And we didn't blame him for asking for a slice. That balsamic drizzle was beautiful, and we suggested he should probably try some of it. He laughed it off and went back to his entourage, which had just finished off the quite-crispy Parmesan truffle fries and an order of the pretzel spears.

We went on to the trio of sliders ($12), which had a success rate of two out of three. The short-rib slider boasted warm bacon onion chutney, and the burger version was adorned with Maytag blue cheese — both the kind of miniburgers you'd want to eat while watching the Dolphins lose. But the Miami roast pork with mojo had the texture of undercooked pulled chicken, nothing like the Noche Buena-style pork you'd expect.

By now, I had switched to a glass of the Graffigna Malbec ($6 at happy hour) from a wine menu that features all the regulars, a Mark West pinot noir, something from Erath. Nothing to disappoint, but then most will probably be ordering from the specialty cocktail list, with its array of exotic ingredients, or going for the taps. There's even a novel concept up by the front windows: an array of do-it-yourself beer taps activated with a special key fob available from the bartender. Tie it in with a credit card and you're refilling at your own speed. Nobody was trying them, though. Instead, the bar was three-deep, with a 4-to-1 ratio of guys to girls, all the well-coifed types you find at YOLO. No female lacked suitors, like the girl at the end of the bar, crowded around by three Brooks Brothers men who paid attention to her as if she were curing cancer.

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American Social Bar & Restaurant

721 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Fort Lauderdale

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American Social. Open 11:30 a.m. to midnight Monday and Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday, and 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday to Sunday. 721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-764-7005.

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Weezer was making "hep hep" sounds from the blaring music when we turned to our prosciutto and mozzarella panini ($12). It came on airy ciabatta already cut into squares, fries on the side. This presentation, chopped up into small servings, was as representative as anything of the end goal here. It came ready to share, passed around by a group of coworkers or friends marveling at the key fob beer taps.

The guitar ballad "Yellow Ledbetter" came on as a young woman walked in with her parents, took a look at the packed bar, and turned right around. Mom would not appreciate this noise, and Dad, he'd wonder what kind of restaurant doesn't serve a steak. But then, American Social isn't a dinner club. It's a social club, and as that, it shines.

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14 comments
Jake
Jake

This is a loud,poorly run college bar. Don't be fooled.

BarbaraJ
BarbaraJ

Went there this past Saturday night, had the Ahi Salad and my girlfriend has the Chicken Philly. Both very good. Very nice vibe, great music and a nice professional crowd.

Tyler
Tyler

Eric thank you for the review. I went this afternoon for Happy Hour and had the Italian Beef with FF. Very good. Nice to see a place for locals on Las Olas.

Paige
Paige

A Manhatten is made with Sweet Vermouth and bitters, not sugar. Bourbon, bitters, and sugar make an Old fashioned, and both drinks made properly should be stirred.

Bob
Bob

thank you eric--had the nicoise salad for lunch on your recommendation and thought it was good. My coworker's panini and french fries was even better.

June
June

Whoever wrote this is a stone cold liar

Barney
Barney

I just went to this place last week and really loved it. What a fun, comfortable place to hang out, get some great cocktails and people watch.

Happy Happy
Happy Happy

Truffle fries and pretzel spears sound like the perfect accompaniment to all those cocktails and beers. Fort Lauderdale needs a place like this.

Gibson
Gibson

A table with a tap?! Can it get any better.

Jen Olson
Jen Olson

This place looked fun. Glad to hear it wasn't another Las Olas disappointment. Hope it's open on America's holiday tomorrow. I'm looking forward to checking it out.

Likes to Eat and Drink
Likes to Eat and Drink

Great news! I'm definately going to head there tonight. Now I'm worried I won't be able to get a table.

Freddi
Freddi

Awesome. Sounds like a fun place! So glad to hear there's finally a great place on Las Olas for the locals to hang out.

Guest
Guest

Please tell me nobody got paid to write or edit this garbage. Even if he is an intern, I hope it's an unpaid internship.

 
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