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3 Foodie-Approved Restaurants You Must Eat At Near Galleria Lofts

Posted: March 10, 2017


Long known for beaches and sun, Fort Lauderdale’s reputation has been evolving rapidly over the last few years. With top chefs and adventurous locals opening restaurants in the area, the city’s gaining a reputation has a hot spot for eateries that emphasize fresh ingredients, inventive execution, and quality cuisine in an inviting atmosphere. While the range of options may be overwhelming, we narrowed it down to three foodie-approved restaurants you must at near Galleria Lofts.

1. Rice and Dough

Sushi and pizza are like Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel. The first is lean, refined yet raw. The latter, a bit doughy, but often thinner than a decade ago. On the surface, they clash when brought together. But in the green room, or at Rice and Dough, this odd couple makes the perfect combination.

Founded in 2012 by husband and wife team Goran and Amy Perovic, Rice and Dough is the perfect choice no matter what mood you or your indecisive date are in. Situated in a cozy, yet modern storefront just a block off Las Olas Blvd, this eatery creates a unique culinary experience that’s perfectly befitting Fort Lauderdale’s melting pot of a culture.

Blending pizza, paninis, and other Italian treats with salads, sushi, and even a raw bar, you can savor thoughtfully prepared dishes made from the freshest ingredients, while enjoying choice wine, beer, and sake selections.

The best part about Rice and Dough? You don’t need to choose between one or the other. This may be the only spot in South Florida where sashimi and oysters are offered as pizza toppings.

2. The Poke House

Located in the Victoria Park Shops off of Federal Highway, The Poke House brings the Hawaiian favorite to South Florida. While Poke is a raw fish salad usually served as an appetizer, The Poke House puts a foodie twist on it while maintaining a comfortable, fast casual environment.

Each bowl is thoughtfully prepared right in front of you by a trained chef with a deep understanding of each ingredient. While you can build your own poke out of select bases and proteins such as heirloom quinoa, Hamachi, and tofu, you can also choose from the menu of chef recommended bowls, or grab steamed buns, tacos, or nachos off of the specials menu.

The Poke House even offers an impressive selection of beverages, including organic cold pressed juice, coconut water, and craft beer.

3. Bubbles + Pearls

Bravo TV’s Top Chef Josie Smith Malave’s first new restaurant, Bubbles + Pearls Champagne Raw Bar, makes every night a celebration in Wilton Manors. Enjoy the imaginative selection of signature cocktails, delicious mocktails, and, of course, champagne while Chef Josie helms the kitchen, works the oyster bar, and interacts with guests.

The menu offers a number of epicurean treats, from pork belly sliders on homemade biscuits and bone marrow with black garlic, farro, and parmesan, to miso cauliflower steak and brick chicken.

Bubbles + Pearls has an intimate setting that feels more like a dinner party with friends than a luxurious restaurant, making it the perfect spot for private events. They even offer special fixed menus served family-style for large parties. Whether a table for two or 20, reservations are recommended.

Next time you’re in East Fort Lauderdale, check out these restaurants for a dining experience truly unique to South Florida. Then, visit the Galleria Lofts Sales Center to learn how you can live closer to South Florida’s most vibrant cuisine culture.

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