Dine Out Lauderdale: The Five Most Compelling Menu Deals

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In "What Would You Order for Your Last Supper?" in the Food and Drink issue of the New York Times Magazine, New York chef and cookbook writer David Pasternack lists a dozen local oysters and clams paired with Pabst Blue Ribbon in a can on his fantasy menu, while Mario Batali lists "one of every shellfish and crustacean known to man" on his wish list.

While a Mario-sized selection is a stretch, local seafood and a saffron shellfish medley stand among many offerings that riff on fantasy meals during this month's Dine Out Lauderdale, the equivalent of Miami Spice and Flavor Palm Beach.

Each restaurant offers a $35 menu from now until November 10, with exceptions for some restaurants on weekends and during Boat Show week. Read on for the more interesting menus among participating restaurants after the jump.

5. Market 17
Market 17 serves some of the more unusual offerings for $35: hogfish, wreckfish, wild shrimp, and wild boar ribs, with monkey bread among the dessert choices. Available any night except Saturdays, the extensive menu is listed here.

4. By Word of Mouth
I haven't yet hit up By Word of Mouth, but I'm planning on it this month to check out the quirky novelty of the place. Available Wednesday through Saturdays, spinach gnocchi and roasted asparagus lasagna might inspire a much-needed vegetarian night.

3. Steak 954
Stephen Starr's Steak 954 has elicited the most volunteers to join me as a dining companion so far. I'm looking forward to going this month, since the restaurant served one of my favorite bites from New Times Pairings last month. I have to admit to craving a high-brow version of the Philly cheese steak that's on this year's menu, available Sunday through Thursdays.

2. Grateful Palate
Though the Grateful Palate's menu is lean for its Sunday-to-Friday menu, featuring an amuse, fennel and asparagus salad, wild salmon fillet, and mango and coconut indulgence for dessert, it's a fair price to pay for doting service and delicious dining.

1. 3030 Ocean
3030 Ocean's seasonal menu has the potential to inspire multiple visits, since the menu changes daily. I'd call ahead before driving over any Sunday through Thursday through November 10.

Have your eye on a restaurant's deal I haven't included here? Give a shoutout in the comments.


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11 comments
Rene
Rene

You make it sound like these are special menus or something. They're just subsets of the regular menu. There's little here that you've recommended that you can't without dine out. You seem to recommend some of the least compelling choices

Guy
Guy

I'm confused. So you're recommending places that you've never been to before?

Eric Barton
Eric Barton

That's a fantastic list of places. One more I'll add is Hi-Life Cafe, a place I've heard raves about but haven't made it to myself. Their Dine Out Lauderdale menu sounds pretty awesome, with tenderloin tips and sea scallops -- nothing stingy there.

melissamccart
melissamccart

Hi Rene and Guy. Perhaps you'd like to go through the sixty or so menus and suggest where to go based on the extent of your dining experience. That's what the comments are for.

This blog is not a dissertation in which I am making an argument. It is a utilitarian service oriented post.

melissamccart
melissamccart

Restaurant week menus can be pretty standard: chicken, steak, or salmon, like a wedding sit-down dinner.

The headline on the blog post reads compelling menus. These are the ones that piqued my interest. I plan on reporting back on the experiences throughout the month. I hope you tell us your experiences in the comments or via email if you choose.

Farid
Farid

You can try the tips and scallops for $19 any time you want, so why recommend getting a $35 meal? It's a gay place so bring a date

ErinHilburn
ErinHilburn

Hi-Life is great, Eric. Their menu changes frequently, and they're also known for hosting affordable multi-course meals. 

Farid
Farid

It's not really very useful if it's not well researched or based on experience.

Guy
Guy

It also says "menu deals". You haven't made a case that what you're recommended are good deals. Only that the menu items sound good. The menus aren't special. Only the deal is.

Shutupalready
Shutupalready

Ever notice how she ALWAYS defends herself every time someone comments? Isn't it better to shut up rather than argue with every comment made? SO ANNOYING!!!!!!

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