Snowbird Dining Guide: Ten South Florida Restaurants to Hit Up

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Spoiler alert: Jaxson's is on this list.
My local friends, we're only weeks away from the snowbirds flocking to South Florida to clog our roads, retail stores, and restaurants. You'll start to fill your bumper-to-bumper mornings by counting the Quebec license plates and wondering if you can teach our French-Canadian guests enough English so they understand what "you can drive faster than 45 miles per hour on I-95" means.

But we really do love our northern neighbors. As a former waitress, I counted on snowbirds to help me stock up on cash in the winter so I wouldn't starve in the dead of summer. We really hate you only when you forget to tip or hold us up on our way to work.

If you're an out-of-towner trying to blend in, we've got you covered. In no particular order, here are ten places where the locals are eating. Cautionary driving tips available upon request.

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10. 15th Street Fisheries and Dockside Café
Your last stop before the Lauderdale Marina is 15th Street Fisheries. You're probably missing it as you drive along the 17th Street Causeway on your way to the Fort Lauderdale beach. Stay downstairs for the dockside café menu to nosh on mussels and smoked fish dip. Make room for the New England clam chowder and Key lime pie. Also visit Southport Raw Bar.

9.Riggins Crabhouse
For our 561 visitors, Lantana has your spot for seafood. For the crab and Maine lobster eaters, feel free to choose your own meal straight from the tanks before it gets cooked. Maryland-style blue crabs are also available. Fort Lauderdale friends: Rustic Inn has some great garlic crabs.

Location Info

15th Street Fisheries

1900 SE 15th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Southport Raw Bar

1536 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

Riggins Crabhouse

607 Ridge Road, Lake Worth, FL

Category: Restaurant

Rustic Inn Crabhouse

4331 Ravenswood Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Le Tub Saloon

1100 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL

Category: Music

The Floridian

1410 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Tom Sawyer's Restaurant & Pastry Shop

1759 NW Second Ave., Boca Raton, FL

Category: Restaurant

Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor Restaurant

128 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

LaSpada's Original Hoagies

233 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale By The Sea, FL

Category: Restaurant

Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q

1236 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Direct From Philly

956 S Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Latin Bohemia Grill

1261 S. Pompano Parkway, Pompano Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant


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3 comments
JaclynFarber
JaclynFarber

@Jill_farber jills all those places are so dank I'm so hungry

ShiffyStudios
ShiffyStudios

@pinkieohfour Let's finish the list by the end of the year

freakerdude
freakerdude

Tom Jenkins & Ga Pig are only good by SoFla standards. Porky & Beth's BBQ at Bedner's in Boynton is a good one.

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