by The Editors | December 1, 2018

Beyond the Beach in Fort Lauderdale

A Guide to the Area's Thriving Food Scene


Shooters Waterfront, Fort Lauderdale

Cravings are at the root of why people travel. Booking a trip stems from a strong desire to experience something new. While in Greater Fort Lauderdale, you can lounge on the beach and soak in the sun all you want, but the true way to satisfy your craving for discovery is to dive deep into the destination’s food scene.

There’s no better time to be a foodie in Greater Fort Lauderdale. In a sea of chain restaurants and predictable franchises, the restaurants in this destination stand out. Every day more and more chefs are opening up shop in the area, each bringing their unique culinary flavor to the table. Local restaurants continue to challenge the conventional. Louie Bossi’s offers brunch with an Italian twist. The Foundry infuses the rich history of the Industrial Revolution into their cuisine. The Alchemist serves their one-of-a-kind coff ee creations outside in a hip, tranquil garden. Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille turns the catch of the day into a “Mac-Stuffed Lobster” masterpiece. Each location adds ample zest and personality to the culture of the destination.

Nothing goes better with a warm, sunny day than a cold beer. Luckily, like the foam off a freshly tapped keg, craft beer is exploding in Greater Fort Lauderdale. It occupies a popular niche in the area’s social scene, so you won’t have to stray far to find that frosty glass you’ve been longing for. With nanobreweries, micro-breweries and taprooms popping up in local neighborhoods, your pint glass is overflowing with choices. Visitors and locals can even use the destination’s “Ale Trail” map at to navigate its booming beer scene.

Each brewery offers something special. One of the stops on the trail is any sour beer-lovers dream come true. Residing in Old Pompano, Odd Breed Wild Ales made history as the first brewery in Florida to specialize in American wild ale. Odd Breed is quickly making a name for itself with an acclaimed core lineup, experiments in fruited sour ales and limited collaboration bottlings with other area breweries like Barrel of Monks, 26 Degrees and Bangin’ Banjo.

From its five-star chefs to its 50 craft breweries, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s food scene will fulfill your urge for more. Start planning your adventure at

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