Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Men's club-like drinking and dining quarters
Occupying two circa-1903 yellow clapboard houses right on the New River, this restaurant is a picturesque place to sit with a plate of the tenderest Florida grouper in town and watch the boats go by.
In a town where bars have a way of veering into the terminally raucous, this is a sanctuary for a sophisticated, older crowd, working a quiet groove to jazz singers Valerie Tyson and Nicole Henry.
A Fort Lauderdale institution, Ernie's is famed for its conch chowder; sweet, dense Bimini bread; and assorted odd manifestos on the wall ("Eliminate material crime, graft, and corruption by eliminating negotiable currency").
A funky 24/7 diner that remains a shrine to kitsch, down to the "Champagne room," with a chandelier and pinup photos of Marilyn Monroe.
Health-minded sea grill
Founded in 1928 by legendary bootlegger Eugene "Cap" Knight, this former gambling den and supper club is a ramshackle assortment of atmospheric wooden shacks, a lackadaisical affair decorated with images of old Florida that serves a mean house smoked-fish dip.