The Ten Best Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
6. Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille
Las Olas is loaded with restaurant after restaurant offering beautiful surroundings with nice food. Narrowing down a destination is not exactly the easiest of tasks. Make sure you check out Wild Sea on your next boulevard outing. Chef de cuisine Jon Sanchez, an alumnus of Thomas Keller, prides himself on sourcing the best ingredients humanly possible. Whole fish are brought in and filleted daily to ensure the original product is as fresh as can be -- the remnants are later turned into soups and stocks. These house-prepared ingredients are part of a menu that is constantly evolving, with such offerings as golden tilefish with poached clams, mushrooms, and julienned kohlrabi over a cream sauce made from the tilefish itself. You can't get much more sustainable than that. This is the way cooking was meant to be, and we're glad Wild Sea has brought it back.
5. Casa D'Angelo
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One of the leaders of the pack in terms of the Broward County dining scene, Casa D'Angelo executive chef/owner Angelo Elia is known for bringing fine Italian to Fort Lauderdale. In his original locale, Elia offers simple yet gratifying dishes ranging from wood-grilled bistecca alla fiorentina, dry-aged New York strip steak marinated in olive oil, rosemary, and garlic, and served with Vidalia onion and wild mushrooms to the gnocchi or risotto of the day. Topping off the impeccable fare, the restaurant arguably has the best wine selection in the area, with selections spanning from Elia's house Jermann Chardonnay from Italy to California cult favorite Screaming Eagle. It's like a wine geek's version of paradise.
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235 E. Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL