I'm down in Ft. Lauderdale every January.... and I always post a few questions before I arrive. Here's my latest one:
I arrive a few days before my BF (visiting relatives first) and the day he arrives I drive to FLL and pick him up, then we always go out to lunch somewhere.
Last year I went to a place that was recommended here by some and it was just ok, mostly not exactly what we were looking for and I have Celiac disease which means I can't eat any wheat at all (flour, breading, etc) and so to go to a place where they have lots of fried food doesn't work for me.
Ok so you can reference what we didn't like, the place last year as sort of near our hotel (Marriott Harbor Beach) off the 17th ST. Cway. It was on the intercoastal (I think, water anyhow lots of boats off the patio). A small shack sort of place, small parking lot in front, you enter and go thru the restaurant and get to a nice big outside eating area out back. It looked fun but wasn't for us.
Here is what we didn't like: the food was more spring break then Seasons 52, everything contained wheat, the server was hassled to have to go ask the cook what I could eat and came back with "plain salad no dressing", so it wasn't very fun for me. The table next to us was well into doing shots (at 11:45 am) and were so loud I couldn't hear my BF talk. My salad was terrible and my BF said his fried fish was ok, just fried fish.
We live far apart so we make all our visits very special and don't really want to waste much time with kids doing shots. We are in our early 50's (and honestly we are fun, we go to that place at the Galleria at night drinking and dancing - blue martini I think?) we like good food, expensive or not expensive either is fine (we have a few dives we go to in NYC all the time but the food at them is excellent), we would like a view... water would be good but Las Olas is ok, a pool would be ok, intercoastal is great, ocean is the best, but we'd like to be sitting outside so thats important.
Don't worry about the wheat thing... in most restaurants I don't have too much trouble, I can get fish, shellfish, steak, etc. Sorry to be so specific but I'm hoping to make it easier to come up with our first lunch spot.
Many thanks, Susan