Shooters Waterfront has been a Fort Lauderdale staple for years. The restaurant went through a major makeover in 2014, and renovations are currently being made upstairs, where staff hopes to host banquets. The menu got a slight makeover of its own with some mouthwatering additions and we just had to try them!
For some restaurants, a fruit and cheese platter is just a filler dish. Shooters did not joke around with theirs, however. Artisanal cheeses like manchego and brie accompanied colorful and fresh strawberries and grapes that I could not stop eating. Making a fruit and cheese plate is a fine and rare art, and Shooters nailed it.
The lollipop lamb chops had a distinct Indian flair, complete with a curry-yogurt marinade and a harissa-tomato sauce.
The ahi tuna poke came with terra root chips (from the taro plant) that were a slightly sweet departure from tortilla chips.
The diverse selection of salads were the highlight of the new menu additions, including the shrimp ceviche salad with bibb lettuce, avocado, tomato and a citrus marinade.
I didn’t know that golden beets existed, but I’m glad that they do now that I’ve tasted them in the roasted beet salad. Bright heirloom cherry tomatoes made the salad a delicious rainbow of food.
The lionfish was a perfectly flaky dish, with coconut-lime rice and green curry sauce (combinations I never would have expected) and accompanied by baby Key West-style shrimp.
The bucatini mi amore truly stole my heart. Olive oil and parmigiano-reggiano were the perfect toppers for the pasta and artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, baby arugula, artichoke hearts, capers and basil.
Squid ink pasta is one of those rare dishes that you need to order whenever you find it on a menu. Chock full of lobster tail, scallops, and a lobster mascarpone sauce that felt light but just creamy enough to satiate my taste buds.
This incredibly rich and savory dinner finished with pineapple upside down rum cake. Although this was a pretty traditional dish in the 1950s, Shooters has given it a modern flair with thick slices of cake and a layer of smooth buttercream.
Shooters, which already had fine seafood, has certainly upped its cuisine with their new menu additions. Grab a bite and a killer water view here the next time you come to Fort Lauderdale.
About Shooters Waterfront:
Shooters Waterfront proudly embodies the memories and historic spirit of good times, great food and incredible views of the Intracoastal Waterway. After the 2014 remodel, Shooters reemerged as a destination restaurant with a modern look and new menu serving as Ft. Lauderdale’s best take on waterfront dining. The new ownership has successfully revitalized the restaurant while preserving Shooters’ one-of-a-kind atmosphere that loyal customers have come to know and love.
From the sophisticated outside lounge to the contemporary dining room accompanied by three state-of-the-art bars, patrons can enjoy scenic Intracoastal Waterway views from day into night. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, with a popular weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday (dogs welcome). Boasting 340 feet of dockage and complimentary valet parking, guests are welcome to arrive by land or sea.
Olivia Feldman is a contributor for The South Florida Sage. Her favorite foods are anything that involves pasta and her mom’s cooking. When she’s not eating and drinking her way through South Florida, you can find her going to concerts, planning her next travel destination, and hosting her biweekly music show, “Back in Our Minds,” on Jolt Radio. You also can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @oliviafelds
Disclosure: I received a complimentary tasting at Shooters. All opinions are my own. All images appearing in this post photographed by Olivia Feldman.