I've recently visited the Outback and Carrabba's, so why not round out the Outback family of restaurants by checking out the Bonefish Grill. Its located in a part of Fort Lauderdale that I consider Pompano; and they're only open for Dinner. Happy hour starts early here; its 4pm to 6:30. They have speciality drinks available for $5, and 2 for 1 drinks.
You enter Bonefish in the bar area, which is a large room with a big granite bar on one side and some big butcher block type tables throughout the room. They have 2 very big but old-style tube TVs, and a professional, attentive staff behind the bar. Rachel Ray is whipping something up on one TV, while Cramer analyzes the markets on the other. There's something for everyone at Bonefish.
The menu at Bonefish features many specialty recipes that seem similar to the format of their sister place Carrabba's. Fancy recipes can be interesting, but fish is usually prepared simply; preferably with light sauces or no sauce at all. For starters, they have fish tacos, made with Talapia, "cajun style" with mango salsa and sour creme. Or the flagship "Big Bang" Shrimp; fried shrimp in a sweet chili sauce. Too much "stuff" for me. Give me my shrimp grilled straight up.
You can create your own at Bonefish with their "Grilled" menu, where you choose your fish and pick one of 4 sauces; either Mango Salsa, Chimichurri, Pan Asian or Lemon Butter. You can get a "petite" cut of Grouper, Sea Bass or Salmon as well. I opted for Grouper in Lemon Butter. They give you one "seasonal" vegetable and you can choose one side yourself; my choice was green beans.
The vegetable provided was a sort of chickpea salad, with tomatoes and spinach; pretty good actually. The grouper was properly done, although the sauce leaned more towards butter than lemon. You can always add a squirt of lemon.
The bar crowd subsides around 7:30 as most people seem to get here for happy hour to take advantage of the discounted drinks. Its a pretty nice place and the food is pretty good. If you're in the mood for fish, and particularly if you like your fish with Mango, you can give it a try.