BEST OF BROWARD/PALM BEACH® 2001
Now that humanity’s reach extends beyond the spiral arms of our galaxy and to the subatomic netherworlds so popular with summer vacationers, we here at New Times Broward•Palm Beach look back at this simpler time with a sense of sweet nostalgia. In honor of the dawn of the fourth millennium, we have produced this Best of Broward•Palm Beach issue (our 1003rd) using technology from the dawn of the third millennium. Thus, instead of receiving the publication in the form of an easily digestible self-replicating limited-AI nanocolony (like last year’s wildly popular cherry-flavor edition), you now hold in your eight fingers a folded stack of compressed, chemically bleached cellulose sheets imprinted with four-color pigments — just like the good old days.
Thus we pay homage to the South Florida of centuries past. We’ve assembled more than 300 descriptions of restaurants, people, and other entertainment that 1000 years ago filled the days of the folks who inhabited the now-submerged southeastern tip of the North American continent. For instance, because the humans of that long-ago era were obsessed with sex, we describe a place where they peddled something called a “Man o’ War dildo” that was 10 inches wide and 24 inches long. And we have chronicled shops where our ancestors purchased $35 cigars, $40,000 hydrocarbon-powered miniature Lamborghinis for children, and 20-gauge steel coffins for $550.
We’ve also documented the goings-on at a sports bar with more than 100 televisions, menus that include strange comestibles like duck-liver mousse and Tahitian barbecue; and a bizarre game that involves tying a ring on a string to the roof and then tossing it about.
And if these descriptions aren’t enough to put you in the all-too-limited mindset of a 21st-century dullard, we have painstakingly created fully interactive simulations of several prominent figures of the age, including a professional skeptic, a gossip columnist, an art collector, and a newspaper publisher, then asked them questions about the future they imagined back in 2001. A current politician also ruminates about how her predecessor might have viewed the world of today. Though their careers are now mostly defunct, their genes remain part of our common biological inheritance; besides, their antiquated perspectives will no doubt provide a modicum of amusement.
Finally there are the votes of our other software triumph, a simulated version of New Times’ 2001-era readers. The model was 100 percent authentic, even down to the clumsy attempts at ballot-stuffing. These spunky sims cast their lots for everything from best vegetarian restaurant (where people once ate vegetables grown in dirt) to best outdoor dining (on solid ground — imagine).
So disconnect yourself from your bioport for a few minutes and curl up with this faithful reproduction of turn-of-the-last-millennium history. It might just make you want to hang out in your corporeal form more often!
Find more Best of Broward-Palm Beach® winners:
- Best Theater for PlaysFlorida Stage
- Best Concert of the Past 12 MonthsBrian Wilson and the Pet Sounds Orchestra
- Best Road ShowThe Vagina Monologues
- Best Bar BandHep Cat Boo Daddies
- Best Entertainment for a BuckKnollwood Groves
- Best Cheap DateDania Jai-Alai
- Best DiveSneakers Sports Grill
- Best Stage DesignRich Simone
- Best Restaurant RowAtlantic Avenue
- Best Restaurant to Die in the Past YearEast City Grill
- Best Barbecue SandwichGeorgia Pig Barbeque & Restaurant
- Best Restaurant for a Power LunchBrasserie Las Olas
- Best Chain RestaurantBuca di Beppo
- Best Drive-Thru Coffee ShopExpresso
- Best Service in a RestaurantMoon Thai & Japanese
- Best Neighborhood RestaurantGusto's Grill & Bar
- Best Used-CD StoreCD Trader
- Best FloristField of Flowers
- Best Toy StoreFAO Schwarz
- Best Record/CD StoreUncle Sam's Music
- Best Place to Buy a CoffinCommunity Monument & Casket Company
- Best Airport ShopCoastal News/PGA Tour Shop/Heritage Booksellers
- Best PedicureSerenity Aveda Day Spa
- Best Flea MarketFort Lauderdale Swap Shop
- Best Used BookstoreArchives Bookcafe
- Best Pawn ShopNational Pawn & Jewelry
- Best ChiropractorJesse Rogers, D.C.
- Best Animal HospitalAcademy Animal Hospital
- Best Place to Find SupportRelax the Back
- Best Pet StorePet Paradise
- Best GarageDavie Garage
- Best Place to Buy Pool SuppliesPools 'N More Factory Outlet
- Ten Best Happy Hours in Broward County
- Ten Best Brunches in Delray Beach
- Ten Best Brunches in Fort Lauderdale
- Ten Best New Restaurants in Delray Beach
- Ten Best Restaurants in Hollywood
- Ten Best Romantic Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
- Ten Best Bagels (and Bialys) in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
- Five Best Ramens in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
- Ten Best New Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale
- Ten Best New Restaurants in Boca Raton
- Ten Best Healthy Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
- Ten Best South Florida Food and Drink Lists of 2014
- Ten Best 2015 New Year's Day Brunches in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
- Ten Best Kosher Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties