By Rochelle Koff
When you dine at Art & Design Café, take a good look at your plate. Then check out the decorative salt-and-pepper shakers, even the abstract art table. Like it? Buy it. Nearly everything is for sale at the Fort Lauderdale gallery-restaurant, from the zebra-accented sugar holders to the modern paintings suspended from the ceiling.
The Vibe: You'll dine at tables placed behind flowing curtains, creating a private space -- your very own art gallery, illuminated by decorative chandeliers. If you're with a group or enjoy dining al fresco, choose the patio, where everything from floor to light fixtures to storage cabinet has been transformed into art.
What worked: Wine markups are low for a restaurant, with a limited selection ($22-$38; also being revamped) including eight by the glass.
What didn’t work: The veal piccata was a little chewy.
Nice price: Entrees come with a side salad, two sides and a plate of breads and oil for dipping. Tuesday nights are a bargain, with a full-course dinner and classic movie for $20.
Art & Design Café, 2724 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-491-1007; 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Prices: Appetizers $5-$12, pasta $6-$17, paninis $6-$7, salads $5-$11, entrees $20-$25 (include salad and two sides), desserts $7.
FYI: beer and wine; corkage $10. Classic movies Tuesday nights. AX, MC, VS.
Ahi Tuna Tataki dish at Art & Design Cafe in Fort Lauderdale. Photo: Andrew Uloza