First Look: Fork & Balls on Las Olas

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All photos by Sara Ventiera
The Spicy Italian ($14)
The usual Las Olas crowds tend to be fickle in their choice of hot spots.

Years ago it was Big City Grill. Then came YOLO and (several years later) The Royal Pig, pushing the masses to the western edge of the strip.

Somewhere in between all the back-and-forth Rocco's Tacos set up shop on the opposite end of the boulevard, holding in its grasp a steady and vibrant bar scene. Like the lone ranger on the eastern frontier, its kept the masses happy and drunk with its extensive tequila offerings, far away from the rest of the Las Olas eateries.

Now it has a new neighbor, one who might be able to reinvent that part of the street.

We took a peek at the Restaurant People's (the group responsible for YOLO, Tarpon Bend, and S3) newest concept Fork & Balls.

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At 7 p.m. on a Thursday evening, the place was packed with the expected happy hour crowds. The bar was surrounded with a mix of young professionals dressed for a night out, twenty-somethings in shorts and t-shirts out for a drink, and middle aged business men and women donning suits and office apparel.

The bar offers a nice selection of wine-by-the-glass served on draft, Italian wines-by-the-bottle, craft beers, and specialty cocktails.

If you like gin, try the Furry Wall ($10), a combination of cucumber, mint, Averna Amaro, and Bombay Sapphire; it's a bold, but refreshing drink.

Location Info

Fork & Balls

1301 E Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

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I would also disagree with the "comfortable decor" comment. Definitely the most uncomfortable bar stools I have ever had the misfortune of encountering. Not sure what they were thinking there. Also, the meatballs seemed ok I guess (not transcendent or anything), but it's just meatballs. So I guess go here if everybody in your group wants to eat meatballs? They do have a nice bar so they will probably be ok. As long as nobody is interested in sitting down.

Rose Bechard-Butman
Rose Bechard-Butman

Over rated Tried 3 different meatballs Each one missed the mark Portions of meatballs were more like marbles Sauce not bad Obviously bar tapas style meatballs vs a place to go send actually eat lunch

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