Five Best New Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
A lot can change over the course of a summer in South Florida: Hurricanes may come (none recently, thankfully), floods may wash things out, chefs can change kitchens, restaurants come and go.
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With a large portion of residents packed up and gone to cooler climes, local restaurants tend to get hit hard by loss of revenue during the offseason -- unfortunately, many of them close.
That being said, summer is also the ideal time to work out the kinks of a new spot before the crazy crowds of season descend upon our shores.
Whether you live here and just don't pay proper attention or you're a snowbird coming back down for the winter, a plethora of places have sprouted up since the end of tourist season. It's time to get it together and check it out.
From beach views to Las Olas hot spots to Fort Lauderdale's historic downtown, check out the five best new restaurants in Fort Lauderdale worth visiting while you're down -- or just period.
5. Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille
Set inside the Riverside Hotel, one of the oldest buildings in Fort Lauderdale, Wild Sea has brought freshly prepared seafood with creative preparations as an alternative to the tourist traps that line Las Olas Boulevard. 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. Many complain that Americans waste too much; this place does the opposite, and we're all the better for it.
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201 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL
620 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL
450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL
3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL
333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL