Where: 3128 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point 754/307-2444
The lowdown: Football season is upon us and everyone is looking for a good spot to kick back and watch the game. You definitely won’t miss your team at Hott Leggz in Lighthouse Point. The restaurant is fully equipped with satellite TV, with every game on one of the big screens.
When it comes to ambience, Hott Leggz is unlike many other local restaurants and bars. You don’t get any of that beachy, tropical vibe, and you certainly don’t feel like you’re in Florida when you open the menu. It’s mostly seafood but not the kind you normally see on a Florida menu. There are po’boys and seafood gumbo, Chicago-style sandwiches and frog legs, seafood boils and chicken and waffles.
Aside from daily specials like 50 cent Wing Wednesdays and Mexican Mondays with $2 tacos and $5 margaritas, Hott Leggz offers different speciality items that change on a weekly basis. I got lucky the night I went in. Anytime I’m in that football-and-beer atmosphere, a big salty, pillow-soft pretzel is a must-have — and one of the appetizer specials happened to be a jumbo soft pretzel with all kinds of sauces (my favorite was the honey mustard). I can only hope this appetizer special makes many more appearances on the menu so you can enjoy it as much as I did.
The crowd at Hott Leggz is just as diverse as its menu. It’s a good mix of all ages — anywhere from young 20s to upper 50s and 60s. When everyone just wants to hang out at the bar, knock a few back and watch their favorite team take the win, age doesn’t really matter. This is the place to go for the super laid-back crowd, which is really just looking for a fun hang out with no stuffiness and nothing fancy.
The intangibles: Hott Leggz is definitely known more for the bar scene than casual dining, but there is still a nice crowd who come in for lunch and dinner. Bartenders say the best times to come are Sunday and Tuesdays. Sundays, obviously for football, but it’s also all-you-can-eat peel and eat shrimp (four different flavors!) on Sunday — oh yeah, and the bar is open until 2 a.m. Tuesdays rock for those of you who are “in the biz.” You can get 50 percent off all full price items, plus it’s $2 Chicago Hott dog night. I think it’s safe to say that when it comes to food, Chicago knows what it’s doing when it comes to their hot dogs.
Noteworthy: “Crabby Hour” is everyday at the bar from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Everything at the bar is half off along with a select $5 food menu and $14 domestic beer buckets. Aside from the specials listed above, there’s also $2 sliders on Thursdays and $15 fish and chips on Friday as well as $4 fireball shots (a favorite of most Hott Leggz barhoppers) with any beverage purchase.
Hours: Hott Leggz is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. andon Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
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