Need groceries? Some Greater Fort Lauderdale restaurants have transformed into community markets.
You know what I love most about Greater Fort Lauderdale? All the abundance of community love and support—the people living in Broward County definitely know how to rally around one another.
Many businesses are doing their best to get creative in these unprecedented times, including restaurants who are now transforming into pop-up community markets. So, if you don’t want to step foot into a grocery store, or have experienced bare shelves at your local grocer, here’s where you can find kitchen staples and cleaning supplies, along with some specialty items to spoil your palate. Trust us, these restaurants have the good stuff!
We miss those sun-drenched beach days, sitting on the beachy-chic deck of Beach House Pompano overlooking the ocean. Until we’re all meeting for beachside meals again, the restaurant is playing a leading role as a grocery store selling essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, and even bleach, along with eggs, milk, cheese, veggies, fruits, and condiments like mayo. In the toilet paper rush of 2020, they’re giving customers a free roll of TP with any $20 grocery purchase. They’re also offering family-style meals and alcoholic drinks to go!
At Oceans 234 in Deerfield Beach, they’re offering a huge selection of groceries and coveted cleaning supplies. You can shop staples like milk, bread, eggs, and yogurt, meat and seafood such as sushi-grade tuna, peeled and deveined shrimp, lobster ravioli, and prepared foods like chicken salad. They’re also selling prepared matzo balls, and for those families looking to fill up their Easter baskets, I saw the iconic marshmallow Easter treat, Peeps, on their website. For further incentive to order groceries there, check their website daily as they’re offering specials like a complimentary bottle of wine with grocery orders of $50. Cheers!
Comfort food—we all need it right now. Longtime Italian favorite Mimi’s Ravioli in Hollywood is stocked with so many homemade items for a delicious meal that will almost make you forget about the current situation. You can scoop up their famous ravioli, manicotti-stuffed shells, handmade mozzarella made every 30-45 minutes, frozen soups and sauces, and trays of cheese or meat lasagna. They’re also selling eggs, gallons of milk, and fresh meats.
Craving surf and turf? Tropical Acres, one of South Florida’s oldest steakhouses—hello, 75 years in business—basically reinvented themselves into a temporary drive-through butcher shop. They cut all their meats, and customers can choose from filets, strips, boneless ribeye, along with salmon and mahi filets, pork chops, jumbo lump crab cakes, and chicken. There’s also a variety of produce in the lobby. Call them to put in your order and they’ll run it to your car.
At Henry’s Sandwich Station in downtown Fort Lauderdale, known for their OMG-worthy sandwiches like a piled-high fried chicken sandwich and a truffle grilled cheese, they’re transforming into a butcher shop and grocery. You can pick up house-roasted meats sold by the pound, specialty cold cuts, artisanal cheeses, and local produce.
Tap 42 in Fort Lauderdale is also offering a “Quarantine & Grill” wholesale menu where customers can pick up their favorite restaurant proteins to cook at home. Think skirt steak, salmon fillets, “drunken” goat patties, Bell & Evans chicken breasts, and more. Executive Chef Andrew Balick has even been popping up on Instagram with recipes and how-to videos.
Some restaurants are simply genius. At Village Tavern in Pembroke Pines, they’re touting “Quarantine Kits” for $80, which include four burgers, four chicken breasts, two ribeye or salmon filets, a dozen eggs, some veggies, a bottle of wine and two rolls of toilet paper.
The Mai-Kai, a long-time local favorite happy hour hangout, is offering gallon jugs of its most popular cocktails for pickup each Friday to jazz up your at-home Friday happy hours. Orders for the gallon-size Barrel O’Rum, Mai-Tai, Jet Pilot and Pina Colada cocktails must be received by noon each Thursday for pickup between noon and 3 pm each Friday.
Del Frisco’s Grille, a classic bar and grill on Las Olas Boulevard, has opened its doors to serve as a grocery. Expect to find dairy products, plenty of meats and seafood, and a variety of produce and herbs.
Fort Lauderdale sandwich spot That’s-A-Wrap has opened its doors as a community market. You’ll find all types of bread from baguettes to hoagie rolls and hamburger buns; meats such as ham, salami, prosciutto, bacon, and fresh turkey breast. Like many of the others, the restaurant is selling toilet paper, bottled water, bottled sodas, and fresh eggs. All can be picked up or delivered.
Elevate dinner with at-home meal kits from Mastro’s Ocean Club in Fort Lauderdale. They’re selling delicious meal kits fit for couples and families, along with favorite sides such as lobster mac and cheese, truffle butter sautéed wild mushrooms and fresh veggies like asparagus, creamed corn, and spinach. Select wines from their award-winning collection are also available for 50% off with the purchase of a food order.
In need of TP? Roll with Legends Tavern and Grille! Legends is offering one free roll of toilet paper at all locations (Sunrise, Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point, Deerfield Beach) on orders of $25 or more placed directly online. Plus, extra rolls will be available for purchase for $1 each upon arrival for pick-up orders (limit 4 rolls per customer).
Farmers Markets & Specialty Markets
Want a box packed with healthy food? Fresh Point in Pompano Beach is hosting a pop-up drive-thru market with produce, meat, and seafood available for curbside pickup. For $15, you get a variety box packed with fruits and vegetables. Choose from four different produce boxes you can pick up Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 12 to 3 p.m.
Also launching this week: the new Farmers Markets To Go. Comprised of some of the best vendors from the tri-county area in one site, they are offering a delivery and pick up service. You can find information on farmersmarketstogo.com (visit the website beginning Wednesday, April 8), and you can choose from delivery (for a fee) or pick up at the central location in Hallandale Beach. Expect around 20 farms and artisanal vendors like granolas, muesli, and raw honey from Laurie’s Pantry, Flair for Fudge, Eddie’s Chocolate, and those beautiful soaps from Me & A Tree.
Fresh, local fish continues to arrive daily at Sea Salt Fish Market in Fort Lauderdale, and they’re also offering family dinners like linguini with clam sauce, or shrimp and grits. While they’re focusing on fresh seafood, they’re also selling milk, eggs, bread, and produce to their customers.
If you live in the neighborhood near Italian market, Il Paesano, they’re now delivering groceries for orders over $50. They’ll help you prepare the table for an Easter celebration at home, and of course, they’re selling pastas, sauces, cheeses, cold cuts, olives, and more.
The best advice: check the social media sites of your favorite local restaurants to see what they’re currently offering. It’s evolving every day. You can order takeout/delivery and buy gift cards to support right now. We’re all in this together!