When moving to a new city, there are a lot of “firsts” to consider – but one of the most important, clearly, is the first restaurant you visit after moving in. If you’re moving to Pompano Beach, FL, we’ve got the perfect list to help you find your first, and then your second, and then… let’s just say there are some great options. Here are the 10 best restaurants in Pompano Beach, FL. Your stomach might start growling, you have been warned.
If you can find it, visit the Fish Shack
This is a true locals’ spot and has the tight capacity to prove it. Tucked into a somewhat-random strip of business off Federal Highway, this unassuming spot is owned by a local family that has been doing seafood right for over twenty years. You can start your lunch or dinner with a dish from the raw bar or other bites, like the highly recommended scallop fritters. Main dishes range from fried fish sandwiches to garlic butter shrimp and cracked conch salad. The dining room only holds 30 and tends to get packed, so this is a destination you visit for the best food in Pompano Beach — not for a cozy, romantic night out.
Gather at the Rusty Hook Tavern
This cozy spot is only open for dinner, and closed Monday-Tuesday because they’re “gone fishing”. Their small menu is classy and creative, with “modern American cuisine” and plenty of local seafood for those who would like to indulge. The other benefit of the tavern atmosphere? Craft beer and creative cocktails. “Wine Down Wednesdays” offer half-off a bottle of wine, so be ready to be in it for the long haul!
The Foundry for everyone
If your family requires a greater number of choices, The Foundry offers everything from seafood to wood-fired pizza to burgers. They also offer a variety of seating options to suit, including the lounge, the counter, casual dining and seating at the full-service bar. This might quickly become one of your go-to options for pretty much any occasion because it has something to please just about everyone. Even the kids.
La Vie Lebanese Restaurant is just beautiful
You’ve never seen the likes of La Vie. With brightly colored Lebanese-style decor and truly authentic Middle Eastern dishes, you will feel truly transported to another part of the world. Sample house-made hummus, fried kibbeh, kabab, and a variety of Moroccan specialty dishes under high ceilings with chandeliers and tall windows decked in flowing curtains. Bring your sense of curiosity to try new flavor profiles, and you won’t be disappointed.
Straight from the Islands at the Greek Taverna Table 2201
Greek food is known for being simple but flavorful, and rich in one of the ingredients local to the islands: olives. The people themselves are notoriously healthy, so take the hint and try out a modern take on some Greek classics. Grilled octopus or calamari, Sakanaki (flamed cheese), Cretan Wheat Rusks, and some more traditional takes on Souvlaki and other main dishes. The restaurant also serves more American-style dishes like Mediterranean burgers, for those in your family who are feeling slightly less adventurous.
Hungry for It’s A Cubano B
Started as a food truck, this restaurant has the best Cubano around — hence the name. Since moving into a brick-and-mortar location, the menu has expanded to include traditional Cuban food like the “Abuelita Special” — white rice, black beans, and your choice of meat served with a Tostone and Sweet Plantain — as well as Cuban Choripan, Skirt Steak, and Pan Con Lechon. You can certainly guarantee that you won’t leave this Pompano Beach restaurant hungry, and you might just get to try something new!
Dine by the Waves at Ocean Grill
If you are hoping to really take in the magic of living near the ocean (congratulations!), head to the Ocean Grill and get a table on the sand overlooking the ocean view. Located in the Beachcomber Resort, you’ll enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the outdoor seating for watching the sunset or head inside on those hot summer mornings for air-conditioned brunch with a view. The menu is pretty good, too: classic American breakfast favorites, a selection of more traditional sandwiches, wraps, and seafood dishes for lunch, and for dinner choose from among dishes like Plantain and Alouette-Encrusted Mahi Mahi, Lobster Mac & Cheese, or Roasted Duck.
Go Upscale at Houston’s Restaurant
Yes, friends, there is a dress code. If you’re itching to get away from the casual beach culture and sit down to a classy meal, make a reservation at Houston’s Restaurant. Here you’ll find many American classics like house-prepared burgers, locally sourced fish, a variety of steaks and a rotating list of daily sides. The restaurant says it is “not recommended for young children”, so this one might be best reserved for date night if you have a family — in which case, it might be just the reprieve you’re looking for.
Go Italian at Rotelli’s
If it’s a hankering for pizza or pasta made from fresh ingredients, Rotelli’s should be your destination. Have a glass of wine with a classic eggplant parmesan, a fresh salad with mozzarella, or a flatbread pizza made from scratch. You can dine in the cozy restaurant, or if you’re feeling like a homebody, call in for takeout. They won’t judge when you get spaghetti on your shirt, but if choosing where to eat out in Pompano Beach just feels overwhelming, you can take your meal home.
Dos Amigos Best Mexican, the name says it all
A relaxed and casual spot for authentic Mexican eats and some tasty margaritas, this is the spot for a Friday night wind-down. Family-owned and affordable, gather some of your new friends in Pompano Beach, FL for some tacos, fajitas, and maybe a little tequila to spice up your evening. Is there any better way to celebrate your move?
Make sure you hire a team of professional long distance movers to get the job done right – and best of luck with your move!