Fort Lauderdale’s Restaurant Renaissance
We’ve been hearing a lot of locals talking about all the restaurants closing their doors in recent months.
Heck, we’re among the league of diners still craving chicken adobo from Hot and Soul. After seeing other iconic spots like Sublime, Revenant Coffee, Tarpon Bend, Gaysha Sushi, and Market 17 closing, us foodies had to know what was happening.
What we originally considered to be a red flag, though, we realized was a welcome sign for local chefs and restaurateurs to add new creative concepts to the legacy of Fort Lauderdale’s culinary scene.
Already, there are more than 35 restaurants and bars on Las Olas to choose from. That’s really impressive, especially because no themes or menus are repeated. You can literally have lunch and dinner 7 days a week and never eat the same meal twice.
Michael Mayo of southflorida.com reported that “three new restaurants — Sushi Shack, Talento and the Balcony — will operate side by side on the 1300 block of East Las Olas, next to the Fort Lauderdale location of Rocco’s Tacos and near many established eateries such as Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bao Bar + Asian Kitchen, and Caffe Europa.”
That’s 7 different style dining experiences all within a block from each other…and more are on the way.
Look beyond Las Olas, though.
TRP Taste by The Restaurant People is a very intimate space with limited seating. They do not have a standard menu. Nor do they have a standard chef. The kitchen changes frequently, taken over by guest chefs curating their own unique pop-up dinners.
Hot and Soul chefs Mike Hampton and Christy Samoy were serving up culinary masterpieces there on July 28. If you were like us and were already missing the duo, then we hope you got to share in this new dining experience with them.
Oh, and if you’re still worried about the few culinary losses, don’t be. This is going to be an exciting new age of local dining.