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Fort Lauderdale’s Hottest New Restaurant & Bar Now Open

In November 2015, Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits made its highly-anticipated debut in the heart of Fort Lauderdale.  Located just steps from the beach, Burlock Coast features an indoor/outdoor bar, sophisticated design, private dining spaces and a thoughtfully curated marketplace where guests will discover an abundant array of grab-and-go items, packed goods and house-made specialties. The menu, executed by Chef de Cuisine Gavin Pera, draws heavily from local resources, tapping into the region’s bounty, from fruits and vegetables to fresh fish and farm-raised meats.  “Local to us doesn’t mean just our backyard,” says Pera, who embarked on an extensive farm tour as he crafted Burlock Coast’s menus.  “Whether it’s an ingredient in a dish or a product we plan to sell in our marketplace, local craftsman and artisans are key to the concept and the fundamental backbone of what Burlock Coast is about.” The restaurant is becoming a legitimate wave-maker, sporting gorgeous views of the Atlantic from both the bar and the open, airy dining room, a killer craft cocktail program, delicious cuisine and a lively atmosphere perfect for dinner and late night carousing.

The marketplace, open daily at 6AM, starts with breakfast items and continues to offer made-to-order or grab n’ go items on a rotating basis throughout the day until 6PM.  Many marketplace selections are sourced straight from local purveyors including Panther Coffee and fresh baked breads from Zak the Baker. In addition to the marketplace, the juice bar is open daily from 6AM – 6PM.  Guests can pick up a bite before heading out for a meeting or a day lounging on Fort Lauderdale’s gorgeous beach, which is across the street from the restaurant.   

In the main dining space breakfast is served seven days a week.  Diners can get their day started with items such as the Rum Runner Stack with caramelized banana & chocolate pancakes with maple rum butter; Lake Meadow Eggs with pepper maple bacon or Miami Smokers sausages; the McCoy Breakfast Sandwich with Miami Smokers sausage, pepper maple bacon, sunny side egg, cheddar on brioche as well as breads, pastries, bowl of berries or Zak’s Granola with dried fruit, berries and Greek yogurt.

Lunch, served daily, offers an array of raw bar items as well as delicious salads, sandwiches and main plates.  Standouts include The Galley Sink with iceberg lettuce, porchetta, Florida Tomme, heirloom tomatoes, egg, radish, cucumber, corn and almonds; tempura grouper on raisin brioche with creamy lime slaw and Blis Blast hot sauce and what Chef Pera promises to be one of the best fish and chips baskets in town.

As the sun sets and the Happy Hour crowd elbows up to the bar, Burlock Coast transforms into a happening, bustling destination for locals and visitors alike.  Starters can be found in three categories: Snacks, Raw Bar and Charcuterie.  Must-tries include spicy avocado and tomatillo dip with root vegetable chips; cobia crudo; Cedar Key clams with Meyer lemon and an eye-popping seafood tower.

Sea and Land Fare run the gamut.  Selections include: shrimp fry with pickled peppers and lime; seared tuna with frisée, dragon beans, quail eggs and confit potato; lobster pasta with pappardelle, tomato, spinach, asparagus and bisque; pork belly with black truffle grits and Malbec and crispy chicken with parsnips, haricot vert and bacon.

Created by pastry chef Ryan Cross, indulgent desserts tempt and demand a taste.  The Avalanche Sundae comes in an antique stemmed bowl, brimming with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream, salted caramel, chocolate sauce, house-made “Kit Kat” brownie pieces, pineapple chutney and toasted marshmallow; BC Donuts come in a small burlap bag, dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with white chocolate banana rum sauce and praline spread.  Additional selections include, rum cake, of course, with vanilla Chantilly and an oversized Key lime pie for many – graham cracker crust, fresh whipped cream, toasted meringue crunch and candy lime peel.  

Open daily from 11AM – 1AM, the chic and comfortable bar is enhanced by its ingenious beverage program. Sourced from thirteen South Florida craft and nano breweries – from the Islamorada Beer Company to Funky Buddha Brewery – Burlock Coast will offer nine local bottles and cans, as well as nine local beers on tap including the Beach Blonde Ale; the Sandbar Sunday, an American wheat ale; the Florida Hefeweizen; the Watermelon Saison, a Farmhouse ale; Kombucha, a probiotic curated tea and the BC Bootlager, a German pilsner lager, which is exclusively brewed for Burlock Coast at Twisted Trunk Brewing Co. in Tequesta, Florida.  

The progressive cocktail program includes an extensive rum list heavy with French, Caribbean and Spanish selections. Specialty rum cocktails feature the Monocot Yacht with Brugal extra dry rum, Averna Amaro, lemon juice, miso roasted yam honey, an egg white and bitters; Donna the Privateer with Captain Morgan 100, Flor De Cana 4 Year, Don’s mix, and Angostura and grapefruit bitters; and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club with Cockspur Barbados rum, fresh lime juice, Triple Sec and Velvet Falernum. There is also an array of wines available and specialty cocktails, ranging from the 3 Mile Patrol with Gin, Triple Sec, fresh lime juice, cucumber simple syrup, and grapefruit juice; and the Sea Captain’s Special with Old Overhault Rye Whiskey, Cava Brut Champagne, club soda and bitters to the Smoke Show with Blanco Tequila, grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice and agave nectar.

Burlock Coast is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale at 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. The marketplace is open daily from 6AM – 6PM. The bar is open daily from 11AM – 1AM. Breakfast is served Monday – Friday from 7AM – 11AM; Saturday and Sunday from 7AM till Noon. Lunch is served daily from 11:30AM – 4PM. Dinner is served Monday – Friday from 5PM – 10PM; Saturday and Sunday from 5PM – 11PM.

Telephone: (954) 302-6460; www.burlockcoast.com
Instagram:  @BurlockCoast