August 28, 2014
BEST MOVIE THEATER
Cinema Paradiso Fort Lauderdale
503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale
(954) 525-3456 or FLIFF.com
Known for first-run movie premieres and as home base for the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival,
this art house loves getting freaky when the occasion arises. A recent rock musical, dubbed "The Rat Opera,"
celebrated the life and noise of Miami scenester Rat Bastard, while the Miami-born "Lip Service" storytelling
series presented tales of love, honeymoons and the art of removing hemorrhoids. Scandalous, CP. Scandalous.
BEST MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
(954) 525-5500 or
The museum's arts programming has boomed since Bonnie Clearwater became director a year ago. "The Miami Generation: Revisited," "Research and Development: Concerning Belonging" and "When the Stars Begin To Fall" are a perfect marriage of contemporary
art stamped with local flavor. The 2014-15 schedule, which will include retrospectives on Frida Kahlo and photographer
Lee Miller, also looks promising.
(Photo courtesy of NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale)
BEST PLACE FOR CRAFT BEER
Riverside Market and Café
608 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale
(954) 358-8333 or TheRiversideMarket.com
This unpretentious hangout is technically neither a bar nor a restaurant, though its brew selection and
comfort foods are ample enough to rival both. A craft mecca in a sleepy neighborhood, Riverside carries 500
bottled brews, stacked high and deep behind a wall of refrigerated cases. Tap takeovers are prime occasions for your
patronage, so grab a longneck, settle into a couch and give the old church key a workout.
The Philly Cheesesteak Experience
3341 NE 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale
(954) 616-5468 or
"Jeet?" is the question co-owner Bobbie Strauss asks every hungry visitor at this Galt Ocean Mile spot. If you don't
know what it means, you're obviously not from South Philly. (For the record, the word is Philly shorthand for "Did you eat?")
The cheesesteaks here are chopped sirloin topped with Cheese Whiz which, yes, is another South Philly tradition.
BEST FREE ART GATHERING
Every October, this supersize artwalk overwhelms downtown Fort Lauderdale with a crush of new exhibits, food trucks and
pop-up installations. Shuttles whisk visitors to the FAT Village Art Walk, the next-door Third Avenue Art District
(a row of small galleries anchored by Girls' Club Collection), the Sailboard Bend Artist Lofts and the NSU Museum of
Art Fort Lauderdale. Wynwood? What's Wynwood?