Though Solita Las Olas's lounge-like atmosphere has been known to attract celebrities, such as the Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem, nightlife isn't even its main draw. In addition to a bustling upscale lounge and dining room, SoLita—or "south of Little Italy"— houses a hopping kitchen where chefs cook Italian meals using generations-old family recipes. Local and imported ingredients give zings of flavor to fresh pasta dishes, draped in sauces from spicy white wine tomato sauce to rich Parmesan cream. For heartier meals, chefs grill rib-eye steaks, veal chops, and filet mignon, or sizzle the catch-of-the-day with garlic, capers, and a sense of man's dominance over the mighty ocean.
During the boisterous shows at Sopranos Dueling Piano bar, pianists take the stage and play popular tunes as audience members clap, dance, and sing along. Meanwhile, bartenders dole out 24 varieties of beer and an array of colorful cocktails—including the frozen margarita lauded by reporters from South Florida Sun-Sentinel for providing "the perfect amount of pucker." Servers bustle about the tabletops in the dimly lit space, balancing trays of wings, burgers, and coconut shrimp with sweet-chili dipping sauce.
Located on the Atlantic Ocean, Lulu’s Bait Shack loops Cajun flare into a menu of blackened chicken po boys and fresh snapper enhanced by massive 84-ounce cocktails. Patrons can strum a deep-fried banjo as they snack on an order of hand-battered catfish fingers ($8.95) while a tablemate plays the spoons against a steaming crock of homemade shrimp gumbo ($6.95). After hog-tying blackened chicken and grilled andouille sausage to a warm roll in the Cajun club po boy ($8.95), diners can dress alligator bites ($9.95) with a healing side of lemon pepper mayo. If Lu Lu’s ample assortment of half-pound burgers and tortilla wraps don’t tempt fishing lines, noshers can employ a fettuccini net to wrangle the sautéed seafood morsels of the shrimp and lobster pasta ($15.95) into a bath of rich sherry cream sauce.
The chefs at The Manor, a trendy nightclub fused with an upscale restaurant, craft a menu of surf-and-turf and elegant fusion cuisine. Diners can catch seaborne centerpieces such as the chili-rubbed firewood salmon ($10.95) and release them into the brooks, bayous, and unmanned water parks that comprise the human body’s 80% H2O makeup. Grilled Korean-style short ribs backstroke in a citrus-soy-chili marinade before basking on plates ($11.95), and the raspberry seared scallops partner with mixed greens that add to pulchritudinous stomach-wall gardens ($11.95). Diners can chase bites down esophageal tunnels with drinks, including Grey Goose–driven concoctions such as the Godiva-laced orange espresso martini ($12).
Joyful bellows resonate throughout the multileveled brick structure of hilarity, which boasts a first floor bar that is steps away from Fort Lauderdale Beach, a second floor comedy club, and a rooftop party area. A sizely photo of Animal House alumni overlooks patrons as they indulge in non-school spirits, while laughter is muffled by mouthfuls of burgers, wings, and more from the menu of all-American eats. Combine comedy with comestibles and see stand-up performances from the likes of Clyde Gordon and Oni Perez who bust guts faster than eating 10 Farber College angus smash burgers ($5.99 single, $7.99 double). See full schedule of performances.
Sportszone84 breaks out of the huddle with a menu of made-to-order bar fare capable of satisfying sports fans and anti-athletics alike. Kick off consumption with fried pickles ($5.99), potato skins ($7.99), or 10 chicken wings ($7.99) bathed in your choice of sauces, and then mouth-march onward into the main courses. Sportszone84’s signature In the Zone burger ($8.99) builds its appetizing assault around a half-pound Angus-beef patty, while the full rack of baby-back ribs ($17.99) smothers its xylophone of porcine meat in a sweet barbecue sauce. An Alonzo Mourning’s pants-suit's worth of beers keep taste buds cooled down, with piña colada margaritas and rum runners also available for hop-heads wishing to take a break from frosty brews.