Where to Eat

While there is an abundance of terrific family-friendly restaurants, bistros, and sidewalk cafes in Fort Lauderdale, two in particular were our favorites. Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant is an old-fashioned eatery with license plate-lined walls, a country store, and enormous ice cream confections smothered in real, home-made whipped cream. One "Fabulous Creation" is easily large enough to satisfy a family of four, plus kids' meals come with their own kiddie sundae.

At the Polynesian-themed Mai Kai, dinner is an experience straight from the South Seas. The dÃÆ'©cor recreates a Polynesian village complete with tiki torches, thatch roofs held up with totem poles, a wooden bridge entrance, and a lush jungle trail kids will love exploring when they need a break from the table. The Polynesian Islanders Revue mesmerized my son for the entire 45-minute show. He loved the authentic Polynesian dances with colorful costumes, the Tahitian drummers, and the thrilling fire-twirling routine. The show is free for kids under 12, and a children's menu is provided. The food is top notch for grown-ups as well. Try the tender Teriyaki Wok SautÃÆ'©ed Chicken topped with steamed rice and vegetables or the Mushroom Beef with juicy tenderloins sprinkled with sautÃÆ'©ed mushrooms and crispy water chestnuts.

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