Now that Miami Spice has come to a close, it's time for the Fort Lauderdale to dining scene to shine. For the next six weeks, participating restaurants in Dine Out Lauderdale will offer a special prix fixe 3-course meal for $35.00.
For example, at Bongo's Cuban Cafe at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, the offerings included a choice of appetizer (avocado salad, a traditional ceviche, or a Cuban Combo), Entree (Camarones al Ajillo, Cuban Churrasco, a Tour of Cuba, or a Vegetable Fried Rice), and Dessert (Tres Leches, Arroz con Leche, or a Traditional Cuban Flan). And if you're looking for bang for the buck, the portions at Bongo's are shockingly large, so plan ahead and save up your calories! Beverages aren't included in the deal, but the menu is full of mojito's of all flavors, and they come with the sweet sugarcane stirrer to munch while you sip.
For meat lovers, the Cuban Combo app consists of two pork tacos and a portion of crispy pork bites on the side (the Cubans know their pork) along with two papa rellena and a very generous portion of guac. That's just the starter! Moving on to the Entree, a Tour of Cuba will get you a trio of shredded chicken (surprisingly flavorful), roasted pork, and shredded beef. All that comes with your choice of two sides! Or you can order up the Churrasco steak with chimichurri, again, with your choice of sides.
If you have the endurance and tenacity to make it to the dessert course, three traditional Cuban dishes will tempt the sweet tooth -- Tres Leches, Arroz con Leche, and Flan. Order up a Cuban coffee and then stroll the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino complex. You'll feel like you hit the jackpot, even if you never make it to the slots.