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Dessert platter at ETARU Las Olas
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8 Menus To Try During Fort Lauderdale Restaurant Month

Score deals at these top spots all through September

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Dessert platter at ETARU Las Olas
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While Miami food lovers enjoy dining deals during the Miami Spice months of August and September, Broward county wants people to know they have great restaurants too. During the month of September, restaurants participating in Crave GFL (that’s “Greater Fort Lauderdale”) will offer diners three-course meals for a giveaway price of $35 or $45 for lunch and dinner, respectively (beverages, tax, and tip are not included.) Here are the eight restaurants worth a taste.

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The Cook and The Cork

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Coral Springs isn’t particularly the heartbeat of the culinary world, but don’t tell that to Keith Blauschild and Dena Lowell who, after running a successful catering business decided, upon their clients request, to also open a restaurant. The stylish spot is packed on any given day and is definitely worth the drive. The Cook and The Cork will be offering a Crave GFL menu on Wednesday and Thursdays with dishes like ginger barbecue pork tenderloin with wasabi mashed potatoes, grilled black Angus bavette, and grilled salmon with an ancho cilantro crust.

Modern American in Coral Springs
The Cook and The Cork [official photo]

Terra Mare

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Elegant and sleek, the $35 and $45 meals offered during Crave GFL for lunch and dinner respectively, will make diners feel they’ve won the culinary lottery. Go for the smoked trout with tomato, cucumber, and horseradish cream, spiced duck breast with curried lentils, and shishito peppers with bonito and black truffle ponzu. Dessert features a passionfruit liquid gold tart served with lychee-perilla sorbet and torched meringue.

Smoked trout with tomato, cucumber, and horseradish cream.
Terra Mare [official photo]

Steak 954

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This waterfront steakhouse is worth a visit just to gaze at the mesmerizing jellyfish tank alone. And contrary to its name, Steak 954 offers a wide selection of seafood dishes like the salmon crudo served with smoked avocado puree. Meat doesn’t miss the mark either and the petite filet mignon with charred broccolini, roasted cipollini onions, and watercress chimichurri is the perfect example. Wrap up the night with vanilla buttermilk wanna cotta served with cherry compote and sunflower brittle. Available Sunday through Thursday for dinner only.

Steak by the ocean at Steak 954
Steak 954 [official photo]

El Vez Fort Lauderdale

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At Stephen Starr’s latest addition guests can enjoy dishes like gazpacho with tequila, shrimp tacos marinated in salsa verde topped with charred pineapple slaw, and black bean enchiladas with poblano peppers before wrapping things up an El Vez sundae made with Mexican vanilla ice cream and chili chocolate brownie pieces. Those with a preference for a/c can grab a spot inside by the Mexican beer can wall or hip Frida Kahlo mural wall.

El Vez guacamole and chips.
El Vez [official photo]

Burlock Coast

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For Crave GFL, diners can enjoy dinner specials that include herb focaccia, spicy avocado tomatillo dip, and ceviche with pickled peppers and pineapple. Entrees like beer battered fish and chips, scallops with braised mushrooms, and skirt steak with bone marrow and truffle Yukon puree appeal to all tastes. End on a sweet note with cheesecake with strawberry lime jam and donuts served with a white chocolate banana rum sauce.

Donuts with white chocolate banana rum sauce
Stephen Flint Photography

ETARU Las Olas

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While the main focus of Etaru revolves around the ever-popular robotayaki grill, there’s plenty more to be in awe of from sushi to tempura to dumplings. Meals can get on the pricey side, making Crave GFL the ideal opportunity to experience the dishes with its $45 tasting menu that includes items like black kampachi sashimi with yuzu truffle, sweet potato tempura, beef, ginger, and sesame dumplings and scallops with yuzu mayo. There’s also the Etaru dessert platter, an assortment of all things sweet in the restaurant. The tasting menu is available Sunday through Thursday for lunch and dinner and requires a minimum of two people.

Black kampachi sashimi with yuzu truffle
Michael Pissari

3030 Ocean

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For Crave GFL guests will be treated to a rotating menu which will include dishes like Sunfresh Farm salad: greens, soft egg, smoked baby tomatoes, radish, crispy shallot, and herb dressing, Ahi tuna poke with macadamia nuts, seared yellowfin tuna with spicy green papaya slaw, grilled black grouper with a dash broth, and coriander roasted swordfish with sweet potato and bacon hash. Non-fish lovers will enjoy the peach-bourbon glazed smoked chicken leg or grilled skirt steak with roasted potato and charred corn succotash. Desserts include a choice of Homestead mango cake and dark chocolate budding cake served with olive oil ice cream.

Grilled black grouper.
3030 Ocean [official photo]

Olivia Restaurant and Bar

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Olivia offers multiple dishes to choose from for Crave GFL, giving diners the opportunity to try an extensive portion of its menu. Start with appetizers like calamari and zucchini, or beef carpaccio topped with arugula and Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese. Entrees include pappardelle with short rib ragu, ravioli made with ricotta cheese mousse and spinach, and the restaurants most popular dish, salmon Rubino, fresh Alaskan salmon topped in a lobster bisque with shrimp on top. Desserts include the classic tiramisu or a pistachio tartufo. Gluten free diners will be happy to note Olivia offers a menu tailored to their needs which includes gluten free pasta.

CIRC Hotel’s restaurant, Olivia Restaurant and Bar
Paul Stoppi

The Cook and The Cork

Modern American in Coral Springs
The Cook and The Cork [official photo]

Coral Springs isn’t particularly the heartbeat of the culinary world, but don’t tell that to Keith Blauschild and Dena Lowell who, after running a successful catering business decided, upon their clients request, to also open a restaurant. The stylish spot is packed on any given day and is definitely worth the drive. The Cook and The Cork will be offering a Crave GFL menu on Wednesday and Thursdays with dishes like ginger barbecue pork tenderloin with wasabi mashed potatoes, grilled black Angus bavette, and grilled salmon with an ancho cilantro crust.

Modern American in Coral Springs
The Cook and The Cork [official photo]

Terra Mare

Smoked trout with tomato, cucumber, and horseradish cream.
Terra Mare [official photo]

Elegant and sleek, the $35 and $45 meals offered during Crave GFL for lunch and dinner respectively, will make diners feel they’ve won the culinary lottery. Go for the smoked trout with tomato, cucumber, and horseradish cream, spiced duck breast with curried lentils, and shishito peppers with bonito and black truffle ponzu. Dessert features a passionfruit liquid gold tart served with lychee-perilla sorbet and torched meringue.

Smoked trout with tomato, cucumber, and horseradish cream.
Terra Mare [official photo]

Steak 954

Steak by the ocean at Steak 954
Steak 954 [official photo]

This waterfront steakhouse is worth a visit just to gaze at the mesmerizing jellyfish tank alone. And contrary to its name, Steak 954 offers a wide selection of seafood dishes like the salmon crudo served with smoked avocado puree. Meat doesn’t miss the mark either and the petite filet mignon with charred broccolini, roasted cipollini onions, and watercress chimichurri is the perfect example. Wrap up the night with vanilla buttermilk wanna cotta served with cherry compote and sunflower brittle. Available Sunday through Thursday for dinner only.

Steak by the ocean at Steak 954
Steak 954 [official photo]

El Vez Fort Lauderdale

El Vez guacamole and chips.
El Vez [official photo]

At Stephen Starr’s latest addition guests can enjoy dishes like gazpacho with tequila, shrimp tacos marinated in salsa verde topped with charred pineapple slaw, and black bean enchiladas with poblano peppers before wrapping things up an El Vez sundae made with Mexican vanilla ice cream and chili chocolate brownie pieces. Those with a preference for a/c can grab a spot inside by the Mexican beer can wall or hip Frida Kahlo mural wall.

El Vez guacamole and chips.
El Vez [official photo]

Burlock Coast

Donuts with white chocolate banana rum sauce
Stephen Flint Photography

For Crave GFL, diners can enjoy dinner specials that include herb focaccia, spicy avocado tomatillo dip, and ceviche with pickled peppers and pineapple. Entrees like beer battered fish and chips, scallops with braised mushrooms, and skirt steak with bone marrow and truffle Yukon puree appeal to all tastes. End on a sweet note with cheesecake with strawberry lime jam and donuts served with a white chocolate banana rum sauce.

Donuts with white chocolate banana rum sauce
Stephen Flint Photography

ETARU Las Olas

Black kampachi sashimi with yuzu truffle
Michael Pissari

While the main focus of Etaru revolves around the ever-popular robotayaki grill, there’s plenty more to be in awe of from sushi to tempura to dumplings. Meals can get on the pricey side, making Crave GFL the ideal opportunity to experience the dishes with its $45 tasting menu that includes items like black kampachi sashimi with yuzu truffle, sweet potato tempura, beef, ginger, and sesame dumplings and scallops with yuzu mayo. There’s also the Etaru dessert platter, an assortment of all things sweet in the restaurant. The tasting menu is available Sunday through Thursday for lunch and dinner and requires a minimum of two people.

Black kampachi sashimi with yuzu truffle
Michael Pissari

3030 Ocean

Grilled black grouper.
3030 Ocean [official photo]

For Crave GFL guests will be treated to a rotating menu which will include dishes like Sunfresh Farm salad: greens, soft egg, smoked baby tomatoes, radish, crispy shallot, and herb dressing, Ahi tuna poke with macadamia nuts, seared yellowfin tuna with spicy green papaya slaw, grilled black grouper with a dash broth, and coriander roasted swordfish with sweet potato and bacon hash. Non-fish lovers will enjoy the peach-bourbon glazed smoked chicken leg or grilled skirt steak with roasted potato and charred corn succotash. Desserts include a choice of Homestead mango cake and dark chocolate budding cake served with olive oil ice cream.

Grilled black grouper.
3030 Ocean [official photo]

Olivia Restaurant and Bar

CIRC Hotel’s restaurant, Olivia Restaurant and Bar
Paul Stoppi

Olivia offers multiple dishes to choose from for Crave GFL, giving diners the opportunity to try an extensive portion of its menu. Start with appetizers like calamari and zucchini, or beef carpaccio topped with arugula and Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese. Entrees include pappardelle with short rib ragu, ravioli made with ricotta cheese mousse and spinach, and the restaurants most popular dish, salmon Rubino, fresh Alaskan salmon topped in a lobster bisque with shrimp on top. Desserts include the classic tiramisu or a pistachio tartufo. Gluten free diners will be happy to note Olivia offers a menu tailored to their needs which includes gluten free pasta.

CIRC Hotel’s restaurant, Olivia Restaurant and Bar
Paul Stoppi

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