Venezuelan Comfort Food: Eats Good 33 – Ft.Lauderdale, FL

Today as I struggled to adequately express myself in my review of the uber-luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Naples Resort (coming soon, I promise!) I turned where I often do in times of stress: comfort food. I stepped away from my desk and into a cozy little restaurant hidden in a row of warehouses off McNab Rd. in Ft.Lauderdale, highly recommended by a fellow foodie. The place, Eats Good 33. Their motto: Tasty, fresh, healthy, and affordable food for you to enjoy. I can work with that.

With an extensive menu spanning breakfast, arepas, soups, burgers, panini, pasta, wraps, salads, side orders, desserts, and daily specials, it can take some time to decide, so I started with a refreshing freshly blended Watermelon Juice while pondering the selections. It was light, refreshing, and naturally sweet.

Eats Good 33: Fresh Watermelon Juice

What I ate: Once I heard the lunch special, Asado Negro, a Venezuelan masterpiece marinated and cooked for 6 hours and topped with brown sugar, I was sold. The incredibly tender rump roast drowning in the sweet sugar sauce accompanied with quinoa and minced veggies arrived quickly despite their conspicuous wall hangings that urge patrons to be patient. (Note: I arrived at 1:30, so I quite possibly missed the rush, or experienced exceptionally good lunchtime karma.) Even if I had to wait 30 minutes for this dish, I gladly would have. It achieved the comfort food status I was looking for this afternoon, and that could not be rushed. If the Asado is on special when you visit, I highly recommend.

Eats Good 33: Asado Negro

Anyone who follows the FOTF Girls on a regular basis knows we can’t pass up dessert. Today was no exception. In theme with comfort food, I ordered the Chocolate Marquesa, a Venezuelan dessert with maria cookies soaked in milk and rum between layers of heavenly dark chocolate. I’ve found a new obsession.The waiter joked that if I couldn’t finish the dessert, he would be happy to pack it up for me to take home. This wasn’t needed, the plate was practically licked clean and I had to restrain myself at that.

Eats Good 33: Chocolate Marquesa

What I thought: The food was ah-maz-ing. The staff is very polite and helpful. There is a warm vibe inside that makes you feel like you are coming home, and regular patrons are welcomed back. Which I most definitely will be. Comfort food with a Venezuelan kick, and only 7 minutes from my desk, this could be trouble…

Eats Good 33
6882 NW 20th Ave
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
ph. 954.956.4480
orders@eatsgood33.com

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Burgers By The Beach: BurgerFi – Ft. Lauderdale

On Tuesday, Foodies on the Fly decided to venture out of the office for lunch. With no destination in mind we headed east and after a short drive to Federal Highway we decided to try one of the many hamburger restaurants popping up in Ft. Lauderdale.

The lucky restaurant…BurgerFi.

BurgerFi (4343 N. Ocean Dr., 954-489-0110) owned by David Manero, (the restaurateur behind DeVito South Beach and Vic & Angelo’s and the Office in Delray) is a casual burger restaurant located in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, right on commercial and A1A.

The reasonably priced burger concept has an industrial feel with brightly colored tables and fascinating lighting fixtures made from meat hooks.  The menu includes “All Natural Burgers”, “Hipster Dogs”, “Accessories” (fries and onion rings), and “Real Deal” Frozen Custard.  Some items to consider are the BurgerFi Burger ($5.47) Double Natural Angus Burger, lettuce, tomato, and secret sauce. Chicago Dog ($3.97) A butterflied and griddle crisped all natural dog, served on a poppy-seed bun topped with mustard, neon relish, chopped onion, cucumber spears, tomato slices, sport peppers and celery salt. The menu also includes a few vegetarian options for those seeking a meat-free alternative, cupcakes for an on-the-go treat and craft beers and wine by the glass.

If nothing on the brightly lit LED menu catches your eye you can create your own burger masterpiece by choosing from over 20 toppings. And that is just what Foodies on the Fly did. We’re creative what can I say!

Our burgers of choice included one cheeseburger with white American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and grilled mushrooms. And one hamburger with lettuce, tomato, jalapeno peppers, and pickles. We requested the secret sauce on the side and we are glad we did!  It’s worth trying. We also ordered a side of fresh-cut fries with Parmesan cheese and herbs and a “Real” Coca-Cola (made with real sugar cane in Mexico). Delicious!

Overall, we had a good experience and would recommend this restaurant if you are in the neighborhood. Be sure to try the Hand Spun Shakes or “Concrete”, we didn’t have a chance to indulge but are interested in hearing your opinions!

Tip: Parking can be tricky. Although there is parking up front and around the sides backing up onto A1A can be a hard task. Especially, if a huge truck is blocking your view! Thankfully the owner of the gigantic F-250 blocking our small car graciously helped us back out by stopping traffic.  Shout out to the nice man in the pick-up truck!

 

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