From the owners of Market 17 in Fort Lauderdale comes a new “fast casual” concept just a few doors down. Day Market Kitchen is aptly named — a place where one can get Market 17-quality eats in a casual, daytime setting.
Market 17, known for its eclectic, imaginative farm-to-table fare, is the type of date place you’d take a serious foodie for dinner, with a menu that changes nightly and a “dining in the dark” option, where diners are served a blind tasting menu in a pitch-black room. It’s one of the few places in South Florida with a menu that isn’t at all predictable and aims to showcase local fare juxtaposed with sometimes unfamiliar ingredients.
To a food snob, this is Shangri-la; to the layman or the “eat to live, not live to eat” type, this can be confusing, even intimidating. With Day Market Kitchen, however, eating a meal is a much simpler feat. Open every day for breakfast and lunch, the restaurant offers a menu composed mainly of salads and sandwiches.
The menu is quite extensive for a daytime café, however, with seven salads, four “grain bowls” available in half or full-sized portions, and a whopping 16 sandwiches. Plus, there’s the option to create your own sandwich or salad, choosing from a daunting list of ingredients. They’ve tried to simplify the process with colorful icons for different proteins (pasture-raised pork, grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, house-made sausage) and vegetables (there are currently three vegetarian sandwiches on the menu).
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The items on the menu reflect chef Steven
Standout sandwiches include the “Kingston Jerk Chicken” with rum pickled peppers, lettuce, and sweet plantain butter on baguette ($9.25) and the “Juarez,” pulled pork with tamarind chipotle, lime pickled onion, queso fresco, and corn pico de gallo on a hoagie ($8.75). The “Nashville PB&J,” Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich creation, gets the Market 17 treatment with house-made peanut butter, bacon jam, and bananas grilled on
Day Market Kitchen offers an array of beverage choices as well. It carries two lines of organic, cold-pressed juices, house-infused bottled waters, craft beers, and biodynamic wines for the discerning customer. It exclusively serves local Panther Coffee, based in Miami, in all of its iterations: espresso, macchiato, cappuccino, French press, and, of course, the ubiquitous cold brew.
Day Market Kitchen is located at 1850 SE 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit daymarketkitchen.com.