G. Garvin's Ft. Lauderdale Travel Tips

By: G. Garvin

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Located just north of Miami, Fort Lauderdale has plenty to offer vacationers. As South Florida grows, so does its culinary scene. Dine on tasty seafood and check out the bars and restaurants by the marinas when you visit the beach.

Hot and Soul

Hot and Soul is the creation of husband-and-wife team Mike Hampton and Christy Samoy. They’ve lived in different cities and brought techniques from famous kitchens to Fort Lauderdale to create their own concept: International Soul Food. I had a great time in their kitchen making gnocchi and tasting pate. If you’re in town you just can’t miss this spot.

Southern Swank Kitchen

Southern Swank Kitchen is a new spot in Davie made by young chefs with a hip crowd in mind. I enjoyed their fun take on Southern comfort food, especially the drinks! The locals will keep coming because of its awesome atmosphere and live music.

Deep Sea Fishing Miami / Jaime’s Food Truck

When you visit South Florida, be sure you hop on a boat. The Atlantic Ocean makes for a fantastic adventure. Thanks to Captain Jay, I had the chance to get on the largest fishing charter boat in town and had an amazing time out at sea. There’s nothing better than being able to cook your catch, so reach out to Jaime Bernstein or a restaurant close to the marina to plan a cookout when you dock.

Pescados Unidos

Pescados Unidos is a locally loved food truck known for fresh fish and their tasty innovation: the fish sausage. They make several and pack them with different flavors to complement the fish. Chef and owner Kevin Dreifuss is proud of his ever-changing menu and the line that always form in front of his traveling truck. You’ll find Pescados Unidos driving around Fort Lauderdale and its neighboring city Hollywood.

G&B Oyster Bar

G&B (Girls and Boys) Oyster Bar is the perfect hangout for locals. Their menu is no-nonsense and fresh, featuring items like their paella, lobster corn dogs and exotic alligator ribs. This hot spot is right on the marina, giving guests a pleasant waterfront view, and was built in a former dive shop.

Marando Farms

Husband-and-wife team Chelsea and Fred Marando had their hearts set on creating the perfect spot for lovers of all things local. Marando Farms is an urban farm, market, community garden, hydroponic garden and farm-animal care center. It’s great for a hands-on experience and crash course in Florida produce.

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