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Eating Out in Fort Lauderdale – Part 4
Fort Lauderdale is a beautiful city, edged by sparkling turquoise sea and platinum sand, with soaring azure skies and a wonderfully mild climate. Not only are there lots of things to do but there is a full range of places to eat – from the exotic to simple pub grub.
Bahi a Cabana Restaurant and Patio Bar
With views to die for, shady palm trees, and comfortable wooden seating overlooking the fabulous white yachts moored on the Intracoastal Waterway, Bahia Cabana Restaurant and Patio Bar is a fantastic place to sit with a chilled drink, watching the world go by as the pelicans diving for fish right in front of your eyes. Overlooking Fort Lauderdale’s largest boat marina, the Bahia Mar Yacht Basin, it really doesn’t matter what the food is like, just sitting watching the amazing yachts is enough of a treat.
This restaurant is open for breakfast and offers all the usual favourites – buttermilk pancakes with bacon or sausage patties, Eggs Benedict, Build your Own Cheese Omelette, Country Fried Chicken and Eggs, Steak and Eggs with a 10 oz New York Sirloin, and of course eggs any style plus bacon or sausage patties. Imagine watching the sun coming up as you eat breakfast on the patio, with pelicans swooping down in front of your eyes, scooping up their breakfast of fresh fish.
But if its lunch or dinner you want then there are the usual entrees, baby back ribs, shrimp, chicken, dolphin-fish (mahi mahi) and fresh catch of the day. There is a wide range of sandwiches and appetizers – plenty of fish, of course – with conch fritters, coconut shrimp, fried calamari, deep water clam strips and all the usual favourites.
Now if you want an Irish Pub – well as Irish as an American pub can get - then you might like to try Briny’s at South Andrews Ave, Pompano Beach. It’s loud and it' s decor is fairly typical of many waterside Irish pubs – you know the sort of thing – fish hanging from the ceiling, fishing artefacts, plaques with more fish. It’s nothing fancy and it' s pretty cheap, so you get what you pay for. But it does have a large patio area overlooking the river, and there is music by a one-man band on a keyboard. Let’s face it, after a few Guinness anyone sounds pretty good!
There is the usual bar with tv screens playing various games, but if you want to chat you may find it quieter outside on the patio. The food is pretty standard – starters include homemade soup of the day, Golden Fried Mozzarella Sticks, Onion Rings, Stuffed Mushrooms, Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Cakes, Golden Fried Calamari, Buffalo Chicken Tenders and Buffalo Chicken Wings. You will note that a lot of it is fried, so forget the diet if you eat here!
There are sandwiches, salads and entrees include Jumbo Shrimp Scampi, Sea Scallops, Grilled or Blackened Fish including Tilapia, Mahi Mahi or Grouper. If you don’t want fish there is New York Cut Sirloin Steak, Stuffed Chicken with Crabmeat, and of course BBQ Ribs. The burgers are good and come with salad and French fries.
Desserts include Caramel Apple Pie, Chocolate Lava Cake and various ice creams.
Situated right on the waterfront you can arrive by water taxi if you feel like leaving the car behind.
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