Though you can always drive up to the Historic Downtowner Saloon, that's not the recommended way to arrive. Instead, customers might want to take the water taxi right up to the downtown stop to get a preview of the river views granted by the restaurant's riverfront patio. Here, guests can enhance their waterside experience with expertly prepared American fare and 20 new craft beers waiting to quench to the most discerning drinker.
While new owners now helm Historic Downtowner Saloon, its chefs tend to their culinary labors, be it slow-roasting prime rib or turning out seafood specials, sandwiches, and appetizers. In the kitchen, they grill slabs of sizzling sirloins and pair them crab cakes drizzled in a Cajun remoulade. Once delivered to guests, ancho shrimp tacos do flavorful dances across palates, while a raw bar, stocked with bowls of littleneck clams and Caribbean jerk shrimp, puts appetites on ice. Most nights of the week, a live band serenades guests with tunes as relaxing as surfing on a waterbed—unless there are sharks inside the waterbed.
When most people walk down the beach and discover a giant conch shell glistening in the sand, their first impulse might be to put an ear to it and listen to the sound of waves crashing inside. Maybe it's to pick it up and blow into it like a makeshift horn. But the chefs at Bahamian Conch Shell Restaurant know better. They know that a sweet, slightly chewy delicacy exists just beyond the conch's tough, salmon-colored shell.
This passion for conch is apparent as soon as you glance at the menu. Golden-brown conch fritters—the house specialty—pair with a creamy dipping sauce. In addition to the meat, the shell itself acts as serving vessel for mounds of delicate seafood. Beyond the beloved mollusk, they add a dash of Caribbean flair to everything from lobster and crab legs to fried chicken.
In the sprawling dining room, white tablecloths drape over square and circular tables. Atop these tables are platters of the Mandarin, Szechuan, and Cantonese cuisine that fills Christina Wan's menu. Favorites such as general tso's chicken and sesame beef share space with less-known dishes such as saigon steak kew (filet mignon with snow peas) and lemongrass-marinated rack of lamb.
The Sushi Rock Café in Fort Lauderdale has some of the freshest, most well-put-together sushi in town. In addition to being tasty-fresh, Sushi Rock’s sushi is also very well-presented, pleasing to the eyes as well as the palate. All time favorites include some radical dishes like the Red Hot Chili Pepper roll and the Big Bopper. As you may have noticed, almost all of their fantastic sushi is named after iconic rock bands, which really gives the establishment character. This die-hard rock fan identity is further enhanced by the amazing rock memorabilia adorning their walls. If you’re looking for high-energy fun and some good sushi to go with it, look no further.
It takes four weeks for Lauderdale Grill's prime rib to age to the tenderness deemed best by their chefs. Then, after cooking onsite in hickory smoke, these succulent cuts are available by the 10 or 14 oz serving or as a sandwich on a grilled roll. The cooks here also plate up tuna, mahi mahi, and salmon, as well as bar food favorites such as wings and burgers. Tastier and more fun than a daily sock darning schedule, a daily soup schedule also holds a place in the menu, featuring chilis, chowders, and stews each only offered once a week. And happily for cocktail-lovers, the Broward/Palm Beach New Times raved about the spot's weekend bloody mary bar, calling the homemade mix used "outstanding."