Archive for ‘Fort Lauderdale Restaurants’

May 20, 2016

Gabose & Gabose Pocha

by jem614

Ashley and I checked out a Korean restaurant up in Lauderhill last night.  I should say, two Korean restaurants (with the same owners).  It’s also in the same shopping center: Gabose & Gabose Pocha.

Pocha is a little more modern and young feeling with Korean hip hop and dance music playing.  Thursday night is happy hour for shrubs, a fermented drink with soju and fruit that’s served in a bowl. We had two for one specials after trying a plain bottle of soju.  Ashley and I had the Ginger Shrub that tasted a little spicy, the Pineapple Rosemary that comes with a little jalapeno floating around in it, and the Pineapple Lemongrass.  My favorite was probably the lemongrass since it was really fresh-tasting and just a tad sweet.  All of them were worth travelling a little ways just to try- and the service was excellent.  We got there early and had personalized attention from a very knowledgeable waiter/bartender.

We were also served a complimentary Korean pancake with spicy ketchup and cheese and vegetables inside (it may sound a little odd but I had to hold myself back from eating it all).  I’m totally hooked on Korean food now.  They may have spoiled me though, this is not only one of the best Korean food places in town but all around just a great place to eat.  How will I ever go to another Korean restaurant?

After drinks and appetizers at Pocha, we wandered over to Gabose to have dinner.  We ordered the vegetable Bibimbap which is basically a very hot bowl with veggies, an uncooked egg, rice and hot sauce but it’s served so hot that you mix it all together when it gets to the table and it starts cooking the egg and the rice and makes it all nice and crispy on the sides.  They also bring about 5-6 little bowls of veggies to the table that are different side dishes.  The Bibimbap can also be served with tofu but we decided to just try the vegetable one.

Overall, a really great night out and two places I’ll be returning to when I want something adventurous and fun to eat!  Just be aware that Gabose can get very busy so call ahead or get there early.

You can find them at:

4933 N University Dr Lauderhill, FL 33351

 

4991 N University Dr, Lauderhill, FL 33351

 

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April 25, 2016

greenbar & Kitchen, Fort Lauderdale

by jem614

 

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I’ve driven this strip of Fort Lauderdale going towards A1A hundreds of times and didn’t realize that back inside one of the little strip malls, was a great Plant-based restaurant! I’ve never even heard of them till this past week!

They have this adorable little patio area that is draped in plants and greenery and kind of takes you out of feeling like you’re in the city.  Inside the restaurant it’s very hip and modern and fresh-feeling.  If you’re looking for a great place for just grabbing some lunch or actually want to take someone out for a casual date-night, it’s the place to go (hint hint-go take someone out this weekend).

I ordered the avocado toast because someone had recommended it somewhere and I didn’t want anything too heavy that night.  Four half-slices of toast with tons of avocado and yumminess piled on top.  My son ordered the nuggets of which he ate three and said he didn’t want anymore- no worries! Mommy saved room for that.  He’s a picky eater and has a hard time trying new things.   Literally, we eat three main items at home.  The nuggets weren’t my favorite but they were the typical vegetarian nugget- I expected the flavor, though it did have an interesting spice thrown in there.

He did however, devour that chocolate cupcake you see below and mommy had to slyly take a bite while he wasn’t looking.  Thank goodness they were offering tons of cupcake samples that night.
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On top of the wonderful food options, we were able to listen to a little info session on locally grown foods.  Check them out if you want to learn more about growing your own farm here locally or if you’d like to purchase some of their veggies and plants (just note that growing season in Florida for their veggies is coming to an end for them so now is the time to go before it’s over).  They also sell their own coconut milk.

A great evening all around, so glad I could use this opportunity to check out a new place.  Please let us know if you’ve ever visited and what you had when you were there- inquiring minds want to know what else is good!

For info on greenbar, go to : gb&k
For info on Harpke Family Farm, go to: Harpke Family Farm

October 13, 2015

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar

by jem614

Can I just say that I’m in love with my husband’s camera!  This (veggie) burger shot makes me hungry.

Sunday night we checked out Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar for a late dinner.  My husband’s coworker told him he absolutely HAD to try one of their burgers and of course the Cookie and I were hauled along for the ride.  My nasal congestion and this horrible sinus infection makes it difficult to be hungry for anything, I can’t smell anything and when you can’t smell, nothing tastes right!

Thank goodness it looked this good because I had no appetite and still finished over half the burger.  This veggie monster is made from scratch in-house! Can you believe that?  They don’t just throw a frozen patty on the grill, they actually take the time to craft a really well-made, flavor-packed, patty. The atmosphere is also very wine-bar-ish in the middle of Sawgrass Mall in Sunrise, FL.  I can definitely see coming here with some girlfriends or guy friends and having a nice glass of red while chatting for a few hours.

Check them out at www.zinburgereast.com or on Facebook.

October 8, 2015

QBar Burgers & Blues

by jem614

This has been one of those months.  We moved, we had issues with schools and work and car problems, etc.  All together it meant that I haven’t been very adventurous with foods lately.  Ever feel like you’re in this food rut?  Like you don’t want to try anything new because it’s too hard to make decisions?  That’s where I’m at.

Even though I’m not being super adventurous food-wise, I’m at least trying some new places on the “other” side of town.  Today, while meeting with a group of other moms, I was able to check out this amazing little shopping center called “Union Planters”.  They have a Whole Foods and a yoga studio and some other cute little stores that are perfect for an afternoon out with the girls or guys.

They also have a burger place called QBar, it has this open atmosphere, you can sit outside or in.  They also have live music at night which sounds like a great chill evening to me.  Their portobello burger was a little different than I was expecting, it’s fresher and more sauteed veggies than portobello so it was a nice surprise to have something a little different.  They also have the option of switching out regular fries for sweet potato.  You know what they need to make?  Truffle sweet potato fries…. let that sink in for a second.  Doesn’t that sound amazing?  Great, now I want truffle fries.

So… if you’re on the east side of Fort Lauderdale near Wilton Manors, check out QBar and all the cute little stores in between.

Oh and give someone a high five if you see one of these floating around.  Do it, seriously, don’t ask questions, just do it.  Plus it’s fun to have random strangers give you high fives.

July 9, 2011

Sublime Restaurant, Ft. Lauderdale- Every Bite Was Sublime

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

In February Ashley took me to a restaurant called Sublime.  It’s a great friend who researches to find a totally vegan restaurant for you when they aren’t even vegetarian.  The concept of being able to order and eat anything on the menu overwhelmed me.

Complimentary Appetizer

At the end of our meal they brought us “to share” a Chocolate Nirvana Ganache cake that could make your heart melt.

The owner of the restaurant stopped by to greet us then and to wish me a happy birthday.  Tonight, as we walked in she recognized me.  Five months later!  I’m no

Alec Baldwin (who recently tweeted about his dinner at Sublime) but I felt like a celebrity.

In my dinner party was my husband, who straight out refuses to eat anything starting with Tofu, and my mother who is a weekday vegetarian.  After much hesitation from the man of our group, my husband finally decided on the barbeque pizza with Daiya cheese (a colossal tribute to Daiya that he never realized it wasn’t real cheese) .  He ate the entire pizza like it was his last meal: thin crust, just enough BBQ sauce and a bit of onions.

My mother ate the Portabello Stack with Purple! sweet potatoes.  I have to get my hands on those someday, I have never seen purple sweet potatoes.

Portobello Stack With Purple SweetPotatoes

Southern Dining With A Vegan Twist

I chose the “chikin”, mashed potatoes and green beans which were fantastic.  I think my husband actually thought the green beans would taste different in a vegan restaurant.  Nope, they’re still green beans but not slathered in unhealthy butter, they’re still crisp and tasty like they should be.  The mashed potatoes weren’t boxed potatoes either, you could tell someone had taken the time to peel and mash them.  It was a southern entree with a healthy twist.

The presentation of the food is beautiful, the staff are understanding of all appetites, and the owners actually care about their guests.

And… lest we forget about that sublime chocolate cake, we ordered that as well.  The doubtful meat eater gave it his seal of approval.

Sublime Chocolate Cake

Prices are reasonable, about $11-$22 for each entree.  Vegan, organic and natural fare.

This is a five carrot meal all around.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
http://www.sublimerestaurant. com  1431 N. Federal Hwy., Ft Lauderdale
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