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Once notorious as a "where-the-boys-are" (and often somewhat rowdy) spring-break beach destination, Fort Lauderdale has in recent years expanded beyond its lovely beaches to become a well rounded destination with something for everyone, from budget to luxury travelers. Its attractions include peaceful natural preserves, exquisite botanical gardens, inviting marinas, historical sites, interesting museums, and dynamic cultural venues.
After you’ve spent the day gallivanting around the city, there’s a good chance that you've worked up a healthy appetite. That brings us to the Fort Lauderdale dining scene. These recent years have also seen a notable widening of the menu when it comes to Fort Lauderdale restaurants, which now beyond the fried foods and burgers of yore also includes many upscale and international options. To help you get started, here are my own seven top picks - so let’s dig in!