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Five Post-Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Restaurants Where Rich Yachters Will Dine

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Yesterday marked the end of the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. If you missed the show we can give you a small yet correct synopsis now:

Many extravagant yachts floated through the intracoastal waterways from Oct. 27-31. Those yachts were hosted by yacht-service groups, insurance companies, and other high-profile businesses. 

The crowd "ooh"-ed and "ahh"-ed their way to the epic sunburn. But they left with only their spirits.

In 2006, Kiplinger.com released a study of where the US millionaires live. The study  listed Florida as a state with three of the most highly concentrated areas of millionaires. 

In 2008 the Wall Street Journal reported that Florida has stolen the award for #2 wealthiest state from New York.

And it's no wonder. South Florida's streets are thick with voluptuous women and the clubs are teeming with bronzed beauties.

Well these bronzed beauties need lovin' too and just because the Boat Show is over doesn't mean you can't still find the hunky mega-yacht captain of your dreams. 

After the jump we have five different classy, expensive, and downright outrageous restaurants that are brimming with rich, delicious men. 

5. YOLO 

This swanky restaurant, bar, and lounge on Las Olas in downtown Fort Lauderdale area is known more for the atmosphere and eye candy for than anything else.

It's not uncommon to here your classiest acquaintances says they'll be "hitting up YOLO" on Saturday night. Frankly that's because the crowd is straight out of Gossip Girl: sleek black dresses, the highest of heels, and perfectly coifed men baring Brooks Brothers blazers.

Or something like that. The point is that the bar serves up a bad ass wine list to accompany your pricey dinner. It's the perfect setting to meet the yacht owner that's hanging around for a few weeks before he needs to jet off to his other home in Bali.

This decadent restaurant was opened by Chef Dean James Max, a 2010 James Beard Award nominee. His expertise in the kitchen and his knowledge for restaurant management turned this 10-year-old establishment into a South Florida staple.

New Times has given Chef Max a "Best Chef" award. The restaurant itself has the honors of "Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying" and that someone else could be the rich man you meet while you sip your cocktail at the bar. 

Opened by Don Shula, former Super Bowl-winning coach for the Miami Dolphins, Shula's Steakhouse and it's sister restaurant, Shula's on the Beach, became known as a prime meat market.

At the time "prime meat market" was intended to describe the thick steaks that recently attracted Man vs. Food's Adam Richman. This time around it's being used to describe the thick-cut muscles of the rich men who will be looking to satisfy their carnivorous and carnal instincts before hitting the seas once more.

This restaurant isn't exactly on the water but it is within docking distance of a neighborhood that once played host to a dinner with President Bush. 

The idea behind Chima is that you need to be wealthy enough to not ask for dinner prices beforehand. In fact, menu prices aren't even listed on the restaurant's website. If you must know the average is $50 per person but in turn you receive as much finely skewered meat as you can stuff into your pretty, little face.

Now if a South Florida lady can eat meat on a stick in a manner that's sexy enough to catch the eye of a hunky captain then she deserves a night on the ocean.

1. Benihana
Dining at Benihana can only best be described as an "experience." You'll be seated at a large table with several other groups, depending on the size of your party. You might be facing the intracoastal waterway which will glitter in the moonlight. 

The highly skilled Hibachi chef will dazzle you with his spatula skills. But as you watch his flair with an un-cracked egg, that twinkle in your eye just might catch the gaze of a yacht captain who parked his hulking ship just out back. It's ok to flirt a little over your expensive meal and five glasses of wine. Let him pay because the gift of your company is present enough.

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