.Hispanic Heritage Month spans September 15 – October 15, and Fort Lauderdale is one of the best areas to try an incredible array of Hispanic foods at restaurants that take pride in sharing their country’s authentic flavors. From casual to haute cuisine, here are some of our favorite places to experience a fiesta of flavors on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
With expansive, uninterrupted views of Fort Lauderdale’s intercoastal waterways, Coconuts is a premiere waterfront dining destination and the perfect place to watch the boats cruise by as you take in the sunset. But for locals and others in the know, Tuesday and Friday at 6:30 pm is the time to make sure you have a seat, for these are the only two days you can enjoy their Outdoor Paella Night ($28/plate) and once the heaping paellera pan is is empty, it’s gone.
El Taquito is an authentic fast food Mexican restaurant offering traditional Mexican dishes, a pleasant dining atmosphere, and a friendly staff. The recipes are prepared with only the freshest ingredients. Adhering to Mexican cultural tradition, all of their meals are served “Family Style.” All of their home-cooked dishes all prepared fresh daily and inspired by Osvaldo and Angelica’s own family recipes. You have never tasted real Mexican food until you have come to El Taquito.
El Vez brings a vibrant setting, regional Mexican fare, and stellar service, joining Starr’s boutique steakhouse, Steak 954 at W Fort Lauderdale. An array of Guacamoles, Ceviches and classics like Mahi Mahi Tacos sit side-by-side on the extensive menu along with signature dishes like Grilled Prawns a la Diablo and Duck Mole Poblano. In addition to the delicious fare, the restaurant offers a vast tequila selection and outstanding signature cocktails including a variety of margaritas available by the glass or pitcher. For those on the move, El Vez also operates a grab-and-go counter at the entrance to the restaurant. Hot coffee, fresh pastries, sandwiches, salads, and snacks are served daily to take to the beach or on the road.
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Chef Danny Kou, graduated from the French Culinary School, “Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts” Los Angeles campus. Chef Kou was named “Gastronomy Ambassador of Peruvian Cuisine” by Sierra Exportadora and presently holds the position of “Culinary Director of Peru” at the New York World Expo. Today, Chef Kou operates the award-winning Kousine Peruvian Kitchen, a modern Peruvian- Asian restaurant with a magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean.
La Costa Honduran & Latin Cuisine
At La Costa, you’ll find an array of authentic Honduran and Latin cuisine. From their traditional Baleadas to made from scratch Carne Asada, they combine family recipes with style and personal flair to create a unique experience every time you visit.
Lona Cocina Tequileria
Lona Cocina Tequileria offers refreshing Mexican cuisine and tequila with mezcal-based drinks in a chic, oceanfront environment. It is located in The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Their outdoor terrace and bar feature breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean and beach. Lona Cocina Tequileria offers an eclectic, modern twist on traditional Mexican cuisine at fair prices. Their restaurant has experienced Chef Pablo Salas. Pablo Salas specializes in cooking contemporary Mexican dishes. Their private and semi-private dining options are available for groups of 10 to 200 guests. Their diverse menu features ceviches, crab-infused guacamole, tostadas, snacks, agave-centric craft cocktails, margaritas, house-made sangrias, tacos, and shareable sides.
Mancora Ceviche Bar
Mancora Ceviche Bar and Restaurant offers a special treat for beachgoers who are looking for refreshing Peruvian food and cocktails during or after a day in the sun. For owner James Holden, his experience in the food business is a family affair. “I come from a family that has over 40 years of experience in the restaurant business both in the U.S. and Peru,” he says. “ Peru has won the Best Culinary Destination Award eight times in a row,” he says. “Come in and we will show you why!”
Solluna is the perfect spot day or night for a casual meal with an upbeat, beachy vibe. Here you will find everything from the obligatory tacos and quesadillas to upscale selections of whole fish and steaks. However, it’s the friendly service and stunning views that make this busy, beachside restaurant a must during your day at the beach.