Five Best New Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
2. Hot and Soul
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This is South Florida: Most of us don't feel the need to don more than shorts, a T-shirt, and a pair of flip-flops. Here you can come as you like and eat some damned good food. Husband-and-wife team Mike Hampton and Christy Samoy, both of whom attended culinary school in New Orleans, churn out a wide array of global soul food in dishes like chicken adobo, a classic Filipino dish from Samoy's family background; Aunt Dewey's Gumbo Yumbo, with duck and andouille sausage; and Gnaughty Gnocchi, with oxtail, San Marzano tomatoes, basil, and pecorino cheese. A constantly rotating selection of craft beers and boutique wines ensures you'll have a perfect pairing for every meal.
Owned by the Restaurant People, the group that owns YOLO, Vibe and Tarpon Bend, this is one of the busiest new spots to hit the area. Located at the base of the Hilton Beach Resort, appropriately named for its close proximity to the shore, the S3 offers views of the water from almost every seat. The food is just as good as the ambience. Local favorite executive chef Chris Miracolo has created a menu of global eclectic fare ranging from European-inspired Ricotta Gnocchi with fennel leek fondue, peas, baby shiitake, and truffle to Southern heritage pork loin accompanied by sausage bread pudding, heirloom carrots, and pole beans to sushi and everything in between. Between the food, the view, and the people-watching, it's kind of hard to beat.
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