Hi-Life Cafe

3000 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 Directions
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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.

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Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Guide

Fort Lauderdale restaurants sometimes fly under the radar of residents scoping out the regional foodie scene, but the city has a growing cadre of great restaurants serving up unique and exquisitely delicious fare. Dining in Fort Lauderdale can be a delicious, eye-opening experience when people know which restaurants are making the most brilliantly conceived meals.

Cafe Sharaku is a pan-Asian foodie paradise located in what can only be described as the middle of nowhere. The "Asian fusion" sign outside of the nondescript building may throw off prospective customers, but any hesitation is completely set aside once they enter the restaurant. The place is warm and intimate. The staff is attentive and goes out of its way to make patrons feel comfortable as soon as they enter the front door. Entrees like grouper and sauteed mussels in shiso garlic broth with spinach are huge favorites. This Fort Lauderdale restaurant goes out of its way to use local ingredients whenever it can, so patrons know that they're eating some of the freshest food around.

Another restaurant that helps make the Fort Lauderdale food scene foodie central is Chima. This Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, has repeatedly been called one of the best steakhouses in Florida and is a true meat lover's paradise. Meat is placed on skewers and slow-roasted over open flames. Gauchos come around to the tables bringing fresh platters of seasoned beef, fish and lamb. In case that's not enough, they also serve plenty of side dishes, including fried yucca and cheese balls. Meat eaters are obviously well taken care of at Chima, but those who do not eat meat can load up at the restaurant's famous salad bar, which is stocked with delicious offerings. This is an incredible value, because guests get to eat as much as they want.

These Fort Lauderdale restaurants are just two of the eateries that are helping the city grow its foodie reputation.

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