A Carnivore and a Pescatarian Walk into a Fort Lauderdale Steakhouse
It’s no joke; you know the scenario: you want to go to a steakhouse for a big slab of beautiful meat, but your significant other eats mostly fish and seafood, which is completely understandable in Fort Lauderdale, where the nearby ocean offers up many excellent meals.
So, what do you do? How do you please both those who crave meat and those who prefer fish/seafood? You go to a steakhouse, of course! At just about any one of Fort Lauderdale’s excellent steakhouses, you can get delicious versions of exactly the meal you want, fish/seafood or meat (or, for that matter, fowl).
Here are some suggestions for a meat and fish/seafood dinner for two at five of the most notable steak houses in and around Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach.
Boat Yard. With a name like “Boat Yard,” you better have some awesome fish/seafood to choose from, and Boat Yard in Fort Lauderdale delivers. This 2020 OpenTable Diner’s Choice winner serves up some remarkable seaside selections, including Florida Paella (shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, local fish, saffron rice, house-made chorizo) and Grouper Piccata (wilted spinach, cured tomato, caper berries, lemon chardonnay butter). The meat is also mind-blowing, including selections from the wood-fired grill like a center-cut filet and a flat iron steak, both of which benefit immeasurably from their quick trip over the fire.
Abe & Louis’. In Boca Raton, Abe & Louis’ makes it easier for those who love meat and those who love fish/seafood to remain dining companions. For those more oriented to surf rather than turf, you will want to start (and maybe even stop right there) with the “create your own seafood tower” with your call of oysters, clams, shrimps and other gifts of the sea. For those who prefer turf offerings, go to the special Australian Wagyu menu, and select the New York strip: ten ounces of buttery, red meat heaven.
NYY Steak. At NYY Steak, the aquatically inclined may go no further than the stupendous raw bar, but if you’d rather have a spectacular entrée, the Coriander-Dusted Ahi Tuna is a beautiful fusion of America’s favorite fish and Asian influences. For meatier options, the “prime aged and chops” section of the menu is a good place to start; all meat is aged a minimum of 21 days, and we’d recommend the Long Bone Ribeye – to double down on the meat experience, pop for the foie gras upgrade.
Diplomat Prime. For Lauderdale’s Diplomat Prime lays out a good assortment of fish/seafood entrees, including Crab Crusted Halibut (Veracruz sauce, pickled baby heirloom tomatoes), and the Ora King Salmon (pink peppercorn beurre blanc, poached asparagus, shiitake mushroom chips). Want meat? Diplomat Prime will please you with knockout selections like the Japanese-certified A5 Kobe NY Strip and the 45-day aged long bone prime tomahawk ribeye – both selections will live long in your dreams.
Salt 7. Fish/seafood share the stage with steak at Salt 7. The water-based options include some highly creative preparations like the Sushi Pizza (it’s a real thing, and darn good) and the Garam Masala Crusted Swordfish. If your tastes trend in the direction of land-based offerings, you will want to give serious consideration to the Delmonico, though if you prefer something more casual, you cannot go wrong with the Philly cheesesteak sandwich, dotted with black truffle (fancy! And delicious). Yes, you should check out the signature Salt sauce.