Cafes in Fort Lauderdale

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After nearly 20 years under the command of Top Chef star Chef Carlos Fernandez, Hi-Life Café has recently ascended into a new realm under the rule of Chef Virgil Woodard, a master of new-wave American cuisine. According to a feature in the Sun Sentinel Woodard's training in architecture and keen eye for art and symmetry become apparent upon first glimpse of his dishes, each embellished with his signature hand-carved vegetable garnishes. Yet the ornate frills are only the start of the meal’s elegance. Fresh jalapeños packed with shrimp and wrapped in bacon—Cajun Kisses—prelude a full menu of classic American fare with an upscale twist. He transforms pastas with unique sauces, such as a southwestern spin on bolognese and a classic mushroom and madeira wine sauce infused with brie, and he pairs high-end strip steak, pork loin, and seafood with fresh, internationally inspired accoutrements.

The interior of Hi-Life Café mirrors the chic style of the entrees. Candlelight flickers across tasteful urban art photography from John Fifield and Streetmurals.net, creating the ideal ambiance for a dinner date or impromptu murder-mystery game. A granite-topped wine bar hosts a selection of sips, as well as fresh flower arrangements rivaled only by the elegant roses adorning each and every table.

3000 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale,
FL
US

Zaggora's founder Dessi was scrambling. She needed to lose a little weight before her wedding, but none of the weight loss products she used seem to move the needle. Eventually, she took matters into her own hands, inventing her own effective method for slimming down. Zaggora's multi-layer capris, tops, shorts, and blazers put the heat naturally emitted by the body during exercise to work burning more calories. By trapping and redirecting this thermal energy, Zaggora wearers can burn up to 11% more calories than they would when garbed in traditional workout clothes, and 50% more calories than they would while napping in a sweatband.

Zaggora's flagship product—the hip-hugging HotPants—naturally and efficiently amp up weight-loss regimens by targeting fat deposits with infrared rays. Made from a comfortable bioceramic material, the shorts' Celu-Lite technology smoothes thighs and other dimple-prone areas by warming body tissues and promoting lymphatic drainage. This process dramatically boosts energy expenditure before and after exercise, and even aids in eliminating the toxins responsible for cellulite.

1615 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale,
FL
US

The grill doyens at Commercial Point Cafe have made whipping up classic American eats a tradition of more than 25 years, anchoring plates with fresh ingredients during breakfast and lunch. Their selection of early-morning eats

3601 W Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale,
FL
US

Café Jamm's upscale comfort fare and daily chef-inspired specials are crafted from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Cast eyes over the menu before summoning starters such as gruyere mac 'n' cheese stuffed with panko and bacon ($5) and crispy sweet-potato fries accompanied by three dipping sauces ($7). A chopped fresh garden salad laden with jack cheese, savory bacon, garbanzo beans and kalamata olives appeases a green tooth ($9), and a hearty roasted duck with a red-wine reduction glaze nests in a bed of fragrant jasmine rice ($25). A certified Angus new york strip steak rubbed with aromatic signature spices tests the abilities of blindfolded competitive smellers ($28), and the Café Jamm cheeseburger is dressed with garlic aioli, fresh seasoned spinach, and caramelized onions before going out in a toasted brioche bun ($11). Once inside Café Jamm's black- and white-splashed interior, slide up to a cozy table or plant stems at the bar to sip a tipple from the wine list.

2364 N Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale,
FL
US

A smorgasbord of fun, adventuresome activities fill the 9,000 square feet of Funderdome. Upon entering, eyes immediately gaze skyward to the center's ceiling, where kids deftly navigate the ropes course a good 22 feet above the ground. While kids remain safely tethered, they traverse seven complex courses that build balance, coordination, and confidence. As the sky's the limit for kids, there's also a climbing wall to further enhance fitness in a fun way. A 30-foot-high multilevel playground keeps heads in the clouds with 20 different obstacles as well as mazes, tubes, and slides. Kids even can climb a vertical tower to an enclosed sports complex. There, they play basketball and soccer 22 feet in the air. From there, kids can come to ground while not exactly coming back to Earth for the activity floor and space-quadrant laser maze. With views of all the action, the café provides parents respite with WiFi, pizza, sandwiches, and LavAzza coffee.

1455 SE 17th St
Fort Lauderdale,
FL
US

Classic rolls and house-made focaccia and ciabatta bread embrace Adam's Subs Catering Co.'s 35+ hot and cold sub sandwiches. Hot subs, such as the meatball parm, join signature creations such as the "You Tuna Me On!" and the "Judge's Lunch," whose turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, and vegetables are hand-sliced by a bailiff. The kitchen team also prepares teriyaki- and ranch-slathered burgers and fajitas and quesadillas to complete the sandwich family. Adam's also dishes out hearty breakfast food, such as egg sandwiches, breakfast wraps, pancakes, and Manhattan Gourmet Coffee. Exposed brick and sleek corrugated metal lend an urban edge to the newly renovated dining room, whose cushioned booths and leather chair-circumscribed lounge area, equipped with free wi-fi, add a cozy feel.

6472 NW 5th Way
Fort Lauderdale,
FL
US