But the way we see it, the only real problem with being out past midnight is the dearth of good dining options. Sure, you could satisfy your late-night cravings with some boring diner grub, a few bags of Taco Bell, or a run through the McDonald's drive-through, but just because you
This list is your map to the best late-night eats in Broward County; it includes a variety of establishments that cover a considerable number of cuisine types, with places that can be deemed palatable even during the day. From Chinese and sushi gems to grilled cheese and dessert, we present you with the 12 best late-night spots from Fort Lauderdale to Hollywood.
12. Smokey Bones
809 S. University Drive, Plantation. Call 954-474-3833, or visit SmokeyBones.com.
Smokey Bones specializes in four things: strong drinks, ice-cold beer, a great atmosphere, and food available well into the night. We mean late-night eats served until 2 a.m. There are about 70 locations of this Orlando-based chain, a place where you can have a few drinks, watch the game, and — most of all — eat meat. With the culture of barbecue being competitive and finicky, diners either love Smokey Bones or hate it. Menu standouts include
11. Georgie's Alibi
2266 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors. Call 954-565-2526, or visit alibiwiltonmanors.com.
A longtime favorite for the Wilton Manors crowd, Georgie’s Alibi can be considered the lighthearted hub of gay life in Broward County. If it's more than sausage you're after, this is the place to be after hours. The spacious bar and red-lit lounge goes from a long and generous happy hour to an even better late-night scene, where you can order pub grub from a special menu offering choices like fried pickles, chicken wings, burgers, cheese fries, or a Baja chicken sandwich well past midnight (the kitchen is open until 2 a.m. during the week and 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday). When you're done gorging yourself, dance it all away. The music is often a torrent of danceable beats that will have you sweating off your last meal (or working up an appetite for another) in no time.
10. The Field Irish Pub & Eatery
3281 Griffin Road, Dania Beach. Call 954-964-5979, or visit thefieldfl.com.
There's nothing like a hot platter of fish and chips to satisfy your late-night cravings. Of course, if you can't make it to Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips for its 24/7 fast-food service, there's always the Field Irish Pub in Dania Beach, where you can get the same English delicacy served in the comfort of a charming cottage-like dining room. Walk into this authentic Irish Pub and you will be instantly transported to a small farm town in the countryside, complete with everything from a properly poured Guinness and a shot of Jameson to an order of blood pudding or a piping-hot bowl of hearty Irish lamb stew. The menu is available until midnight, so you can be sure there's a seat (and a beer and some food) waiting for you here 'til late.
9. Kisses From Italy
3146 NE Ninth St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-451-3129, or visit kissesfromitaly.com.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Kisses From Italy is your one-stop shop for all things Italian in South Florida. That means you can order stuff like a mozzarella, tomato, and basil panini or fries topped with a hearty bolognese sauce to a sliced rib-eye sandwich or grilled chicken salad — all well into the early-morning hours. Looking for an after-hours dessert spot? This could be your new go-to place. The menu offers a number of sweet treats including Italian biscotti, cannoli, tiramisu, or ricotta cheesecake, tuxedo bomb chocolate cake, or apple pie. Don't want to leave your living room? There's also delivery from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily.
8. Grady's Bar
905 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-761-9416.
If your favorite type of late night usually ends at a dive bar, than look no further than Grady's in Fort Lauderdale. This old-school bar looks more like your friend's basement or back-room bar, which means it fits the dive-bar bill perfectly, complete with friendly staff, on-premises smoking inside, and plenty of cheap drinks and beer. Of course, you're also looking for food (not something you'd typically associate with a dive, we know), and this spot has one of the largest bar food menus around. The standard menu is served until the kitchen closes at 1:30 a.m. and includes burgers, grilled cheese, hot dogs, chili, and chicken wings priced $4 to $8 an order. There's also a blackboard listing of daily specials, items like black-bean burgers, liverwurst sandwiches, and spaghetti. Sure, it's not the best food in South Florida, but it's certainly one of the best meals you get from a South Florida dive bar at past midnight.
7. Hott Leggz
2471 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-771-5151, or visit wannabiz.biz/hottleggz.
With two locations — one in Fort Lauderdale and a second in Lighthouse Point — Hott Leggz is the ultimate spot for all your sports bar and seafood-craving late-night needs. The restaurant serves its full menu until 2 a.m. during the week (and 3 a.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). That means if you want a three-pound bucket of king crab legs, snow crab legs, or dungeness crab at 1 a.m., you can get that — plus a number of other seafood-style eats including crab cakes, fried shrimp, or fried oyster poor boy sandwiches.