Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill (1821 Cordova Road, Fort Lauderdale) has some of the most excellent 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 kinda are.
Their daughter Beth who runs the restaurant and her husband Chef Corwin is the other important component of the 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. 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. 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 was
After multiple visits over the years, it is imperative that 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 available in either grilled or fried versions, tossed or not in a variety of 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 gonna do the burger thing.
On the dessert side, there are Little Gilbert’s Kitchen Sink Cookies 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.