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Name: Elizabeth G. Daugherty
Occupation: Family Lawyer and mediator
Lives In: Fort Lauderdale
Restaurant Pick: Bonefish Mac’s
Reviewed Bonefish Mac’s: 9/6/12 at 7:30 pm

There is plenty of parking and as you walk up to the restaurant, you notice a very lively, friendly outside bar and tables. You will be greeted within a second and seated immediately. The wait staff shows up quickly and is ready for your drink order. Bonefish Mac’s is our “go to” place. Everything is freshly made. I almost always order the appetizer, Walk the Chicken Planks as my entree. The chicken tenders are real chicken tenders, not something cut to that shape, and they are very lightly breaded. My other favorite is the grouper Reuben. The delicious bread is buttered and grilled to perfection. I have to take half the sandwich home. My husband’s favorite is the lobster mac and cheese. It is usually crowded, but there always seems to be room for two more. There is a bar and dining tables separated from another dining area, which is great for families. This place is always packed after the kids’ local baseball and soccer games. It is sometimes a bit loud with all the families, but it is a very happy loud, with lots of laughter and conversation. You will receive a very generous portion for a moderate price.

Name: Alex Dominguez
Occupation: Governmental Affairs Coordinator
Lives In: Miami Beach
Restaurant Pick: Sparky's Roadside Barbecue
Reviewed Bonefish Mac’s: 09/09/12 at 6p.m.

Bonefish Mac’s is a fish and seafood themed sports bar and grille. Parking was not a problem given that there is plenty of it and I found some right up front close to the entrance. Although I sat inside, Mac’s has a spacious outside dining area and bar. We were greeted immediately by two hostesses who asked how many were in our party (2). We were led into the main dining area, which was decorated with maritime items and sports memorabilia and banners. I enjoyed seeing my Florida State Seminoles represented. Although the hostess had an idea of where she was going to sit us, she also allowed us to pick our table after noticing we were looking for a great view of the football games on TV. Our server Anthony visited with us quickly and took our drink order after explaining all the happy our specials. I ordered a whiskey and coke. My wife ordered a coke. We looked over the menu and determined we were going to start with an appetizer. The menu is very large with many items. We started search for entrée items but decided to pick and an appetizer (nachos) and revisit the menu after having it. Before the nacho came out I was ready for another beverage. I asked Anthony for a recommendation from the specialty drinks menu. He recommended the Papa Joe’s Island Punch. It was good drink. I bit of the sweet side and not too strong. The nachos came out on a large cake stand. It was a large portion and was well presented. They were tasty and well cooked. It seems as though we ate from that nacho plate for almost an hour but we also took our time, enjoy the atmosphere and watched some football. When it came time order an entrée, my wife was full we ordered one item. I want something that included fish, given the nature of the restaurant, but also could be considered a sports bar item. The Bonefish Mac’s Famous Fish and Chips immediately stood out. It was the first item on the seafood entrée list and it was “famous”. I asked Anthony for his recommendation and he said that the fish and chips were the “most requested item on the menu”. So I went with it. It was a good size portion (two could share if already working through a large appetizer like the nachos) with a big helping of fries. To me, the most important part of fish and chips is the batter. It has to be crispy, it has to stay on, and you shouldn’t feel like its covering up a slimy bad piece of fish. This item fit those criteria. I took some leftovers home. The bill came and we were pleasantly surprised; $41.65. Our bellies were satisfied, the atmosphere was great, the drinks were affordable, and our pocket wasn’t hurt. We left thinking of coming back and trying the outside patio space sometime soon.

Name: Vicky Goldstein
Occupation: Consultant
Lives In: Coral Springs
Restaurant Pick: Vienna Café and Wine Bar
Reviewed Bonefish Mac’s: 9/11/12 at 12:00 pm

This very homey restaurant is in an actual home on a side street in Ft Lauderdale. It’s a little tricky to find. There’s ample parking and when you walk into this small house you really feel like you are in someone’s home. There are only about 10-12 tables. There are traditional chairs but there are several sofa and club chairs at several of the tables. The ambience is warm and the vibe feels like you’ve found something truly special.

The restaurant is owned and run by two sisters, Jonny Altobell and Penny Sanfilippo, and has been at this location since 2002. It’s ONLY open for lunch and the entrees change every day.

There are no menus—just that day’s options on a chalkboard. The women who own the restaurant do the cooking and take the meal orders. At the table next to me there were four young women who were obviously regulars at this establishment and claimed to have asked the owners to bring back the chicken pot pie—and I was told that’s why it was one of the options the day I ate there.

Other choices during my lunch visit were pumpkin soup, macaroni-n-cheese pulled pork, and a veggie quiche. I went with a friend and she ordered the soup and veggie quiche. I had the soup and chicken pot pie. The soup was very good. It had a great deal of cinnamon so it tasted almost more like a dessert than an appetizer. Our entrees arrived very quickly. Served on paper plates, the portions seemed small for a guy. I tried both entrees—they were good but a little bland for my taste. For dessert we shared a white chocolate torte. It was an incredibly small portion, but it was so sweet that my friend and I didn’t even finish it. When the meal was over I learned that the 11th Street Annex doesn’t take credit cards—so if you visit—remember to bring cash.

I appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit behind this restaurant. And if you are like me, and you don’t like chain restaurants—well this is certainly as far as you can get from a chain. The atmosphere may seem like you were going over a neighbor’s house for some real home cooking and the service was truly warm and friendly. That said—I can’t say I was thrilled with my meal. The portions seemed small and flavors were a little bland. I’m glad I tried it out—and I might even go back, after all the entrees change every day and it’s a cozy place to hang out.

Restaurant Information

Location:2002 East Sample Road, Lighthouse Point, FL
Parking: Self parking.
Phone: (954) 781-6227
Restaurant Owners: Church and Jane Michaughlin
Executive Chef: N/A
Pastry Chef: N/A

Type of Cuisine: American
Signature Dishes: Bonefish wrappers, fresh seafood, prime rib, and fish n chips.
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Alcohol Served: Yes
Corkage Fee: N/A
Bottle Limit: N/A

Restaurant Hours:
Monday – 11 am – 2 am
Tuesday – 11 am - 2 am
Wednesday – 11 am - 2 am
Thursday – 11 am -2 am
Friday – 11 am - 2am
Saturday – 11 am - 2am
Sunday – 11am - midnight

Meals Served: Lunch and Dinner
Prix Fix Menu: No
Take-Out: Yes
Delivery: No
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $18-$20.00
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 15% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $8-$10.00
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? MC, Visa, AX, DISC
Accept Reservations: For large parties only – except weekends.
Need Reservations: No
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: N/A

Accommodations for Children: Yes – Game room, kids menu, kids eat free Mon-Thurs
Dining Style: Casual
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size: 200 seats
Accommodate Groups: Yes
Private Dining Room: No
Tables with Scenic Views:
Outdoor Dining: Yes and outdoor patron bar.
Entertainment: No