Here are our favorite restaurants around the Broward Center of Performing Arts.
Taps Restaurant Bar and Lounge
330 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-459-7770, TapsWineandBeer.com.
On a street known more for its bar scene than its good eats, Taps does offer something that other spots don’t. There’s no fryer in the kitchen, and the food is much lower in fat and calories than in similar sports bars. Strips of chicken are tossed in Buffalo sauce and celery, for instance, and served alongside lettuce leaves to make wraps. No deep fried wings here. The menu might be more the healthful, but there are still 300 beers and multiple TVs. This Tampa-based mini-chain has more restaurants planned for the Sunshine State. (Serving lunch, dinner. Moderate.)
The Chimney House Grill and Café
701 W. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-900-5352, TheChimneyHouse.net.
Housed in a 1924 historic cottage on the edge of the Sailboat Bend neighborhood, this pan-Latin eatery is a short walk from the Broward Center’s main parking garage. The food reflects the flavors of several countries including Peru (ceviche), Argentina (churrasco chimichurri) and Spain (paella). Sangria — white or red — is a house specialty. It gets its name from the chimney at the center of the original home, which presented some big challenges in the building’s six-year restoration. It’s a small restaurant with more seating on its front porch. Plan on making a reservation if you want to eat here before a show. (Serving lunch, dinner. Moderate.)
208 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-7656, RokBrgr.com.
The combination of ground prime chuck, brisket and short rib makes for some very good burgers, many named after Miami Heat players. The D Wade, for instance, is topped with manchego cheese, chorizo, a fried egg and truffle aioli and served on a brioche bun. There is a fine turkey burger and even a veggie version made with roasted vegetables, beets and brown rice. The mac n’ cheese bar offers its famous Gruyere and Fontina pasta with lobster, short rib, shrimp, bacon, chorizo or filet mignon. So successful is Rok:Brgr that new locations have opened in The Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale and in South Miami. (Serving lunch, dinner. Moderate.)