Pride is over, now let’s eat!
When Fort Lauderdale Pride’s after party takes over in Himmarshee Village, just west of downtown Fort Lauderdale, check out the following dining spots;
100 SW 3rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale
Chill out in one of South Florida’s largest outdoor party places. The 15,000 sq. ft. is a non-stop celebration, with hula contests, hooping on the bar, showers, and DJs spinning hot tunes. You never know what’s next at America’s Backyard. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the drink specials and dancing to high energy remixes and mash-ups.
Among the weekly theme nights are; College Night every Thursday, which waives the cover charge for those with a college I.D. Greeks, geeks and jocks take advantage of the $10 buckets of domestic brewskis and unlimited beer pong and flip cup games.
210 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale
The Wall Street themed gastropub has flat screens with an imitation news-channel logo and tickers highlighting rising and dropping prices on beer and spirits. Every seven minutes, the ticker moves up or down, all based on supply and demand: The more a product is being sold, the more you pay. When demand decreases, so does the cost. Last year Bull Market was named by Zaagat as one of the best new restaurants and is the only restaurant in South Florida to ever win "Best Happy Hour," "Best Burger" and "Best Brunch" in the same year from New Times.
Weekly specials include $1 burgers on Tuesdays, Wing Wednesdays with $5 wings and $2 craft beers and a Trivia Night/Thirsty Thursday combo with contests and $2 beer. The weekend brunch features prime rib, crab legs, peel and eat shrimp and unlimited sushi along with custom omelets, crispy waffles, biscuits and gravy, bacon, eggs and more, served from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
214 SW 2nd S., Fort Lauderdale
Who needs a haunted house when you have a haunted bar? According to local legend, a woman in a Victorian dress has been seen in the hallway of the tavern. People also hear doors shutting, the sound of people walking, and footsteps when there's no one there. Some people also smell perfume that an older woman might wear. The food is equally spirited with create your own mac & cheese, nachos and baskets of fries. Elevated bar fare, such as; wings, burgers, ribs, tacos and salads round out the menu.
201 SW 2nd St.
Enjoy one of more than 100 beers or a hand crafted cocktail while enjoying classic American comfort food. The requisite wings are available with honey sriracha or classic Buffalo sauce. Or, for something different try the yummy lobster nachos. Those looking for something more substantial can enjoy burgers, fried chicken, bacon wrapped meatloaf or short ribs. The brunch menu features biscuits & gravy, banana bread French toast and Southern Benedict (subbing fried chicken for the Canadian bacon).
208 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale
The gourmet burger bar/gastropub specializes in American comfort food served in prohibition inspired décor. Start out with lobster corn dogs, BLT deviled eggs, tuna tacos or wings either spicy or bourbon BBQ. The OK:BRGR was the 2011 Burger Battle “Fan Favorite Champion” and features aged Vermont cheddar, smoked pepper bacon, bourbon BBQ sauce, creamy brie and pork belly. Others are topped with everything from Fritos to peanut butter. Other options include twists on comfort food, such as; short rib grilled cheese or Lay’s potato chip crusted fish and chips.
Specials include a “Lunch Box,” offered weekdays until 3 p.m. The $11 one features a classic burger, fries and a soda. Upgrade to a ROK:BRGR for a buck more. Monday night’s “Burger Bash: offers any burgers for $10. Pair that with $5 craft beers and Absolut cocktails.
Wednesday’s “Wine Down” offers half off all bottles of wine.
204 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale
The taqueria and tequila bar dishes up modern interpretations of street food classics prepared with handmade tortillas and local, seasonal ingredients, such as; the addictive elotes (Mexican corn on the cob, served with mayo, crumbled cheese lime and salt), nachos (topped with a choice of short rib, chicken, crispy pork or beef), ahi tuna tostadas and empanadas. There’s also a quesadilla bar, tacos, burritos and salads.
Specials include “Margarita Mondays” with the titular cocktail for $5, “Taco Tuesday” with $2 tacos all night and the city’s latest happy hour; from midnight until 2 a.m. enjoy $2 tacos and two for one cocktail while enjoying the street-style graffiti art created by Wynwood street artist Ruben Ubiera.
Tarpon Bend Food & Tackle
200 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale
If you’ve got a hankering for seafood go around the bend, to Tarpon Bend. Start with the conch chowder, or if you’re not a seafood fan they’ve got three varieties of wings; Buffalo, garlic and Jamaican jerk. In addition to traditional burgers there are also veggie and tuna versions. Other sammies include a mahi BLT, dolphin Reuben or Thai wrap. Entrée options run the gamut from the “Seafood Kettle” featuring assorted seafood simmered in a light tomato sauce to crab-crusted mahi mahi, Baja mahi tacos or skirt steak.
Specials include $5 cheeseburgers on Mondays, $12 pitchers, $2 featured craft beers, on Tuesday, Wednesday trivia nights with $2 draft beers and sliders and Friday’s extended happy hour, with two-for-one specials from 4-10 p.m.