Let's do lunch. How often do we hear that? The question isn't do we want to do lunch, the question is where. With all of the options available in Fort Lauderdale, we at 10best are here to offer suggestions of some of the best places we know. Start out with Yolo. This establishment has taken the town by storm, and lunch here is simply divine. The Floridian is a tried and true restaurant that locals swear by and visitors ask about. The menu is like a touch of home with a touch of class. If French cuisine is your idea of an impressive lunch, head to Sage French Cafe, and Bon Appetit! Casual lunches are good and the atmosphere is abuzz at J Mark's. There is a line but well worth the wait. Try out The Deck Restaurant for great, fun food and a great view. For one of those elegant lunch dates that you see on TV, stop at the Casablanca Cafe, where they serve lunches as wonderful as their dinners. For Asian favorites, P.F. Chang's Bistro is known for the sumptuous and affordable lunch dishes, and Lemongrass Fort Launderdale for its calm setting and delightful options. For when pizza is the only thing that will do, stop in at Zouba's Pizza and Restaurant. It's genuine pizza and Italian favorites that have drawn patrons back again and again. And if it's Cuban and Mexican cuisine that you crave, there's no place like Fuego Latino. Try it. You'll be back!
10 Fuego Latino
Voted the Number One Cuban cuisine in all of south Florida by the Sun-Sentinel in 2011, Fuego Latino is a favorite for those who are true lovers of Cuban and Mexican cuisine. Conveniently located on Commercial Boulevard in Oakland Park, Fuego Latino offers a full lunch menu which includes daily specials such as Ropa Vieja (Shredded Beef), Chimichanga Chicken or Beef or Baby Churrasco. Lunch is served only from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular hours for Fuego Latino are Monday-Thursday 11am-10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m-11 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Remember that Wednesdays and Thursdays are 99-cent Margaritas and Sangrias with purchase of entree. Special events and catering available! (9543517754)
9 P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Should you find yourself on a shopping trip at the glitzy Galleria or the incredible Sawgrass Mills, consider stopping at the always-popular P.F. Chang's China Bistro for a lunch to remember. With 20 lunch specials for under $10, enjoy such favorites as Thai Chicken Noodle Salad, Crispy Honey Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken or the always favorite Beef with Broccoli. Also available are the vegetarian plates for those preferring to skip the meat dishes. A Dim Sum lunch is a delightful treat for only $7.45 per person, and includes a soup or salad and your choice of two orders of delicious steamed dumplings. The Fort Lauderdale outpost of this fashionable Chinese bistro gets high marks for its contemporary interior and eclectic menu. Lunch is served Monday-Saturday until 4 p.m. Visit their website to make a reservation. (954-565-5877)
8 Zouba's Pizza & Restaurant
There are those times when only pizza will do for lunch. It's everyone's favorite. Zouba's Pizza & Restaurant is located in one of the area's most pleasant settings and is known for its delightful staff and superb options. The menu at Zouba's Pizza & Restaurant features a wide array of great Italian favorites, made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sure to please every member of your group. Zouba's Pizza & Restaurant has established itself as one of the area's favorite culinary destinations and is sure to offer you a pleasant and unique experience every time you visit. (9544937457)
7 Casablanca Cafe
Although it is primarily known as a romantic setting for a beautiful evening out, Casablanca Cafe is equally as enchanting for a luncheon with friends or for business. This Fort Lauderdale Beach treasure is artfully housed in an authentic two-story Spanish home overlooking the always changing beachfront. The lunch menu is certainly as enticing as their dinner options with Calamari Fritters, delicious Steamed Mussels and Clams or perhaps Escargot with Attitude, which just might also serve as a conversation piece. Also available are soups, salads, sandwiches and enticing entrees such as Linguini Del Mar, Tropical Florida Mahi, Hibachi Grilled Salmon and Fish & Chips. Eat outside to take advantage of this sub-tropical paradise, or take a seat inside under the warm glow of Moroccan lamps, stucco walls, dark wood and wrought-iron accents. (954-764-3500)
6 Deck Restaurant, The
For a fun and delicious lunch, head to the Deck Restaurant. Once the old Bahama Deck, the restaurant is located at the Sea Club Resort Hotel since September 2005. As the name implies, the restaurant is outdoors on a deck, directly across the street from Fort Lauderdale Beach. The people-watching is great. Famous for their deluxe breakfasts, the Deck Restaurant is great for lunch as well. A fun setting with a fun menu, start out with an appetizer. Selections are mozzarella sticks, coconut shrimp or the savory chicken tenders. If you can't make up your mind which one to choose, choose the Appetizer Sampler. Entrees include wings, a variety of soups, fresh chicken Quesadillas, Bruschetta or Creamy Spinach Dip served with corn chips. While you eat, you just can't beat the million dollar view. And always remember to ask you server what's on special. (9545371722)
5 Lemongrass - Fort Lauderdale
Discover the exotic blend of Asian cuisine at this Fort Lauderdale favorite, the Lemongrass Asian Bistro. With four locations in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale, this elegant restaurant has been pleasing those with a fine taste for Thai food, Sushi, Asian noodles and Vietnamese cuisine for some time. This beautifully decorated and furnished restaurant is a soothing atmosphere for a working lunch or just meeting with friends. Food here is fresh and beautifully displayed and most importantly, delicious. Available are Sushi Sashimi lunches, Asian lunches, a variety of noodle soups and their own Bento Lunch Boxes. Lunch specials come with a choice of appetizer, and hours are Monday-Friday, 11:30-5 p.m. (954-564-4422)
4 J. Mark's Restaurant & Bar
Whether your lunch is for business or pleasure, or perhaps both, J. Mark's is just the place. With two popular locations, one on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale and the other on Copans Road in Pompano Beach, J. Mark's has a delicious lunch menu consisting of Soup & Salad, Spinach Salad, the popular Ahi Tuna Sliders, Buffalo Chicken Sliders, Footlong Hot Dog for the more traditional lunch, or the very decadent Five Cheese Pasta. Lunch prices are very affordable, starting at $8.99. J. Mark's also offers a Midday menu from 2-5 p.m. for a later lunch, which consists of some of their maost popular items at a reduced rate. (954-782-7000)
3 Sage French Cafe
Offering a two-for-one lunch special, Sage is a pleasant French restaurant that has appealed to the fans of country French cuisine for some time. With an elegant, bistro-style atmosphere with two locations, one in Fort Lauderdale and the other in near-by Hollywood, this establishment features such delightful entrees as Daube de Boeuf, brie-topped Steak Maurice and roasted duck doused in a heavenly honey raspberry sauce. Perfectly prepared crepes, including the Crepe Languedoc with garlic sausage, cheese, apples and tomatoes, are equally as impressive. End your delightful meal by pairing purely sinful desserts like crème brule with a smooth, rich espresso for the perfect finish. Sage is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. (954-565-2299)
2 The Floridian
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)
It's hard to imagine that in just four 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)
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 eight 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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