A Guide to Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Thriving Food Scene

Cravings are at the root of why people travel. Booking a trip stems from a strong desire to experience something new. While in Greater Fort Lauderdale, you can lounge on the beach and soak in the sun all you want, but the true way to satisfy your craving for discovery is to dive deep into the destination’s food scene. 

In a sea of chain restaurants and predictable franchises, the restaurants in this destination stand out. Every day more and more chefs are opening up shop in the area, each bringing their unique culinary flavor to the table.

Dine Like a Local

Local restaurants continue to challenge the conventional. Louie Bossi’s offers brunch with an Italian twist. The Foundry infuses the rich history of the Industrial Revolution into their cuisine. The Alchemist serves their one-of-a-kind coffee creations outside in a hip, tranquil garden.  Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille turns the catch of the day into a “Mac-Stuffed Lobster” masterpiece. Each location adds ample zest and personality to the culture of the destination.

Follow the Ale Trail

Nothing goes better with a warm, sunny day than a cold beer. Luckily, like the foam off a freshly tapped keg, craft beer is exploding in Greater Fort Lauderdale. It occupies a popular niche in the area’s social scene, so you won’t have to stray far to find that frosty glass you’ve been longing for. With nano-breweries, micro-breweries and taprooms popping up in every corner of the county, your pint glass is overflowing with choices. Visitors and locals can even use the destination’s  “Ale Trail” map at sunny.org/aletrail to navigate its booming beer scene.

Each brewery offers something special. One of the stops on the trail is any sour beer-lover’s dream come true. Residing in Old Pompano, Odd Breed Wild Ales made history as the first brewery in Florida to specialize in American wild ale.  It’s quickly making a name for itself with an acclaimed core lineup, experiments in fruited sour ales and limited-collaboration bottlings with other area breweries like Barrel of Monks, 26 Degrees and Bangin’ Banjo.

Indulge in Culture

This destination is home to a world of people with diverse backgrounds, cultures and, you guessed it, cuisines.  Menus represent delicacies from all over the globe. At every glance there’s an opportunity to take a bite of culture. Spice up your stay in downtown Fort Lauderdale at the 3rd annual “Taste the Islands Experience” on April 26-28. Offering an exciting program of uniquely Caribbean activities and authentic meals, this culinary event is a must for your tastebuds. It’s also perfect for a springtime stroll along the scenic New River. Get your tickets now, and join the tropical celebration.

Entertainment Eats

The only thing better than great dinner is great dinner–with a show. Hosted by Yelp Community Director Blue Arauz, Crave GFL is Greater Fort Lauderdale’s very own foodie show and your inside look at all of the destination’s most mouthwatering hotspots. Binge watch seasons 1-2 on demand at sunny.org/tv. Catch season 3 episodes as they premiere every Monday.

Step into a Foodie’s Paradise

From five-star chefs to nearly 50 craft breweries, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s food scene will fulfill your urge for more. Start planning your culinary adventure sunny.org/dining.


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