Dinner at Good Spirits Fifth & Fed in Ft. Lauderdale – The SoFla Sage

Earlier this year, Old School Hospitality opened the doors to its newest restaurant Good Spirits Fifth & Fed located at the corner of Fifth Street and Federal Highway. Good Spirits  is nestled in a new retail and entertainment complex in Victoria Park, just north of historic Las Olas Boulevard and east of the newly redeveloped area of Flagler Village.

Good Spirits embodies an upscale casual American restaurant serving a unique spin on traditional American fare, alongside the highest quality fresh sushi. The cuisine is complimented by a wine cellar with 75 wine bottles from across the world. The bar and lounge area offers a full-service menu and is equipped to serve classic cocktails with a modern twist, select high quality wines, and a variety of craft beers.

Red Goat – Roasted Red & Golden Beets | Goat Cheese | Hazelnuts | Baby Arugula | Sherry-Shallot Vinaigrette

Make yourself the perfect bite by forking a red beet, a golden one and some of that goat cheese medallion in the center. Don’t forget the sauce!


 Oysters Rockefeller – Baby Spinach | Pernod | Celery | Shallots | Herb Butter | Bread Crumbs | Manchego

I’m not a huge fan of Oysters Rockefeller in general, but this was definitely one of the best ones that I have tried!


Truffled Cliff Fries – Truffle Oil | Parmesan | Parsley

These jumbo cut fries are a crowd-pleaser, get one for the table!


So-Flo Scallops – Pan Seared | Honey Lime-Mint Slaw | Avocado Relish | Sprouts

I try a lot of scallop dishes and this one was definitely unique. The slaw and sprouts really lightened this dish and made for an interesting flavor profile.

Havana – Pan Seared Mahi | Plantain

A nice n’ hearty piece of fish with plantain two ways, loved it!


Maple Pig – Maple-Chili Glazed Pork Belly | Roasted Sweet Potato Whip | Cotija | Crispy Sweets | Pecans

This dish was reminiscent of thanksgiving, but much more sophisticated. As we saw with the plantains, here we have sweet potato two ways. Great textures!

Get Shorty – Braised Short Ribs | Blistered Corn-Jalapeno-Cheddar Grits | Quail Eggs | Crispy Potato

It’s hard to pick, but I would say this was probably my favorite tasting of the night. I just couldn’t get enough of those grits!


Butcher – Grilled Hanger Steak | Purple Potato-Blistered Corn Hash | Grape Tomatoes | Chimichurri | Tobacco Onions

Mmm, another solid dish with lot’s of flavor, textures, and colors!

 Carrot Cake, Chocolate Brownie Cake, and Red Velvet

Among this trio of desserts, I would have the say that I liked the red velvet cake the best.

So, if you’re looking for some traditional American fare, but with some flare, I would recommend Good Spirits. Everything was tasty and well presented!

About Old School Hospitality

Old School Hospitality, LLC, is a locally owned and operated restaurant group with locations in South Florida’s Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Restaurant brands that Old School Hospitality owns and operates include five Quarterdeck locations, Beach Bar @ Newport Pier, the Lobby Bar, as well as the newest brand, Good Spirits. The common thread uniting all of its restaurants is an unwavering focus on excellent food, superior service and genuine value. The Old School legacy began in 1966 with the opening of Big Daddy’s Bar and Liquor Store in Fort Lauderdale, purchased by Paul Flanigan in 1985. For the last 30 years, its success has been driven by old school values: great tasting food and beverages in a fun, neighborhood environment at a competitive price with personal service from all.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary tasting at Good Spirits. All opinions are my own.

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