The tony boulevard in Fort Lauderdale that attracts locals and visitors with its premier restaurants, shops and people-watching is Las Olas. This picture-perfect boulevard is legendary and sizzles at any time of the day. And it is here where the finest restaurants in town can be found. From the very popular Mango's Restaurant and Lounge, which offers a great menu from lunch through to late night, to the sushi lover's delight, Asia Bay Sushi Bar & Thai, with its exclusive location right on the water. For an authentic atmosphere, great American fare and an outstanding selection of California wines, go to the classic Big City Tavern. If it's great steak head to Chima Brazilian Steakhouse. Locals and visitors have penciled in this great eatery to satisfy their craving for the best steak. For a casual lunch or dinner in a fun and old-diner-type setting – not to mention a famous one, too – head to the Floridian. Great salads, burgers, sandwiches and a friendly staff will keep you coming back. For an evening in an upscale and fun atmosphere there in The Royal Pig and YOLO, two of Fort Lauderdale's most popular hotspots. Don't forget the quieter side of Las Olas and The Chimney House Grill and Café, a Latin-American Spanish grill that has quite a following. And find out what the locals have known for a long time when it comes to the finest Italian food, Salita Las Olas. Remember that Las Olas Boulevard is the premier dining and shopping experience. Enjoy!
Everyone knows about The Floridian. It's one of those places that's not fancy, walls covered with celebrity pictures – mostly well-known for being a Rachel Rae favorite – and tables close to one another and fellow diners just inches away, and the place that has the best food around. From salads that catch your eye as they go by to another table, and one particular favorite, the Buffalo Burger, mark this place down as your favorite. It's especially busy on weekend mornings, when folks gather for huge omelets, fresh oatmeal, biscuits, and other typical breakfast fare. Don't expect the service to be refined or sophisticated, but do expect the food to be hearty and satisfying. There's an ATM on-site. (954-463-4041)
The Chimney House - Grill and Cafe
The Chimney House Grill & Cafe, a Latin-American Spanish grill at the corner of West Las Olas Boulevard and SW 7th Avenue in the historic Sailboat Bend, recently opened its doors and its menu to the delight of patrons. Situated in a charming older house on the quieter side of Las Olas, this welcoming restaurant with a wood-burning fireplace, as well as pleasant outdoor seating, has an extensive menu offering tapas, expertly prepared ceviche and salads that can be a meal in themselves, as well as mouth-watering main dishes. The Chimney House offers classic favorites with a twist of their own and also offers an extensive list of beer and wine selections and tempting desserts. No reservations are necessary. Make plans to visit this not-so-traveled part of Las Olas and you'll find your new favorite! (33312)
Asia Bay Sushi Bar & Thai
The very best in Asian cuisine is right here at the Asian Bay Shushi Bar & Thai on the very prestigeous and welcoming Las Olas Boulevard. The restaurant is a trendy and modern setting with a great option for outdoor seating overlooking Himmarshee Canal. With a menu of mouth-watering sushi and Thai cuisine made only from the very freshest ingredients to satisfy even the most asian food enthusiast, Asia Bay is a class act. Each dish is presented nearly as a work of art so it may be a good idea to snap a photo of it before you eat it. With a lunch and dinner menu and extensive wine list, Asia Bay is an experience just waiting for you. (9548489900)
Enjoy outside dining in the heart of the Las Olas Boulevard area at Mango's. Plenty of seating lines the street where you can dine on great chicken and seafood sandwiches and pastas. Inside, you'll find a large, cozy dining area with a bar that's popular with the locals. This local gem offers live music every night of the week and many times to a packed house. Try a specialty drink like the Mango-Lada or Las Olas Lemonade while you enjoy classic renditions and contemporary innovations. Show up a bit early with friends or that special someone and enjoy an amazing meal then an incredible night of incredible music. Great place to see and be seen! (954-523-5001)
The Royal Pig
The Royal Pig welcomes its clientele with both classic elegance and a casual sophistication that will appeal to everyone. Having opened for business just recently on the always-happening Las Olas Boulevard, The Royal Pig has been met with high praise from patrons and the local media. The very name itself suggests a playful and welcoming atmosphere, and due to its upscale vibe and lists of favorite beers and cocktails, as well as their selection of outstanding burgers, steaks and tantalizing side dishes, The Royal Pig has already attained a loyal following and is surely here to stay. And with a name like The Royal Pig, the chefs take great pride in preparing their meat and poultry dishes. The Royal Pig is the perfect setting for a great evening of dinner and drinks and the perfect complement to Fort Lauderdale's sizzling nightlife. (954-617-7447)
Big City Tavern
Among the numerous eateries in the neighborhood, Big City Tavern warrants raves for its chic bar scene and outstanding selection of California wines. Even more praise-worthy is the clever New American fare, which ranges from such familiar classics as New York strip and grilled tuna to global-influenced dishes like pad Thai and duck with mango-basil risotto. Big City Tavern prides itself on its image, which is reminiscent of the great old taverns of Chicago, New York and Boston, and is a great compliment to the restaurant scene of Las Olas Boulevard. Come for lunch, dinner or late night – and save room for dessert. (954-727-0307)
It's hard to imagine that in just a few short years the amazing Yolo has become the talk of the town. And that's a tough thing to do in Fort Lauderdale. But there is good reason why. Located on the very chic and elegant Las Olas, this beautifully designed eatery welcomes its patrons in its modern and comfortable setting and presents its delightful lunch menu consisting of delicious starters, soups, sandwiches and specials of prime rib, a daily fresh fish selection, a vegetable stir fry, BBQ Port Ribs or the health-conscious special vegetable plate. Sides consist of everyone's favorite macaroni and cheese, delightful Green Apple Slaw or Roasted Beets and more. And don't rush back to the office before trying their delectable desserts and topped off with your favorite coffee. And remember the restaurant's name is short for You Only Live Once, so enjoy! ((954)523-1000)
Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
Step through the revolving doorway, and it's evident this steakhouse aims to be the biggest and best. Located on Las Olas Boulevard, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse offers a chic dining experience that is a step above. The swanky bar features hardwood floors, a black curved countertop and stools, and the impressive dining room is filled with tables that accommodate large and small groups. On the periphery of the room, the abundant salad bar offers a variety of specialty salads such as bean, potato, Caesar and soy, and side items might include mashed potatoes, tabbouleh, soups, cold cuts, fruits and veggies. Top sirloin, lamb, chicken wings, ribs and several cuts of beef highlight the main dishes. Arrive for happy hour or dinner, or both, and settle in for a pleasant dining experience. (954-712-0580)
About Dale Mack
Dale Mack has been involved in Fort Lauderdale tourism and promotions for over twenty years. Working for Travelhost Magazine in Dallas, Texas, he was especially drawn to the edition published by the Fort Lauderdale Associate Publisher; the city's beauty, its energy and the fun-in-the-sun atmosphere. When an opportunity came to relocate to Fort Lauderdale by another company, Dale accepted. He has spent the last eleven years discovering "the Venice of America" and South Florida itself.
Dale is the author of three children's books and numerous articles. He has also worked as a copywriter for the South Florida real estate market.
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