Eric Barton

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    May 24, 2012

    29. Oysters From G&B Oyster Bar

    As a countdown to the Best Of Broward/Palm Beach 2012, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations here. No. 29: Oysters From G&B Oyster BarThere are several focal points in the beautiful-yet-minimalist design of ... More >>

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    May 4, 2012

    40. Oxtails From Betty's Soul Food Restaurant

    As a countdown to the Best Of Broward/Palm Beach 2012, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations here. Oxtails sound a whole lot more exotic than they are. They sound like some test of a foodie, of someone who eats entrai ... More >>

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    April 6, 2012

    Traveling Plate Supper Club: A Fine Place to Be a Chef

    The life of a chef isn't one where you get a lot of thanks, toiling away in the kitchen, hearing only about how this table or that thought the steak was overcooked. So if you're a chef looking for a bit of praise from your adoring public, you should totally cook at the next Traveling Plate supper cl ... More >>

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    February 29, 2012

    Sought-After Traveling Plate Supper Club Tickets on Sale Tonight

    ​If you're quick and maybe just a little lucky, you might be able to grab a spot at the Traveling Plate's April 5 event. Tickets go on sale tonight at 8, and the 30 spots are expected to go quick.Clean Plate Charlie is sponsoring the event, and proceeds will go to the ARC Broward Culinary Institut ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    91. The Veggie Burger at Eten Food Co.

    ​We're counting down to New Times' Best Of Broward/Palm Beach 2012 issue in June by serving up our top 100 favorite dishes. Click here for a full archive. If you have any nominations of your own, please add them to the comments or visit our Facebook page.No. 91: Eten Food Co.'s Veggie BurgerThe ve ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    Clean Plate Charlie's Food Town Throwdown: Tell Us Which City Has the Best Dining Scene

    Update: Click here for results from this first round of voting and to vote in the Food Town Throwdown's second round. ​It used to be that when you had company in town and wanted to go someplace trendy, you talked about South Beach or Key West or anywhere but Broward and Palm Beach counties. Sure, ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    The Trump International Hotel & Tower: A $200 Million Feeding Trough for Pigeons

    Photos by Eric BartonTina has ocean views as she feeds her pigeons. ​Tina has been feeding the pigeons on Fort Lauderdale beach long enough to know them by sight. There's the silver one with a white crown who's the alpha male, mating with all the females and getting the best crumbs. There's also t ... More >>

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    January 22, 2012

    Yolo Wins Uncorked With "Forever-Braised" Short Ribs

    Hard Rock Cafe won Most Unique Bite with a pulled pork bahn mi. ​Las Olas staple Yolo clinched the top award from JA World Uncorked last night by serving up a "forever-braised" short rib over a potato risotto with crispy shallots. A majority of the Clean Plate Charlie panel of judges picked Yolo t ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Dirty Dozen Honorable Mention: Victor Tobin, Foreclosure Judge Turned Forecloser

    ​We put out the call for people we missed in our roundup of 2011's most devilish people and were informed of one overlooked former judge who certainly qualifies.With all the foreclosures and mortgage-related tragedies that have occurred since the collapse of the collateralized-debt market, it's ea ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    New Times Best Of App Gets Love From Wired and Apple

    ​Just a few years ago, the web presence of New Times was the digital equivalent of a kid in a bowler hat yelling out the news next to the haberdashery. Now, we've got a sweet new homepage, award-winning blogs, and apparently a smart phone app that rocks. Sure, that sounds like we're using this spa ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Prius V Test Drive: How Many Hippies and Bags of Manure Can This Thing Hold Anyway?

    Photos by Eric BartonHow many Occupy protesters can we fit in a Prius V?​We don't do a whole lot of car reviews here at the Pulp. So when JM Family Enterprises asked if we'd be interested in test-driving a Prius V for the weekend, our initial reaction was simple: only if we could try stuffing it f ... More >>

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    November 25, 2011

    Mosler's New Supercar Gets an Incredibly Awkward Introduction to Society

    ​The last time Riviera Beach-based supercar maker Mosler Automotive made waves in automotive circles was about a decade ago with the release of its lightweight speed demon, the Mosler MT900 (see Eric Barton's piece on the subject).Now there's the Mosler RaptorGTR, which includes some superimpressi ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    Pairings 2011: Ticket Winners, Judges Announced

    ​You've got one more day to buy tickets for New Times' fourth annual Pairings event at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.Click on the Pairings website to buy tickets online for $45 today, or pay $55 at the door tomorrow. Deep-pocketed readers can shell out $80 for VIP tickets that allow ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Paddleboard Makers on Risks: "We Call It Jumping Off Cliffs and Growing Wings on the Way Down"

    Photo by Eric BartonThe New River is one of the spots that is turning South Florida into a mecca for paddleboarding.​In March 2010, Matt Johnston called his wife, Deb, from China with a crazy idea. Matt was touring factories that make stand-up paddleboards in the hope that he might start making th ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Cinema Paradiso Board Shrugs Off Mounting Problems, Despite Detailed Tales From Inside

    Photo by Eric BartonThe Cinema Paradiso board: Nope, no problems here.​If you read this June 7 article on problems at Cinema Paradiso, you might be a bit concerned about Fort Lauderdale's arthouse theater. Problems with finances, complaints from former employees, a decrease in membership -- all th ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011

    Allen West's Illegal Underwater Flag Trip Was Organized by Taxpayer-Funded Tourism Board

    West's underwater salute comes courtesy of the visitors bureau.​The dive trip in which U.S. Rep. Allen West violated federal law by bringing along an American flag was organized by a tourism group funded by tax money.The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau organized the dive tri ... More >>

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    June 3, 2011

    Neighbors Turned Vacant Lot Into a Garden; Then the Bank Brought in a Wrecking Crew

    Photos by Eric BartonVegetables used to grow here.​For almost a year now, residents of downtown Fort Lauderdale's Flagler Village neighborhood chipped in their time and money on a community garden occupying a once-scrubby scrap of land. They built raised planter boxes and bamboo fences and just pu ... More >>

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    May 31, 2011

    Fort Lauderdale Mounted Unit, and All Cops on Horseback, Could Soon Fade Into Sunset

    Photos by Eric BartonA Fort Lauderdale mounted officer writes a ticket recently for a car on NE Fourth Street.​Sgt. Kevin Finn takes a step forward to make sure his next point isn't missed. His spurs clank on the barn's concrete floor. His calvary hat is turned just slightly to the side, gold tass ... More >>

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    May 18, 2011

    Escorts Who Met Clients at Hotel Rooms Found Themselves at the End of a Gun, Cops Say

    ​Police say a gang of men came up with a novel idea for a series of robberies: Call escorts, meet them at hotel rooms, and then rob them at gunpoint. For some reason, the robberies sometimes ended in the men pepper spraying the escorts. In response, cops from Plantation Police, Fort Lauderdale Pol ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Here's a Rare Headline: A Broward Politician Makes a Good, Ethical Call and Cancels the Mayor's Gala

    Feel free to drop a donation in the bucket.​It's not often that the Pulp mentions Broward politics with a reference to an ethical decision. It's even rarer when mentioning the county mayor's office, which has seemed like a magnet for corruption the past couple of terms. Add Sue Gunzburger's name t ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Living Room Theaters Boca Raton Needs Work, but It's Already the Best Movie Food Around

    Photos by Eric BartonIt's less Florida Atlantic University campus and more Stockholm.​There's something that feels foreign about the lobby/restaurant at the new Living Room Theaters in Boca Raton. The sparse tables and chairs look straight from Ikea, and the minimalist touches feel like the design ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Lynn University Students who Tried to Cross Drawbridge Had Little Warning of Danger

    Photos by Eric BartonStickers and graffiti cover the main warning sign at the downtown Fort Lauderdale tracks.​Two Lynn University students who tried to cross downtown Fort Lauderdale's railroad bridge early Saturday morning had little warning what was coming. Two signs warn pedestrians to stay of ... More >>

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    November 26, 2010

    Jamaican Reggae Fruit Bun Isn't the Bob Marley of Desserts

    Photos by Eric BartonA mountain of dry, dry bread.​When faced with random items in the ethnic aisle of Publix, I usually fall back on the  messages scrolled on the packages. Reggae Country Style Brand Fruit Bun didn't promise much. "Ready to Eat" it exclaimed. And "Contains Real Fruit." Beyon ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Free Weed, and Other Ideas for a Better Pro-pot Rally

    Photo by Eric BartonSabrina displays a foam finger of fun.​You're on the internet reading the blog of an alternative newsweekly, so there's a damn fine chance that you'd like to smoke a joint legally. So why were so few people at the pro-pot rally yesterday in Fort Lauderdale?Sabrina Koramblyum, w ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Malibu Mojito in a Bag a Convenient Way to Carry a Poorly Mixed Drink

    Photos by Eric BartonWe'll give it this much: It's convenient for office drinking.​It came in a nondescript box in the mail one day, this bag of liquor. The container inside had convenient little handles at the top, a spout at the bottom, and a simple promise: mojitos anywhere.And that sounded pre ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Las Colinas in Wilton Manors Serves up Lunch Counter Cuban

    Photos by Eric BartonLas Colinas means "the hills," and you get a mountain of rice with the dinners.​There have been plenty of attempts to fancy up Cuban cuisine. There's the overrated Versailles, and the Cabana restaurants in West Palm and Delray do a good Cuban-Caribbean fusion.But the truth is, ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    Doggy Bag: This Week in Charlie

    Dean Max's clam BLT deconstruction inspired some debate this week.​New Times Pairings is coming in September, and we're asking you what local restaurants you'd like to see there.A chef embroiled in legal troubles, asking for help on Craigslist? Name that local toque. East Coast Barbecue uses high- ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    J. Mark's Fort Lauderdale Opens After Long, Complete Makeover

    Photos by Eric BartonThe J. Mark's dining room has come along way from its Bennigan's days.​It may seem like forever since anybody was slinging food in the old Bennigan's location in Fort Lauderdale. But after a complete rehab in and out, J. Mark's finally opened its second location. If you haven' ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Eten Food Co. a Rare Inexpensive Option on Las Olas

    Photos by Eric BartonEten's takeout orders come ready to carry back to your desk.​Las Olas has lots of pricey options, but aside from the Floridian, that solid-for-breakfast-dead-for-dinner mainstay, and old stalwart bakery Gran Forno, there are few places to score a quick and cheap lunch. So that ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    The Worst of the Burger Battle: Ilios, Pier 66, and Riverside Hotel

    Photos by Eric BartonIlios' burger may not look bad, but wait until you see what's inside.​Georgie's Alibi showed the chains how it was done at Friday night's Burger Battle, turning in one mean ground chuck burger for the victory. But there were some downright disgusting excuses for America's favo ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Butifarra From Bravo Gourmet Sandwich Shop

    Eric Barton​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 10: Butifarra From Bravo Gourmet Sandwich ShopThe postcard-sized ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Almond Cookies from Gran Forno Bakery

    Photo by Eric Barton​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 20: Almond Cookies from Gran Forno BakeryIt's lunchtime ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Georgia Pig's Bacon

    Photo by Eric Barton​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 34: Georgia Pig's Bacon Georgia Pig's bacon is sliced thic ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Trata Greek Taverna Opens on Las Olas

    If you're not a subscriber to our weekly Café Bites dining newsletter for Broward and Palm Beach counties, here's a taste of what you missed this week. Click here to subscribe. Photo by Eric BartonTrata: No table dancers within.​For great people-watching without the worry of bare feet dancing ta ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    Where the Girls Are: YOLO in Fort Lauderdale and Tramonti in Delray Beach

    Photo by Eric Barton​OK, OK. In the interest of fairness and equality in light of last week's column about where to meet men, I guess I also have to disclose where hot girls in their mid-20s-plus go when scoping for gents. There are two places that are perfect -- YOLO in Fort Lauderdale and Tramon ... More >>

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    January 18, 2010

    BO's Fish Wagon: The Best Burger in Key West

    Photos by Eric Barton​The annual New Times Best Of Broward-Palm Beach edition doesn't cover the Keys, so it seems reasonable that we could name the best burger in Key West any other time of the year. So after a recent visit down to the end of U.S. 1, I'm ready to declare a winner: BO's Fish ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    I'm Eating What?! "Authentic" Filipino Cracklins

    Photos by Eric BartonThey're Filipino, they're fried, and they're pure fat.​My first experience with cracklins came when I moved to Houma, Louisiana, after college. I'd make the hour drive to New Orleans on weekend nights, and along the way, there were two important stops: the drive-through daiqui ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Doggie Bag: This Week in Charlie

    ​Here's what you missed this week on Clean Plate Charlie:Bill Citara highlighted one of our favorite cheap wines: Robert Mondavi Syrah.A brand new restaurant opened in downtown Hollywood, and Eric Barton wrote up a quick take on Satoro's tapas plates.Love Bites this week takes on a Transylvanian r ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    Morning Juice: Robber Has Pawn Problem, Homework Rules Promote Pot Smoking, Hiahleah is Blah, Blah, Blah

    Robber Who Got $4 million in Jewelry Probably Got Ripped Off TooThe robber who knocked over a Palm Beach jewelry store on Sunday made off with a cool $4 million in goods. Police released a sketch of the robber, at right, and it turns out he LOOKS LIKE EVERY WHITE GUY I KNOW! Police are looking for l ... More >>

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    January 12, 2009

    Morning Juice: Divorced and Friendless in Boca, Chess Champ Would Be Unknown if Not So Hot

    Divorcing Couples Forced to Live Together, Apparently Have No 'Buddies'The economy is so bad that couples going through divorces are forced to live with each other because they can't sell their houses. Here's an excerpt from the Associated Press story that explains the problem and includes a couple ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Morning Juice: Pranksters Cause Backup of One-Liners

    With news like this, we need Horatio.Shoes, Statue Pranks Work of Criminal Mastermind? Yeah!An investigation is underway to find out who dumped thousands of shoes all over the Palmetto Expressway this morning. But with only a CSI Miami-style unproven hunch, I'm willing to say that it's the prankster ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    The Cuts Keep Coming

    I've been documenting the downsizing of newspapers here for the past couple of years, so I guess it was bound to happen. My newspaper, which has largely avoided the carnage, has been cutting not just empty positions, but people. And the bloodletting has happened at several other newsp ... More >>

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    December 11, 2008

    Morning Juice: Good Morning America Seeks Rare Sand-Free Workers, Charlie Crist Offers to Give Us Free Exams

    Try not to seem too drunk when you hand out your resume. Job Fair Seeks Rare Dedicated, Sand-Free WorkersHundreds of desperate job-seekers got in line this morning outside The Diplomat in Hollywood for a job fair put on by Good Morning America. The show's website describes the event this way:Don't ... More >>

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    December 3, 2008

    I-95's Grey Poupon Lanes, Developers Ignore Pesky Economy, Gates Gets Pie in Face

    If you're like me and part of the bourgeoisie, you're also excited about the opening Friday morning of the I-95 pay express lanes. Because now we don't have to travel among the simpleton commuters -- we've got our own lane, H. Wayne Huizenga! For anywhere from a quarter to $6.20, you can zip past th ... More >>

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    December 2, 2008

    Crist's Wedding Dress, the GOP's KKK Problem, and the Dunkin' Badass

      Crist Buys Wedding Dress, Won't Be One Wearing It If you're the type of person who laughs at the sight of a beard-wedding dress combination, you'll appreciate the news that Charlie Crist's fiancee recently bought herself a wedding gown. I say this not because the accusations that Carole Rome ... More >>

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