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The Perfect Boat-Show Day

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For the foodies in the group, we’ve got a few simple suggestions. The Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, or most any boat show for that matter, requires a healthy dose of nutrition. Talk about miles to go before you sleep!


To keep up with the necessary calories and not get too far from the show, let us suggest breakfast (Oh, around 8 o’clock, so you don’t have to rush it) at one of the several restaurants in the vicinity of South Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd., otherwise known as scenic A1A. One of the most atmospheric and far out (it’ll require a short cab ride if you don’t have a car) is the Floridian (1410 East Las Olas Blvd.), a spot that serves a straightforward morning meal (eggs, bacon, toast, orange juice, and so on), but a whale of a lot more. Try the home fries—they are especially good.

The lunch we propose will require only a short walk to the Bahia Cabana (300 Harbor Drive), a waterside eatery that’s older than the hills. Go with the seating outside, on the deck, and get the fish sandwich. We don’t know what the folks at the Bahia put in those fish sandwiches (which typically come with French fries) but whatever it is … it’s totally tasty, and it’ll keep you going until dinnertime.

And speaking of dinnertime. We suggest that you spend your evening with dinner at 15th Street Fisheries & Dockside Café (1900 S.E. 15th Street), only a short drive or cab ride from the show. The Fisheries is the only restaurant we know of in town that has a dumb waiter—it imparts a cheery background rumble to the dining experience. Enjoy a great meal (we recommend the fresh seafood) with a great view of the Intracoastal Waterway. Then take a cruise of said waterway on one of the water taxis that come by.