If you blink you’ll miss it. That’s how small Sheila’s Conch & Wings in Fort Lauderdale is.
The restaurant seats roughly 40 people comfortably, but if you show up during live music or football on the weekends, you may be inclined to share the space with 100 or so others. But that shouldn’t matter: the conch fritters and wings are reason enough to squeeze inside.
The place is comfy, with Bahamian flags and island music making it feel more like a beach than a restaurant. Sheila’s was previously located in West Palm for seven years but recently relocated to Fort Lauderdale. Many fans still visit for their fix.
Start off your visit by grabbing a Kalik — the beer of the Bahamas — and wings (10 for $10). Lemon pepper and garlic flavors are both good, but get them tossed in the island hot sauce if you can handle it. The sauce, like everything at Sheila’s, is made in-house, so the hotness level may fluctuate with each batch made.
While the wings are meaty and full of flavor, do not forget about the conch fritters ($5). They are larger than golf balls and may very well be the only thing you eat during your visit. Six are served in an order, with a side of homemade dipping sauce that resembles remoulade, with just a kick more of flavor.
If you’re looking for conch without the deep fried extras, grab the conch salad ($9 for a medium order) or crack conch. The salad looks more like ceviche: with pieces of fish, green pepper, onions and tomatoes. If you’re looking to branch out from conch (why would you?), try the whole snapper, shrimp, snapper fillets or tilapia.
While seafood is the star, you can even bring your red meat-loving friends. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers are also options. But even the sides, from French fries to the Bahamian favorite pigeon peas and rice, are made in-house. Fries, both regular and sweet potato, are cut in-house and made to order.
If you want dessert, you may want to call ahead before you go. Sheila makes these fresh and may not be available every day, since they sell out quickly — many customers are known to order in bulk when available just to get a taste! The coconut cake, red velvet cake, lemon cake, and pound cake are all $5 each serving.
Despite Sheila’s being small in restaurant size, they more than make up for it in food and flavor. While it may be easy to miss them, it’s definitely hard to forget them.
If You Go:
Sheila’s Conch & Wings
3026 E Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Mon-Thurs: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m.- 9 p.m.