Sure, Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to sought-after restaurants, a rapidly growing craft brewery scene, and a successful series of events as part of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. But what truly elevates this area’s culinary game is its diversity of food-centric experiences. You are just as likely to uncover a hip coffee den or a craft beer hangout as you are an authentic steakhouse or an elegant eatery with captivating views of the South Florida sun.
Greater Fort Lauderdale effortlessly combines its relaxed vibe with multicultural cuisine, which is evident in the eight restaurants, cafes, bars, and breweries below that we’ve selected with the help of a handful of locals.
Funky Buddha Brewery
1201 NE 38th St.
It’s tough to deny Funky Buddha’s dominance on South Florida’s craft-beer scene. The brewery is a veritable factory of experimental dessert beers, which are offered on constant rotation inside its airy taproom (along with plenty of other varieties, no worries, hop-heads). Ever wonder how a PB&J sandwich would taste as a beer? Try the adventurous brown ale, No Crusts. What if crispy rice cereal treats were a beer? Enter: Sticky Treats, a blonde ale layered with gooey marshmallow notes. And if you get hungry, the chicken ‘n’ biscuit, the 1201 Burger, or any other number of Southern comforts at the tap room are sure to satisfy no matter what beer you choose.
Started as a small Boca Raton hookah lounge in 2007, cofounders KC and Ryan Sentz have since grown Funky Buddha Brewery into a regional empire, with beers stocked as far north as Washington, D.C. “We’re always adding new beers and new formats, so we can always stay exciting,” says John Linn, Funky Buddha’s marketing director.