South Florida fliers have the luxury of having 3 international airports at their service. Although my home airport is currently MIA, I end up at FLL frequently and have been a visitor to this airport since my grandparents made the move to Lauderdale in the 80s. My oh my how this place has changed! The airport is a reflection of the city, it has truly grown into an International Destination. Several International airlines like British Airways, Emirates, Norwegian, Azul and Bahamasair all now serve FLL. Even more service is on the way with the recent addition of an International Wing serving Southwest Airlines and an ongoing project that will bring additional gates to Terminal 4. In the past, FLL was preferred to MIA as it was not as congested, tended to have lower fares and was easy in & out. Times have changed! The airport has grown tremendously, in my opinion, not for the better as it struggles to cope with the dramatic increase in flights. Expect crazy traffic, cramped terminals and limited amenities. Sorry guys, this is one of my least favorite when it comes to food. So how do you make the most out of FLL? Here are my pics for the best eats.
Steak ‘n Shake (Terminal 3- Concourse F Food Court)
Yes this is my top pick. One of my favorite indulgences is a Frisco Melt with Steak ‘n Shakes signature Shoestring fries- seriously amazing gut-busting food.
Pei Wei (Terminal 3- Concourse F Food Court)
Pei wei and Steak ‘n Shake are newer additions to FLL, thankfully they have both brought a welcome change to what had been a dismal selection of terrible dining. My go-to: Spicy or King Pao Chicken with Crab Rangoon. Try to load in some veggies for some nutrition. Still not the healthiest choice, but it will keep you going and not weigh you down as much as my number one choice!
Landshark Bar (Terminal 1, near Gate B5)
Great spot to grab a quick cocktail and maybe a light snack. Good beer selection and a full bar. Don’t expect great food. Bustling atmosphere and central to all gates on the B Concourse.
Good news ahead, hungry travelers!
With the next expansion of Terminal 1, there are some exciting new additions coming. I’m pumped about the below:
- Rocco’s Tacos
- Air Margaritaville
Remember that this airport is truly a work in progress. I do stand by my opinion that it is no longer the “easy” option over MIA, if you want real ease in South Florida, PBI (West Palm Beach) or RSW (Fort Myers) are your best bets. I’m most excited about new service to Barcelona, Spain, coming soon via Norwegian Air Shuttle. Either way, the City of Fort Lauderdale is a great place to both play and live, so enjoy the Venice of America!