montclair area in a couple of weeks and a friend told us about a new restaurant in Bloomfield named Yellow Plum that's apparently drawing a nice crowd. We'd like to try it, but are not sure if the typical opening hiccups have been corrected? Anyone been there and willing to share your thoughts?

Aug 21, 2013
bucksguy14 in New Jersey

Professional lunch near K. of P. recommendations

Ralph's of South Philly @ the Sheraton was pretty good the couple of times I've been there.

Aug 08, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Pho 75--Adams Ave.

Why not just fight through your bashfulness and ask them?

Aug 05, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

After dinner wine bar?

Having an early meal at Farm & Fisherman this weekend and plan to walk some of it off after dinner. Looking for some CH recommendations for going to a wine bar within a reasonable distance for a couple of in-shape grandparents who like to walk. Or, we're happy to drive to a really good spot. A place that's not "too noisy" would be nice, but not a must.

Jul 31, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Weekday lunch for 3 Amada or Dandelion?

+1 for JG Domestic

Jul 30, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Piero's in Huntingdon Valley

Which one is quieter?

Jul 09, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Piero's in Huntingdon Valley

I've been to Augusto's. I wasn't aware that there was a "sister restaurant". Augusto's is pretty good, with very good service. Sounds like it'll be Tavolo, although my son may opt for Augusto's since it's closer to his home. I'm OK with either.
Thanks for the info george 2 - and everyone else!

Jul 08, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Piero's in Huntingdon Valley

No, have not been to Tavolo. Sounds like you think it's better than Piero's? I'm open to pretty much anything in the area, since it's been a long time since I've lived in that area, and the reason I'm looking for a place there is that it's in the area where my son lives. I'm taking him out for his birthday, which has become my gift to him each year. We like BYOB!!

Jul 08, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Piero's in Huntingdon Valley

Came across this name looking for a BYOB in the Huntingdon Valley area, but a search of Chow came up empty. Anyone eaten at Piero's and want to talk about it?

Jul 08, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Blackfish?

Jeez, you sound a little testy!!

The kids are 14 to 18. They are not at all what anyone would describe as "picky" eaters. They are willing to try anything, but also, each have things they don't like, just as most adults do. There is no need for me to provide a restaurant behavior lesson. They've all be eating out, in all kinds of restaurants, from food trucks to high-priced gourmet, for most of their lives.

I thought the question I asked was a very simple one. I guess I was wrong about that? Maybe I should have said, "What's the dress code for Blackfish", without mentioning kids?

Thanks to everyone for their responses. I get the picture!

Jul 07, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Blackfish?

Thanks for the responses.

I had told my grandkids that they should wear khaki's and polos and they whined about wearing shorts. I think shorts are OK in some places, but I didn't think Blackfish was one of those places. They'll be in khaki's!

arepo - I'm in agreement on the wearing of jeans. I've noticed that every place I've eaten lately, city or burbs, the dress is from business casual to jeans. I cannot recall being in any restaurant in the last year where I didn't see someone wearing jeans.

Jul 06, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia

Blackfish?

I'm taking a few of my teenage grandkids to Blackfish in a couple of weeks (their idea!) and they are bugging me about how they have to dress. They want to wear polo shirts and shorts. Is that acceptable?

Jul 05, 2013
bucksguy14 in Philadelphia