Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill (1821 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale) has some of the most amazing folks you’ll ever meet. Bob & Lenore Gilbert founded Gilbert’s in 2008 after selling their previous restaurant, the Kansas City Steakhouse.
Once you step foot inside, Leonore is usually the first to greet you. She makes you feel like you’re at her home, and you are.
Their daughter Beth runs the restaurant, and her husband Chef Corwin are the other important component of Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill magic. There’s an old diner feel to the place too. I love everything about this.
The menu has a variety of dishes, so there’s something for everyone. Also, don’t miss out on checking what specials are happening on their chalkboard; always worth a look.
First and foremost, Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill is a burger joint to me. So when the Sun-Sentinel’s Online Reader’s Poll crowned Gilbert’s Best Burger, it confirmed that thought.
The burger was great, a solid burger. It was thick steakhouse-type with a very beefy taste. The main thing I took away from my first Gilbert’s burger was how juicy it is.
After multiple visits over the years, you MUST have the Havarti Burger (8 oz. Certified Angus Beef Burger topped with bacon & Havarti cheese between two toasted English Muffins with garlic butter).
The wings are either grilled or fried versions, tossed or not in various sauces. I’m partial to the fried wings tossed in hot sauce or the sauceless grill wings with a side of blue cheese.
The Jumbo Kosher Hot dog, Panko Breaded Chicken Tenders, and Ribs are also good options as your main meal if you’re not going to do the burger thing.
There are Little Gilbert’s Kitchen Sink Cookies on the dessert side, which are just as the name implies, cookies topped with everything under the sun.
Lenore’s Key Lime Pie and Hot Apple Cobbler round out the must-have sweets on the menu. You can’t go wrong with any of these.