El Vez Fort Lauderdale Beach View
You really shouldn't go to Fort Lauderdale and not see the beach with one perfect opportunity offered at the W Hotel's restaurant El Vez, open for Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happy hour. For my final meal, we went to El Vez, a Mexican restaurant where, during lunch, we could sit out on the covered patio and watch the ocean across the road.
Walking through the restaurant to the patio is a treat unto itself, both to catch the ambiance and to see the interior bar and dining space.
Que Quieros Tomar?
A Mexican restaurant is traditionally built around the flour tortilla, which makes it difficult to find items to eat whilst on the celiac diet but our server shared that each dish is made fresh to order, so adjustments can be made.
For salsa and guacamole choices, they offer both classic and specialty flavors, both sweet with mango and savory with poblano peppers. It's this type of flexibility I've come to associate with Baja style cooking.
A Variety of Seating Indoor and Out
Their ceviche choices include Snapper Aguachile, tuna tostados, Pina con Camaron, and Tostada de Mariscos Grande.
You can enjoy their tortilla soup every day. Or a chopped salad or kale Caesar salad to which you can add chicken, steak, or shrimp.
They have fun names for their nachos. Like "Nacho Mama" and "Macho Nacho," but I'd choose the prime brisket flat as if they were made in corn tortillas. Sadly for me, but not for the rest of you, they are wrapped in flour tortillas. Our server, Kristof, steered me to the tacos., which were made with Corn tortillas. The most popular, he said. We're the crispy mahi-mahi, but the grilled snapper was delicious, a fish I'd only started. Eating while visiting believes for a few months last year.
El Vez Fort Lauderdale Patio Bar
Three types of enchiladas and four types of tacos al carbon and Huevos rancheros or an American cheeseburger can be combined with grilled corn, refried pinto beans, a watermelon salad, plantains con queso, or black beans and rice.
El Vez Fort Lauderdale Prickly Pear Sorbet.
Most of my audience knows I do enjoy dessert first and that was the case here. While I enjoyed their prickly pear sorbet with its needly touch to the tastebuds the smooth texture provides a startling contrast.
My colleague asked Kristof what the most photogenic item might be.
The churros are arranged nicely," he said, "with the chocolate sauce able to be drizzled or dunked." Sold!
Churros and Chocolate Sauce
Freshly made churros smell heavenly and, based on my colleague's reaction, they tasted as good as they smelled. Remember that scent wafting across the fairgrounds when you were young and begging your parents to let you ride another ride? That's what this is.
As if you needed proof that they're serious about their drinks, the drink menu exceeds the food offerings. They have almost an entire page dedicated to tequila but wine, agave spirits, Mezcal (half page!), cocktails, and both draft and bottled beer (cerveza) are available.
For the non-alcohol drinkers, iced tea and lemonade, Coca-Cola products, and juices made in Mexico are offered.
It's a fun, fresh meal made in a stunning environment with great service and a hotel right here if you decide to sleep over and start again in the morning. Who could ask for more?