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Everyone's Favorite Restaurants Are Close to Fort Lauderdale's BB&T Center



The BB&T Center is located in Sunrise, Florida, just west of Fort Lauderdale, and across the street from Sawgrass Mills Mall. With each sporting or concert event, the house is packed with thousands of enthusiasts who look forward to their favorite restaurant after, or even before. Surrounding The BB&T Center are a number of restaurants from upscale fine dining to casual to the corner pizza restaurant. And every favorite is represented here also, from the European flare of the upscale nature at The Grand Lux Cafe to classic Italian favorites with both indoor and pleasant outdoor seating at the Villagio, to the highly-praised and favorite Bonefish Grill. Don't settle for Mexican fast food when LaBamba is just a few blocks away! This is a local favorite. And who doesn't love The Cheesecake Factory? This location at Sawgrass Mills is a pleasant walk across the street from the BB&T Center, and the best way to end the evening with their amazing list of cheesecakes and other specialized desserts and menu items. P.F. Chang's is also right there for Asian food lovers. If it's diner food that hits the spot then 84 Diner is the best. Located a few miles away in Davie, and a pleasant drive. When pizza is the craving it's not far away at the Grande Pizza Company on Sunrise Boulevard. The locals rave about it! We at 10best have searched the area well and have found these delightful favorites that are sure to please.


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Grande Pizza Co
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You know it's great pizza when It's delicious with just cheese as a topping! No kidding. This is great New York style pizza at its finest. Grande Pizza Co. has been serving great pizza as well as other Italian dishes, for many years to a faithful following of local residents, visitors and near-by 9-5 workers for many years. Whether you like pizza with just cheese or a grand selection of toppings, or perhaps pasta dishes including the best lasagna anywhere, the friendly staff at any of the five locations are attentive and efficient and friendly. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating is available as well as delivery to your hotel room or home.

Recommended for Restaurants near BB&T Center because: A local favorite for those who enjoy Italian favorites, and its popularity says it all.

Dale's expert tip: Ask about the month's special when you order.

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With an almost legendary status in Fort Lauderdale, Buca di Beppo is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Serving family-style classic Italian dishes, this is a great place for families and friends and office gatherings, the food here is what everyone thinks of what Mom makes. With two locations locally, one in Fort Lauderdale and one in Davie, not to mention 84 other locations nationwide, you will love the incredibly friendly staff and be dazzled by the unique decor, with photos lining the walls of Italian icons such as Sophia Loren and Joe DiMaggio. And, of course, the food! Dive in and try an amazing list of delicious appetizers, salads, pastas, pizzas, entr�, desserts, beer and fine wines. Go online and make a reservation today!

Recommended for Restaurants near BB&T Center because: The ultimate in family-style dining and a local legend.

Dale's expert tip: Seriously, be ready to eat when you arrive. You won't forget this!

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84 Diner


Known as South Florida's Largest Diner, 84 Diner is a classic eatery for the entire family. Breakfast served all day with amazing prices and an extensive menu of American, Greek and Italian dishes make this mom-and-pop establishment popular. Spinach pie, mousaka and the feta cheese omelet are among the more exotic offerings while traditional breakfast and dinners staples are also available for less adventurous taste buds. At the end of the meal be sure and order from the dessert and pastries menu, which has an abundance of tasty delights. Remember that kids eat free from Monday-Thursday after 3 p.m. The spacious, casual interior is crowd-friendly.

Recommended for Restaurants near BB&T Center because: Perfect for those who enjoy the diner experience and all of the dinner specialties.

Dale's expert tip: Private parties can accommodate up to 80 people.

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P.F. Chang's China Bistro
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Should you find yourself at an event at the BB&T center or shopping at the 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.

Recommended for Restaurants near BB&T Center because: Convenient to the BB&T Center and everyone's favorite Asian delights.

Dale's expert tip: Lunch here will make your day of shopping perfect!

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The Cheesecake Factory
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Everyone likes The Cheesecake Factory. And with this location just across the street from the BB&T Center in the famous Sawgrass Mills Mall, what an excellent choice before or after an event. Best known for their amazing selection of over fifty cheesecakes and specialty desserts, The Cheesecake Factory also has a menu of over 200 items that are each made from scratch using the highest ingredients. With an active and up-beat atmosphere that diners have come to expect that this eatery that serves lunch and dinner with late-night dining. Also offered are a full bar, a very appetizing Sunday brunch and Curbside To-Go service.

Recommended for Restaurants near BB&T Center because: With a celebratory atmosphere, the best cheesecake and desserts as well as an extensive menu, it's ideal.

Dale's expert tip: Located in The Oasis section of Sawgrass Mills Mall, note that parking is tight here. Best option is to park near Target, which seems to have the most available spots, with a short walk to The Cheesecake Factory.

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La Bamba Mexican & Spanish Restaurant
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Well known locally for the incredible Mexican and Spanish fare, La Bamba has three Broward County locations; Fort Lauderdale, Margate and Sunrise. Just blocks from the BB&T Center and Florida's favorite shopping center, Sawgrass Mills Mall, La Bomba in Sunrise offers their time-honored and classic favorites. A full menu of soups/sopas, salads/ensaladas, appetizers/aperitivos, mouth-watering entrees, burgers and sandwiches, burritos, steaks/bistecs and fajitas. And don't forget dessert!. Also available are a list of beers, wines and, of course, Margaritas. Great for a casual lunch or dinner, party or office party or business meeting function, and don't forget you can order for take-out.

Recommended for Restaurants near BB&T Center because: A popular restaurant for Mexican/Spanish food enthusiasts and with a close-by location to the BB&T Center.

Dale's expert tip: Excellent for a company lunch. Just call ahead.

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Bonefish Grill
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A Florida favorite, Bonefish Grill combats the backwoods stigma of seafood restaurants with its hip environs. With four locations in Broward County, the Plantation location is just blocks from the BB&T Center and Sawgrass Mills Mall. Its strong popularity also gives credence to a tasty menu. Fish (you choose from several varieties) is cooked over a wood-fired grill; the smoky flavor is accented with mango-, garlic-, teriyaki and butter-tinged sauces. Mussels, rock shrimp, calamari and lobster also make appearances, and pastas, chicken, steaks and pork round out the options. Choose your favorite cocktail, wine or beer. And don't forget dessert! Waits can be common, so plan accordingly.

Recommended for Restaurants near BB&T Center because: Quality food and an extensive menu for seafood lovers as well as those who may want something more.

Dale's expert tip: Plenty of parking and a short drive from the BB&T Center.

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With four South Florida locations, Broward County's location being at Sawgrass Mills Mall across the street from the BB&T Center, Villagio Restaurante in the malls' fashionable Colonnades section is a classic Italian restaurant with an upscale and friendly atmosphere, and the perfect eatery for those who enjoy true Italian cuisine. Ideal setting for lunch or dinner while shopping or before or after a sporting or entertainment event at the BB&T Center, Villagio Restaurante's menu offers delicious appetizers, generous salads, and savory soups, steaks and seafood and concludes with amazing delectable desserts. Also offered are Champagne and Sparkling wines for those special occasions.

Recommended for Restaurants near BB&T Center because: Ideal for those who enjoy an upscale Italian eatery that is close to all the action in west Sunrise.

Dale's expert tip: Valet parking is available at The Colonnade Outlets and is highly recommended.

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Grand Lux Cafe
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When only the best will do after an event at the BB&T Center, or after a shopping at Sawgrass Mills Mall, then it's off to the Grand Lux Cafe. Located in the Mall's fashionable Colonnade Outlets, surrounded by names such as Burberry, Barney's New York and Coach, this elegant Venetian-style eatery fits in perfectly as the casual upscale restaurant that it was designed to be. By blending the grandeur and luxury of a European cafe with the the all-American Cafe, guests are treated to this unique, relaxing and atmosphere with a casual, global cuisine that has caught on fast. Choose from specialty appetizers, oven-baked rustic pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, great salads, enticing pasta dishes, and even Angus Beef Steaks. The Grand Lux Cafe's specialty are their amazing desserts, baked to order and absolutely unforgettable. Also available are specialty cocktails and Martinis, a list of beers, wines and After Dinner Drinks.

Recommended for Restaurants near BB&T Center because: Easily accessible to the BB&T Center and the perfect upscale eatery to visit before or after that special event.

Dale's expert tip: This place gets busy, especially on weekends, but it's worth the wait.

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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...  More About Dale

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