If you’re not looking for it, you won’t find it. At least, that’s what I tell anyone that I send to the Riverside Market.
Situated in the historic neighborhood of Sailboat Bend, Riverside fills the need of a true craft beer hangout, just a couple minutes away from downtown. In fact, it doesn’t look much like anything out of Las Olas – from the minute you park your car, you can feel the non-pretentious, everyone’s-welcome attitude that Riverside exudes. And that’s just it. EVERYONE is welcome. While being known primarily as a craft beer mecca, they also carry an impressive array of non-alcoholic beverages for kids, and those who wish to forgo the buzz.
When you walk in, you’ll notice a long, supermarket style cooler that stretches the side length of the restaurant. Here, you’ll find nearly 500 different craft beers (as well as large-brand domestics and imports) from all over the country. Grab one for yourself (seriously, it’s on the honor system) and grab a seat. Save your empties for when you leave, and you’;ll pay at the counter on the way out. If you wanted to, you could stay from breakfast to midnight. they won’t lock the door on you.
Let’s talk food. Riverside Market’s menu isn’t too big, isn’t too small, and probably manages to have one of your favorite foods on it. Go with the Caprese sandwich or the BBQ Chicken Pizza. Outrageously good, greatly portioned, and won’t break the bank.
Put it this way – now that I no longer live in Fort Lauderdale, anytime that I am in back in town, I stop at the Riverside Market. If it’s a 2 hour layover, a week-long trip, or just to meet a friend for lunch, I bring them here. You should bring yourself, and all your friends here to – but once you’re here, trust me, it’s hard to leave.