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I am living here full-time now, and finally getting to explore the scene more carefully.  A wonderful find in Wilton manors is Le Patio,  A tiny restaurant on a side street.  True to its name, most of the seating, probably eight tables, is on a shady, romantic patio.  The menu is largely French inspired for appetizers, and Italian inspired for mains.  Two women turn out some very tasty food from a closet-sized kitchen.  Prices are quite reasonable for Fort Lauderdale, and portions are generous, including wine pours.  It's not a tourist spot, and it's quiet, and great for relaxing conversation.  Highly recommended if you are searching for an intimate kind of experience in the Wilton Manors  area.  Reservations essential, especially during the busy winter season.

http://lepatiowiltonmanors.com/

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Alexsandra's  in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. 

Jamaican food. Soooo yummy.  I had jerk chicken just to try the place out, and a generous lunch portion was $7.95.  The chicken was spicy but not overly so, with a beautiful grilled, smoky flavor and tender flesh. The jerk seasoning was a riot of flavors.  The chicken came on top of a bland looking, but surprisingly spicy rice with beans  and some stewed cabbage.  I added their habanero sauce on the side. It's a tiny storefront in a strip center in Lauderdale by the Sea, a few blocks from the beach.  It's plain in the extreme, with a very few tables inside, and a couple outside, designed largely for takeout.  Can't wait to try the rest of their brief menu which includes brown stew chicken, curry chicken, curry goat and ox tail stew.  The large sizes of the meals are only 11 or $12.  Great for takeout if you are anywhere near Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.  What a great little gem. http://alexsandrascafe.com/

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 If you decide to have your Fort Lauderdale area vacation in Hollywood, you should definitely check out the yellow Green farmers market.

http://www.ygfarmersmarket.com/

 It is long aisles of produce, jewelry,  imported clothing, incense, soaps, and all kinds of food.  There's almost every kind of food stall imaginable, from Belgian waffles to Ethiopian, from Thai to vegan ice cream.  You can buy handmade mozzarella, locally made smoked fish dip, all kinds of exotic fruits and vegetables, fresh fish,  in season vegetables, spices, teas...all while drinking alcohol, because you may buy and consume while you are perusing this market.  On a day like today, the market is hot.  I wanted Ethiopian food, which was delicious, but a hard thing to really enjoy on a very hot day.  It's such a riot of color, and smell, and flavor that I encourage anyone who is close by to deal with the insanity of the parking and have this experience.  It's not far from the intersection of I 95 and Sheridan.  And just to tempt you, the plums I bought today were absolutely the best ones I've ever eaten in my entire life! 

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Seriously delicious food in Fort Lauderdale!

Hot and Soul is in a very strange strip mall on the south west corner of Oakland and Commercial, not far from the Oakland Park beaches or the Lauderdale by the Sea beaches.   Thank hair salons, odd boutiques, and real estate agents. The place doesn't even have much signage, but it is on the western side of the strip mall.  It specializes in comfort food from across the world, but there's a strong Cajun influence.  

I had a fried red snapper on shrimp etouffee, and my friend had lamb tangine. Holy shit. Delicious, soulful food.  The menu runs from Currys to mussels to  Southern style barbecue.  It's not a large menu, but every item sounds so amazing and enticing.  After our dinner, we declared it perhaps the best food we have ever had in Fort Lauderdale.  Service was sketchy. Who cares? 

http://m.hotandsoul.com/

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On 11/15/2017 at 8:08 PM, dcandohio said:

Seriously delicious food in Fort Lauderdale!

Hot and Soul is in a very strange strip mall on the south west corner of Oakland and Commercial, not far from the Oakland Park beaches or the Lauderdale by the Sea beaches.   Thank hair salons, odd boutiques, and real estate agents. The place doesn't even have much signage, but it is on the western side of the strip mall.  It specializes in comfort food from across the world, but there's a strong Cajun influence.  

I had a fried red snapper on shrimp etouffee, and my friend had lamb tangine. Holy shit. Delicious, soulful food.  The menu runs from Currys to mussels to  Southern style barbecue.  It's not a large menu, but every item sounds so amazing and enticing.  After our dinner, we declared it perhaps the best food we have ever had in Fort Lauderdale.  Service was sketchy. Who cares? 

http://m.hotandsoul.com/

I assume you mean Oakland Park and Federal Highway, since Commercial and Oakland park are parallel...

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9 hours ago, DanielK said:

I assume you mean Oakland Park and Federal Highway, since Commercial and Oakland park are parallel...

Duh. You are correct.  I should proofread more carefully before I post after a couple of glasses of wine!

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1 hour ago, dcandohio said:

Duh. You are correct.  I should proofread more carefully before I post after a couple of glasses of wine!

BTW - continued thanks for posting the Broward updates! I grew up in Coral Springs, and still come home to visit twice a year. Usually once to CS in Feb, and then Thanksgiving at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. We always include Basilic and Aruba Beach in our visit, and stone crabs from Fish Peddler. We will probably give Vincent's a try this year, based on your rec.

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17 minutes ago, DanielK said:

BTW - continued thanks for posting the Broward updates! I grew up in Coral Springs, and still come home to visit twice a year. Usually once to CS in Feb, and then Thanksgiving at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. We always include Basilic and Aruba Beach in our visit, and stone crabs from Fish Peddler. We will probably give Vincent's a try this year, based on your rec.

I wish I had more to report from this part of the world.  Vincent's is now called Vinny's.  Same menu, same employees, same owner.  Taco bar on Oakland, sandwiched between middle River Drive and Federal Highway, across from Coral Ridge mall, has good, fresh homemade food. Tasty, spicy sauces.  Alexsandra's on Commercial near Frenchy's is great for take out Jamaican.   I've only had appetizers at tropical krave near basilic, in the former Italian place,  but what I saw coming out of the kitchen looked good. I haven't hit up fish peddler lately, but your post reminds me to do so during Stone crab season.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving visit… The weather is glorious today. 

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Can't wait for Thanksgiving! We won't have cars, and while we could cab/Uber/etc., generally if we can't walk there from Southern Seas (a few blocks north of Commercial), we don't bother.

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