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Bistro 17 turns to comfort food following renovation in Fort Lauderdale


Bistro 17

Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel

1617 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-626-1700,

This 16-year-old restaurant has launched an American-comfort-food concept on the heels of renovating its interior as part of the hotel’s $5 million renovation.

“The new contemporary-coastal design offers guests an upscale feel combined with the casually sophisticated ambiance of our 17th Street cruise-and-yacht neighborhood,” says Ben Johnson, director of sales and marketing.

The remodel transformed the refined, colorful setting to a softer, relaxed ambiance with a blue-and-white maritime flair, marine ropes, multitoned woods and a lounge inside a large, brown, metal cage at the entrance as a nod to ship hulls.

New dinner favorites include crab cakes with pickled apple relish and green chili aioli ($10), braised chicken with fire-caramelized Brussels sprouts ($22) and herbed seared scallops with gnocchi and Creole sauce ($30).

“Bistro 17 used to be a typical Fort Lauderdale restaurant with a Floribbean menu,” executive chef Mervel Thomas says. “While the quality was always on par, guests are now looking for different and more intriguing options.”

The dining room is open for breakfast, but Bistro 17’s menu is being served in the revitalized R Lounge for lunch and dinner until November when a tapas-style menu will launch.

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