Wednesday, June 13, 2012

15th Street Fisheries Dockside Cafe - Fort Lauderdale: Touristy

15th Street Fisheries Dockside Café
1900 SE 15th Street, Fort Lauderdale
Open for lunch daily at 11:30 

By Jane Feehan

If a tourist asks a cabdriver where to go for seafood in Fort Lauderdale, 15th Street Fisheries tops the list. So do its prices because it draws mostly visitors. Lunch at its outdoor Dockside Café is a better match for the plebeian purse.

I ordered their signature Lauderdale Marina salad ($14), which was gargantuan. But artichokes, tomatoes, heaps of lettuce, a good vinaigrette and half a hardboiled egg couldn’t make up for the unappetizing mound of soft, soggy shrimp; frozen they were - not a hint of fresh. An abundance of crab meat helped remedy the
Not so good ...
meal but next time I’ll try something else. I would have sampled the fish and chips but they use tilapia, one fish I don’t eat. Prices run from $9 to $21 for sandwiches, fish, lobster rolls, steak, chicken, alligator and shrimp, a sautéed seafood medley and more.

Sights and nautical ambiance provide enough reason for visiting the Dockside Café. Mega yachts gas up at the adjacent Lauderdale Marina where kids of all ages (including adults) can buy food to feed the tarpon splashing a few feet from diners.  Also, a view of Pier 66 with its bevy of yachts across the Intracoastal provides a slice of quintessential Fort Lauderdale.

Service is very good. Full bar. Family friendly. Dogs allowed at perimeter tables. Copyright © 2012. All rights reserved. Jane Feehan.

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