Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale became famous in the mid 20th century as the place college kids went for Spring Break, but now it’s a more upscale destination, known as a center for sailboats and yachts, a popular place for snowbirds who come to escape northern winters. One of its best-known restaurants is the Rustic Inn, first opened in 1955 as a small saloon, but now a sprawling destination for seafood lovers. Butter-sopped garlic crabs are the must-eat signature dish. Roadfood favorites in Fort Lauderdale include the eclectic, hospitable cafe / art gallery / juice bar known as 925 Nuevos Cubanos — great for Cuban sandwiches, pastries, silly juice and serious coffee. Southwest in Hollywood is the brash and boisterous sandwich shop known as Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies — a destination for seekers of Philly cheese steaks, cold hoagies, burgers, pizza, and hospitable counter sass.

Fort Lauderdale’s Most Famous Dishes

Long roll holds shredded beef, molten cheese, and grilled onions

Cheese Steak

Cross section of a hoagie with salami, ham & provolone, garnished with lettuce, tomato, and onion, sprinkled with oil and spice

Italian Hoagie

Fort Lauderdale’s Best Restaurants

Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies


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