W Fort Lauderdale, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-414-8333; Steak954.com
Let’s be frank: Hotel restaurants often are more a matter of convenience than choice. Not so with Steak 954. It’s a destination for locals and tourists alike. The place doesn’t feel like an old-fashioned steakhouse, but rather has the buzz of a hip lounge (the mammoth aquarium filled with floating jellyfish comes off like an art installation). Oh, yeah, and the kitchen has forgotten more about steak preparation than most steakhouses will ever know. And they execute it with a consistency that is truly impressive.