We've also been protective of neighborhood joints, whether it's stalwarts like Calypso, the busy enclave at Flavors of Peru, or the Manor in Wilton Manors, which was met with scores of defiant comments when this paper wrote an ambivalent review. Sometimes, we want to dine where everybody knows our name, regardless of what's on the plate.

There are also a few things on the wish list for 2012. I wish fruits and vegetables would steal the show from meatcentric menus. I long for a craft cocktail speakeasy. Last, I hope for better training for the front of the house, especially when it comes to lunch service or when bartenders seem oblivious to the field of empties cradled by frustrated, would-be drunks resigned to absentee service.

A few things we can surely expect. More single concepts are on the docket: small, inexpensive sandwiches from 100 Montaditos, an oyster emporium next door to Coconuts at B&G Oyster Bar, and a Bourbon mecca at the Rebel House. More restaurant gardens too: A few in Boca have plots at the town's new community garden. Sublime built one on the roof.

3030 Ocean's grilled octopus with arugula salad.
3030 Ocean's grilled octopus with arugula salad.

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Kapow! Noodle Bar

431 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Boca Raton

Longboards

519 Clematis St.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: West Palm Beach

Charm City Burgers

1136 E. Hillsboro Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Category: Restaurant > Burgers

Region: Deerfield Beach

Dapur

1620 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Fort Lauderdale

DIG Restaurant

777 E. Atlantic Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33483

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Delray Beach

Max's Harvest

169 NE Second Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Delray Beach

Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House

333 Himmarshee St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Fort Lauderdale

3030 Ocean Restaurant

3030 Holiday Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Fort Lauderdale

Spoon Fed

217 E. Atlantic Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Delray Beach

The Manor Complex

2345 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Wilton Manors

Sublime

1431 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Category: Restaurant > Contemporary

Region: Fort Lauderdale

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This past year, a little tension has served us well. From Miami to Palm Beach, it has become an interesting time to dine in South Florida. Here's hoping that chefs like Villacrusis are encouraged to indulge their culinary passion and that 2012 will nurture a dynamic dining scene.

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Joey "Merlin" Giannuzzi
Joey "Merlin" Giannuzzi

You hit some nerves Melissa in a good way...I'm going into my third season at The Green Gourmet and it is still difficult sourcing my food and products...I am so tired of hearing we are out of stock on that item only to find out I'm the only one using it... In Florida!!! Please keep writing articles to encourage other Chefs and Restaurant owners to do the right thing!

Joey Giannuzzi

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Frank
Frank

nice article.

what happened to the chef at Market17 and when? Any update on a replacement?

Melissamccart
Melissamccart

I'm still circling. Just called this morning to try and get something for that restaurant changes/opening blog post. I'll let you know asap.

Frank
Frank

ok, thanks Melissa. One of my faves, if not my fave in FL, but too pricey to go there too often, and too big a space to have a good atmosphere on quieter nights. If the chef has changed and the quality of the food coming out has gone down they could be in serious trouble.

Frank
Frank

That was me over on Miami. 

Although Miami is certainly improving, SoFlo as a whole is not great, and Fort Lauderdale has a dearth of good restaurants. Atlanta is way ahead.

Melissamccart
Melissamccart

Frank, I just got it and can write about it next week. BTW, is that you over on Miami NT writing about Atlanta and Houston? I agree, when it comes to Atlanta, anyway. There just aren't the handfuls of ethnic neighborhoods from every continent in Miami the way there is in Atlanta.

Frank
Frank

by FL, I mean Ft Lauderdale.

 
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