Having recently purchased a condominium on the New River and Las Olas in downtown Fort Lauderdale, I have taken a tour of the neighborhood and its surrounding restaurants. Being familiar with Hardy Park, I was not aware of the Hardy Park Bistro until I had passed the place several times. From the street, it appeared to be quite plain. On a rainy night recently, my daughter Kate and I were driving through the neighborhood when she suggested stopping for something to eat. I tried explaining that the menu served at Hardy Park Bistro would probably not be to her liking. Kate retorted that she had Yelp'd the place and that it had good reviews. Upon crossing the street from a parking meter, we were immediately met by our server. Sarah questioned whether we wanted to be seated inside or out. Although it was still raining a bit, Kate and I opted to sit outside and watch the weightlifters at the gym next door. Kate commented that some of the women lifted as much as the men. Sarah took our order - the $13.50 Octopus Salad for me and the $5.00 French Fries for Kate. While waiting for dinner, my eight-year old questioned the menu. Kate wanted to know why there were so few "kid friendly" items. Sarah explained that the menu changed weekly and that you could always find something on it to eat. Kate responded with a "yes" - French Fries. A few moments later, a gentleman came out and served Kate and I with Arancini, which is - essentially - stuffed rice balls that are coated with breadcrumbs and fried. We shared them while awaiting our dinner. Later that evening, I Googled the name to learn exactly what was in them. About ten minutes later, Kate and I were served dinner. French Fries are not really hard to describe, so I won't bore you with the details. As for the Octopus Salad, it contained grilled octopus with arugula, roasted tomatoes, garlic and eggplant. I don't remember the type of dressing but I had no complaint. Delicious food in an unobtrusive urban bistro is a rare find in a city like Fort Lauderdale. Not kid friendly from the menu perspective but definitely worth a shot if you are dining with your spouse or on a date. No bar - beer and wine only. Our server Sarah did a great job and provided excellent service. I will definitely dine at the Hardy Park Bistro again. The next time I will try the Braised Short Ribs with Carrot Puree, Black Beans and Broccolini... /s/ William E. Lewis Jr., Davie, Fort Lauderdale and Vero Beach, Florida
i was recently at the cheesecake factory in fort lauderdale on las olas. i didnt eat anything there bc i keep kosher, but, i did sit at the bar and have a few drinks while waiting for a friend to meet me. the ambiance was good.. lots of people coming in and out waiting for their tables. the service was ok, a little slow at times. seemed like it took a while to get the glass of ice water i ordered and my second round. however, i dont blame the staff at all.. they seemed to be busting their butts and were just really busy. maybe they need to hire more people for the peek hours. anyway, i still recommend this place to someone on las olas looking for a cocktail or beer at an upscale bar.
Shame on Bokampers they advertise a full rack of baby back ribs for a certain price which is fair and the food is good. But there are 16 ribs to a full rack and when three of us ordered, there were less and when I asked the manager about it, he said they do it by the weight. HOW much does a full rack of baby back ribs weigh, thats not what they have on the menu, they only say a full rack. The manager did nothing for the table but he did agree with me. So should you pay for a full rack and get less, should you pay less than your bill because of that ? The food is good but they will never see me again. Shame on you.