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Canyon Southwestern Café can be summed up in one word, celestial. This Fort Lauderdale dining experience is like no other. From the moment you step through the door, it is immediately realized that you have embarked upon what’s about to be an enjoyable event for the palate. Everything culminates into what a discriminating diner appreciates, from the friendly hostess who greets with a smile and the ultimate in politeness, to the waiters who are intent on making the experience a memorable one. The décor is “cave-esque” with a finish that balances casual and fine dining. It is a small and intimate space.
The food is exquisite, which attributes to my earlier use of the word celestial. Though the food is primarily Southwestern, it is fused with Asian, as well as Central and South American seasonings and techniques, which makes for a very eclectic menu. Every morsel is a delight, and though the combinations may seem unusual and possibly not complementary, the flavors never fail to come together for taste that’s unsurpassed. There are no menu substitutions allowed, so diners have to just take a leap of faith and trust in the Chef’s culinary confidence.
Canyon does not take reservations; it has a first come, first seated policy. The wait on a busy night is approximately half an hour to 45 minutes, sometimes greater, but not to worry, their famous Prickly Pear Margarita will distract until a table is available. The noise level is energetic and doesn’t inhibit conversation with your fellow diners. Canyon is in a high price point category ($$), but definitely worth it.
For more info: Canyon Southwestern Café 1818 E. Sunrise Boulevard
Hours of operation: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30pm – 10:30pm, Fri. and Sat. 5:30pm - 11:00p.m. and Sun. 5:30pm - 10:00pm. Lunch is not offered.