Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Latin House Grill Needs Some Polish

    When the economy tanked in late 2008, Cuban-born Michell Sanchez ended up like many others -- down on his luck. After his business buying and selling gold crumbled, he went from a life of luxury and globetrotting to nothing. "I lost everything: my car, my condo," recalls Sanchez, who looks a little ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2014

    Ten Best Cuban Sandwiches in Broward and Palm Beach

    Trying to find the best Cuban sandwich in South Florida is like trying to find a stretch of pavement uncluttered with out-of-state plates come high season. Near impossible, and almost as frustrating. With so many options to choose from, what it really comes down to is quality. The best Cubans have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    Latin House Grill Celebrates Grand Opening Today in Pembroke Pines

    Meat-eaters, and taco-lovers -- rejoice. Things just got a little more interesting for the foodies of Broward County. If you've heard rumors about the Latin House Grill Burger & Taco Bar's "stalker" fan club, but didn't know what to expect, now is your chance to find out what all the hype is about. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Ten Best Seafood Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    Right after Alaska, Florida has the most coastline of any state in the union. With 1,350 miles of ocean coastline and 8,436 miles of tidal coastline, which includes tidal estuaries, bays, and other bodies of water affected by pull of the moon, our fare peninsular has twice as much shoreline as any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    Ten Best Cheesesteaks in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    The cheesesteak is one of the most well-known - and controversial - of sandwiches. The king of hoagies, subs, and sammiches, it truly is a thing of beauty, judged only by it's melty-mess-making ability. What makes a cheesesteak? Let us begin with the roll, that chewy Italian bread many out-of-tow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    Best Dive Bar Food in South Florida

    The dive bar is known for many things, food not being one of them. But there are exceptions to any rule, and for these South Florida dive establishments, the menus are just as good as the cheap beer, colorful crowd, and karaoke. But at places like Swamp Grass Willie's in Palm Beach Gardens, you can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    25. Chrissy Benoit of the Little House Boynton Beach

    New Times' Best Of Broward-Palm Beach 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up 30 of our favorite tastemakers -- restaurateurs, chefs, bartenders, and other foodies who make the South Florida food scene what it is. We'll start with number 30 and lead up to South Fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    The Little House in Boynton Beach: New Eatery from From Havana Hideout Owner Chrissy Benoit

    Who leaves a successful, established restaurant to rescue a historic, dilapidated house and start a new business from scratch -- in a city no one identifies with any sort of dining or nightlife scene?Chrissy Benoit, former chef-owner of Havana Hideout in Lake Worth, who has already tasted success se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2012

    South Florida's Best Bloody Mary

    ​The go-to recovery beverage of choice, the bloody mary can be made in any number of ways, lending itself to furious debate about where you can find the best one and what it takes to get that title. Here is a look at seven of the best bloody marys you'll find in South Florida. Know of a great bloo ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 23, 2012
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    February 13, 2012

    Pompano and Deerfield: The Locals' Food Mecca

    ​We're in the thick of the Food Town Throwdown, in which West Palm Beach/Lake Worth is killing Western Broward and Delray Beach clobbers Fort Lauderdale. Want to weigh in for the results? Be sure to vote for your favorite neighborhoods. I can't help but root for underdogs. Though it's already nixe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Western Broward County Versus Hollywood: Pitting the Best of Our Ethnic Food Territories

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Dean Max of 3030 Ocean: After-Hours Eats

    ​Be on the lookout this afternoon for my review on 3030 Ocean and the cuisine inspired by chef Dean Max, the local celebrity toque whose name has been behind the restaurant for more than ten years. Max, who has earned this newspaper's Best Chef and Best Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, drives s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Adopt-a-Kitchen Program to Help More South Florida Foodies Get a Start in the Restaurant World

    Chrissy Benoit, owner of Havana Hideout and the Production Kitchen. ​How would you like to roll out in your own food truck? Maybe build a small business baking your grandmother's amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe? Or that dressing all your friends and family just can't get enough of?For a numb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Guy Fieri at Hogwarts: A College Humor Satire (Video) Guy Fieri learning from Severus Snape - the real stars are the lacewing flies.​Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two broke box office records this part weekend, grossing about 100 gazillion dollars. The bad news is that we said goodbye to Harry Potter forever. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Help Talia's Tuscan Table in Boca Raton Become Guy Fieri's Next Drive-by on his Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

    Talia's Tuscan Table owner, Chef Andy Bennardo, behind the bar at Baba's Shrimp Shack​How does Guy Fieri choose the restaurants he features on his Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives?If it's anything like his upcoming prospect, Boca Raton restaurant Talia's Tuscan Table, it's got a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2011

    Guy Fieri Approved: Try the Winning Rib Recipe from the Food Network Star Fourth of July Episode

    The Food NetworkFood Network Star's Fourth of July Episode winner Susie Jimenez cooked spicy pork ribs​Food Network Star finalists put on quite a show Sunday night for Season Seven's Fourth of July special-episode featuring "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives," host, Guy Fieri. The show's 10 remaini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    10 in '10: The Top Food News Stories of 2010​Video that gave new meaning to the term "food porn," trucks that gave a new dimension to take-out meals and new restaurants from celebrity chefs were all among the food and restaurant stories that tickled our taste buds (or other organs) in 2010. This list of the top 10 local food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2010

    The List: 13 Things Foodies Should Be Thankful For

    ​Thursday, November 25, is, of course, Thanksgiving Day. It's a day for Americans from coast to coast to gather family and friends and, in the spirit of the holiday, watch interminable football games between two pathetic teams of losers who couldn't beat their own grandmother with a tire iron. Tha ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 20, 2010
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    May 11, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Key West Dolphin Sandwich From The Whale's Rib

    John Linn​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 13: Key West Dolphin Sandwich From The Whale's RibAs featured on D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Two Incubator Rental Kitchens Open in Palm Beach County for Want-to-Go-Pro Cooks

    Is there a food lover out there who doesn't think they'd like to cater, or open their own eatery or bottle their own hot sauce? Here are two places that will let you give it a whirl before commiting to a retail space. Why rent a kitchen? Mise en Place hot kitchen in Tequesta​

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Grilled Achiote-Rubbed Fish Tacos From Havana Hideout

    ​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 18: Grilled Achiote-Rubbed Fish Tacos From Havana HideoutLake Worth's primo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    As Seen on TV: Key West Dolphin Sandwich at the Whale's Rib

    John Linn​ Well, not quite as seen on TV. On the episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives that featured the Deerfield Beach institution, the Whale's Rib, Guy Fieri sampled the Key West dolphin sandwich in fried form. But on a recent visit, a longtime waitress at the Rib told me to try it blackened. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Behind the Line With Le Tub's Steve Sidle

    College-dorm bathrooms, walk-in closets, and even prison cells are bigger than the kitchen Steve Sidle walks into on a daily basis at work. His "work" is as general manager and executive kitchen manager at Le Tub -- one of Hollywood Beach's most prized and oldest restaurants. Sidle has been in Sout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Havana Hideout Owner Reveals Inspiration Behind 'Paper Plate Cuisine'

    Photo by Patty CanedoHavana Hideout owner Chrissy Benoit.​At first glance, you may miss Havana Hideout, nestled in toward the end of downtown Lake Worth. However, this tucked-away little jewel sparkles as an homage to "paper plate cuisine." If the music doesn't catch your ear or the inviting couch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Mo' Po', Mo' Boy -- Local Poor-Boy Shacks to Honor the Preservation Fest

    John Linn​The poor boy is the kind of sandwich you can't honor in just one meal. It's a hoagie fit for eating standing up in the street, hovering over a bar with a beer, or straight from the fridge to chase away a hangover. So, as an ode to the Po-Boy Preservation Festival, here are a few local jo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Weekend News

    ​Miami restaurateur and chef Michelle Bernstein opened her brand new MB Terrace at the Omphoy resort last Wednesday. The casual dining spot is the sister restaurant to Michelle Bernstein's at the Omphoy, a Mediterranean-inspired, dinner-only resto that opened over the weekend. I will be giving my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Havana Shout-out

    Havana Hideout isn't hiding any more. The postage stamp-sized tiki bar, lounge, restaurant and generally cool place to hang in downtown Lake Worth hits the big time tonight with its debut on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with Guy Fieri.  To celebrate, Hideout owner Chrissy Beno ... More >>