Rick's Reviews: Where the Buoys Are

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I recently got to spend a delightful day sailing on my friends Steve and Robert’s boat. They belong to a group called Boys with Boats and several members sailed with us, before meeting up with more members at Pirate Republic for lunch. 

For a group of (predominantly) gay guys, it was refreshing to discover that this is a group where size doesn’t matter, at least in sea craft. They don’t care if you’ve got a mega-yacht or a dinghy; as long as you’re interested in boating, you are welcome. In our group there were first-time boat owners and experienced sailors. Even a land-lubber like me was made to feel welcome.

Of course, one of the favorite activities of the group and its individual members is to pull up to one of the many dockside restaurants in the area. They simply sail up, tie up their craft, and hop on deck for a relaxing meal in the sun by the sea (or more precisely, intra-coastal or river).

On the day of our outing, Robert and Steve brought their rag-tag group of sailing companions to meet up with some other members of Boys with Boats at Pirate Republic, one of their regular places.

Pirate Republic Seafood & Grill

400 SW 3rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale

954-761-3500

piraterepublicbar.com

The lunch menu offers a number of salad options and a few dishes for those not fond of seafood (pasta, chicken, hamburger, etc.), but the star section of the menu are the half dozen dishes that make up the seafood specialty options. All of the dishes start with the same seafood medley (squid, clams, mussels, shrimp and fish filets) sautéed and topped with sauces ranging from mild to spicy sauces. The Pirate’s bowl features fragrant white wine sauce, there’s a traditional Italian Cioppino, as well as dishes featuring coconut milk and peppers, a spicy blend of Latin spices and a Portuguese version, with white beans. All serve up a hefty bowl of goodness for $15.99. A couple of slices of toast to sop up the extra juices would have been a nice touch. 

Service was friendly and playful with our large group, but we would have preferred to have our drinks and dishes served in a timelier manner. It took nearly 30 minutes to get our first round of drinks served and nearly an hour until our orders were taken.  When our dishes did arrive, they did so haphazardly with a more than 10-minute gap between serving the first and last of our party. Presenting the separate checks was equally time consuming. I never got my bill and had to track the server down to get it and pay her. I could have easily walked away without paying she completely forgot about my order. 

One of the reasons the Boys With Boats like Pirate Republic is its location (right across the river from the Broward Center) and the fact that the restaurant’s free dock slips can accommodate numerous boats in a variety of sizes, up to 100 feet 

I asked the guys from Boys with Boats to send me a list of their favorite places to stop for a bite to eat or a libation while sailing.

 

Coconuts 

429 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

954-525-2421

coconutsfortlauderdale.com

 

Southport 

1536 Cordova Rd., Fort Lauderdale

954-525-2526

southportrawbar.com

 

Sands Harbor 

125 N Riverside Dr., Pompano Beach

954-942-9100

sandsharbor.com

 

Kaluz

3300 E Commercial, Fort Lauderdale

954-772-2209

kaluzrestaurant.com

 

Blue Moon Fish Company

4405 W Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale by the Sea

954-267-9888

bluemoonfishco.com

 

BoKamper’s

3115 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale

954-900-5584

bokampers.com

 

Flip Flops

3051 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale

954-567-1672

flipflopsdocksideeatery.com

 

Shooters

3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale

954-566-2855

shooterswaterfront.com

 

Grille 66

2301 SE 17th St., Ft Lauderdale

954-728-3500

grille66andbar.com

 

15th Street Fisheries

1900 SE 15th St., Fort Lauderdale

954-763-2777

15streetfisheries.com

 

Boatyard

1555 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale

954-525-7400

boatyard.restaurant

 

Downtowner

10 S. New River Dr., Fort Lauderdale

954-463-9800

thehistoricdowntowner.com

 

Briny’s Pub

305 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

954-376-4742

brinyirishpub.com

 

Jimbo’s Sandbar

6200 N Ocean Dr., Hollywood

954-927-9560

jimbossandbar.com

 

5 o’Clock Somewhere

1111 N Ocean Dr., Hollywood

Margaritaville Beach Resort

954-874-4444

margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com

 

G.G.’s Waterfront Dining

606 N Ocean Dr., Hollywood

954-929-7030

ggswaterfront.com

 

If you’d like to get to know they Boys With Boats guys, check out the group at its monthly “Meet and Greet” parties, the first Sunday of each month from noon to 6 p.m. at Flip Flops.


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