By Word of Mouth – Review

Ft. Lauderdale has often claimed to have more restaurants per capita than any other city in the United States. South Florida in general (and Ft. Lauderdale specifically) is always abuzz with what the next favorite restaurant is going to be. It is for this reason that By Word of Mouth is such a success: they spend absolutely no money on advertising, but instead put their efforts into creating great cuisine. The décor is simple but elegant, featuring lace curtains and a warm ambiance. This isn’t really a restaurant to be seen, but it is a very nice place for a romantic get together for those to whom haute-cuisine is important.


The best part about By Word of Mouth is the unorthodox menu. It constantly rotates, and there is nothing cast in stone; rather, the wait-staff tells you what the daily specials are. You will always be offered a solid line-up of beef, fowl, pasta, and seafood, served with a delicious side salad. I ordered the beef tenderloin the last time I was there, and it was exceptional. There are some standard appetizers that rarely change (for good reason), such as the sun-dried tomato pate. The choices that are offered for dessert are quite impressive – they have dozens of delicious cakes, and chocolate lovers will adore the colorfully titled “Orgasm” – chocolate mousse squeezed between layers of fudge brownie and covered with chocolate butter-cream. The wine list is acceptable.


By Word of Mouth’s prices are really quite acceptable, considering the caliber of the food (think $14-$19 an entrée), and it is consistently ranked among the top restaurants in restaurant polls. Check it out for yourself the next time you’re in Ft. Lauderdale – you won’t be disappointed.