My husband works at construction job sites all over South Florida so in his search for quick and affordable places to eat lunch he often finds great places to grab a quick bite. That’s how we ended up at Temple Street Eatery in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. I happen to be a big fan Asian Fusion and bowls. One plate, one pair of chopsticks and a filling meal with fresh, healthy ingredients. What’s not to like? I am not, however, a fan of big chains. I love being able to support local, small businesses, so this restaurant seemed like a good local alternative.
The menu has some pretty interesting surprises like Edamame Falafels and Bulgolgi Cheesesteak. I liked seeing the latin fusion influences with cilantro aioli and cheddar cheese as some of the unexpected ingredients I noticed. Check out their full menu for some more surprises. I opted for a bowl, of course, there are three choices on the menu. I chose the Bulgogi rice bowl with brown rice. It was VERY good. The sauce on the steak was so delicious I was pleasantly surprised there was enough at the bottom of the bowl to flavor every grain of rice. The veggies were fresh and crisp too. My husband ordered the Buddha bowl. The pickled veggies and lemongrass chicken were delicious. The variety of drinks offered from water infusions to beer are sure to satisfy almost any thirst. The day I went they also had small arepas as a special, they were delish! I will be returning soon to give some other items on the menu a try.
The inside of the restaurant is appealing, I appreciate places with open kitchens. The decor is true to the culture of the owners who have been a South Florida restaurateurs for decades. I enjoyed the outside seating, on a lovely South Florida winter, it was a lovely spot to eat al fresco.
This is one of the highlights of blogging, you get to find the story behind the mundane. The best part about the Temple Street Eatery is the story. This restaurant is one of the many restaurants the Wan family has opened in South Florida since 1966. It all started with Fait-Sui Wan’s, he ran his father’s restaurant Mandarin House on SW 8th Street in Miami but then went on to open other locations in North Miami, Hollywood and Ft. Lauderdale. Mr. Wan’s daughter Christina carried on the tradition by reopening her own four-star restaurant on Federal Highway. Knowing what a long tradition this restaurant comes from made my meal even more special.