My husband and I used to love dining al fresco at the casual and laid back Bimini Boatyard in Fort Lauderdale. After closing for a short time, it is back better than ever with a total remodel, new owners, a killer menu, and is now simply called “Boatyard”. During a travel conference, my friend Erin (a total foodie blogger at The Epicurean Traveler) and I had the chance to unwind and dine at “Boatyard”. It is an alluring local hotspot, complete with an upscale menu, marina yacht watching, and spectacular service. The owners wanted to make sure it was understood that Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the yachting capital of the world.
Beginnings at Boatyard
To start the meal, I ordered the appetizer Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. I loved the fact that Boatyard offered a “hook to table” menu, meaning every seafood item was fresh and never frozen. Tasting that divine crab cake was a testament to how fresh and luscious the seafood truly was. I have eaten crab cakes at many places around the world and this was easily the best one I had ever tasted. I am sure the tasty bed of corn relish and cilantro mustard remoulade sauce had everything to do with that.
I was stuck between dishes to order for my entree and not being really hungry, so I went with a bowl of Crab Bisque. I knew with this fresh seafood availability that it would be fantastic and boy was it ever! Succulent crab was plentiful in this rich and creamy soup. I nearly licked the bowl when I was finished. Erin opted for the Grouper Piccata, covered with a rich, buttery Chardonnay sauce. It looked phenomenal.
Perfect Endings For a Fantastic Meal
Though I was not very hungry when I chose the Crab Bisque for my entree, that quickly changed when the waiter presented us with the dessert menu. I do not order dessert often as I hate to be disappointed, but I knew that would not be the case at Boatyard. I opted for the dessert called “Peanut Butter & Jelly”, which was a layered mousse with a fudgy chocolate crust and light peanut butter mousse on top. A sweet and full-bodied berry compote was drizzled across the plate and finished with a scoop of ice cream. I am not sure what the crumb topping was across the dish, but it tasted a bit like toffee or brickle. Yummy! It is safe to say that I truly enjoyed every bite.
Boatyard proved to be a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the Fort Lauderdale scenery. Entrees were a bit on the pricey side, between $25 and $50. If you wanted to spend less, you could just order an appetizer and enjoy Boatyard’s waterfront patio bar. Do not miss Happy Hour from 4-7PM Monday-Friday.
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