Long known as one of America’s top boating centers, Fort Lauderdale has improved its culinary scene in recent years. Visitors to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Nov. 1-5 have numerous dining options within a short drive. Five picks for 2017:
Boatyard — 1555 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-7400, Boatyard.Restaurant. This waterfront restaurant found its sea legs after an extensive revamp in 2015, with dockage, a large patio with fire pits, lively bar and good food.
Burlock Coast — 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-302-6460, BurlockCoast.com. Despite its Ritz-Carlton location, the vibe at this 2-year-old beachfront restaurant is playful and informal. Chef Paula DaSilva, a local favorite, recently came aboard as chef de cuisine.
Jackson’s Prime — 3300 NE 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-765-6316, JacksonsPrime.com. Veteran restaurateur Jack Jackson (Burt & Jack’s) has teamed up with veteran chef Johnny Vinczencz (Johnny V) to launch a steakhouse near Galt Ocean Mile that is elegant but not stuffy. Open since August, the food is straightforward and very good.
Monkitail — 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954-602-8755, Monkitail.com. An April 2017 arrival from Philadelphia restaurateur Michael Schulson in the Diplomat Beach Resort, Monkitail is one of Broward County’s best and most beautiful restaurants, featuring refined Japanese small plates, grilled items and sushi.
Terra Mare — 551 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-414-5160, TerraMare.com. Chef Johan Svensson, who worked at New York’s famed Aquavit under mentor Marcus Samuelsson, opened this ambitious restaurant at the new Conrad Hotel in September. The early buzz has been good. The menu features a $92 pork chop.