Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ferdo's Grill in Fort Lauderdale: Kabob Central

Ferdo’s Grill
4300 N. Federal Hwy.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308
Open Mon-Thurs: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., 
Fri: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday: 5-11 p.m.

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Ferdo’s Grill has expanded in the last few years to accommodate its growing popularity. A favorite among locals for Mediterranean food, this eatery delivers a good meal for the buck.

The operative word here is oversized; portions are huge – much larger than one would find in Lebanon, Greece or Iran – anywhere in the Levant and surrounds.  Kabobs originated in Persia (today Iran) and were adopted by Turkey and other Middle Eastern countries. They mesh well with the American quest (among some) for simplicity and healthy eating. So do Ferdo’s appetizers of humus (enough for three or four), Baba Ghannouj, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, spinach, and meat pies. It’s all here.

Kabob meats and vegetables charred over a grill come with rice, humus, vegetables and /or a salad. I’m not wild about iceberg lettuce for a Middle Eastern meal; that’s an American twist they could do well without. Same goes for their version of a big fat Greek iceberg lettuce salad with Feta on the bottom rather than scattered atop. Did I mention beets? Also a twist on this salad, they’re added in a seemingly arbitrary way.  Other than the odd big fat Greek salad, the meats, seafood and poultry are dished up in an appealing way, kabob or otherwise. Lunch averages $9; dinners, $12-19 (yellow snapper a bargain under $20), and an array of appetizers about $6.

Patience is mandatory here; always has been. Kabobs are grilled to order. Lunch hours are quite busy, even during the summer. Belly dancing draws crowds on Saturday nights. Wine and beer available.

Tags: Fort Lauderdale Middle Eastern restaurants, dining in Fort Lauderdale, belly dancing in Fort Lauderdale, kabobs in Fort Lauderdale

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