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There's nothing nouveau or trendy at this downtown Fort Lauderdale smokehouse/sports bar. Casual and funky (check out Ernie's anti-gold-standard diatribes framed all over the downstairs dining room), Ernie's is a favorite with customers who keep coming back for the oversized burgers, fresh conch chowder, and home-baked Bimini bread. The BBQ is tangy and full of tomatoes and onions; a rack of ribs is more reminiscent of slow-cooked Italian short ribs than Southern soul food, and they're absolutely delicious. Regulars also partake of the full bar, friendly service, and open-air upstairs patio for enjoying balmy Florida nights.
The Place is a DUMP. I had a craving for a cheeseburger & was on that side of town, so I decided to have a drink & get a burger to go. The burger was way overcooked & no sides. I got home with my tastebuds watering for this burger and it was totally screwed up. When I called to let them know, their attitude was less than responsive. Much like, "Tell your problems to Jesus", I drove back only to get the response, "Well, we will make it up to you next time." How do they know who I am, or if I am even in Ft. Lauderdale. NEVER EAT THERE!!!!!!!
Buffalo aren't endangered anymore -- they got ranches full of them out West. And their meat is not only tender and tasty but it's also good for you. Seriously. The American Heart Association has buffalo on its list of "Heart Healthy Foods" list. Why? Because it's tofu compared to beef, having 70 percent less fat, 30 percent more protein, and half the cholesterol. Bison is the other red meat -- and at Ernie's, you get a delicious burger, along with the requisite fries and slaw, for just... More »
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