You shouldn’t have to sacrifice bold flavor for healthy food. And at Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken in Fort Lauderdale, you don’t have to!
Have you been searching for a healthy food restaurant in Fort Lauderdale? We know that isn’t easy to do, especially if you want the food to taste great and not break the bank. Stavros Florias, originally from South Africa, noticed that there weren’t too many healthy restaurants in South Florida, so he decided to open Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken in Fort Lauderdale.
The restaurant’s specialty is chicken that has been marinated in South African spices for at least 24 hours and then grilled over an open flame. The marinade consists of Peri-Peri (African Bird’s Eye Chili) and other secret spices and varies in heat from holy-smoking spicy to soul warming. The chicken (which is also hormone free, steroid free, and never frozen) can then be bought by the piece, in salads, bowls, or sandwiches.
During our visit, Stavros explained the process of cooking the chicken with Peri-Peri and told us about the health benefits of the chili, which is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. He also pointed out that much of the decor inside the restaurant had been brought over from South Africa, including lamp fixtures and a beautiful mural that had been hand painted on tiles and then put together at the restaurant.
To accompany their chicken, Spatch also has a variety of sides to choose from. They are all made daily, in-house. We tried samples of their rice and beans, sweet and spicy kale, coleslaw, grilled corn on the cob, and fries (their fries are the only fried item on the menu).
But obviously, the best part of our visit was trying their different salads, bowls, and sandwiches. Our favorite bowls were the 3 Grain Bowl (tomato braised farro, barley and bulgur wheat with spinach, feta and chopped grilled chicken) and the Super Mac and Cheese. We really liked the tomato flavoring of the 3 Grain Bowl and the Super Mac and Cheese had seasoned bread crumbs that we really enjoyed.
It was hard to pick a favorite sandwich though. We thought the three we sampled were all great and would order any of them, depending on the mood we were in. The Spatch was made up of grilled chicken thigh, sharp cheddar, coleslaw, house pickles, sweet hot peppers, and Spatch Peri-mayo. We liked this sandwich a lot because of the sweet and spicy tang it had. The Chicken Club had grilled chicken breast, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato and mayo. This kind of sandwich is normally our go-to because we love bacon and avocado. The third sandwich we tried was the Pineapple Chicken which had grilled chicken thigh, grilled pineapple, avocado, pickled onions, cilantro, and Spatch Peri-mayo. This sandwich surprised us the most! We’re not really into pineapples but we felt that in the case of this sandwich, it wasn’t too overpowering and paired nicely with the Peri-mayo.
Oh, and if you end up falling in love with the sauces (which you will!) you can buy some bottles to take home. We really liked the Lemon & Herb sauce, so we currently have a bottle of it in our kitchen. 😉
So finding healthy food in Fort Lauderdale that tastes good is possible! Whether you’re a local or even someone from out of town looking for some healthy food while on vacation, Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken offers a variety of items that are all natural and bursting with flavor. You can eat in their cool and casual restaurant, or you can carry out. Either way, there’s no doubt you’ll declare that the food at Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken is Peri-Peri good!
Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken
3848 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
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**A big thank you to Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken and The Blogger Union for putting together a wonderful afternoon. Although we were guests of Siren’s Table, as always, all opinions are our own.**