The List: A Ritz-Carlton chef's top Fort Lauderdale restaurants

Chef Gavin Pera runs the kitchen of Burlock Coast at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale. He shares his 10 favorite spots around town and what to order. Pera will be cooking at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Best of the Best event Feb. 26 at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach (tickets at sobefest.com): 

1. Stache Coffee Bar

Panther Coffee. 

109 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1044

2. Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill 

Chicken thighs with Bibb lettuce and fresh herbs.

3252 NE First Ave., Miami; 786-369-0353

3. Canyon

Maine lobster avocado salad with bacon-sherry vinaigrette.

1818 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-765-1950

4. Coconuts

Fish tacos!

429 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-525-2421

5. 3030 Ocean 

Charred octopus with marcona almond puree and blistered tomatoes.

3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954-765-3030

6. Market 17

Housemade charcuterie board. 

1850 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-835-5507

7. Valentino Cucina Italiana

Cavatelli, tortelli or any of their pastas. 

620 S. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-523-5767

8. Lobster Bar Sea Grille 

Whole branzino. 

450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-772-2675

9. Timpano 

Skillet-roasted mussels with olive oil and sea salt.

450 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-462-9119

10. Casa Frida Mexican Cuisine 

Get any of the specials.

5441 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-530-3668

Evan S. Benn is Miami Herald food editor: @EvanBenn

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