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FISHTALES RESTAURANT & NIGHTCLUB–REVIEW   Leave a comment


If you want to experience first rate service get over to the Fishtale Restaurant and Nightclub and just watch Debbie in action. She has a rhythm that keeps her moving, while keeping an eye on all her customers, acting just before they will call her for something. From the moment you enter, and she tells you to sit where you want and waits for you to decide, to saying goodbye when you leave she does everything right. You won’t have to ask for any drink refills, she will suggest the best items, tell you about all the entertainment they have in the evenings, bring you more bread just as you dunk your last slice into the wine/garlic/oil fluid of your bucket of seafood. She has a sense of humor, knows the menu, treats each of her customers as special people and seems to love her job!

Fishtales Restaurant and Nightclub is more than just Debbie though she is a very important part of the whole ambiance. There are bright neon fish and a mermaid around the room, not to forget that must in every restaurant these day television sets of various sizes. The bar has a eye-catching color scheme, the outside dining area is inviting–but not to me in Florida’s feel like 100 degree temperatures. There is a beautiful white (fake) flower display as you enter and each table has an orchid like decoration. The tables are attractively set and I must admit I loved their salt and pepper shakers!

Let’s talk about food. Both Allen and I ordered the ‘Beach Bucket of Seafood’ ($18 each)) one in their white wine sauce and the other in a marinara sauce. Both sauces were excellent and the three slices of thick toasted bread are great for dipping in either sauce. (Yes, Debbie will bring you more if you want.) The buckets consisted of Ipswich clams, littleneck clams, chunks of Dolphin and mussels all having their distinct taste and benefited by the sauce they were in. Allen had his diet coke ($2) and I had coffee ($2.50) The only complaint–and I don’t know if they have them–would be to serve bibs with this dish (Allen’s yellow shirt had a Picasso design of red sauce!) and wet naps when finished. Also a minor complaint–I am sure it was the manager–maybe owner?–who was walking around trying to decide where to hang draping and if it was she should have taken a moment to say hello. (The again she probably has enough confidence in Debbie to know she didn’t have to worry about a thing!)

We had a groupon and the total check with tax and tip (25% on original bill) came to $22.66. It was without a doubt one of the best ‘deals’ we have had in a restaurant in a long time and even without the groupon Debbie would have made the whole experience a winning one. I am sure if I had mentioned it was his birthday she would have made a big deal out of it–and he would have killed me!

The dining room is impressive at lunch time but I have a feeling it is whimsical, bright and, possibly, magical at night and I can see entertainers enjoying themselves while performing.

Thanks Fishtales, thanks groupon but most of all thanks Debbie!

SLIDESHOW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bft27OYoFlA&feature=youtu.be

Posted June 20, 2015 by greatmartin in RESTAURANT REVIEWS

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HISTORIC DOCKERS & PUB–A RESTAURANT REVIEW   1 comment


Two weeks ago groupon offered a $30 certificate for $15 for Dockers restaurant. I have lost count of how many times I passed the place on a busy section of the highway just south of the Fort Lauderdale airport not even giving it a second thought except to think of it as a local drinking hole for people who work on boats. Here was a chance to give it a try so I immediately ordered the coupon–and that’s when the trouble began.

The first thing I noticed was that the address given was a Fort Lauderdale one and not Dania where the restaurant was. I called the restaurant and got the message the phone was disconnected. I went to the yelp page of Dockers and it said “CLOSED”. What followed was 2 weeks of emails between me and groupon. Finally I was given a new phone number and found out it was opened.

It seems the old ‘Dockers Bar and Café’  has new owners and now is called the “Historic Dockers & Pub”. I can understand wanting to give it a new image and maybe there was some sort of agreement between the old and new owners but it seems 3 big mistakes were made starting with the wrong address given which may have been groupon’s fault but even if new owners want to disassociate from previous owners the name of the restaurant could have kept the Dockers part of the old name and phone number answering with the ‘new‘ name..

In any case we finally got there on Thursday. The place has, obviously, been spruced up both inside and outside and not having been there before I can’t compare the menus but I was disappointed in the ‘waterfront location’. Yes there is water out there, all covered by docked boats without the feel of  the freedom of boating.

We were in the far east dining room which was bright with light coming from 3 sides of windows. The bar area, as you entered didn’t look inviting and a dining room on the north side  looked dark but was closed for the lunch time. There was the perennial site now of a manager and/or owner sitting at a table with his computer instead of being out in the dining room greeting and talking to guests though a partner (?) was doing just that.

I, generally, test a seafood restaurant either by ordering a assorted broiled seafood platter or fish ‘n chips. I didn’t see the former so we went with the latter. Before that the server mentioned that the soup of the day was Lobster Bisque ($4 a cup, $5.50 a bowl) and so we ordered a cup. It was smooth, hot and hinted of fish but not a strand of lobster. We both had the fish ‘n chips ($13) served with a side of Cole slaw, French fries and a side of tartar sauce. The slaw was run of the mill, the fries attractively served in a miniature ‘fryer’ and while the fish was flakey, the breading  very light, and there was no taste so though I very seldom have it I did add some tartar sauce to give it flavor. We each had a diet coke ($2.50) and though I ordered mine without ice the cubes were there!

The bill came to $11.34 minus the $30 groupon certificate so altogether the lunch was $34.34 with tax, tip and what we paid for the groupon.

After all these years of passing the Dockers restaurant my curiosity was answered but the next time I want a waterfront seafood experience in Dania I will go to the Quarterdeck which is built on the pier over the Atlantic Ocean.

By the way when I got home I received an email that said “Search for Historic Dockers & Pub. You are finding yelp page for the previous owners ‘Dockers Bar & Café’. 

I wonder how many customers they are losing, have lost because of that word ‘historic’?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvrqJZAv3y0&feature=youtu.be

 SLIDESHOW

Posted May 16, 2015 by greatmartin in RESTAURANT REVIEWS

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DAPUR ASIAN TAPAS & LOUNGE RESTAURANT REVIEW FORT LAUDERDALE, FL   Leave a comment


Though we walked in about 15 minutes before their lunch operating time was over Richard, the owner, greeted us with a smile and, because of my apologizing for coming in so close to their closing time between lunch and dinner, politely, without any pressure implied, asked us to get our order in before 2:30.

Before I talk about the food and service let me say that the last time I had been here it was a Spanish restaurant with a completely different look. The inside is a lot bigger than you would think from the outside and the owners have completely redone the restaurant and bar area, the latter a huge separate room, a very big, bright and inviting space. The dining room is large, separated into 3 different areas, one for private parties, each very ‘rich’ looking and comfortable. The main dining room is dominated by a huge gold Buddha.

Ryan and his helper, whose name I didn’t catch, were very efficient and pleasant and the former had a smile that was as bright as the Buddha’s! 

Allen ordered the Mandarin Chicken ($12.50) which was a cut up chicken breast on rice with an orange sauce and a side of Spring vegetables. With it he had a glass of Organic Jasmine Peach Iced Tea ($2). He thought there should have been more sauce on the plate to give some taste to the rice nor was he thrilled with the chicken ‘bites’. I had the Kalbi Combo ($12.50) which is grilled marinated Korean short ribs with Jasmine rice and a side of Spring vegetables. With it I had a fountain diet coke ($2.) The meat was cut way too thin and cooked too long that it almost tasted like the proverbial ‘shoe leather’. It seemed as if it had been sitting in the kitchen for an extended period.

In spite of the disappointment in the food when we got in a conversation with Richard he talked a lot about the Sunday Brunch Buffet, for $22.95, that interested me enough to want to come to it.

I did like two things that they did on the check that I don’t often see. The first is they tell you how much each person in the party owed if they were splitting the check and how much the tip would be at 3 different percentages BEFORE any discounts! We had a groupon so instead of lunch costing us $36.74 including tip and tax we paid $25.

Between Richard, Ryan, his helper, the ambiance and that Buddha, I certainly will give the Dapur Asian Tapas and Lounge another chance.

SLIDESHOW


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjVmWlP1_iQ

Posted May 10, 2015 by greatmartin in RESTAURANT REVIEWS

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BURGER21–A RESTAURANT REVIEW We have gone from a new Mexican franchise on every third block to a new burger franchise on every block! No wonder McDonald’s has been losing customers. Unlike McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s the new burger places, like their prices, are upscale. The newest in Fort Laauderdale is BURGER21 (though I counted only 20 on their burger list!) and is a much brighter and colorful setting than most. It also has one of the most cheerful, smiling staff I have seen in a long time. Each member of the staff gives you a big hello, makes suggestions, steer you in the right direction, ask how everything is but none to the point of being annoying. I do think they will have the same problem that Italio, which just closed, had and that is getting in and out of the place as it is right off Federal Highway and comes up without any notice with the narrow two way entrance/exit and the parking is in the rear. Also BURGER21 does not have a rear entrance which can be a little dicey in the rainy season here. Okay, let’s get to the food! I asked the order taker for a suggestion and she said they were known for their Tex-Mex Haystack ($7.99) which consists of a 1/3 pound burger, lettuce, tomato, apple wood-smoked bacon, Gouda cheese, guacamole, onion strings, chipotle-jalapeno sauce on a toasted brioche bun. It is a very impressive, tall burger that looks almost impossible to eat but once you press down on it that problem is solved. The main problem with it was that it had a very salty taste which at first I thought may have been the sauce but we also ordered a regular order of French Fries ($2.59) more than enough for two, but found them very salty, too. We both had fountain drinks ($2.29 each). Our check came to $23.16, including tax, which is a bit too much to pay for biting into salt. Just an aside regarding sitting: there are about 6 booths along the window which really has no view but are always taken, two high top tables, I think, no one sat at and a group of regular tables that were second choice after the booths. People love booths but don’t like the high tables! Bottom line is that we won’t be going back because, though the crew was upbeat, with too many people sodium conscious as I am, this is not the place to go. BURGER21 Slideshow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xGFR0pLoEE   2 comments


We have gone from a new Mexican franchise on every third block to a new burger franchise on every block! No wonder McDonald’s has been losing customers.

Unlike McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s the new burger places, like their prices, are upscale.

The newest in Fort Laauderdale is BURGER21 (though I counted only 20 on their burger list!) and is a much brighter and colorful setting than most. It also has one of the most cheerful, smiling staff I have seen in a long time. Each member of the staff gives you a big hello, makes suggestions, steer you in the right direction, ask how everything is but none to the point of being annoying.

I do think they will have the same problem that Italio, which just closed, had and that is getting in and out of the place as it is right off Federal Highway and comes up without any notice with the narrow two way entrance/exit and the parking is in the rear. Also BURGER21 does not have a rear entrance which can be a little dicey in the rainy season here.

Okay, let’s get to the food! I asked the order taker for a suggestion and she said they were known for their Tex-Mex Haystack ($7.99) which consists of a 1/3 pound burger, lettuce, tomato, apple wood-smoked bacon, Gouda cheese, guacamole, onion strings, chipotle-jalapeno sauce on a toasted brioche bun. It is a very impressive, tall burger that looks almost impossible to eat but once you press down on it that problem is solved. The main problem with it was that it had a very salty taste which at first I thought may have been the sauce but we also ordered a regular order of French Fries ($2.59) more than enough for two, but found them very salty, too. We both had fountain drinks ($2.29 each).

Our check came to $23.16, including tax, which is a bit too much to pay for biting into salt.

Just an aside regarding sitting: there are about 6 booths along the window which really has no view but are always taken, two high top tables, I think, no one sat at and a group of regular tables that were second choice after the booths. People love booths but don’t like the high tables!

Bottom line is that we won’t be going back because, though the crew was upbeat, with too many people sodium conscious as I am, this is not the place to go.


BURGER21 Slideshow  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xGFR0pLoEE

Posted May 6, 2015 by greatmartin in RESTAURANT REVIEWS

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FOXY BROWN–A RESTAURANT REVIEW   1 comment

First and foremost the best thing about Foxy Brown was our server Kaitlyn who from beginning to end had a smile on her face, knew what she was doing, was all over the place helping every one but at the same time paying attention to her tables giving refill of drinks without having to be asked, checking back to make sure everything was okay and when we had mentioned we were going to split our sandwiches made sure to bring two extra plates.

We walked in near the end of lunchtime and more than half the tables had to be cleaned but it was good to see a working manager hard at work doing just that. In spite of the gray walls, a high ceiling and the tables all in a L shaped row Foxy Brown has an intimate, warm feeling. There is a narrow row between the tables and the semicircular bar but you never feel you are being crowded just as though the tables are right next to each other you don’t feel like you are with the next party. The tables are wide, even the deuces, the chairs comfortable and seeing the restaurant’s motto, “Be Nice”, on the inside wall, the entrance and on the menu gets everything off to a good start.

I ordered the patty melt, $12,  “the sandwich that inspired the menu” and Allen ordered the meatball grinder, $12, chicken and porcini mushroom w/ tomato gravy + provolone, and we were going to split an order of fries but Kaitlyn told us each came with a side so we ordered the French fries and tomato wedges in oil and parsley. I had a diet coke, $2.50, and Allen had a chocolate shake, $7.

The patty melt was served on marbled rye with a good, tasty thick meat patty, and provolone cheese, served at the temperature ordered. Though it was good it wasn’t better than most other patty melts I have had. The only thing wrong with the grinder was that the hero bread was way too thick. Allen said the shake was good and at that price it should be. There was a nice touch of being given hot towels when we were finished.

Altogether the check, with tax, was $35.15 and we gave Kaitlyn a $10 tip.

The sandwiches are all $12 and their main courses run from $18 for bangers and smash to $26 for sea scallops or crab cakes, which to my way of thinking is a bit high for lunch prices though they seem to cater to the downtown business crowd, being right on the fringe of downtown. Most of the crowd were gents in business suits with what looked like a neighborhood couple sitting next to us.

They have a large parking lot behind the restaurant along with a pleasant outdoor dining area.

Though the prices are a little too high for me Foxy Brown is nice restaurant a little off the beaten path, easy to get to, decent food and with a server like Kaitlyn you won’t go wrong.

As I was leaving I thought what a great downtown evening piano bar it would make but there isn’t room for a that piano!

Slideshow

https://youtu.be/h0agP2msSV4

 

Posted April 26, 2015 by greatmartin in RESTAURANT REVIEWS

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TACO GRILL–A RESTAURANT REVIEW   3 comments


Groupon had a special coupon for an additional 25% off on a varied restaurants and looking for the best deal I saw they were offering one for $6.50 for $20 of food for the Taco Grill which had a few write-ups talking about how these were foods you would get on the streets of Mexico so, liking Mexican food, I got the groupon.

Taco Grill is situated in a small shopping ’village’ that I had been to before. It was situated in one storefront with a few tables outside, 2 insides and sitting on two walls.

As you enter you order at the counter with all the ingredients fresh in site with the cook taking your order and making the food. 

Allen ordered the 3 pulled pork tacos ($8) served with cilantro, onions and hot sauce on warm tortillas while I had the cheese quesadilla with steak ($12) and served with sour cream and avocado. We each had a bottle of diet coke ($1.50) so the check, with tax, came to $24.20. The cook/cashier served us the food at an indoor table. Basically it cost us $5.25 for a light tasty lunch which is a good price but without the groupon it would have cost $12.10 whereas we could have gone to one of the many new Mexican franchises using all fresh ingredients for a much larger meal. 

The gentleman who did all the work and interacting with the customer though he did point out the owner who seemed to ignore everyone–which is not a way to build a new business–represented the Taco Grill in a very positive manner.

SLIDESHOW

https://youtu.be/xXWCYbdG4Qc

Posted April 11, 2015 by greatmartin in RESTAURANTS, REVIEWS

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MARTI’S NEW RIVER BISTRO–REVIEW   3 comments


My expectations were very high when I made reservations at Marti’s New River Bistro overlooking the riverfront and part of the Broward Performing Arts Center. It seemed to have it all: a new restaurant, an awesome setting, just across the way from the show we were going to see and a Prix Fixe Dinner. Okay the latter was a little high as with tax and tip it would be near $45 but it was a special evening.

It started off a bit wrong as I had asked for a window table when I made the reservation which we didn’t get though there was one available and it would stay empty! Before we get to the food something was obviously wrong as all the staff walked around with, ’I wish I wasn’t here’ faces. The only time you saw a smile was when a server was actually at a table. Is management that bad to work for?

Regarding the food don’t come here hungry as the main courses are skimpy unless you are a small eater or are still on your New Year’s day diet resolution and don’t want to eat too much.

We were served popovers which were large but either were from the day before or had been sitting around for awhile. It was served with honey butter but really a blob of butter in a pool of honey that dripped on the table as you tried to put some on the popover.

I had the Greek salad almost biting into an olive pit which, luckily, my fork discovered first before my tooth did. Allen had the tomato and mozzarella appetizer. He was brave enough to ask for another popover which he said was a lot fresher than the ones we originally had.

For our main courses I had the Asian duck confit with soba noodles. The latter were tasty while the duck was dry, cooked too much and had about 2-3 ounces of meat off the bone. Allen had the pork chop and just sort of shook his head.

We both had the chocolate cake for dessert which was on the dry side. I had coffee ($2.50) and he had a diet soda ($3.00) which sort of irked me as I would have preferred the fixe price be $40 and include the drinks. As it was with the added beverages, tax and including the tip the meal came to $50 each.

The best part of the meal was our server Tulio who did smile, at least when dealing with us, refilled our beverages and was pleasant from beginning to end.

Yes the restaurant is new, as are the staff, and they are sort of catering to a captured clientele but management has to train the servers, food runners and hostesses to put and keep a smile on their faces. Also the servers need to be trained in such things as crumbing a table between courses.

With so many restaurants within a 3 block range to choose from a view and convenience is not enough to sell Marti’s New River Bistro to me.

Slideshow pictures:
1) Entrance 2,3,4,5) Views from table 6) Waiter Raul 7) table setting 8) menu
9) Popover 10)Tomato and Mozzarella 11) Greek salad 12) Pork chop 13) Duck
14) Cake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Pjgbi_qIec

Posted April 4, 2015 by greatmartin in RESTAURANTS

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LAS VEGAS CUBAN CUISINE RESTAURANT REVIEW   1 comment


We mainly went for lunch here due to getting a groupon. I have eaten at this chain before but never go out of my way to come here though I really have no complaints but, by the same token, there is nothing outstanding to bring me back.

We were greeted immediately when we entered, was seated right away and very quickly were brought the drinks we ordered and a basket of bread.

Allen had the Chicharrones de Pollo ($13.95) consisting of garlic chicken chunks sautéed in olive oil, garlic, spices, bell peppers and onions and on a separate plate white rice, black beans and plantains. I had the Ropa Vieja ($11.95) consisting of thinly shredded beef cooked in a tomato based sauce and marinated in garlic, bell peppers, onions and bay leaves also with white rice, black beans and plantains on a separate dish. I had an American coffee ($3.50) while Allen stayed with water.

Our groupon was for $30 worth of food and our check came to $29.05. We were sort of ‘forced’ to order a flan as the waiter said his boss told him we had to hit that $30 mark. I didn’t care if the house kept the 95 cents or the waiter got it but, no, we had to order something so we split a flan for $3.75. Our check came to $3.15 (minus the $18 already paid for the groupon) plus a $10 tip costing about $15 each for lunch which is an average price in Fort Lauderdale.

The food was tasty and served hot, the service was good, the dining room pleasant and yet…



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uet8z_dRfrU

Posted February 25, 2015 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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THE CAFE AT THE BOOKS AND BOOKS–MIAMI RESTAURANT REVIEW   Leave a comment

(If anyone thinks I am wrong at any point please feel free to tell me–nicely!)

We go the Arsht Center about 14 times a year. I was raised on Miami Beach but very seldom went to Miami–let’s just say this was way before the 1960s. When we first started to come to the Center we tried a few restaurants on Biscayne Boulevard which we weren’t very pleased with and thought were a bit expensive so ate in Fort Lauderdale before going to Miami. Just for an explanation it is a late lunch for us.
Due to leg problems we usually valet park at the theatre so I was very glad to see a café was opening. When I got home I checked out the web site and it took 3 emails to 3 different people to finally get a copy of the menu. Okay it happens.

Looking at the menu I saw it was a bit pricy but wasn’t surprised because of the location and at least it wouldn’t be $60 a head as the other place was. Going to see “Newsies” at the Arsht Center we decided to give it a try.

After valet parking–that’s $25 plus a tip–we walked down to the café and upon entering there was no one to greet us but we saw a line of tables on the right and there was an empty deuce so we sat there. (It wasn’t until later that we learned there were 2 other sections, one outside out of view.) We did get a menu right away and Allen told me to order him a diet cola while he went to wash up. No one came to the table while he was away nor until about 10 minutes after he got back.

Now let me say upfront that though the waiter could have, should have, known certain basics as greeting a customer, at least within 2 minutes, not matter how busy he is. Another thing he has to be taught is that he should always ‘sweep’ the room to see if a customer wanted/needed anything. As it is he had about 10 tables which even for a professional server, without help, is at least 5 to many. There seem to be one busboy who disappeared for long times–probably to cover the unseen other seating sections. No where was management visible until about 45 minutes later but we will get to that in a bit. Giving them a benefit of doubt let’s say some server called in sick.

Now to the menu itself. We both decided to have the Sears Burger ($12 each) which came with Tillamook Cheddar, Secret Sauce (don’t forget that sauce) and ugly tomatoes. There was nothing about potatoes, veggies or salad being served with it so we ordered a Farmer’s Grilled Vegetable to share.

Upfront let me say the coffee and cola only cost $2 which is a good price in a restaurant. When we got our food, in a reasonable time, the first thing we saw were really big slices of potatoes on the burger plate plus some freshly tossed greens. Allen had ordered his medium and I wanted mine medium rare as I know most restaurants will not cook meat rare. There was absolutely no difference between our burgers even though the server did ask which one of us got the medium rare.
Okay let’s get to that vegetable plate and that ‘secret’ sauce. There were 5-6 slices of very thin cucumbers or zucchini and, I think, one very thin slice of yellow pepper. I am a gourmand not a gourmet which is why I am unable to be definite. They were suppose to be grilled but were cold and they had that secret sauce on them just as the potatoes had under them and the burger had it on it. The sauce had a ‘bite’ which is fine but it made everything taste the same and I was surprised it wasn’t on the greens!

At no time did anyone come over to ask if we needed anything or how everything was. I did catch the server’s eye and was able to get another cup of coffee.

There was a whole other problem. When we ordered I saw someone I knew and wanted to pick up their check and since they had just ordered I called the server over and told him I wanted to pay the other person’s check so to put all our food on that check and be sure to give it to me. Well it wasn’t his fault that someone else joined the other person 15-20 minutes and you guessed it–I paid for the other person too not even knowing them! He really should have checked with me first and I would have said okay but…

It was now 7 PM and three new deuces sat—oh yes a manager(?) did come out and help clean tables–and by 7:15 as we were getting ready to leave their orders still hadn’t been taken and finally–the hostess?–came over and started taking their order for the server. If those 6 people got served and made the curtain by 8 PM I would be very surprised.

Finally, a long story short, we will go back to eating in Fort Lauderdale before we come to shows in Miami.

PS Yes the server got a 20% tip as most of it wasn’t his fault–he was doing his best with too big a station.

Look at 3rd photo–I should have taken another picture–the Farmer’s Grilled Vegetables are in the upper left corner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIDSONfpgIE&feature=youtu.be

Posted February 12, 2015 by greatmartin in RESTAURANT REVIEWS

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HOW A JEWISH BOY BECAME AN “ITALIAN”   1 comment


As a Jewish boy brought up in the Bronx with a mother who was the worst cook ever we couldn’t wait for my father to come home on weekends as we knew our big meal would be a Chinese dinner on Sundays after seeing a movie. I have many memories, good and bad, of eating in Chinese restaurants but for some reason I have lost my taste for it as I grew old.

Little by little, I think mainly due to my Italian friends, when I was a teenager I started to get introduced to the world of pasta, veal and eggplant. It was all solidified when I became a waiter and my first job was in a pizza parlor but my second was at Piccolo’s on Miami Beach. Sam Piccolo made sure his servers knew how to cook every item on the menu and it was a huge menu.

For many years my favorite restaurant was Marchi’s in New York, which is still in the same location since 1930 and serving the exact same menu. You are served 9 courses of never ending food!

Since I moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1979 Big Louie’s has been my favorite Italian restaurant for pizza, pasta and garlic rolls. A couple of years ago I became familiar with Café Vico more upscale than Big Louie’s with more finesse with presentations but both restaurants are equal in satisfying customers.

In a sense Big Louie’s is like an Italian Mama’s kitchen and Café Vico is for the Bride’s reception.

I will be having my 20th Leap Year birthday at Café Vico on Monday, February 29th, 2016, but just the other day, after the movie, Allen and I went to Big Louie’s for a late lunch. The pizza was hot and tasty, the salad fresh tasting and the garlic rolls were drenched in oil and topped with enough garlic that I couldn’t/wouldn’t kiss anyone for days. It was all delicious.

Big Louie’s is one of the very few restaurants that I worked in that I went to eat after I left the job. My last job, for 3 years, was there and I retired from work but not from eating there.

When you come down to Fort Lauderdale we will eat there at least once!

After the opening show on the slideshow you will see what we had to eat Christmas Day, Thursday, 2014.

Posted January 11, 2015 by greatmartin in Uncategorized

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