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Dine Out Lauderdale: Five Deals to Sink Your Teeth Into

Fort Lauderdale is full of beautiful waterfront homes, huge yachts, and high-end restaurants. Suffice it to say, there is a bit of money running around this town. Unfortunately, for the average resident, keeping up with the Jones' in terms of culinary delights can start to get pretty expensive.

Lucky for us, we have Dine Out Lauderdale. The six-week dining deal, which started last week, is now in full-swing. So we decided to pick out five must-try deals that are usually a stretch for the non-yacht owner.

China Grill
Situated on the Intracoastal Waterway, in the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, China Grill has a great atmosphere for a high-end dining experience. And the Dine Out Lauderdale specials are ridiculous. The year-round menu ranges from $9.50 tofu tots up to the $59.00 Korean kalbi rib-eye: not exactly what one would consider a steal. For Dine Out Lauderdale's $35 prix fixe, the restaurant is offering a choice of three appetizers: spicy beef and scallion dumplings with soy ginger sauce (normally $13.50); tuna oshi, a combination of tuna crabmeat,sushi rice, and wasabi; Tri Star Salad, crackling calamari salad, Confucius chicken salad, and Caesar salad (usually ranging from $13.50 to 15.75). Entrees include garlic grilled shrimp ($27), sake marinated "drunken chicken" ($24), and grilled szechuan beef ($46). Guests also get a choice between five vegetable fried rice and wok sauteed vegetables. To finish, the restaurant will be offering a changing chef's selection of desserts. The offer is valid seven days a week, excluding boat show.

The Grateful Palate
Our 2011 pick for Best Broward county restaurant is not the most expensive place in town, but it's not exactly cheap. With foie gras and ossetra caviar on the menu, the restaurant caters to yuppy foodies and high-end gourmands. That being said, the restaurant is catering to layperson with the Dine Out Lauderdale deals. Sunday through Friday, excluding boat show, guests can enjoy selections off of the regular menu. Appetizers include the grilled peach salad ($7), Thai beef salad ($10), Caesar salad ($8), and lamb sliders ($8). Entrees offered are shrimp truffle mac & cheese ($24), honey mustard grilled salmon ($20), signature charred Wagyu burger ($17), apricot glazed chicken breast ($19), and the cinnamon seared duck breast ($28). Desserts include a sorbet trio ($6), summer berry cheesecake ($10), and indulgence mango and coconut ice cream ($12).

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Sara Ventiera

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