Market 17 – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Market 17 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is definitely a strong recommendation to any and all that are open minded to trying new combinations of flavors and ingredients – and that could potentially want to go dine in the dark.
Did I just say dining in the dark?! Yes, yes I did. Now, I didn’t get to actually do the dining in the dark this time(next time for sure if we manage to snag a spot in the dining room!), but what a pleasant experience to write about.
Beautiful decor, farm to table style with awesome flair, helpful and knowledgable staff.. Really just awesome all around. And did I mention you can dine in the dark? 🙂

This was my first time here and I can’t wait to go back to see what Chef Lauren DeShields decides on adding into the mix next time. The menu, as you can see below, had a unique twist to it when it came to complimentary ingredients for each plate. From the housemade charcuterie, to the freshly caught wahoo with basil bamboo rice, to the bison topped with blueberry gastrique(such a good sweetness added to the ‘gameyness’ of the bison). Chef DeShields adjusts what is on the menu daily to incorporate the freshest ingredients from the local markets and farms. What does that mean? That she’s a creative, culinary artist keeping her staff on their toes. And, of course, that we get something new each visit as well.

Below are a few photos of what was ordered for dinner. I’d go into detail about each dish but this would turn into one of those long posts, and I want to keep your curiousity going! I can assure you though, each dish had its own flare and interesting twist of ingredients, keeping me very, very satisfied.

Left: Avotini – Right: Margarita with some flare

Togorashi Rare Seared Florida Wahoo
(Basil bamboo rice, almonds, green beans, red cabbage, korean chili flakes, miso mango coulis)

Crispy Skin Duck Leg Confit
(Berbere potatoes, butternut squash, eggplant, raddichio, zuchinni, sauteed grapes, garlic & pine nut emulsion)

A good happy hour(50% off items from 4:30-7:00pm at the bar), attentive staff, quality ingredients and a cozy atmosphere makes this a top spot in Fort Lauderdale. If you’re looking for tapas, go for the charcuterie board, if you’re looking for a full dinner, you’re in for a delicious treat no matter what you order(the duck confit is one of the best, crispiest skinned, juiciest duck confits you’ll ever have if you’re lucky enough to get it on the menu that day!). Oh, and the wine selection is ridiculously vast(over 600 bottles, over 40 by the glass). Hope your mouth is watering because mine is!

Happy eating.

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