Thursday, January 29, 2015

The New Beach

Where you used to go for dollar beers is now more about the finest fatty tuna


It wasn't long ago that Fort Lauderdale Beach was just flip cup contests and wet T-shirt marathons.

Now the strip is more about
celebrity chef restaurants and tony hotel nightclubs, with barely a see-through T-shirt to be found.

Case in point: the new Tsukuro, a slick sushi and Asian-inspired joint that looks nothing like the old Spring Break bars.

Swapping puddles of spilt beer for dark woods and two-story ceilings draped in colorful geometric shapes, Tsukuro's back-lit sushi bar churns out some of the finest fatty tuna you'll find in South Florida.

Beyond the raw fish, the menu is meant to look familiar but has evolved in unexpected directions. Want an egg roll? Try the beefy oxtail egg roll and you'll never look at rolls the same. Chef 
Dy'Ante Reddick didn't forget about the almighty sauces, either, upping the ante on satay skewers that come with a bowl of roasted miso dipping sauce you'll want by the jar.

But it just may be the bar out front that's the reason to hit Tsukuro. There are few cocktail spots anywhere with a better view

If after all of this you still feel nostalgic for the old Fort Lauderdale Beach, don't worry. 

The floors at the
Elbo Room, just a few doors down, are still as sticky as ever. 

225 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
(954) 523-1407

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Parking: Valet; street
Scene: Sushi and Asian-inspired dishes now join the trend toward trendy on Fort Lauderdale beach.
Hot seat: Tables outside get a full view of the ocean and people-watching parade.
Nearby: Steak 954;
Atlantic Surf Club; S3

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