One thing I like during the holiday season is to spend a nice meal with friends. Our friend Mark, took us to the new J Mark's Restaurant on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Federal Highway is US Route One in South Florida. This major thoroughfare is dotted with local and national chain restaurants all the way to the Keys. Restaurants come and go on this busy highway, and its hard to keep track of all the many choices. J Mark's Restaurant is not a "burger joint", but rather a casual contemporary adult oriented restaurant without the TGIF/Chili's kitsch culture.
We started with a shared calamari appetiser. The calamari was fresh and tasted good. However, we noticed that it was overly salted. I liked the selection of dipping sauces: marinara, garlic aioli, basil pesto ( Italian flag colors?).
J Mark's also had a nice selection of tuna meals. Our server, Candace, suggested that I try tuna burger. The Deep Sea Tuna Burger, is 4 ounces of chopped sushi grade tuna mixed with spices, topped with an avocado, tomato and onion. Served with a side of remoulade sauce. The burger was tasty and filling, and I would get this again on another visit.
As mentioned, restaurants come in go in South Florida, but I do think this one will be here for a while. A combination of: menu selections, specials, quality of meals, and professional staff are things that make for a good restaurant!
The DetailsJ Mark's Restaurant
1245 North Federal Highway ( Route One)
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33304
Dress Code: Casual ( not beach attire)
Servers: professional and polite
Full liquor license.