Grind Coffee Project (pictured above), 599 SW Second Ave, grindcoffeeproject.com, 954.774.0555
Need a midafternoon pick-me-up? Grind Coffee Project prides itself in providing a safe haven for coffee aficionados who need a little break and energy to continue their day. If you’re not a coffee drinker, they have something for you too: a selection of teas, pastries and smoothies. In the meantime, you might engage in some conversations with other locals looking to relax. As their website says, “Drink coffee, be awesome.”
Don't Brown Bag It
Lunchroom, 4520 N Federal Hwy, lunchroomsandwiches.com, 954.870.7197
The be nice Restaurant Group – the people who bring you Coconuts, G&B Oyster Bar, Red Cow, Top Hat Deli and Foxy Brown – has now introduced Lunchroom as a fast-casual sandwich shop. The name says it all—the perfect place to stop by during your lunch break (or break from the beach) to get a fast sandwich. If you’re on a health trip and want to skip the bread, any sandwich can be made into a bowl—seriously, any. If you’re thirsty, they’ve got Argyle coffee, Non-Prophet kombucha, vintage sodas and Cuban coffee ready to be served.
Beach, Brews & Barbecue
Back Alley Bar & BBQ, 234 Almond Ave, backalleybar.com, 954.652.1278
The best way to do barbecue season in Fort Lauderdale is at the beach. Back Alley Bar & BBQ is the self-proclaimed first and only authentic Texas barbecue joint and bar on Fort Lauderdale Beach. The Southern restaurant has a full bar along with classic barbecue staples, like beef sausage links, ribs, wings, baked beans and more. Located just a block from the beach, the new spot includes outdoor seating and live music every weekend from barbecue-friendly genres of music: Southern rock, blues and country.