Eat Your Salad and Go: Food Critic Kicked Out of the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale
|Lounge chairs: So close, yet so far.|
Not at the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale.
In my original post, I had mentioned that I rang the Ritz-Carlton about dining on the roof. A few days later, P.R. sent me this email:
The hotel actually has a poolside restaurant that is open to the public. No cabana rental necessary. Take the elevator to the 7th floor, walk out the door, and voila! dine poolside from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. -- and the pool and café are the site of the Full Moon parties every month, which are also free with no admission, no velvet rope, $8 light bites, $8 specialty cocktails and $5 valet parking. Contrary to popular belief, the luxury hotel is not out of reach... in fact, we're endeavoring to let people know that it's very accessible.
|The holding area for the lunch crowd.|
"You're not a guest here," said the cabana dude who intercepted me as I plunked down a towel on one of the lounge chairs and headed toward the pool.
"You have to sit over there." He took my towel and pointed to the bar tables and upright wicker chairs across the roof.
(Suddenly I felt self-conscious about not having enough va-voom. Maybe I should consider that boob job people keep suggesting since I've moved here.)
Despite that the post I had written is about dining and swimming poolside, P.R. neglected to say that if you're not staying at the Ritz, you cannot swim, nor can you sit in a chair that's not a part of the café.
Don't get me wrong: The view is terrific. But the food is standard Sysco. And let's state the obvious here: It's hard not to be wistful over at the bar, longing for a swim during the 90-degree heat. I was wearing a suit and everything.
I tore through a Key lime colada, an iced tea, two bottles of water, and a meat-free Southwestern salad pretty quickly and paid the $33 tab. After all, I was in a hurry to cool off with the riff-raff at the sandy beaches below.
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