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Restaurant Favorites

Southport Raw Bar, 17th St Causeway

This is one of my favorite places to visit during the spring/summertime.  Their oysters are always cold and fresh, and they have one of the best philly cheesesteaks I've ever had!  This is a GREAT place to sit outside on the intercoastal and have some cold beers!

Cafe Martorano, Oakland Park

I posted this somewhere else on my blog, but wanted to make sure it was here under Restaurant Favorites.  What a fantastic spot!  Go after 8p on a weekend night and get ready for wonderful food, loud music, and a blast!  Be sure to get their signature meatball with ricotta salata, and their Chicken and Sweet Peppers is to die for!!

The Cheese Course, Weston

Great sandwich, cheese, wine and salad shop.  Small place, but not for a small palate.  My favorite sandwich:  Chicken Salad.  All of their sandwiches, salads and cheeses are fresh, gourmet and one of a kind!

Casablanca Cafe, Fort Lauderdale Beach

Beautiful ambiance directly on A1A in Fort Lauderdale.  Friday evenings they have live music.  Sit outside on a gorgeous night and sip on their perfectly made "slightly" dirty Grey Goose martinis with bleu cheese stuffed olives!  My favorites:  their scallops, and their Chilean Sea Bass.  Muah!

Le Tub, Hollywood Beach

This is one of my favorite spring/summer spots.  Sit outside on the intracoastal, pour yourself a water from an igloo cooler, and drink one of the best pina coladas in town.  This is not a fancy place, by all means.  There is literally a "tub" in the grass, facing A1A.  Le Tub is best known for its gigantic sirloin burgers, but personally I've had better.  I always get their Mediterranean salad.  It is HUGE, and the salad dressing is wonderful.  Warning - this place is cash only.  And not that cheap.

Burger & Beer Joint, Miami Beach

This is by far one of my most favorite places in South Florida.  When I lived in Orlando, I was Johnny's Fillin' Station's biggest fan.  Sadly, it was difficult to find as good and cool of a burger joint until I discovered Burger & Beer Joint last week.  Excellent service, great atmosphere, good ole' 90's rock music, and the BEST burgers I've EVER had.  I choose the custom burger with grilled jalepenos, grilled onions, sharp cheddar cheese and crispy bacon.  YUM.

Steak 954, Fort Lauderdale Beach

I consider myself a steak person, and when I say steak person, I mean, ketchup & A1 sauce were NEVER an option in our household growing up.  I was eating Pittsburgh rare filets from the age of 10.  That said, I've tried out quite a few steak restaurants and compared.  So far, even above Ruth's Chris and Morton's, Steak 954 had the best filet I can remember eating.  Located in the W hotel, this restaurant also offers great ocean views and two lounges in the hotel for an after dinner cocktail.  Good spot.

Gilbert's 17th Street Grill, Fort Lauderdale, FL

So, I'm starting to see a bit of a trend in these last few restaurant posts....I guess you could say Adam and I like to try new burger places!  Ha!  This place had an outstanding burger - not quite as good as our favorite B&B Joint, but pretty damn close.  And a much quicker drive as opposed to going to South Beach!  I had the Brie Burger with Bacon and Fried Onions and it melted in my mouth.  I ate the whole thing!  Their staff was SOOOO friendly (which is uncommon in East Fort Lauderdale), and their entire menu looked delicious.  Next time I go I'm going to try their quiche of the day and one of their great sounding salads.  Enjoy!

Greek Islands Taverna, Oakland and A1A

Mmmmm I love good Greek food.  This place is quaint and cozy with a friendly staff and outstanding food.  They bring you homemade hummus and bread which is wonderful.  My personal pics:  Tzatziki, Spanokopita, Horiatiki, and the grape leaves.  Mmm mmm mmmmmm..............