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This longtime kitsch bar/restaurant caters to older GLBT gents who relax with solid cocktails poured by chatty barkeeps before dinner. A younger professional crowd drops in around happy hour. A faux tropical aviary and bamboo theme adorns the central room, with oversized art of tropical birds and plants as unifying artwork throughout the dining room. With three bars, drinks are a big part of business, and they're not afraid of a generous pour. Word is out about the popular Sunday brunch; crowds wait in line for this buffet. Of special note is the breakfast lasagna and a gooey French toast. Prime-rib night (Wednesdays) is also a favorite, but a meal here anytime is within reason and even sometimes a steal ($2 bloody Marys). Meal salads such as the seared tuna salad or char-grilled burgers satisfy bar patrons at the Sidecar Lounge. Live entertainment takes place several times a week.
There is no such thing as stability in the restaurant biz , especially among those restaurants unwilling to change with the times. That's a big part of what makes the three-decade run at Tropics so special. If they've updated their menu, décor, or clientele since the '70s, there's no sign of it. What may be Wilton Manors' eldest gay establishment soldiers on, filling nearly full houses' plates with relatively inexpensive and really excellent steaks, fine cuts of salmon, delicately... More »
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