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Best Of :: Readers' Choice

Best Strip Club
Scarlett's Cabaret

A favorite among everyone from frat boys to business types, Scarlett's caters to the horny masses from all over South Florida. Coming in at an expansive 23,000 square feet, the strip club houses four stages, three bars, five themed VIP rooms , and 20 private dance rooms. Whether you're on a tight budget or have plenty of cash to throw around, there's a little something for everyone. Open until 6 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. weekends, Scarlett's is the go-to spot for late-night debauchery.

2920 SW 30th Ave., Pembroke Park, 33009
Best Broward County Restaurant
Sublime Restaurant & Bar
Michele Sandberg

Gourmet diners have long had Sublime as their go-to, a restaurant founded by animal-rights activist Nanci Alexander and serving an entirely vegan, and partly organic, menu. Sublime has always been beautiful, with its water wall and open brick oven and its inventive list of "healthy" cocktails and organic wines. The food lives up to the name, from a delicious tempura-battered cauliflower "frito misto" to a gorgeous sublime roll wrapped in grasshopper-greensoy paper. Classic Margherita pizza from the wood-burning oven could totally go crust-to-crust with the best brick-oven pizzas in South Florida. And a braised spinach, wood-fired artichoke, and roasted shallot "quiche" lacking either eggs or cream is a knockout. Presentation is exquisite.

1431 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, 33304
Best Pizza
Tucci's Fire N Coal Pizza

This wood-oven pizzeria sits in a standalone building near Mizner Park punctuated by a large brick oven and a few rows of brightly colored industrial tables. The single-page menu features chicken wings, Italian salad, a handful of appetizers, and a few specialty pizzas (eggplant, broccoli rabe and sausage, Margherita). But the pizza is a treat. The crust crackles with a snappish crunch, and the sauce is garlicky and rich. Even better is the capricious nature of the cheese, which randomly finds its way into every other bite without ever getting rubbery.

50 NE First Ave., Boca Raton, 33432
Best Hairstylist
Sofia Navarro at Salon Mantra

The Salon Mantra's website spells out its mission: "To create a salon environment as unique to this planet as our clients are to us." It's clear Salon Mantra co-owner Sofia Navarro is helping meet that goal, considering she has won this poll two years in a row. The mission statement ends: "We will live this by keeping our Mantra one of trust, love, and beauty. After all... isn't that what it's about?" Yes, apparently it is.

3337 NE 33rd St., Fort Lauderdale, 33308
Best Radio Personality

Last year, Le Batard launched upward and onward from his days as Miami Herald columnist, local radio personality, and occasional guest host of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption. Now he's all marquee, with his name on his own show. Appropriately, he kept that personality that made him "the hatable Dan Le Batard" and called his show Dan Le Batard Is Highly Questionable. He's also highly unpredictable. Take the fact that he hosts his show with his father, Gonzalo. It's like nothing else you'll see on the ESPN networks, and that's exactly what makes it good.

Best Beer Selection
Laser Wolf

Located where NE Fourth Avenue meets the train tracks, Laser Wolf fits in an unusual triangular space. The place vibrates with bright-red walls, a mural by pro skateboarder Kris Markovich, and the runaway trendiness of a crowd that gathers between its walls to drink sake and locally crafted microbrews. Ashtrays feature the Misfits' skull logo, and even the chairs made the trip from the moody-hip downtown hangout the Poorhouse. Dance parties instinctively emerge in front of the DJ's corner setup, while an adjacent, charming courtyard hosts bands for the rock-devoted.

901 Progresso Dr., Fort Lauderdale, 33304

Best Strip Club: Scarlett's Cabaret


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