To paraphrase Summer Nights from “Grease!” Summer dining had me a blast, Summer dining and I saved me some cash.
I saved some bucks, on a cool deal
While I enjoyed a great meal
Summer days saving away
To, oh, oh, those summer bites…
It turns colder, that's when it ends
Get your deals now, listen, my friends,
Prix fixe meals are here right now
Wonder what he’s eating now
Summer feasts to say the least
During, these summer nights
Tell me more, tell me more
Okay, I’ll tell you more. Dine Out Fort Lauderdale is when some of the area's top restaurants offer terrific dining deals during the traditional slowest tourist season: August, and September. For these two months participating restaurants offer special prices on multi-course meals at discounted prices. It’s your chance to enjoy a meal at a spot that might normally be beyond your budget or to revisit a favorite and save some cash.
Participating restaurants offer deals on at least three-course meals for $35 and/or $45, during lunch and/or dinner. Among the participating restaurants are:
AND Fish Kitchen + Bar
*Angelo Elia Pizza Bar and Tapas
*Aruba Beach Cafe
Con Murphy's Ocean Bar & Grill
Class Soiree Steakhouse
*Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
*DUNE by Laurent Tourondel
Evelyn's Fort Lauderdale at Four Seasons
Harborwood Urban Kitchen & Bar
*Lona Cocina Tequileria
Luigi's Tuscan Grill
*Matchbox Las Olas
Red Door Asian Bistro & Hibachi
Riviera by Fabio Viviani
Royal 350 Tap and Kitchen
Rustic Inn Crabhouse
*Ruth's Chris Steak House
S3 Sun Surf Sand
Sands Waterfront Restaurant
*Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery
*Sushi by Bou Beach Club
Sushi Garage Las Olas
The Cook and The Cork
The Katherine Restaurant
Toro Latin Kitchen and Tequila Library
*Union Kitchen & Bar
Wild Sea Las Olas
Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery
YOT Bar & Kitchen
*Personally visited and recommended
For a complete list of participating restaurants and to see menu offerings, go to visitlauderdale.com/restaurants/dine-out-lauderdale.
Las Olas’ Hoffman’s Chocolates has closed its doors but will be reborn under a new name, Hof’s House of Sweets by the end of August. It will be transformed into a lounge serving, international sweets, doughnuts and pastries, and local beer and wine. Only the Las Olas location undergoes this transformation, and it will still carry chocolate made from its factory. 601 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-368-4320; HofsHouseofSweets.com.
Pompano Beach’s all-vegan Rabbit Hole is opening a new sister restaurant in Delray Beach’s Pineapple Grove this fall. The part-restaurant, part-art event space will serve plant-based wings and burgers alongside exhibits from local Black artists and pioneers. The space will also host book clubs, poetry readings, and film screenings.
The historic River House will reopen as The House on the River in late summer or early fall. Society 8 Hospitality Group which currently operates Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery, Park & Ocean, and Wild Thyme Oceanside Eatery is reopening the venue, built in 1903. The landmark is the second-oldest building in Fort Lauderdale 301 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; Society8.com.
In Ice Cream News: Churn & Scoop, a new ice cream shop will open in a long-empty storefront in the Victoria Park Shoppes, a few doors north of Shuck N Dive. It will specialize in “artisanal, handcrafted” treats with four flavors of soft serve, a dozen hard ice cream flavors, along with inventive hard-shell and topping options, blizzards, and shakes. Vanilla Ice is not opening an ice cream shop (although that sounds like a slam dunk idea), instead he is opening a multi-story entertainment complex and brewery at the corner of North H St. and Lake Ave. in downtown Lake Worth.