Cooper’s Hawk #2
Cooper’s Hawk: 2568 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
The South Florida Eats team wanted dinner with a few friends, so we decided on Cooper’s Hawk at the Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale. There were going to be six of us initially, but unfortunately, two were not able to make it at the last minute. So it was just Solomon and Robert who joined us for an evening out.
This is a regional restaurant chain with locations in several states. The format is mostly the same in all of their restaurants. One thing to note is that the wines they serve here are all from the Copper’s Hawk wineries. So, if you are looking for other brands, you won’t find them here. There is a full bar, though, which also serves all of your favorite cocktails.
Copper’s Hawk is located on the second floor inside the Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale. An elevator will take you directly from the valet station up into the restaurant. You’ll walk into a vast open bar area that is used for the wine tastings they do. You can walk in if you want to do only the wine tasting, but it is highly recommended that you make reservations for dining.
On the other side of the restaurant is a regular bar area, which is also quite expansive. A few different high tops and other tables adorn this area for diners who want to sit in the bar area and look out over the mall’s indoor space. In the middle, you will be greeted by the hostess stand.
Just beyond the hostess stand is Cooper’s Hawk’s main dining room, which has a mix of tables and booths of varying sizes—some with views out onto Sunrise Boulevard and the mall’s main entrance.
Copper’s Hawk offers a variety of appetizers, from drunken shrimp to homemade meatballs, flatbreads, and even a cheese platter. There is enough variety that even picky eaters should be able to find something to try.
Everyone in our group chose the crab, shrimp, and lobster bisque. The South Florida Eats team and friends each had a cup of this amazing soup. We enjoyed the bits of seafood and the robust and creamy base. The flavor filled our mouths with each spoonful. I highly recommend trying it if you haven’t yet.
Copper’s Hawk Entrees:
Three of us went with the trio of medallions for the main entrees. This dish is three 3-4 ounce filet mingons in different enhancements flavors. Horseradish, Blue Cheese, and Parmesan-crusted. It comes with Mary’s potatoes (whipped potatoes with butter and cream), and we all chose oven-roasted vegetables as our second side.
I chose to change our Mary’s potatoes for Betty’s Potatoes. This side item is shredded potatoes, white cheddar, and scallions. The flavors are a perfect mix that goes with the number of calories in this dish. Solomon also tried Betty’s potatoes and said he couldn’t agree more with how good they were.
Robert is the only one that got something different. He went with the Jambalaya, a mix of chicken, shrimp, andouille, onion, tomato, peppers, and jasmine rice. The creamy tomato base mixed with cajun seasoning enhances the flavors of the proteins. It was also great to add in the jasmine rice with each spoonful. He had a smile on his face the whole time he was eating, saying that he would have it again.