Inside the brick oven at Texas Hold'Em BBQ, meats sizzle alongside whole bell peppers. There's a reason why the latter are called The Grilled Stuffed Bell Peppers Bluff—behind the vegetable exterior and under the blue-cheese crumbles lie hidden helpings of beef or pulled pork. The restaurant's menu carries its poker theme across meals such as the Nachos Two Pair and the All In sandwich, but its classic barbecue dinners have no need for a new name. Guests can order chicken, ribs, sausages, and brisket to pair with traditional sides, including baked beans and corn on the cob. At the bar, a catalog of craft beers from assorted breweries counterbalances saucy bites more refreshingly than iced glasses of more sauce. With TVs spread along the length of the bar and a penchant for private sports parties, Texas Hold'Em BBQ advocates for team spirit in addition to smoky roadhouse dining.
Cars embark on a cleansing journey as they slowly creep into Majestic Car Wash's 110-foot tunnel. Gentle machines whip and wipe cars clean with the aid of powerful cleaning products, and autos finally end their excursion under the shade of a large awning. Here, technicians can buff exteriors dry by hand, clean and restore headlights in less than an hour, and offer à la carte detailing services to protect cars from the tree sap and bugs attempting to annex their hood ornaments.
Seasoned comedian and teacher Brad Trackman, whose resume boasts appearances on NBC, ABC, MTV, CBS, Spike TV and Comedy Central, guides burgeoning chuckle-inducers through the finer points of laugh acquisition in his four-hour workshop, Comedy A through Z. Students learn to develop and write for performance persona, as well as sharpen their wit and enhance their abilities to care for newborn microphones. In addition to leading students through material-crafting exercises, Trackman will sling out advice on the business of comedy and what it takes to pursue a career in it, including tips for acquiring representation and landing TV roles. Students will dissect the ins and outs of the standup circuit, as well as hone their joke-crafting skills by observing actual chickens crossing actual roads.
Lulu's Bait Shop serves an eclectic menu of Cajun and southern-style dishes in a laidback environment. Warm up hot sauce hatches with a bowl of homemade shrimp gumbo ($4.95) before adventuring into a plate piled with golden-fried bites of prime alligator tail ($8.95). Raw bar repasts feature half-pounds of peel-and-eat shrimp steamed in a house blend of spices ($9.95) or ice-cold oysters (market price). Freshly caught salmon, snapper, tilapia, and mahi filets sate Ahabian appetites with a customizable collection of toppings and rubs. Creole transplants looking for a taste of New Orleans can nostalgically nosh on a fried shrimp po' boy ($8.95) or crawfish étouffée made with a spicy roux and seasoned rice ($9.95).
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Bales of hay backdropped by a mural of wild horses. Barstools and bottles of spirits. Line dancing and two-stepping. A dalmatian clad in firefighter gear. Fire Dog Saloon is a classic Country-Western watering hole with a touch of the unexpected.
Owners and firefighter paramedics Will Yasich, who is still on the job, and Rob Reul, who is now retired, have established a place where Fort Lauderdale's citizens can embrace their country side or simply come to hang out with their friends and play billiards or sing karaoke.
On many nights, the focus of the saloon turns to the dance floor, where men and women line up across 360 square feet of wooden boards for lessons in line dancing and two-step, all courtesy of resident expert Lisa Spangler. Fire Dog hosts both DJ dance parties and high-energy country bands, instead of ones that only play sad songs about Taylor Swift leaving country music.
Fueling the revelry are Fire Dog's heaping plates of slow-smoked barbecue and bar foods, favorites such as wings, chargrilled Angus burgers, and brisket paired with collared greens. After a few bites of homemade banana pudding, guests flock back to the dance floor.