Steak 954 - Fort Lauderdale
STARR Restaurants (Buddakan, El Vez, Morimoto, etc.) garnered the prestigious "Outstanding Restaurateur" award from the James Beard Foundation in 2017. The Philadelphia-based outfit gets accolades for not only its high level of service at its establishments, but also the diversity of the restaurants. There's pan-Asian, Latin, Italian and almost every cuisine imaginable.
With Steak 954, a unique, luxury steakhouse boasting prime beef and seafood from all over the globe, STARR Restaurants sets itself apart from the competition. For example, guests will find Tajima Kobe from Australia to locally caught fish on the menu. Other highlights include crispy duck duo, butter-poached lobster and roast chicken.
Steak 954 is located in the W Fort Lauderdale, a boutique hotel property, and its sleekness complements the hotel on the highest level. Design elements are minimalist, as muted tones merge with olive hues on leather booths and chairs. Those who sit on the expansive patio are treated to spectacular views of the beach.
Weekend brunch consists of mostly classic dishes that have been modernized. Think short rib Benedict accompanied by a potato pancake; house-made "pop tarts" filled with fresh strawberries and rhubarbs; and a Cuban-style egg sandwich stuffed with pulled pork and Swiss cheese.
Lunch at Steak 954 targets the business diner. There are eight steak choices, from an eight-ounce filet mignon to a 22-ounce prime 40-day dry-aged bone-in ribeye. There's also a dry-aged burger, turkey club and classic cheesesteak.
Dinnertime is when the real luxuries are highlighted. There's a prime 50-day dry-aged bone-in New York strip, a 32-ounce prime Porterhouse for two and butter-poached lobster served with preserved lemon risotto.
And for those looking for luxury in comfort food, the signature 954 Cheesesteak is a best bet. It consists of a freshly baked brioche roll stuffed with American Wagyu ribeye, truffled cheese whiz and foie gras. It's also served with Moet & Chandon champagne and the package is $65.