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Best Outdoor Dining Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2009 - Downtowner Saloon

Downtowner Saloon

Downtowner Saloon

10 S. New River Drive E.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


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You've exited the jailhouse, and with just a few steps in the throwaway sandals so kindly provided, you've crossed the street — into the Downtowner Saloon's lot. Because that insufferable block of cement has just vanished from view, dine outside and relish the backdrop of downtown's unadulterated skyline. This coveted seat is far removed from the cold metal seats of yesteryear. You might have spent yesterday peering through thin slit windows, but now you have the horizon to contemplate: boats cruising under two cotton-candy-pink bridges. Order a cocktail or glass of wine. Eat the blackened prime rib sandwich ($13.99) or French dip ($10.99) or eeny-meeny-miny-moe it and go for the fish and chips ($12.99) or the comforting spaghetti and giant meatball ($13.99). It's not your last meal; you can come back tomorrow. There's a special no matter which night of the week you get bailed out of jail. Aim for Saturday release, when the Bloody Mary bar stays open until 2:30 p.m.

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Jack from Fort Lauderdale
Jack from Fort Lauderdale

You must have had your tongue cut out in the Big House because most of the entrees are inedible. Stick with the Big Ass brunch on Sundays followed by Bloodies.



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