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“A Gem of A Place”
Review of Hot & Soul

Hot & Soul
Ranked #162 of 1,357 Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: International Food With Soul - specializing in cajun/creole, spanish, filipino, and other ethnic cuisines. We serve craft beer and small batch wines as well. We have the bar area for a more casual experience, and we have the dining area with small tables or the communal table.
Reviewed August 1, 2013

My friend heard a review of the place on NPR and suggested we go there. It's an unpretentious place that reminded me a great deal of the hole-in-the-wall restaurants you used to find in New Orleans that provided some of the best food you ever put in your mouth. This place delivers in spades. My friend and I shared the Mushroom Manchego Toast appetizer on the recommendation of our waiter. It didn't sound to appetizing to me but the waiter insisted it was their number one seller. I now know why. It's unbelievable. My friend had the Gumbo Yumbo and I had a taste. I've had pseudo gumbos before in Fort Lauderdale, but this is the real deal. The dish was a deep chocolate brown like the real gumbos of Louisiana. I had the In-Fin-ity which was the fish of the day (Yellowtail) with braised bok chou, oyster mushrooms and jasmine rice and blood orange soy butter. The last time I had yellowtail this good was 20 years ago in Key West.

The co-owner/chef Mike Hampton heard from the waiter that we heard about the restaurant that day on NPR and he came over to talk. What a nice guy. His wife is the other co-owner/chef and both were in the kitchen. You need to go try this place.

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

I've driven by this restaurant a million times, but didn't stop in until recently at the suggestion of a friend because you can't even see if from the street. The food was interestingly eclectic, the ambiance low key, but the prices were excellent. I would highly suggest the mushroom appetizer (seriously, even if you think you don't like mushrooms)--it was other worldly. This is my new favorite place.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Hot & Soul is a fabulous little restaurant tucked in the back corner of the strip mall near Fernanda's International Market (Oakland and Federal Hwy). My husband and I were celebrating his birthday and wanted something very new, very original. We were not let down. I ordered the country pate which was homemade everything (the bread, mustard, pickles and of course a delicious pate). We also shared the Mushroom Manchego Toast - also a taste bud delight. We each ordered an entrée and I can highly recommend the "Gumbo Yumbo" with Andouille and chicken. Perfectly spiced and my husband had the fresh catch of the day - expertly prepared. My husband is big beer drinker and thoroughly enjoyed several choices including Dales pale ale and Victory Prima Pils. We finished with a melt in your mouth pistachio and sea salt dark chocolate bark. Now the staff - Gil was our waiter/bartender as we sat at the bar. He's from Mexico and just a delight. Not apparent immediately was the owner/chef, Mike who introduced himself and after speaking with us for 15 min about different beers had to leave to prepare our meal. Two other staff members attended to us who were also incredibly friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be back.

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