Alex Kuk grew up in a restaurant family. When other kids were out playing after school, Kuk was at work. While his friends celebrated holidays, he and his family were busy waiting on festive diners. "It's not your typical lifestyle," says Kuk. "Family time is creative. Dinner may be at midnight at ... More >>
The sandwich. It's a glorious thing. And it feels like South Florida just can't get enough of it. In 2013, we offered our picks for the best sandwich shops in South Florida -- a near-futile endeavor that proved way too limited in scope. To make up for it, this year we've been on the hunt for the b ... More >>
Memorial Day is almost upon us, which means folks across South Florida are breaking out the propane tanks, "Kiss the Cook" aprons and various cuts of meat for their BBQ extravaganzas. It can look pretty lonely for vegans. But all is not lost. It's not as tough as you might think to whip up a meatle ... More >>
"It's got to be the most boring, mundane street in South Florida," says Dr. Paul George, an oft-quoted Miami Dade College professor and historian, told us for this week's look at the restaurants along Hallandale Beach Boulevard. "It's more a racetrack to the beach than anything else." The strip of ... More >>
"It's got to be the most boring, mundane street in South Florida," says Dr. Paul George, an oft-quoted Miami Dade College professor and historian, when I ask about Hallandale Beach Boulevard. "It's more a racetrack to the beach than anything else." It's true -- the first several hundred feet of Exi ... More >>
The dearth of variety of kosher food along Stirling Road frustrated Orlee Arfi when she and her husband Mike moved to South Florida five years ago. "It's Israeli food or a steakhouse," she said of the nearby choices. The stretch of Stirling in between Interstate 95 and U.S. 441 is littered with pit ... More >>
Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach is an area well-known for fine dining. But not every restaurant can be on the Ave. itself, no matter how good the food. And sometimes, being a bit hidden, has its advantages. If you've driven through this area, on Federal Highway you might have noticed the be ... More >>
For an authentic taste of Greece, Palm Beach residents look no further than Zorba's Taverna, a new eatery now open in Delray Beach. With decades' worth of combined experience, owners Bobby and father Taso Orfanos joined with restaurateur Bill Maxakoulis to open Zorba's last December. The trio is d ... More >>
How ever did our ancestors survive before the vast selection in the Publix frozen food aisle? Before the every-corner convenience of McDonald's? Before pizza delivery???Well, they managed to slide by somehow, and probably for the better. In fact, according to food-friendly nonprofit Oldways, we shou ... More >>
When I was a kid -- a good 20 years ago now -- Deerfield Beach's waterfront scene didn't have many dining options. Sure, the Whale's Rib and Amante were there in the late '80s, but if you wanted something besides pizza or fried fish, a Slurpee at 7-Eleven was about all you could hope for.Well, all t ... More >>
Chef Sara Ventiera is on a three-week trip to the Bahamas, manning the kitchen on a 91-foot yacht. She will file regular updates from the waters about what it's like to work on a yacht, from pretrip provisioning to seaplane produce delivery. Click here for previous reports."Can you seat them for me? ... More >>
Boca Raton welcomes yet another Greek restaurant with the opening of Taso's Greek Taverna II in the Home Depot/Publix plaza located at the intersection of State Road 7 and Glades Road. The full service restaurant opened last month and serves familiar Greek fare like stuffed pitas and wraps and meaty ... More >>
Numan UnsalThe (restaurant) rich just get (restaurant) richer, as Delray Beach's Atlantic Avenue and environs welcome a classy-looking new eatery specializing in Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines. Sefa Mediterranean Grill (165 NE Second Ave.; 561-330-0004) makes its debut next door to the ... More >>
R. PereiraUnlimited helpings of Salad Olivieh and homemade hummus.OK, quick quiz. Sholeh zard is:a) a woman who told 1,001 tales in order to save her life.b) a ground beef or lamb dish made with tomatoes and onions.c) the villain in Disney's Aladdin.d) a dessert made with rosewater and saffron.On ... More >>
Following the Halloween debut of his Luna Lounge (207 Clematis St., 561/629-5241) nitespot in West Palm Beach, proprietor Osman Mehter has added a restaurant featuring the cuisine of his native Turkey. Doing the cheffing is Rauf Ziya, a long-time industry veteran who was last seen in the ki ... More >>
I stopped by the Flavors of Greece Festival held this past Saturday and Sunday at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Lauderdale, hoping to sample a little taste of authentic Greek food. What I got was a big taste -- a baseball-bat-sized wallop of flavors that nearly put me in a food coma ... More >>
Courtesy of DarbsterEven better than the real thing: Vegan Buffalo wings from Darbster.This week in Dish, we look at Darbster, a vegan restaurant located on the banks of the West Palm Beach Canal. Owners Allan Gould and Ellen Quinlan redesigned the old dive-bar spot at 8020 S. Dixie Highway and t ... More >>
Photo by Riki AltmanCanned stuff too seedy for ya?Perhaps you've already heard of this stuff and possibly even tried it once or twice. But have you ever tried it from a can? If so, humor us. If not, open up your minds and your mouths, masters and mistresses, for you may find this seasoned eggplan ... More >>
Photo by flickr user Roboppy.As a countdown to the Best Of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in May, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to John.Linn@BrowardPalmBeach.com.
This week in dish, we take a look at Bash Wine Cafe in Sunrise. We first looked at the unassuming bistro a few weeks ago on the blog and found its key asset to be well-priced comfort food. Now, here's an excerpt from our upcoming review:...Perhaps it's fate, then, that Bash's origins were as econ ... More >>
Photo by Flickr user mariannaFHomemade labneh just can't top Al-Salam's.Obama is speaking in Cairo, even quoting verses from the Qur'an, glad-handing Arab leaders, and no doubt settling down for intimate talks with King Abdullah II over a pot of Turkish coffee and some sticky pastries loaded with pi ... More >>
We hit four completely unconnected restaurants for some tapas-length reviews.
Learning from Santa Monica
What the coffee grounds predict for Taverna Yiasou
Two Broward restaurants bring Persia back home
Olio provides yet another excuse to drink well.
From the Caucasus to the shore, it's time for some post-Soviet soup.
Loosen your belt -- you're in for a long night
This is one fishy place to buy
Kef Room Mediterranean and Vegetarian Grill
Middle East Bakery
Finjan Bar & Grille
Millionaire Charles Croffard Dockery dreams of creating a high-speed bullet train in Florida. Sound crazy? Wait until you hear the details.
Mark's in the Park
The Original Falafel King