Casablanca Cafe in Fort Lauderdale Beach, FL
While the food is, as we mentioned, World Class, Casablanca Cafe also comes with ambiance that is unparalleled. It's hard to describe the odd piece of land that the restaurant is located on. Let's just say that it creates an opportunity for breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean while dining outdoors on numerous patios and balconies. Most days the restaurant is completely open on three sides.
The building is a renovated home that is as you can imagine, decked out like it's straight out of the movie, Casablanca. The Cafe is perfect for a romantic dinner. With it's location directly across from Fort Lauderdale's Gay Beach, it is a favorite spot for Sunday Brunch, lunches and dinners.
Patrons attire ranges from casual to chic, but the menu does not. This is top notch food. On our recent visit we dined on Flank Steak, Walnut and Cherve Crusted Chicken Breast, and a Hummus and Pita and hummus plate. The Flank Steak was so tender and juicy that you could cut it with your fork. The chicken was delightful.
We also ordered French Onion soup, which was perfectly prepared and a delicious, light and flaky crab cake with aioli.
On previous visits we've mostly eaten a little more casual enjoying the Angus Burger, Gazpacho, Chicken with Spinach Pesto and BBQ Pork sandwiches.
Finally, we decided on this visit it was time to go all the way through dessert and so we ordered, crème brule, cheesecake and key lime pie.
For about an hour after the Mark's List Gang left, the chatter was all about how good everything was and making plans for our next reason to go OUTDining.
Preliminary and some thumbnail images by Matthew Haines