As we prepare to close the books on 2012, it's time to look back over the roll call sheets for the year to see who came to Broward and Palm Beach counties in the last 12 months. The burger glut of 2011 has cooled a bit, but there were still an easy half a dozen additions to the gourmet burger scene. ... More >>
Post-holiday stupor (and bank balance) put you in the market for something mellow this weekend? Perfect, because things are prettttty quiet in the pre-New Year's Eve buildup. Clean Plate Charlie has rounded up a handful of food- and drink-related activities this weekend in Broward and Palm Beach cou ... More >>
The restaurant industry is the gift that keeps on giving, and December was no exception. Santa's little elves were busy this month, bringing more than a dozen new restaurants to Broward and Palm Beach counties. In addition to that, there are a few new projects on the "up and coming" roster to look f ... More >>
If you're reading this now, it likely means you're running down the clock at work, sipping from a Thermos of spiked eggnog and counting the moments until sweet, holiday vacation time is yours. Those who are sticking around town this week will find there's not a whole lot going on. Clean Plate Charli ... More >>
Daniel Naumko, owner of the new Sybarite Pig restaurant in Boca Raton, is a true beer geek. One of the defining philosophies at his business will be "special beers for special people." It's part of his mission to promote the art of good beer and the people behind it. "I really got into craft beer ... More >>
Did your favorite restaurant live to see another month? Is your neighborhood getting yet another steakhouse? See who came and went in the month of giving thanks, with November's roundup of restaurant openings, closings, and other shakeups, after the jump. Know of something we missed? Sound off in th ... More >>
If you prefer to work in the shadows and get the job done without ever being seen (and you're looking to get some extra mileage out of that Halloween costume), have we got the gig for you. Ninja Spinning Sushi Bar (41 E. Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton) is looking to open in early November and th ... More >>
Hope you've got a generous appetite, cause October saw the opening of numerous restaurants and bars throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties, including a few re-openings and re-boots of past and popular favorites. After the jump, find a list of recent comings and goings in the local restaurant com ... More >>
Dickey's Barbecue Pit is set to open in Boca Raton on Thursday morning. The restaurant will welcome itself to the neighborhood by giving away free food to the first 100 customers who make it through the door. Sounds like a promising Halloween hangover cure, no? See Also: - Dickey's Barbecue Pit O ... More >>
It's once again that time in the month when Clean Plate Charlie takes stock of the dining scene, listing off the newbies, the dearly (and not-so-dearly) departed, and projects coming down the pike in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Activity was slow in comparison to July -- find the list of July op ... More >>
Shake Shack, the fast casual burger and fries restaurant chain by Danny Meyer, inspires carnivorous lust from the thousands of fans who wait in long lines for their fix of Shack burgers and concretes.
Hoppy beers, spicy balls, and drink-slinging firefighters; all in all, not a bad week for dining and drinking in South Florida. After the jump, find a roundup of food and drink events -- including a lot of beer-oriented happenings -- in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
If you're able to tear yourself away from the 2012 Olympics coverage long enough to venture out you'll find an assortment of booze-focused events this week in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Of course, if you want to go out and still be able to watch televised handball you can find a list of South ... More >>
Celebrate the summer Bacchus-style during a 12-week Downtown Summer Wine Series in Boca Raton. From July 17th to October 2nd, Boca-based foodie event organizer, Denise Righetti invites South Florida wine lovers to explore a variety of summer wines from around the globe.
This of an excerpt of this week's dining review of Tanzy at Boca Raton. Read the full review of Tanzy here.Photos of Tanzy Boca Raton Greg and I had been arguing for the better part of an hour when dessert arrived. "You have no idea what you're talking about," he spat out. Then he swallowed a chunk ... More >>
Is a month without an epic burger event even worth mentioning? That's a question for another day, given that this week will see the introduction of yet another burger-licious event in South Florida. This month's contender is the Boca Burger Battle kicking off Saturday night in downtown Boca. Of cour ... More >>
Vegetarians are usually shut out of the burger battle game, left to nibble on toothpicks and stray pieces of lettuce that haven't been soaked in meaty leftovers. But the first-ever Boca Burger Battle: A Grilling Affair (which is in no way affiliated with a certain other Burger Battle that ... More >>
Cinco de Mayo is Saturday, and there are many ways you can choose to celebrate what often devolves into a holiday of drinking too much and making poor decisions about one's ability to dance on a bar. (Which, more power to you: Have fun, and call a cab!)Find a list of the typical, tried-and-true, cra ... More >>
The food and drink event calendar in South Florida is pretty quiet this week, and with the weather taking a dive, it's a good time to hunker down with your couch and streaming Netflix (try this list of five Florida-based movies). By the weekend, it will be time to party down for Cinco de Mayo and th ... More >>
Though the appeal of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches has sort of diminished in the wake of SproutGate 2012, it hasn't waned enough to pass up the chance for a lunch that costs only a buck. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. today, customers can snag a $1 sub at participating Palm Beach County stores, includ ... More >>
Brunch had been on my mind since pulling together a list of ten of the best brunch offerings in Broward and Palm Beach counties. (Look for the list to post to Clean Plate Charlie within the week.) But instead of heading to one of the tried-and-true destinations, I chose Saturday brunch as an excuse ... More >>
Tanzy is scheduled to open in early May in Mizner Park in Boca Raton. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant/bar will be located in the downstairs portion of the space previously occupied by Sunrise Cinemas and currently undergoing renovation to become an iPic Theater. The new restaurant/movie theater com ... More >>
Restaurant openings have dialed back in March, with a couple of big debuts delayed. Rebel House is finishing final touches for doors opening in April. Over in Boynton, Due South Brewery secured its permit, which allows folks to put together the brewhouse. With hope we'll be drinkin ... More >>
With St. Patrick's Day knocking on the door and the New Times "Original" Beerfest 2012 mere weeks away, we've got beer on the brain. Which is why the "Cooking With Beer" demonstration this Friday night at Publix Apron's Cooking School in Boca Raton sounds so enticing. For $45, you'll get to learn ... More >>
Boca Bachannal, the three-day celebration of wine and food, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a pretty impressive lineup of events. Tastings, dinners, and seminars start on Friday, March 23rd and culminate with a grand tasting on Sunday, March 25th. Proceeds from the events benefit ... More >>
Farmer Jay -- civilian name: Jason McCobb -- will lead a one-hour workshop for budding organic gardeners at Whole Foods Market in Boca Raton from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. The informal workshop will cover basics such as soil amendments and other fundamentals of organic gardening.
So -- Valentine's Day, huh? Whether you're looking to dump someone, you're a cheap date (or you're trying to figure out if your date is being a tightwad), aren't afraid of bad ideas, or you're interested in actually doing something nice with a special someone, there are many directions you can go ... More >>
Clean Plate Charlie is pitting our eight best dining areas against each other in a March Madness-style bracket. Later this month, we'll crown a winner -- an undisputed champion city that can boast to have the best food scene in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Below, read up on No. 4 seeded Weste ... More >>
Unlike Miami -- which saw a record number of big-name restaurant openings, like Jean Georges Vongerichten's J & G Grill; Bar Tanaka, Blue Collar, and the Federal -- around here postholiday has been relatively quiet. Michelle Bernstein's departure from the Omphoy is the biggest news, followed ... More >>
A review of the Inkmaster Screening Party at Spin Ultra Lounge in Boca Raton Tuesday night and an introduction of Lea Vendetta. Tuesday night, tattoo artist/painter Lea Vendetta was at a chic lounge in Boca Raton, yet a good chunk of people all over America fell in love with her -- that's the pow ... More >>
Join the crowd Saturday at Beerfest. Nothing much stands between the cornucopia of stout, ale, and lager selections at the New Times Original Beerfest and you but a few hours. Roughly 48-ish or so hours, to be exact, but still. In case it wasn't obvious, the Clean Plate Charlie crew is pretty fon ... More >>
Bernt Rostad via Flickr Creative CommonsThis is what a Battle of the Beers could look like. The Seattle-like deluge has subsided -- at least for the time being -- and the weekend forecast looks pretty kick ass, all around. If the gloomy skies had you in a sour mood all week (Floridians are addict ... More >>
Meet the Gourmet Truck Expo in Boca. If you live in or spend any time in Boca Raton, you know the pain in the ass, driving hell that was the Pedestrian Promenade construction project that recently wrapped up in downtown. Looks like the city plans to make up for the parking and "Bridge Closed" hea ... More >>
Buddha and beer for your Saturday night. Let's be honest here: Boca Raton isn't exactly known as a destination for craft beer or chill vibes -- gated communities and gray hair, perhaps, but the former, not so much. Regardless of its stodgy image, there are a few gems that cater to a fairly hip de ... More >>
Are you In the Biz but out of work? Check here every week, where we round up some of South Florida's most promising job leads. (you're welcome. Just be sure to tip us off when you hear of any juicy scandals in the kitchen.) Just in Time for Octoberfest, Biergarten Boca Raton will open September 2 ... More >>
Dogfish Head will take over some of these taps on Tuesday. See? Going back to work ain't all bad.It's Monday, and yet, it's still the weekend - what a beautiful conundrum. Assuming you were given the day off and don't have a fancy pool party to crash, there are a few options about town with which ... More >>
The Lodge, RIP.At the end of every month, we look back at what restaurants have opened and closed. August wasn't as event-filled as July, yet when it comes to closings, that's a good thing (though folks around here are still lamenting the loss of the Lodge in Boca Raton).Let's go to the list:
Are the burger wars set to commence in Boca?Another one bites the dust? Looks like fans of microbeers served by young ladies in micro-shorts will have to look elsewhere in Boca Raton for their weekly pint of Magic Hat. For all intents and purposes, the Lodge Beer and Grill (yes, that's how they m ... More >>
Smokehouse Grille's smoked wings.Smokehouse Grille & Wingery uses the same smokers as those seen on TLC's BBQ Pitmasters, according to chef and co-founder Mark Uffer.
Nick Laudano, who's fine but short-lived Nick's Apizza introduced Lake Worth to the joys of New Haven-style pizza, will debut his new, much bigger and more ambitious pizzeria in Boca Raton's Glades Plaza this July. Renamed Nick's New Haven-Style Pizzeria & Bar, the 4,600-square-foot res ... More >>