Saturday, June 23, 2012

Tipico Café - a well-earned reputation in Fort Lauderdale

Tipico Café
1910 East Sunrise Blvd.
Gateway Shopping Center
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-  10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.

By Jane Feehan

The wood floors and partially paneled walls of Tipico Café transported me for a few moments to another place - perhaps Magazine Street in New Orleans or along lower Westheimer in Houston where one may encounter an individually-owned, quaint dining gem. Tucked away in the Gateway Shopping Center, Tipico Café has grown in reputation over the past 11 years with its flavorsome traditional Mexican and Spanish American dishes.

Portions are not huge, but meals are ample. Lunches average $9 and that includes a soft drink or iced tea. Their menu offers pork, chicken or beef dishes, and Mexican combos of enchiladas, tacos, and burritos.
 For Tex-Mex lovers, a few combos include a chile relleno.  For those with American tastes, Philly cheese steak sandwiches and burgers are available. A basket of tortilla chips with sauce greets customers at each table.

The dinner menu, with entrées from $11 to $14, features an array of Spanish favorites,  seafood, empanizados  (thin strips of pounded steak), pollo a la plancha (chicken with onions), costillas de puerco (pork chops) and more. Salads as starters or meals are served as well as vegetarian dishes, and some tasty side orders of guacamole, and plantains are available.

Tipico Café sells beer, wine, and sangria at reasonable prices. It’s casual, the service is very good and this eatery provides a welcome departure from the large, corporate entities serving similar food.

Tags: Spanish-American dining, Fort Lauderdale Tex-Mex, casual Mexican food in Fort Lauderdale, casual Spanish-American food in Fort Lauderdale

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your are right on with this one.
Angie and I have been going there since day one. Can't go wrong here no matter what you order. Try the Philly Cheesesteak with sweet potato fries for lunch.