By RICHARD DAVID CHAMBERLAIN
Crab legs are coming to the Alibi and you heard it here first. After a super successful summer promotion of Tuesday night all-you-can-eat lobster at $39.99, the outside patio at Wilton Manor’s most established gay gathering spot is looking to shake things up with crab. Lobster is out and crab is in on all-you-can-eat Tuesday nights for the next few months, we’re told. We will, of course, be leading the crush to get a table, bib in hand.
A few years ago, when Alibi eliminated tortilla-wrapped sandwiches from its menu, we were openly disappointed. The café replaced its lighter fare with bigger plates for heartier appetites—a trend that continues still. Heavy on burger entrees, Alibi does make an admittedly amazing assortment of flavorful hamburgers. It’s no wonder that their 10-ounce 100 percent Angus beef patty has been repeatedly named the Best Burger in Fort Lauderdale.
Our favorite of the selection is the Bleu Moon Burger ($11), with blue cheese and bacon on an artisan Challah bun. We always get ours with caramelized onions, and a side of cole slaw, though you can request fries, potato salad or potato chips on the side if you prefer. The Classic Alibi Burger ($10) comes with lettuce, tomato and raw onion, and has its share of fans.
A carry-over from the old menu is the White Chicken Chili ($4). This is a superb chili, full of chunked chicken meat and beans, topped with a dollop of sour cream and colorful tortilla chips. It’s the perfect compliment to the Chicken Cobb Salad ($11.75), with its large helping of romaine lettuce mixed with bacon, tomato, egg, avocado, red onions, and grilled chicken breast, all tossed with a ranch dressing. Yum. If fish is your favorite, let your fingers do the walking down the menu to the Ancho Mahi Mahi Club ($10) which features toasted thickly-sliced white bread surrounding a hearty cut of Mahi Mahi rubbed with Ancho chilis, and served with lettuce, tomato, bacon and guacamole. Or, the place makes an awfully tasty Albacore Tuna Salad Sandwich ($9.50) on multi-grain bread. Savor the house-made mix of capers, lemon juice, and pickled red peppers on a leaf of romaine, and you’ll discover perfection.
While the full menu is available until 11 p.m., the kitchen stays open until 1:30 a.m., serving late-night specialties including its Baja Chicken Breast Sandwich ($9.50) plated on a ciabatta roll. What makes this choice so special is the caramelized onions, melted provolone cheese, jalapeno peppers and slash of roasted garlic mayo. If that’s too much of a good thing, eat lighter with Tezza’s Southwestern Eggrolls ($7), which blends corn, black beans, Jack cheese, jalapenos, red peppers, spinach, and grilled chicken breast—all wrapped in a fried flour tortilla.
An excellent size for a late-night graze. On Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Jazz Brunch takes center stage. There’s a special menu for the occasion (although the regular menu is available as well). A good choice for healthy eats is the Breakfast Burrito ($9), which dishes up scrambled eggs, housemade chorizo, cheddar cheese, and salsa. Olé. Should originality prove too difficult for a Sunday morning, your fall-back position can always be the Steak and Eggs ($12), a rather predictable slab of beef known as a Flat-Iron Steak topped with two overeasy eggs and Béarnaise sauce, served with oven-roasted potatoes and arugula. Wash it down with a Bloody Mary ($2.50) and tell them The Agenda sent you.
2266 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305