There's something to be said for restaurants that serve fresh seafood in distinctive settings with killer water views. Throughout September, Crave GFL Restaurant Month is showcasing Broward County's eclectic culinary scene, with all kinds of delicious treasures of the sea incorporated into three-course dinner menus at the reduced price of $35 or $45.
Several of this year's participants are offering the best local seafood bounty — prime destinations ranging from waterfront eateries to casual bistros and oyster bars where you'll have the chance to reel in the some of the greatest food from our coastline.
Here's New Times'
list of the ten best Crave GL Seafood Restaurants of 2018. For more details on Crave GFL Restaurant Month, visit sunny.org
1. Point Royal.
Head to this indoor-outdoor establishment in the Diplomat Beach Resort for a taste of celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian's coastal American cuisine. Start your meal with the ceviche served with passionfruit, lime, and tomato; the steamed Maine mussels in white wine; or the New England clam chowder with cherrystone clams and smoked pork belly. Main course seafood options include the fresh linguine and clams, and the local black grouper with marinated garbanzos and salmoriglio. Complete your meal with the custard soufflé cake with sugared apricots and black walnuts or the monkey bread with caramelized pineapple and cinnamon sugar. 3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 954-602-8750; pointroyal-fl.com.
2. Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits.
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Offering modern-coastal fare with a distinctly local undercurrent, this innovative restaurant-café-market-bar inside the Ritz-Carlton hotel channels the creativity of Prohibition-era rumrunners. Begin with the ceviche with pickled peppers, pineapple, and lime, then move on to the beer-battered fish and chips or the sea scallops served with local carrots, braised mushrooms, turnip, and radish. For dessert, indulge in the strawberry lime jam cheesecake or the BC doughnuts with cinnamon sugar, white chocolate banana rum sauce, and praline spread. 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-302-64640; ritzcarlton.com.
3. 3030 Ocean Restaurant.
The ahi tuna poke at 3030 Ocean Restaurant.
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A passionate combination of flavors awaits you at this casual chic dinner bistro with original fresh seafood preparations by chef Adrienne Grenier. Enjoy stunning ocean views by candlelight as you savor the ahi tuna poke, served here with macadamia nuts, wakame, cucumber, sambal, and avocado. Follow with one of the four main-course options: the roasted hogfish; the coriander-roasted swordfish; the seared yellowfin tuna with spicy green papaya slaw and peanuts; or the grilled black grouper in a dashi broth with wild mushrooms, hearts of palm, bok choy, scallion, and yuzu. For dessert, indulge in the Homestead mango cake, the dark chocolate budino
cake, or the key lime bar with a coconut sherbet. 3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954-765-3030; 3030ocean.com.
4. JWB Prime Steak & Seafood.
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Named after James (Jimmy) William Buffett himself, this upscale restaurant boasts a contemporary menu of fresh seafood including spear-caught fish and a raw bar with seasonal oysters from all over the hemisphere. Start with the fried oysters with creamed spinach, citrus aioli, and a Tabasco splash or the Paradise ceviche. For a $6 up-charge, you can also choose between the lobster bisque or the Rhode Island calamari. For main courses, there's the salmon Farro with kale and cucumber succotash, the spear-caught fish for an extra $14, and the pan-seared Halibut for $12. Round out your meal with the house-made key lime pie. 1111 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 954-874-4470; jwbrestaurant.com.
5. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
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Immerse yourself in Forrest Gump's movie memorabilia at this oceanfront, fishing boat-themed eatery. Shrimp is the special here, so you'll want to dive into the Forrest's Seafood Feast, a mix of hand-breaded fried shrimp, fish and chips, and seafood hush puppies served with fries. The grilled seafood trio combines the shrimp and veggie skewer, the shrimp New Orleans and a Bourbon Street mahi
. Another must-try is the "...of Course We Have Scampi," a dish of tender shrimp sautéed with capers in lemon garlic butter served over a bed of linguine. Rather eat fresh fish as you play movie trivia? Try the Jenny's Catch with lobster butter sauce, the pan seared tilapia, or the flame-grilled glazed salmon in bourbon sauce. Make sure you get a taste of the key lime pie before signaling your waiter with a "Stop, Forrest, Stop" sign. 429 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.; 954-463-0777; bubbagump.com.