Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Village Grille, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea for dining and beach breezes

Village Grille
4404 El Mar Drive
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308
Open daily 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
By Jane Feehan

Located just steps from the beach and Broward County’s longest fishing pier, Village Grille offers good food and a pleasant atmosphere that draws just as many locals as tourists.

Basic seafood, pasta, chicken, beef dishes, and salads headline lunch and dinner. Their fish and chips entrée (about $14) deserves special mention; the fish is batter dipped in house.  No fancy dining here and menus have changed over the years but I’ve never had a bad meal at Village Grille. Breakfast on the deck or sidewalk café includes better-than-average French toast along with other morning standards of eggs and cereal.

A visit to Village Grille often includes an after-meal walk on the beach or pier, or a drink at their adjacent Village Pump where there’s music and a martini bar. On Friday evenings at 6 p.m. the street is cordoned off outside the restaurant for live music and dancing.  Drawing hundreds, this weekly event has evolved into a Lauderdale-by-the-Sea tradition … and it’s free.   

Dining at Village Grille is more than filling up on food; it’s also about taking in the beach, gentle breezes and good times. Just don't forget quarters for parking meters.

Tags: Dining in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, beachside dining Fort Lauderdale, entertainment in Fort Lauderdale, entertainment in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.

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