If you haven’t taken a water taxi to enjoy Fort Lauderdale’s world famous waterways, start now. Hop on along Las Olas and head for Shooters Waterfront (there’s a detailed water taxi map that’s easy to navigate). In the 1920’s, the rum runners ran their alcohol down the river, right past the restaurant, when Fort Lauderdale was known as Fort Liquerdale. Once associated with revelers and debauchery, Shooters has been given a sophisticated facelift and is an ideal respite for after-dinner drinks or dessert. The impressive wide water view of mega yachts is hard to beat. The open, uncluttered and expansive space hosts three bars, including a tiki bar. Director of Operations Peter Lopez has given intense consideration to every detail at the new Shooters Waterfront, particularly the desserts. Their riff on key lime pie is the award-worthy Key-lime Baked Alaska. It’s a key-lime pie with a baked alaska wrap, both tart n’ tangy, cold and sweet, with a torched meringue on top. The whole thing sits in coconut daiquiri sauce with key-lime custard and it’s amazing. There’s also the Caribbean bread pudding flan, a Latin staple served with homemade bananas foster.
Paula Conway / Conway Confidential