Riverside Market's menu abounds with breakfast omelettes, savory sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, fresh salads, specialty sodas, and a selection of more than 250 craft beers, all served in an easygoing, neighborhood atmosphere. Morning munchers can select from eight oversized omelettes ($8), all whipped up fresh to order without butter or oil and paired with a potato and breakfast bread. Complete the morning fuel stop with a steaming cup of freshly ground, organic espresso, or coffee. Noontime and evening diners tantalize taste buds with a caprese salad, a fresh mozzarella, tomato, pesto, and basil blend drizzled with balsamic and olive oil ($6). Specialty sandwiches ($7–$9) piled with fresh fixings on a variety of bread options, such as flaky croissants or grilled panini bread. Feast on one of Riverside's 12-inch crispy flatbread pizzas, ranging from traditional pepperoni ($12) to barbeque chicken ($12), which is topped with gouda cheese, onions, and cilantro. Parched patrons can pick from more than 250 craft beers, a brewed bounty so vast that if the staff places all the bottles in a row, the lineup would stretch from Fort Lauderdale to Atlantis.
?The standard question down here is, ?Don?t you ever get tired of doing this?? And we always say, ?It?s better than working?,? Captain Gary Bobrick says in a Sun Sentinel video. It's easy to believe that he enjoys his job because it usually involves piloting a sightseeing boat through Fort Lauderdale's river ways to point out celebrity mansions and massive luxury boats. In addition to views of prime real estate, his tours often afford glimpses of flitting manatees and iguanas lounging along the shores. On the vessel?s lower level, patrons can congregate in an air-conditioned dining room and replenish with tropical punch and ice cream. Along the way, Captain Bobrick or his tour guides impart anecdotes about cultural heavyweights, as well as the role waterways play in fueling the region?s legendary water-balloon fights.
America's Backyard hosts daily drink specials and events that include the beer-pong-fueled College Night, and Lady's Night, where women drink premium cocktails free of charge. Those whose feet are trapped in perpetual motion can slip into a pair of dancing shoes and head to one of the DJ dance parties. After working up an appetite on the dance floor, patrons can select from a menu brimming with American eats, such as heaping servings of pound 4 pound wings available in one-pound ($8.75), two-pound ($15.75), and five-pound ($34.75) proportions. And classically conditioned diners can spruce up a half-pound Backyard burger ($8.75) with a guzzle from das boot, which is filled past the ankle with a choice of imported ($11.75) or domestic ($10.75) beer.
Pizza and limoncello served alongside sushi and sake. Some might say it's an unusual collision of cuisines under one roof, but at Rice & Dough, Goran and Amy Perovic don't quite see it that way. "We consider ourselves an American restaurant featuring two favorite kinds of American food," Goran told SouthFlorida.com, explaining that today, both sushi and Italian food fall under the ever-growing umbrella of American cuisine.
No matter what you call it, Rice & Dough has made quite the impression since its 2012 opening, attracting the attention of the Miami Herald's Rochelle Koff, the Broward Palm Beach New Times's Tricia Woolfenden, and Examiner.com's Drew Berliner. Having something for everyone is likely part of its success; patrons in the mood for sushi can enjoy a collection of maki, including a Z Fantasy roll packed with shrimp tempura, eel, and avocado, prepared in plain sight by a skilled chef at the sushi bar. Italian-food lovers, meanwhile, can slice up and share a margherita pie or one of the other dozen pizzas handmade by Goran in the open kitchen. Other Italian offerings include platefuls of housemade lasagna and lunchtime paninis. Because he's a former sommelier, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Goran has also compiled an extensive wine list for his guests, featuring reds, whites, and plenty of sake.
From its skyscraper façade to its menu of New York–style pizzas, paninis named for famous landmarks, and Italian specialties to rival any Little Italy spot—Empire Pizza Café’s New York theme saturates every facet of the restaurant. Thin, crispy crust pizzas range from classic cheese to the creative, such as mashed-potato-bacon and chicken-marsala pies. Wine, bottled beers, and steamy cups of Lavazza cappuccino and espresso pair with upscale fare such as chicken and veal entrees, plates of pasta, and sautéed cummerbunds.:m]]
Named after a pasta-loving family friend dubbed "Noodles" who came to the United States after a childhood in the Puglia region of Italy, Noodles Panini takes taste buds on trips to Europe with pressed sandwiches, imported pastas, and refined entrees featuring chicken, beef tenderloin, and fish. Aunt Marion?s meatballs, voted the best by Florida Travel + Life, present a balanced blend of pork, veal, and beef slowly stewed in handcrafted tomato sauce. The layers of flavor that infuse the eatery's paninis originate onsite, including fresh dressings, chef-made mozzarella, and house-roasted beef and turkey. Guests can sup inside the mahogany-hued restaurant or mosey out to the patio, where strings of lights cultivate a sense of romance that's enhanced when diners spontaneously sing love songs to their meatballs.