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Eating out in Fort Lauderdale Part 5
Fort Lauderdale has over 3, 000 hours of sunshine each year, and the average temperature is 77 degrees, so it is no wonder that it is a very popular holiday destination.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to visit Fort Lauderdale then you will find a huge number of eating places, with prices to suit every pocket.
15th Street Fisheries and Dockside Cafe
With a simply stunning view overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, this is one place you really should visit. Established 30 years ago this restaurant has views over the Fort Lauderdale marine, with its millionaire yachts sparkling in the sunshine, and the azure skies behind. It has charming upstairs dining rooms, as well as a casual dockside open air restaurant. The building itself is stunning – an original authentic Old-Florida dock-house.
Upstairs you will not only be able to enjoy your food, but you will also have a panorama which is spectacular. There is plenty of seafood plus pastas, spicy conch chowder, cold seafood salads , exotic meat such as kangaroo and ostrich fillets, and fresh fish such as mahi mahi. There is also a selection of home-made reads with a cheese and chive spread. To follow there is key lime pie and apple pie on the menu.
The dockside cafe provides a casual waterfront setting where you can chill out and watch a continually changing parade of yachts, boats and fishing vessels. There are alligator burgers, fried fish sandwiches and spicy peel -n-eat shrimps. There is a pleasant bar inside, plus a lively open-air terrace where you can eat al fresco. It is here that entertainment is provided with live music on Fridays and Saturdays between 6. 00 pm and 10 . 00 pm, and from 2. 00 pm to 7. 00 pm on Sundays.
But this lovely restaurant offers something else which is quite unique – each day, between 5 and 6pm you can feed the Giant Tarpon, which swim right up to the dock in front of the terrace. These huge swim can be fed with shrimp available in the marina dock store, and it is a very popular attraction. With the restaurant lit up with dozens of little lights, and the water illuminated, it is fascinating to see these amazing fish swimming so close.
Happy Hour is Monday to Friday, from 4 pm to 7 pm. On Tuesdays there is 30% off all food.
15th Street Fisheries participates in the ‘Dine Out Lauderdale’ event which takes place over a six week period, from October 1st to November 11th, 2010. They offer a specially created three course menu for a fixed price of $35.
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