Bars and Clubs Guide 2015: A Few Bars That Serve Food

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Why bother stopping for drinks at one place and dinner at another when you can do both at the same location? These places serve both dinner and drinks making for “one-stop shopping.”

Georgie's Alibi
2266 Wilton Dr

Whether you call it Georgie’s Alibi, just Alibi or Alibi Monkey Bar, you know that the drinks are strong and the boys are pretty (or is it the other way around?) What you might not know is that the food has always been pretty damn good, and now it’s even better since it was purchased by veteran restaurateur Johnny Pak, who also owns Monkey Bar in Provincetown.

Appetizers and small plates include the expected bar fare; nachos, onion rings, wings and potato skins as well as more exotic fare edamame, Thai chicken skewers, cold sesame noodles and crab Rangoon. You’ll also find more salads than you’d expect from a bar/restaurant. The fried chicken salad and lemon and dill infused shrimp are both unexpected delights. In addition to more than a dozen different burger options, you can savor fresh sliced turkey with cranberry mayo, or explore the culinary globe with a Vietnamese báhn mi, a Cubano or chicken gyros.

Entrée choices run the gamut from bacon-wrapped meat loaf and pulled pork to Asian influenced dishes such as to shrimp stir fry and crispy sesame chicken. Nightly specials are always favorites, with chicken fajitas on Monday, meatball sandwiches on Wednesdays and the popular fried chicken on Sunday. Brunch is also served on Sunday and there’s a late night menu.

2426 Wilton Dr.

Although many knew that the bar served food, with its newly added patio, now it’s out and proud for everyone to see. Dishing up late breakfasts, brunch, lunch, dinner and late night snacks, Hobo’s is a favorite among the homos. The breakfast menu is served Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and includes all the expected favorites; eggs and omelets, French toast, pancakes. On Sunday the menu expands (as will your belt) with a $16 buffet.

The dinner menu includes starters such as gouda cheese fritters, breaded alligator bites, nachos and wings. Burgers (including a very good veggie burger) deli sandwiches and grilled cheese as well as entrée-sized salads round out the menu. Nightly specials include a burger or jumbo hot dog with a choice of side for $6 on Monday, a taco bar on Tuesday, Wednesday’s Italian night allow you to match up a choice of pasta and sauce with a choice of protein. Other theme nights appear periodically, such as BBQ buffets and steak specials

Naked Grape Wine Bar
2163 Wilton Dr.

Elevating bar food to new heights, Naked Grape offers small plates to accompany a glass of vino from its extensive cellar of boutique wines. The options range from something as seemingly simple as hummus or artichoke dip, which are so beyond what you’d expect that you’ll never be satisfied with these dishes anywhere else. Likewise the mousse truffée, paté and peppadew glazed goat cheese gratin are variations on dishes you’ve seen elsewhere, but never executed as well. Sausage-stuffed mushrooms, braised Spanish chorizo, cheese-n- mac, meatballs and flatbreads are additional examples of an elegant take on classic party fare. You owe it to yourself to try the shrimp, prepared escargot style or the mozzarella, which is made fresh tableside and available in a Caprese salad or with an assortment of equally tasty charcuterie.

2000 Wilton Dr.

Is it a bar with a fine restaurant or a restaurant with a popular bar? Does it matter? Although Tropics is known for its holiday and Sunday buffets, it also offers an extensive menu with table service in the dining room or, if you prefer more casual service, at the bar.

Starters include escargots, shrimp cocktail, steamers, French onion soup au gratin and lobster bisque, baked brie in puff pastry and Caprese, Cobb or Caesar salads. Entree options for vegetarians feature a beefsteak tomato stuffed with a wild mushroom orzo, melted herbed havarti cheese and pesto or phyllo pastry enveloping roasted parsnips, carrots, red sweet onions and turnips, served with a tomato cream sauce. Other main dishes run the gamut from roasted salmon and mahi, to pot roast, bouillabaisse, rib-eye steak, ribs, lobster mac and cheese, burgers and sandwiches. The desserts are worth the calories especially the decadent brownie.

13 Even
2037 Wilton Dr.

Serving up small plates to accompany 40 plus wines by the glass and 40 plus craft beers, 13 Even is a place to relax and socialize while you enjoy anything from a light bite to a hearty sandwich. Start with one of the four flatbread options, bruschetta, a salad, cheese plate or chilled shrimp with lime and avocado. For something more substantial, the mac and cheese and sautéed skirt steak are always popular, but don’t overlook the oysters on the half shell, empanadas or a panini.

Boardwalk Bar
1721 N Andrews

You mean Boardwalk offers something besides boys in their underwear? Yes, and the food at the Beefcakes outdoor café is much better than you’d expect. All entrées are in the ballpark of $10 except for "Fort Lauderdale's Most Outrageous and Expensive Cheeseburger," which is $14.95 and comes stuffed with French fries and onion rings. Monday Taco Nights feature beef versions of the titular treat for $1 each. On Tuesday chicken wings are 50¢ each, Wednesday offers a burger half-price deal and Thursday all meals are two for one, both with a drink purchase. Sunday brunch showcases bottomless mimosas and bloodies (and the boys will wash your car for $10).

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