Finster Murphy’s

Finster Murphy’s1497 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, (954) 765-3461 – http://www.finstermurphys.com

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This is not your typical fishmonger . You will find the expected large seafood assortment including, extra large Shrimp, Diver Scallops, Stone Crab (seasonal), and as well as a fresh assortment of fish fillets, seafood salad, conch salad, fresh Salmon salad, Crab cakes, Tuna Burgers, Salmon Burgers and freshly picked Lobster meat. The unexpected is that in addition to purchasing these fresh gems for your kitchen, you can also have your purchase grilled, sautéed, blackened or fried while you wait. Try their awesome daily soup-of-the -day, and Fish & Chips made with Cod too. Seriously, the only way to get fresher than this is to stowaway on a fishing boat.

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Sweeter Days Bake Shop

Sweeter Days Bake Shop1497 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 954-396-3979, http://www.sweeterdaysbakeshop.com

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Small specialty bakeshops like this started turning up around New York’s Greenwich Village around 15 years ago. Many would set up in old brownstone storefronts where I remember frequently having to wait on-line in the summer sun to get one of the baked treats inside. I think that was fun! The owners of Sweeter Days have created an oasis of confections in a small shopping center away from the downtown area, where they produce a stunning array of cupcakes. They also make cookies and brownies. But it was a cupcake I was in for recently and so my buddy Matt, a cupcake aficionado, selected for me… a Salted Caramel with White Cake. Macadamia Nut & Almond Buttercream. Wow! What did that taste like? Don’t ask…run down now and get your own!

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Rosie’s Bar & Grill

Rosie’s Bar & Grill– 2449 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, (954) 563-0123 – http://www.rosiesbarandgrill.com

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From the way it looks now, its hard to believe that Rosie’s occupies a building that was once a Burger King, however many folks also remember that site as Hamburger Mary’s. Today, everyone in Wilton Manors is well aware that Rosie’s Bar & Grill is the place to go for Burgers, sandwiches, salads and unique dishes that keeps both locals and visitors coming back for more. Try the Burger Nirvana, Rosie’s top prize winning entry in the 2013 Riverwalk Burger Battle IV, and you can try 24 additional specialty burgers on the menu. Some other standout items for me were a grilled chicken sandwich called Young Ranch Hand a Grilled Shrimp, bacon, cheese thing called the Key West Club and a spicy chicken tender wrap with the name The Gypsy Rosie Lee Wrap. The menu is large so take your time. Also check out their Sunday brunch menu. Try any of their Belgian waffles with fresh fruit toppings!!! Wow. Sunday brunch is extremely popular so go early or be prepared to wait. Not too bad if you’re enjoying one of their wonderful Mojitos.

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Red Cow

Red Cow – 1025 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale,(954) 652-1524, http://redcowftl.com

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There’s a new Q in town where you’ll find all the expected BBQ meats and some new twists. I enjoyed the dry rubbed slow smoked Spare Ribs, which had a nice bark and tender meat. Unexpected was the Pan-seared Scallops with Pork Belly served over grits. Don’t forget the sides, like the fried Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower Puree and Slaw. I’m slowly going through all twelve of them. For my next visit I’ve got my eye on the Shepherd’s Pie with Burnt Ends. Truth be told, it would be nice to go in just for their starters with names like, Chile Dusted Port Rinds, Fried Quail & Waffle and “Jerk Cuterie” Plate. Even with a full stomach, I was almost tempted to order the Chocolate Pecan Pie for dessert…maybe next time. Nice place, attentive service, casual and easy to like.

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Burger Battle IV

Burger Battle IV– Friday, May 31st, 2013, Huizenga Plaza, 32 East Las Olas Blvd. – http://www.goriverwalk.com/3134/burger-battle-iv

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The burgers are back! …and they gathered on Huizenga Plaza to do battle once again. For the most part the weather cooperated with an occasional drizzle here and there. Look for an album of all the food pix on my Facebook Page. Under these competitive conditions, it’s tough to make a perfect burger, however this year I really liked Charm City Burger, ROC:BGR and Big Bear Brewing Company. Timpano also had a flavorful steakhouse burger that stood out for me. In all I tasted about 12 of the 19 burgers. The Burger Battle is a major undertaking for the Restaurants who cooked & served the food, the Judges who had to taste each entry and the organizers and their volunteers from the Riverwalk Trust who made this event a SELLOUT success.

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Update: One Restaurant Took Home Both Awards:

Congratulations to Rosie’s Bar and Grill – Burger Nirvana

  • Best Overall Burger
  • Fan Favorite Burger

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the Foxy Brown

the Foxy Brown– 723 E Broward Blvd, Fort Lauderdale      http://www.thefoxybrown.com/

It’s the kind of place with foods you liked from your childhood, but with subtle twists here and there.  Foods you looked forward to when the grownups took you out to eat like Mac & Cheese, Milkshake or Hotdog.  You remember the polite dining instructions too—sit up straight, eat your food, no going under the table and being given the ‘look’ while hearing, ”be nice.”  Your youthful memories have just been merged with what you crave today and it’s all tucked into a new intimate eatery on E Broward Blvd.  The setting is comfortable and so is the food.  It’s the kind of place where you plan your next meal while you’re enjoying your current one! I’ve been here many times alone and with friends and I still do that. The owners here have a healthy respect for the food they serve and know how to please their customers. And this has filtered down to the staff as well. The main menu is served throughout the day except for Sunday when a brunch menu is available from opening till late afternoon. Wine and beer is available along with a really good Draft Root Beer.

Let’s begin at the beginning…here are some of my favorite starters: Roasted Artichokes with garlic butter, served with a dipping sauce; the French Onion Soup has that nicely melted cheese with crispy edges sealing in the hot fragrant soup; Clams, Brats and Beer served in a bowl with wedges of toasted bread so you can soak up the wonderful broth its cooked in; and the Little Shorties, which are lollipop chicken wings with red bean and ginger and a garlic dipping sauce…really tasty.  Several different salads are offered and although I have not sampled them yet, the portions look ample and seem to be popular.  Sandwiches I liked included: the Cocka-Doodle-Do, (which the wait staff can say without snickering)- a crispy and juicy chicken filet served with herb slaw; the Nemo a fish sandwich that’s not only tasty, but healthy; and my favorite, the Bratburger, which contains bratwurst meat formed into a paddy and grilled with house made sauerkraut and shallot jam. Mere hot dogs never tasted like this.  Must have some Sides with the above and the standouts for me are the Mac & Cheese, Heirloom Tomatoes and the tasty Slaw. And for those who didn’t like their Spinach as a child, the adult sauté version will finally change your mind.  Under the heading Standards is a collection of larger plates. The stand out, Mabel’s Chicken, is moist roasted thigh meat nestled atop pan gravy with house made spaetzle. If you desire healthy, try the fresh fish En Papillote (in parchment), a cooking technique that steams the fish in its own juices combined with other ingredients. The Three Lil’ Cochons are medallions of breaded pork loin filled with shrimp stuffing and finished with a rich Tasso cream sauce. The sliced Iron Cast Hanger Steak will fulfill your desire for meat. It’s soft with good flavor from the dry rub. The steak is plated with Maître d’Hôtel Butter between the slices for added flavor, but it won’t harm the dish should you decide to leave it off. Finally, try the dessert of the day. They are decadent and delicious and need your attention.  Did I mention they make milkshakes too?

Sunday is a Brunch day tradition in this town and the Foxy Brown recently began serving their version. So you should expect things like Donut Holes served with cereal milk, a S’more Waffle and White Chocolate Chip French Toast.  Then there’s the pancake, four different Eggs Benedict and the Kipper too! My table opted for some egg dishes. I totally enjoyed the Bangers and Eggs. The Bangers, I’m told, are sourced from a purveyor in Miami and they were packed with flavor. I also sampled the Hanger Steak Hash with two eggs topped with chimichurri hollandaise. And had a taste of the Barn Yard Frittata, which was filled with Nueske Bacon, sausage, Canadian bacon and cheddar cheese. There are so many intriguing options on this menu you’ll need to make repeat visits.

The Foxy Brown is a wonderful place to connect with new & old versions of foods you loved and experience new ones. So go as a tribute to your younger days, and while you’re at it, why not take along the grownups? Let them have a good time. And remember, “be nice.”

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Quick Bites- Under Construction

Quick Bites- Under construction

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza- 2203 South Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale – The restaurant that started it all…best coal fired pizzas, meatballs, chicken wings and Italian Salad. New stuff I need to try since last there.

 Bagels & More- 2368 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale – A former private chef makes incredible bagels, bagel sandwiches and more!

 Bank Atlantic Center- 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise – Sports and entertainment center with many food options from sit down, buffet, food court, Kosher and numerous snack stands. I’ll give you my best advice on which venue and what to eat.

 Basilic Vietnamese Grill- 218 Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale – Pho soup and its many variations are wonderful, but must try the French influenced Vietnamese Filled Crepes.

 Bistro Mezzaluna- 1821 SE 10th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale – Fine dining Italian Restaurant recently moved to a new larger location.  Hoping the fond memories of the old place transfers to the new. I must try soon.

 Bonefish Grill- 6282 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale – Choose wisely and you can get a reasonably priced & tasty seafood meal.

 Bravo Gourmet Sandwich- 2925 NE 6th Avenue Fort Lauderdale – Excellent small neighborhood Peruvian place where you can try tasty Pavo, Lechon & Cubano sandwiches with a glass of Chicha Morada…or just ask for the Turkey, Pork & Cuban sandwiches with a glass of the tasty blue liquid.

 Café Jamm- 2364 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale – American comfort food with an Asian touch. The duck here is excellent.

Café Sharaku- 2736 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale – Small 18 seat restaurant with a classically trained Owner/Chef who mixes French & Asian techniques. Look, smell and taste your way through an amazing dining experience. Reservations are a must.

 Capital Grille- 2430 E Sunrise Blvd, at Galleria Mall, Fort Lauderdale –  The place was already renowned for their seafood and sides. They can now Char your favorite Steak. Try the wonderful Cobb Salad…even better if ordered with a Strip Steak instead of the Tenderloin that’s normally served with it.

 Casablanca Café- 3049 Alhambra Street, Fort Lauderdale – Good food on the Lauderdale beach. Nice appetizers. Good burger.

 Diner By-The-Sea- 215 Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale – An old-time Diner ensconced in a storefront, in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Many breakfast items.

 Fresh Market- 424 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale – Fort Lauderdale got a shinny new Fresh Market in Feb. All the stories you’ve heard are true. Find fresh meats, fish and poultry and a large selection of prepared foods. Buy your lunch and eat outside.

 Gran Forno Pronto- 704 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale – Quick good Italian food, sandwiches, salads, pizza and few main dishes and don’t forget that wonderful Gran Forno bread.

 Greek Islands Taverna- 3300 North Ocean Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale – Really good Greek food. Charbroiled Lamb chops and large baked Shrimp.

 Japango- 7367 N SR 7, Parkland – Beautifully prepared plates of Sushi & Sashimi that taste as good as they look

  La Dolce Vita- 3331 Northeast 33rd Street, Fort Lauderdale – Authentic Italian cuisine. Not your ordinary Italian eatery. Chefs hail from Rome and Abruzzo. I need a return visit.

Michael’s Genuine- Farm to table restaurant with an international flair. Familiar ingredients in new preparations. Pork Belly with Kimchee. Need to revisit.

  Michy’s- Owner/Chef who loves what she does…her food reflects it. Colossal shrimp with wide noodles…Short Ribs and much more. I need to return and have much more!

Mojo Restaurant/Lounge- 4140 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale – Two guys from New Jersey prove they can work the kitchen as well as workout in the gym. Baked Escargot appetizer is a mini meal. Liked the Stuffed Pork Chop and the Duck Breast. It’s season…call ahead.

 New York Mart- 10065 Sunset Strip, Sunrise – Amazing new large Chinese food market that has a huge section with fresh fish some live in tanks along with turtles, crabs, eels, lobsters and more. One of the largest selections of Asian food products; fresh, caned and vacuum wrapped. A must see!

 Pine Court Chinese Bistro- 10101 Sunset Strip, Sunrise, Florida – NY Style Dim Sum at its best. Rolling carts with many variations to choose from. Dim Sum served daily from opening to 2pm.

  PL8 Kitchen- 210 SW 2nd, Fort Lauderdale – Small plates of foods from different cuisines.  Fish tacos, Korean Ribs, Wild Florida Shrimp, Brick Oven Pizza to name a few.

Rainbow Diner- 2724 Davie Blvd, Fort Lauderdale – Old time Greek diner that’s been in the same location for 30 years. Owner/chef makes everything from breakfast to Greek specialties.

Shuck-N-Dive- 650 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale – Be a Cajun for the night and sample the fresh oysters, fried pickles, Po Boy sandwiches and Black Board specials.

Stork’s Bakery- 2505 NE 15th Ave, Wilton Manors – Eat in bakery with many dessert and food options.

 Sozo- 2362 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors – Small Mom & Pop & Daughter Sushi restaurant. Old school sushi & sashimi.

  Texas Hold’em- 1025 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale – This is Texas style BBQ…dry rub, sauce on the side. Brisket and pork ribs.

The Dixie Pig- 4495 N Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park (20th Anniversary)- A local institution for southern delights. Walk up service with covered outdoor seating. North Carolina BBQ, St. Louis style ribs.

 the Foxy Brown- Chic new small restaurant on E Broward Blvd serving unexpected food to an adoring crowd.  Try Mabel’s Chicken or the Lump Crab Cakes.  Unique, modern and satisfying.

 The Grateful Palate- 817 Southeast 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale – Fine dining with a unique menu that changes daily… and a sommelier on hand to help you select your wine.

 Truluck’s- 2584 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale – Upscale fish house with a good happy hour includes half price drinks and special bar menu. Seasonal main menu. Variety of fish pan seared or EVO grilled with additional preparations available.

Valentino’s Cucina Italiana- 1145 South Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale – Fine Italian dining. Need to revisit.

 Victoria Park Diner- 1730 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale – Referred to by many, as the Vicky Park Diner this former Miami Sub was transformed into a Greek Diner. Known for great breakfast specials, Greek food and Hookah Nights.

 Zuckerello’s- 3017 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale – Great value, more than ample portions, local favorite.