Market 17 Bread & Avotini
Market 17 Cheese Selection
Fort Lauderdale’s fine dining scene is a mixed bag. Sure, over-priced eateries abound, and there is a smattering of good to excellent restaurants here and there, but not much that compares to Fort Lauderdale’s chic cousin, Miami. However, there are gems to be discovered if you look hard enough.
Located at the site of the former Fish seafood restaurant, Market 17 takes a fresh approach to creating unique and delicious cuisine—literally. Dishes are prepared utilizing ingredients purchased both locally and nationally from purveyors who focus on sustainable sources. Market 17 has been quietly nestled in this plaza near Port Everglades since fall of 2010. We had heard good things about it but somehow never ended up there until this particular Saturday.
As we walked into the subdued entry it was apparent they knew how to set the tone for a unique dining experience. We surveyed the crowded dining room and decided to dine at the bar instead. Our bartender immediately came over and was pleased to give us recommendations for our first drink order after we asked her about several of the crafted cocktail options. We all enjoyed our choices immensely. As we sipped our drinks, we chose a cheese plate to get things started. Market 17 features daily cheese options and on the evening we were there the offerings were Midnight Moon, a California Firm aged goat cheese with a nutty, sweet caramel-like flavor; Sunshine Blue, a Florida semi-soft cheese with a clean, subtle taste; and Bijou, a Vermont French-style ripened goat cheese.
After looking over the menu, we were having a hard time picking as most everything sounded amazing. In the end we ended up each getting something different hoping everyone would share a bite or two. Once dinner arrived we all became somewhat possesive of our food. It was that good. Smacking of hands and forks headed towards other plates would not be out of the question. We ordered a second round of drinks and continued our gluttony.
What we ordered -
- Avotini – Crop cucumber vodka, avocado, pineapple, ginger, fresh lemon juice and agave nectar
- M-17 – Makers Mark bourbon, Jack Daniel’s honey, muddled port marinated cherries, topped with ginger beer & orange peel
- Chenin Blanc Chateau Monfort Vouvray France 2009
- 3 Philosophers Belgian Ale
- Dogfish 90 Minute IPA
- Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2010 Williamette Valley, Oregon
- Local Oyster Mushroom Tempura served with a Ponzu Sauce and a Sesame Aioli
- Six-Minute Farm Egg, with venison sausage, brussels leaves, pickled onion and a bacon gastrique.
- Grilled Boneless Pork Chop, Brown Butter Cornbread, Arugula, Sweet Corn Pudding, Carrot Apple Butter
- Elk Loin, Charred Eggplant Puree, Pea Tendrils, broccoli, Quail Egg, Mushroom Demi-Glace
From the food, decor and the ecletic mix of music it was obvious to us that Market 17 was striving to reach beyond the norm, which is why we loved it.
1850 SE 17th Street Ft. Lauderdale