I’ll have to be honest and say that I am not a major advocate for the restaurants in Fort Lauderdale. Although the dining scene has (and is continuing) to grow and improve, it is not really comparable with the vast, extravagant (and some simple but delicious) options in Miami.
Having said that, there are a hand full of fantastic places to eat in the city, that deserve credit for being consistent, delicious and not over priced.
One of these favorites of mine is ‘Sun, Surf, Sand’ – or locally better known as ‘S3’.
It is located right on A1A overlooking the beach, in the base of the Hilton hotel. The set up is comfortable, service is decent, cocktails around the fire pit excellent, and the food delicious.
The menu focuses on coastal cuisine mostly, to fit the beach vibe and views. On a nice day it is a great spot to have a work meeting, take family from out of town, or just meet up with friends for a casual lunch or dinner.
My all time favorite dish here used to be the grilled calamari (my favorite grilled calamari in town by far), however in the last year or so they updated the dish and it’s now a little on the spicier side for me.
Because they have so many good plates, I do recommend ordering a few and sharing them if you can. It’s the best way to get to taste a bit of everytrhing. Two things I absolutely have to order every time are the edamame (the preparation of these is next level – wok charred with soy, sesame and other crazy spices, they are ridiculously good. The second small plate is the goats cheese croquettes. These come with a spicy (not too spicy) red chili guava and are absolutely delicious.
Their specials are often really good, especially the sushi roll specials so be sure to ask about those. My favorite cocktail here is the frozen lychee mojito for what I feel like are obvious reasons. But they have some lovely wines as well, like Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay.
Next time you are looking for a spot to eat at on Fort Lauderdale Beach, be sure to remember S3, as it is in my opinion the best option down there.
This restaurant is owned by the infamous TRP, ‘The Restaurant People’, who own a number of outstanding local restaurants and bars such as Boatyard, Rooftop, YOLO, TRP Taste, and the anticipated (opening soon) Township (in the location of the old Tilted Kilt).