Epicurean adventures are an essential element of the multi-faceted South Floridian culture, and Fort Lauderdale – a noted resort destination famous for its picturesque beaches bathed in shimmering sunlight and framed by palms swaying gently in the freshening breeze – boasts a diverse, sophisticated dining scene, offering some of the most superb, varied dining available in the USA in a city of its size.
Casually intimate waterside bistros abound in the area, side by side with alfresco dining in the city's most fashionable districts, exceptional steakhouses, quaint cafes, fine upscale restaurants and delightful ethnic eateries. Fort Lauderdale dining offers everything from eclectic American to fine European, appetizing Asian and some of the finest authentic Cuban and Latin American flavors in continental North America.
New World cuisine – an innovative cuisine created by a group of imminent South Florida chefs, which fuses classic European foods with tropical aromas and Latin American influences - features prominently in Fort Lauderdale, where the abundance of fresh seafood and local produce allows for the creation of an exceptional array of flavorful dishes using the freshest ingredients and enticing flavor combinations.
Waterfront dining is elemental in Fort Lauderdale life. The Intracoastal Waterway and the seven mile-long beachfront area feature an abundance of fine water-side restaurants and charming cafes that offer an eclectic range of cuisines with spectacular views of the ever-changing waterscapes and interminable processions of millionaires' yachts and humble vessels.
15th Street Fisheries, a family-owned and operated institution situated in the landmark Lauderdale Marina - under the direction of Chef Andy Hurst - serves an exquisite selection of inventive cuisine that promises an unsurpassed culinary adventure and some of the best waterfront views in the region.
Chic and trendy, Las Olas Boulevard and Riverfront present an extravagant collection of eateries covering almost every element of international cuisine and ranging from ultra-casual student hangouts to exclusive gastronomic havens for the well-heeled, and a South Florida tradition: ‘casual gourmet.'
Mango's – a popular entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike – offers eclectic dishes that range from light snacks to full meals using quality ingredients to create simple, flavorful meals, with live bands to set the scene and popular street-side patio dining for an all-round enjoyable experience.
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