Monday, May 21, 2007

Restaurant Meme

I've been forced to do a meme. Forced I tell you! Blame Todd. Everyone else does.

The rules:
1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you.

Include the city/state and country you’re in.
Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, USA)
Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
tanabata (Saitama, Japan)
Andi (Dallas [ish], Texas, United States)
Todd - The Forcer (Louisville, Kentucky, United States)
Brooke (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States)

2. List your top 5 favorite places to eat at your location.

3. Tag 5 other people (preferably from other countries/states) and let them know they’ve been tagged.

So here are my five favorite places to eat in Fort Lauderdale. It's nice to be doing this since I'll be moving away from this hellhole lovely place in the sun in the very near future.

Heart Rock Sushi - absolutely my favorite place in Fort Lauderdale. Not outrageously expensive, always clean, friendly service, and a great menu. And if you aren't into raw fish, there are plenty of other great things to eat that are actually heated to a proper temperature. The Spider Roll is to die for. Also, a shout-out to the Sushi Rock, mostly because it was the first place I went on a date after I moved to Florida.

Franco and Vinnie's/Il Mulino - two completely different places but both equally good Italian food. Il Mulino may have the best fried calamari I've ever had, including my own. It is also the only place outside of Italy where I will actually order spaghetti. Franco and Vinnie's has a special for two of Shrimp Scampi, Fettuccine Alfredo, and Chicken Piccatta that is absolutely orgasmic. Great pizza too.

Trina - this is one of those ultra-hip and trendy beach front hotspots. I don't go here very often as I am neither ultra-hip nor trendy. Also, I am poor. However, this is my favorite place for brunch - hands down the best Eggs Benedict in the free world. Or at least South Florida. Big ups for great service as well.

Rustic Inn - two words. Garlic. Crabs. So phenomenal you won't mind the noise or the service. What's better than newspaper covered tables, wooden mallets, pitchers of beer, and huge trays of crabs? Nothing. They even have a huge sink on the porch to wash yourself down with after you've doused yourself in garlicy buttery crabby goodness. know you want some.

Southport Raw Bar/Kelly's Landing - these two places are in my neighborhood and both have amazing seafood. Southport is the place to go to have a few beers and fried anything that once swam. Kelly's is a little place right out of New England - with absolutely perfect steamed lobsters and wonderful service. The waitress there even gave me a discount because I'm a teacher - gotta love that!

Also, special mentions:
Zona Fresca - cheap Mexican food that is always fantastic. The place is always spotless and always mobbed. The boyfriends love it, so you know it's good.
Bimini Boatyard - sit out on the deck and watch the boats go by. Great spot for drinks and appetizers.
And I have to mention my favorite place in Boca - Uncle Tai's - for phenomenal Chinese food. Expensive, but worth it.

So there you have it, my favorite places to eat here in sunny Fort Lauderdale. I usually don't tag - but since it's in the rules I'm legally obligated.

I tag Egan, Rich, Chicky Babe, Michael, and Sizzle. I highly doubt any of them will actually answer the tag.

Bon Appetit!


Sizzle said...

oh you of little faith. i'll show you! ;)

now i want some crab. power of suggestion.

Nance said...

Welcome back to the blogosphere. This meme sure gets around.

kris said...

Sweet baby Jesus thank you for not tagging me. Can the blogosphere declare a moratorium on memes?

brookelina said...

Sizz - oh please do!

Nance - it does, doesn't it? Why didn't you thank me for not tagging you?

Kris - but without memes, what will I do on the days that I'm brain dead? By the way, good to see you, stranger!

yournamehere said...

Just for that I'm going to tag Kris for memes I don't even do myself.

Thanks for playing along, Brooke.

Nicole Tan said...

Wow now I'm so interested in having the eggs benedict at Trina..sounds delicious!!! and heart rock sushi?? haha funny name!

Ps thanks for doing the tag. I hope you enjoyed it.. If you know of anyone else doing it please feel free to send me a message and I’ll update them too on the updated list of tag doers

Bill said...

I, too, am grateful I wasn't tagged. In fact, I have to go back now and actually read the post. When I first went through all I was thinking was, "God, I hope I wasn't tagged." I think that speaks well for my aging self-esteem.

btw ... I quite understand and appreciate the benefits of memes for those days when then left & right hemispheres of the brain are not communicating.

Also btw ... I moved. I am off Blogger. I'm now at (I've gone Wordpress).

Surely this is what the world has been waiting for?

Dan-E said...

you're making me wish i had a car just so i can scarf down some garlic crabs at rustin inn.

i'm kinda surprised that there's no mention of your favorite place for cake?

velverse said...

Heart Rock Sushi! I heart sushi. What is even better is when you mention it is serverd at a proper temprature. Oh yeah... that is hell important!

Rustic Inn... Woo.. that two magical words is enough to kill me. I love garlicy buttery crabs. Always have... always do. No I don't want some. I want all of it. ALL!

THanks for sharing this great stuff. You have no idea how hungry you make me

thephoenixnyc said...

Il Mulino is one of the BEST Italian restaurants in the world. The garlic lobster is legendary. Mmmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

i've seen this damn thing so many times it's like my erections don't even matter anymore.

jiggs said...

garlic crabs and a mallet. it's fun for the whole family!

Übermilf said...

I think I'm going to melt some butter and mince some garlic and dip crackers in it.

I don't have any crabs.

ChickyBabe said...

You're making me hungry! As for the meme, I vowed not to do them any more. Must be Egan's influence! :P

brookelina said...

Todd - anything for you.

Nicole - you're from Australia! Now I'm going to get all weepy, I love it there. Have a Tim Tam and think of me.

Bill - I will change my link to you immediately.

Dan - honestly, my favorite cake is from Publix.

Velverse - I might be going out for crabs this weekend simply because I did this meme. Thanks!

brookelina said...

Michael - I was actually talking about the one in Fort Lauderdale. You can take me to the one in NY when I move back north.

Danny - did your erections ever matter?

Jiggs - imagine them with a mullet! Even better!

Ubie - that sounds good to me. I'll dip anything in garlic butter.

Chicky - I picked you because you're in Sydney! I want to hear about the good places I'm missing out on!

Pixie Sprinkle said...

Mummy loves being "team tagged". I asked her why she never does memes in that case but she just looked at me funny and chuckled....

Sandra said...

I love the "this is why I'm on a diet" tag.

Rrramone said...

mmmmmmmmm.... sushi.

and don't be too hard on yourself for how much you blog. yours is one of the first blogs i ever saw!

ChickyBabe said...

Just for you:

You guessed it. I'm a foodie.

brookelina said...

I heart you so.