Set sail for Bistro 17 (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

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SMALL BITE: Bistro 17 bills itself as upscale, modern American fare with a Floridian flair. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is a real treasure found inside the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel. Ask for Carmese, the bartender, to wait on you. She has THE.BEST.PERSONALITY, and if you are of the female persuasion, she will likely call you “Beautiful!”

SIGNATURE DISH:  Bistro 17’s Grilled Bread with Sun-Dried Tomato Spread is to DIE for! If you like alligator–and who doesn’t?–we dare you to try the Roasted Corn Gator Chowder. This wonderful, gem-of-a-restaurant is known locally for Red Snapper with Caribbean Jerk Sauce. Crab cakes with Black Beans and Corn Salsa are made with fresh lump crab and fresh, roasted corn. Many wonderful options for dessert: Florida Key Lime Pie, Bread Pudding with Whiskey Butter and a Warm Skillet Salty Caramel Cookie, made with pretzels and white chocolate. One diner described this dessert as “sophisticated, yet playful.”

Bistro 17 key lime

DISH FROM DINERS: “My husband had the Mahi-Mahi special and WOW, best Mahi-Mahi he has had in a long, long time – it was excellent.” And: “I was very impressed. The food and service were both worth the price. There were four of us and everyone raved about their dinner.”

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Executive Chef Mervel Thomas says that the secret to a good crab cake is putting the crab in at the end because it doesn’t get stringy and break apart. Thanks for the great tip, Chef!

Bistro 17 table

HOURS:  Open seven days a week
Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dinner (served in lounge): 2:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

For reservations, call: 954.626.1701

ABOUT THE RENAISSANCE FORT LAUDERDALE CRUISE PORT HOTEL: This Marriott property is a frequent stopover for cruise guests, as the cruise port, Port Everglades, is a short drive up the road. The airport is a convenient 15 minutes away, as well. It offers 225 remodeled rooms and suites, featuring creature comforts such as pillowtop mattresses, flat-screen TVs and deluxe bath products. You’ll also enjoy an onsite fitness center and a tropical pool with cabanas. And cool off from the hot, humid Florida days with an assortment of complimentary fruit-infused cold-water choices in the lobby, for all guests.

Bistro 17 hotel exterior

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