Big changes are coming to Hollywood Beach. In a little more than two years Margaritaville, a 350-room, 17 story, $149 million resort wonderland will rise smack in the middle of the Broadwalk.
Some restaurant owners are saying the nearly 800 parking spots removed from the beach will be their end. They say they can't survive the 27 months until Margaritaville is finished and gives 600 parking spots back to the public. Others are excited, and see plenty of dollar signs attached to all the beachfront construction.
When it's all said and done the waterfront strip the New Times in 2013 named Broward County's best beach will change dramatically.
"Business attracts business," said Nathan Lieberman, who, with his father and South Beach real estate developer Alan Lieberman, owns Taco Beach Shack on Arizona Street.
Yet everyone doesn't share the same excitement.
"I think what it will be remains to be seen," said Manoucher "Ali" Shaditalab, who owns the Peruvian Pachamamma on the Beach restaurant. "Sometimes people expect too much and then hit reality."
Whatever impact Jimmy Buffett's dreamland has on Hollywood Beach, there's still time to visit the best restaurants and beach dives and decide for yourself whether the grand plan was worth it all.
Here, we've curated the ten most interesting restaurants you should visit on Hollywood Beach before Margaritaville comes to town.
Old-world manners are standard issue here, where waiters wear matte-black ties and clean, pressed white shirts. Here, sitting in an oversized blue banquette, you can get your fill of steak, stone crab, and fresh-caught Florida fish all before massive windows that offer a stunning Intracoastal view. If you're vacationing on a budget, the place also serves alligator tidbits. Rubbery pieces of gamey tail meat are fried up crisp and served with mustard sauce and a spicy remoulade.
From Russia with love. Hollywood Grill serves a myriad Eastern European cuisine you can find in the homes of Georgians, Armenians, and others from the former Soviet Union. The stars of the menu are the kebabs -- lamb, beef, chicken, sea bass, snapper, and more. If you're looking to get a bit more adventurous, then try the pickled herring or cured beef tongue. Be happy you can take this culinary trip without even having to change your wet bathing suit.
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