5 Restaurants that Embody Hollywood’s Vibrant Foodie Culture

Located conveniently between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Hollywood, Florida is a charming beach town that boasts a lively, diverse dining scene. From fresh local seafood to international fare to multicultural fusion, there’s something perfect for each foodie in your travel group. Read on to explore five Hollywood restaurants that exemplify the beach town’s vibrant food scene.

1. A La Turca

Located at 1848 Harrison Street and on the edge of Young Park Circle, A La Turca dishes out Turkish favorites in a cozy, unassuming setting. This family-run establishment features Mediterranean cuisine served to the tune of immersive Turkish background music. Food items include stuffed eggplant, kofte, falafel, and shish kebabs. Stop by on a weekday to take advantage of daily specials and discounts, such as 30% off of the Lamb Shank entrée on Wednesdays.

2. GG’s Waterfront

Less than a half-mile from Hollywood Beach Tower and nestled along North Lake sits GG’s Waterfront Dining. Helmed by veteran restauranteurs Dan and Lise-Anne Serafini, the lakeside establishment boasts a locally-sourced menu that features a variety of fresh, local seafood options, such as lobster and stone crabs, as well as mouthwatering standards like grilled steaks and chops. The restaurant also has a storied history, having once been the favorite local hangout of Frank Sinatra and his Rat Pack buddies.

3. Monkitail

Situated on Ocean Drive near Hollywood South Central Beach, you’ll find Monkitail, where the food is just as alluring as the restaurant name. The seventh establishment founded by celebrity chef Michael Schulson, Monkitail is considered one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets. The classic Izakaya dining spot features modern Japanese fare, including a range of sushi, shareable small plates, and a very extensive alcohol menu. You can also opt for the impressive Chef’s Tasting Menu, which includes 10 items of your choice plus dessert. This trendy restaurant is right on the beach, so be sure to take a stroll after enjoying your dinner!

4. Le Tub Saloon

Conveniently located about a half-mile north of Hollywood Beach Tower along the Intracoastal Waterway, Le Tub Saloon is an iconic local hotspot famous for an outstanding burger and quirky décor. Keeping it simple yet special, Le Tub’s signature burger features 13 ounces of ground top sirloin seasoned and charbroiled to perfection. Other menu items include barbecue chicken, ribs, a variety of salads, and of course, Key Lime Pie made with fresh limes. You’ll love this burger shack, complete with vintage colorful bathtubs and toilets that often double as planters.

5. Point Royal

Just a five-minute drive from Hollywood Beach Tower, Point Royal is one of the newest dining establishments led by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian. This swanky spot serves up coastal American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner amid a style that exudes the tropical South Florida aesthetic. Named as the Best New Restaurant in Broward in 2017, Point Royal offers up a raw bar featuring oysters, tuna, shrimp, snapper, and lobster, as well as a variety of pasta, pizzas, burgers, and large plates from the land and sea. The restaurant also features an extensive spirits menu that includes hand-crafted cocktails, wines, and beers.

Try one (or all!) of these local restaurants during your vacation at Hollywood Beach Tower. Though this list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the bustling Hollywood food scene, all of these options offer a palate-pleasing experience just minutes from your vacation home.

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