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15th Street Fisheries

October 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

1It’s no secret that Fort Lauderdale is one of the most popular boating cities in the world. The “Venice of America” is also home to 15th Street Fisheries, a waterfront restaurant that has been serving up fresh seafood since 1978.

The restaurant has an old school nautical charm, accentuated by classic maritime architecture: large panoramic windows, exposed wooden beams, and vintage nautical artifacts. Located inside the Lauderdale Marina, 15th Street Fisheries has two dining areas. Dockside tables offer a casual dining experience next to the water, and an upstairs dining room has panoramic views of the Intracoastal.

True to my Bahamian heritage, I was drawn to the Caribbean conch salad and Bahamian conch fritters on the menu. It can be difficult to find good conch preparations in South Florida, but 15th Street Fisheries delivered. I was impressed with the amount of conch in the fritters; the meat was firm, but not tough. The flavor of the conch salad was fresh and refined. Similar to a ceviche, the conch is cured in lime juice and flavored with onion, bell pepper, and cilantro. Other appetizers include shrimp and grits, citrus black mussels, and tuna tartare.

I tried the crab cake sliders as an entrée. The crab was moist and plentiful, and crunchy coleslaw added texture to the dish. My dining companion decided on the Lauderdale lobster salad roll, which was fresh and succulent. The buttery brioche roll was soft, yet hearty enough to support the creamy lobster salad. Other selections include a miso-glazed roasted Chilean sea bass with mango fried rice and Key West snapper served with sundried tomatoes, bacon, and Israeli couscous.

Vegans and vegetarians will find interesting choices on the menu such as the Caribbean spinach salad with diced pineapple, cherry tomatoes, chopped red onion, and passion fruit vinaigrette. Another option for vegetarians is a mixed green salad with fresh raspberries, goat cheese, candied pecans, and a raspberry balsamic vinaigrette.

The dockside seating area opens at 11:30 am for lunch and dinner; the upstairs dining room opens daily at 5:00 pm for dinner. Lauderdale Marina offers transient docking from 6:00 am – 9:00 pm daily. The dock is also a great place to feed tarpon around dusk.

15th Street Fisheries
1900 South East 15th Street
Fort Lauderdale

By Shawanda James

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