I’ve lived in the Fort Lauderdale area for almost 6 years. I’ve passed by Coconuts more times than I can count. Since it’s in a tourist area, I assumed it wasn’t that great…but I was wrong!
It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and Coconuts was packed! But they had a couple tables outside in the shade. The atmosphere was great. We had a very nice view of the fancy yachts and intracoastal waters. We ordered an appetizer of Conch Fritters. For my main dish, I chose the Lobster Roll. I was famished and ready to eat!
The conch fritters came out very quickly. It was a good amount for 2 or 3 people to share for an app. I really liked the texture. It reminded me of a beignet. It wasn’t heavy, like many conch fritters I’ve had. They had really good flavor, but i wished there were more chunks of conch. The sauce was a great complement to the fritters. It was sweet and savory with just a mild hint of spice.
The Lobster Roll was delicious. With it, I ordered a side of macaroni & cheese. I liked the fact they give you about 6 sides to choose from…ranging from coleslaw to deviled eggs (gross as h-e-double hockey sticks to me…but to each his own). The mac & cheese had a nice garlicky kick. There was the perfect amount a cheese, and a nice topping of panko breadcrumbs. The Lobster Roll had huge chunks of Maine Lobster, including tons of claw meat (my personal fav). It was tossed in a very refreshing mayonnaise based sauce and had very small pieces of celery and onion. It was a great complement to the lobster. The roll was buttered and toasty. It was the perfect amount of food.
I would definitely back to Coconuts. The food was great. The food at waterfront restaurants can always be a little sketchy, but Coconuts stands above the rest. The service was a little shaky at points…but you get so relaxed by the setting, it hardly even matters.