8 Unique Dining Experiences in Broward County
With two locations—one in Plantation and one in Weston—Japan Inn is famous for its yum yum sauce. With cooking tables that seat up to 10 guests, diners can choose from hibachi chicken, steak, shrimp, scallops and/or lobster. All hibachi dinners are paired with soup, salad, two shrimp appetizers, fried rice, mixed veggies and noodles. Watch as your chef literally plays with your food. Chefs do different tricks with knives and eggs, create flaming volcanoes out of onions and make fun shapes out of fried rice. You’ll be full by the time you even get your meat! If you want something more private, try the full restaurant menu while sitting on only pillows in the restaurant’s floor-dining areas.
1781 N. University Drive, Plantation, 33322
The ultimate dinner with a show has been doing its thing since 1956. This Polynesian restaurant serves oriental dishes with chicken, beef, pork, seafood and duck choices. Its drink menu includes non-alcoholic, mild to strong tropical cocktails and dessert drinks. Sit back and watch female dancers rump away to drums and male dancers play with fire. The building is definitely a scene by itself with a sunken ship as a bar, an outdoor garden and wooden bridges leading you to the restaurant. There is also a gift shop on location perfect for remembering such a seasoned establishment.
3599 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 33308
The Melting Pot
If you’re a cook or a fondue lover, then this is the place for you. The Melting Pot serves a variety of cheese fondues, salads, entrées with dipping sauces and choices of different chocolate fondues for dessert. Cook your food at the table just the way you like it. Try individual entrées or the four-course experience. It’s the perfect way to get to know your date at a romantic setting. Locations are in Boca Raton, Coral Springs and Cooper City.
10374 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs, 33065
Originally a roadhouse saloon, this hole-in-the-wall crabhouse is known for its world-famous garlic crabs. Enjoy waterfront dining on the dock or in the main dining room. But as a warning, things can get messy. Crack crab legs on newspaper-covered tables using wooden mallets. Bibs are provided to save your clothes. Raw or steamed oysters and clams, fried frog legs and alligator, a variety of crab legs and lobster, shrimp and fish entrees are among the many food choices from this family owned landmark of over 50 years.
4331 Ravenswood Road, Fort Lauderdale, 33312
Diva lobster ravioli and Misty Eyez Atlantic salmon are just two of many cheeky entrées served at Lips. Lips is home to the dinner-and-a-show concept, but with drag queens running the show. Every night is different, so plan in advance if you want to see performances, karaoke, play bingo or listen to adult jokes. These ladies in drag do it in big hair, long lashes, tall heels and lots of glitter. Your very own waitress might be in the show, and they’re not too shy to pick on their guests.
1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, 33334
Celebrate the way the Greeks do at one of the four Taverna Opa locations in Florida. Dance on tables, throw napkins, break plates, tip bellydancers. There is so much going during and after your meal. All of the classic Greek and Mediterranean meat platters and mezes are served. Come early if you want to dine, because the place could resemble a nightclub after diners feel the effects of mixing ouzo and a live DJ.
410 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 33019
Texas de Brazil
Who said all-you-can-eat restaurants are cheap? Be treated like royalty while you buffet at Texas de Brazil. The restaurant is an authentic Brazilian-American “churrascaria,” or steakhouse that combines the cuisines of Southern Brazil with the generous spirit of Texas. Its 50- to 60-item bar includes an assortment of cheeses, vegetables, soups and salads, as well as sushi and tabouli. Place your table card on the green side and receive endless visits from carvers serving various cuts of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage off of long swords. Too full? Turn your place card over to stop the swarm of carvers to digest before you’re ready again. To help, there is an extensive, award-winning wine list to wash it down.
2457 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 33304
Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor
This 60-something-year-old ice cream parlor is home to one of the nation’s largest collections of American memorabilia, including a vast license plate collection. Jaxson’s serves an assortment of ice cream flavors in jumbo sundaes, malts and shakes, waffles and banana splits. The legendary Kitchen Sink, the largest ice cream creation, is a registered trademark and design of owner Monroe Udell. Visiting the parlor is an experience in itself. Get lost in its old-fashioned candy store or take photos with the circus cutouts as you wait for a table. Besides the rustic décor and mountains of ice cream, the restaurant also serves all-American food.
128 S. Federal Highway Dania Beach, 33004