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John Linn

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    January 9, 2014
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    December 19, 2012

    Winter Beer Guide: Brew Suggestions for Your Holiday Bash (via Brown Distributing's John Linn)

    Wine and the bubbly get a lot of attention and love during the holiday season, but beer geeks know this time of year also brings lots of great craft brews out of the woodwork. In addition to a bevy of "winter only" offerings and special releases, 'tis the season to explore darker and heavier brews. ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    The Best Beers For Halloween (and Where to Get Them in South Florida)

    For a craft beer enthusiast, the most horrifying Halloween brew would be a watered-down, mass-produced, soulless barley pop. But one needn't go the taste-free route in order to be festively freaky on Wednesday. The American microbrew and niche beer scene has enthusiastically risen to the occasion of ... More >>

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    September 11, 2012

    New Times Pairings: An Event For Beer Geeks and Novices Alike

    Wine tends to get top billing at New Times Pairings -- in part, because Wine Watch and crew do such a fine job of it -- but the craft beer department is no slouch, either. This year especially is a must for beer geeks and hops nerds. In addition to familiar faces like Shock Top and Key West Sunset ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Confirmed: Treasure Trove to Shutter by Year's End

    ​Come January 1, no more taco Tuesdays -- or anything else -- at Treasure Trove. The beloved dive bar off A1A will shutter by year's end. A doubling of his $4,000-a-month rent as of January 1 by building owner Sophia Enterprises is too steep for the business to maintain. After 17 years running his ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    Guess Where We're Eating And Win Pairings Tickets

    John Linn​This week, I'm shying away from a picture of the layout and instead posting this bit of food porn from our restaurant in question.The catch is, not only do you have to tell me the restaurant we're eating this tasty looking morsel from, you also have to tell me what the name of the dish i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Easy, Low-Fat Recipe: Summertime Orzo Pasta Salad

    John Linn​When I think of summer food, I think bright, bold flavors that won't weigh you down. And this summertime orzo pasta salad delivers on all fronts. It's got everything you'd want to awaken your palate in this brutal heat: There are woody kalamata olives; tart marinated artichoke hearts; co ... More >>

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    July 28, 2010

    The Secret to Killer Veggie Fajitas

    John Linn​If there's one thing I love about Tex-Mex-style fajitas it's the veggies. That sizzling mix of onions and peppers is about my favorite part of the whole fajita entourage. To me, it's all about the caramelization. When the vegetables are rendered down they become the sweet and luscious ba ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    How to Make Jerk Chicken and Ribs To Die For

    ​Whether it's smoking low and slow or grilling fast and hot, I absolutely love making chicken and ribs during the Summer. And my favorite preparation for making each at home has to be Jerk-style. Good jerk just has so much going for it. The spiciness makes you sweat and actually cools you off in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Pho 78 Vietnamese Kitchen Opens in Sunrise

    John Linn​Mark down another Vietnamese restaurant in West Broward to try. Pho 78, the second location of the Pembroke Pines-based eatery, is now open in Sunrise. The restaurant specializes in pho (pronounced fuh) that most respected of Vietnamese soups that is completely customizable. It offers a ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    $10 Lunch: Paraiso Cuban Sandwiches

    John Linn​ The deal: This roadside lunch counter has served home-style Cuban food on the cheap to Downtown day workers for years. A few months ago the original owners took over the stand, cleaning it up and revamping the menu.

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    June 26, 2010

    Doggie Bag: This Week in Charlie

    John LinnThis mango-topped burger comes straight from Relish, reviewed this week in Dish.​Whole pompano gets exotic treatment at Marumi Sushi.Cheap lunch at Fernanda's International Market means Boar's Head subs with fresh baked bread.You decide: Is coal-fired pizza pleasantly charred, or just pla ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Where Are We Eating?

    John Linn​Delicately seared fish a glistening rare in the middle. Corn succotash and parsnip puree. Local turnips. If it sounds like an amazingly prepared plate, it is. Just tell us: Where are we eating?Bonus: Name the variety of fish for extra kudos.

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    June 11, 2010

    Make Boba at Home With WuFuYuan Tapioca Pearls

    John LinnThese tapioca pearls cost about $2.50 for a bag. It makes two to three batches.​I love a good boba (or bubble) smoothie after a big bowl of pho or a banh mi. There's something so fun about sucking up cold, sweet smoothie and finding those little tapioca pearls capriciously running up you ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    Where Are We Eating?

    John Linn​I figured I'd make this one harder since people are getting these so fast. But obviously this place has a lively bar scene and some interesting lighting. It's been reviewed by the paper before as well. And that's about all the hints you're going to get! So tell us: Where are we eating?OK ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Cheap Wine That Doesn't Suck: Colores del Sol 2008 Malbec

    'Tis the season of the ritual charring of the flesh--aka, barbecue season--(check out John Linn's review of Sheila's here) so a young man's fancy turns to what beverage of the alcoholic persuasion is best to wash down some killer 'cue.  Many of you (philistines) will say beer, and while it's tr ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    $10 Lunch: L.E. Tapioca & Sandwich

    John Linn​The deal: This Vietnamese lunch counter serves spicy banh mi sandwiches and the requisite boba teas to cool your mouth off afterward.

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Order Up: Sheila's Famous BBQ, Conch, & More

    John LinnBig chunks of moist chopped pork with chewy bark on a soft, sweet bun. Not bad, Sheila's.​This week in Dish, we review Sheila's Famous BBQ, Conch, & More, a two-month old Caribbean/barbecue shack in Lake Worth. I count myself among the geek crowd simply because I find barbecue - like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Where are We Eating?

    John Linn​Can you guess this tiny East Side establishment that serves home-style food to loyal regulars? Hint: We've mentioned it on the blog before.Click on the jump for a food photo and to enter your guess!

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    May 25, 2010

    A Complete Idiot's Guide to: Gallo Pinto

    John Linn​The Costa Rican specialty gallo pinto was one of my favorite parts of visiting the Central American country. I ate the stir-fried rice and beans just about every morning in Costa Rica, often accompanied by eggs, fruit, cheese, fresh tortillas, and sour cream. There's nothing like enjoyin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Beer of the Week: A Magic Hat Trifecta

    John Linn​Unrepentant beer drinkers, rejoice! Each week, Clean Plate Charlie will select one craft or import beer and give you the lowdown on it: How does it taste? What should you drink it with? Where can you find it? But mostly, it's all about the love of the brew. If you have a beer you'd like ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    Order Up: Gratify Gastropub

    John Linn​This week in Dish: Gratify, West Palm Beach's newest gastropub. The restaurant, which took over the Spoto's location in February, has an onus on small plates and drinks a'plenty. There's craft beer, an eclectic menu that includes bar food and local seafood, and a full service bar with wi ... More >>

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    May 3, 2010

    Five Broward Burgers to Eat for National Hamburger Month

    John LinnMay: The best month ever.​In case you're wondering, National Hamburger Month is May. It's a special time of year when the smell of smoldering coals and charred meat can be noticed wafting through neighborhoods everywhere. So give in to your burger temptations and grab a few bites at these ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Beer of the Week: Dogfish Head Aprihop

    John Linn​Unrepentant beer drinkers, rejoice! Each week, Clean Plate Charlie will select one craft or import beer and give you the lowdown on it: How does it taste? What should you drink it with? Where can you find it? But mostly, it's all about the love of the brew. If you have a beer you'd like ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    Feed Your Pie Hole at Meal in a Pie

    John LinnThis Meal in a Pie is filled with chicken curry.​What has four corners, is filled with meat, and can travel anywhere you go? Why, a South African Meal in a Pie, of course. These feature flaky/light pastries with meaty fillings like spinach and feta, bobotie (that's curried beef with dried ... More >>

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    April 23, 2010

    Doggy Bag: This Week in Charlie

    John LinnElevation's organic burgers are good, but do they top Five Guys?​This week on the blog:If Cab is King, Five Rivers Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon is a prince. This week's installment of 100 Favorite Dishes takes us to Tom Jenkins' BBQ in Fort Lauderdale, Talia's Table in Boca, and more. ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Battle Fast Food Burger: Five Guys Versus Elevation Burger

    John Linn​All hail the fat-ass restaurant hamburger. Is anything better than an inch-thick patty of carefully blended, freshly ground beef, char-grilled and bleeding all over the bun? These hulking sandwiches are the star attractions at the lowliest of dive bars and the stateliest of steak houses ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Order Up: The Office

    John Linn​Pictured: The Prime CEO burger from the Office in Delray Beach, a sandwich so emblematic of the restaurant that it's literally been branded with its logo. The burger is thick and steak-like and smothered with blue cheese, tomato confit, and -- like almost everything else at the restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Dish Deconstructed: Noodle and Egg Omelet

    John Linn​Leftovers make the best omelets, and this dish is proof. When I was growing up, my parents used to take leftover spaghetti from the night before and make an omelet out of it. That was a trick my mother learned from her frugal, Polish father. They would fry the cold noodles in a pan with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Beer of the Week: Dragon Stout

    John Linn​Unrepentant beer drinkers, rejoice! Each week, Clean Plate Charlie will select one craft or import beer and give you the lowdown on it: How does it taste? What should you drink it with? Where can you find it? But mostly, it's all about the love of the brew. If you have a beer you'd like ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Battle Bacon Mac: The Office Versus Johnnie Brown's

    As far as comfort food goes, macaroni and cheese is numero uno. Whether it's straight from the box or whisked together from bechamel and shredded cheddar, the creamy pasta is a favorite at joints all across South Florida. But recently, two similar versions have popped up in downtown Delray Beach. Is ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Order Up: The How-to Guide to Roti

    John Linn​Roti, an Indian-style flatbread that's pretty much a staple in West Indian food, is everywhere in South Florida. Little roti shops and curry huts specializing in the stuff can be found throughout Broward, especially the western stretches of Lauderhill, Margate, and North Lauderdale. But ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    First Look at Gratify American Gastropub in West Palm Beach

    John Linn​ Here's an idea: the Chinese Zodiac calendar should rename this year "The Year of the Gastropub." There have been a whole mess of notable gastro-openings across South Florida in the past few months, many of them bringing big names to high profile locations. Gratify American Gastropub is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    How to Handle a Prickly Pear

    John LinnA prickly pear margarita waiting to be drunk.​Prickly pear, or cactus pear, is the bright-purple fruit of the opuntia cactus plant. Most people know of prickly pear margaritas, that fruity drink made at Mexican restaurants and tequila bars. But on its own, the fruit is actually pretty del ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Order Up: Le Patio in Wilton Manors

    John LinnA trio of pâtés from Le Patio comes with duck, chicken, and pork pâté and plenty of warm French bread.​This week in Dish, we look at a restaurant that describes itself as "the tiniest, cutest restaurant in Wilton Manors." Le Patio, a boutique French bistro from ex-Sugar and Spice Cafe ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Wake Up to Fresh Market Coffee

    John Linn​I'm a coffee fanatic. But, like Jimmy, I refuse to drink "shit." Insta-coffee? No thanks. Folgers? Please. Nearly anything preground? Step back with that, son.Yes, when it comes to coffee, I have some distinct preferences. I like quality, whole roasted beans. I like them ground fresh bef ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Beer of the Week: Bam Biere Farmhouse Ale

    John Linn​Unrepentant beer drinkers, rejoice! Each week, Clean Plate Charlie will select one craft or import beer and give you the lowdown on it: How does it taste? What should you drink it with? Where can you find it? But mostly, it's all about the love of the brew. If you have a beer you'd like ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    New York Strip Steakhouse & Cabaret's Over the Top Media Kit

    John Linn​I receive a lot of media kits in the mail full of freebies. Most of the time, I end up passing them out around the office or otherwise getting rid of them. But this kit sent to me on Monday from New York Strip Steakhouse & Cabaret, a new (ahem) gentleman's club serving prime steaks s ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    Spring is Here: Radish and Blackberry Salad

    John LinnRadish and blackberry salad with parsley and goat blue cheese is spring on a plate.​This past Saturday was the official start date of spring, which means a whole new crop of produce is coming into season. A trip to any farmer's market is proof enough. All those fresh vegetables and bright ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Doggie Bag: This Week in Charlie

    John LinnElevation Burger debuted this week, and its sustainable take on beefy goodness rocks.​This week on the blog:The Meatist gets up close and personal with sausage balls.Tulipan, Jack's, Woodlands, and more end up in this week's 100 Favorite Dishes.Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares visit to ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Boeuf Bourguignon and Pinot Noir at Le Patio

    John Linn​ A late afternoon lunch of boeuf bourguignon and a glass of pinot noir was under $20 at Wilton Manor's quaint little boutique eatery, Le Patio. I sat outside among mismatched furniture in Le Patio's tiny "backyard," at a table made out of an old New Orleans sewing machine. The beef dish ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    We Got Issues: New Times in Print

    ​Traffic safety hazards have never been quite as sexy as the Stripper Mobile, the subject of this week's New Times feature. Natalie O'Neill gets to know the pole-dancers and their promoters, looking to make a scene amid a South Florida swamped with Super Bowl-sized sensory overload.That appears to ... More >>

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    February 17, 2010

    First Look at the Office in Delray Beach

    John Linn​It's been just over a month since the Office debuted in Delray Beach, the latest restaurant from David Manero and former Mark's chef Mark Militello. And a recent visit showed that the upscale gastropub is starting to hit its stride.I made the trek to Delray on a recent Friday night with ... More >>

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    February 12, 2010

    Best Of Broward-Palm Beach Readers' Poll: Best Pizza

    John Linn​Tell us what is the best pizza in Broward and Palm Beach counties in the comments section below.Need some suggestions? Click here to view our pizza guide with critics' picks.And click here for a master list of all Readers' Poll items.

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    February 12, 2010

    Doggie Bag: This Week in Charlie

    John LinnA pork sandwich from Rock 'N' Roll Ribs, reviewed this week in Dish.​This week on the blog:Make your own corn tortillas at home with Maseca Corn Masa. Our new columnist Patty Canedo has another edition of Half Baked.We start off this week's 100 Favorite Dishes with sliders from Zed451.Cha ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Cooking With Dried Chiles, Part 3: Barbecued Pork Al Pastor

    John LinnBarbecued pork al pastor all chopped up and ready to eat.​Welcome back to Charlie's dried chile adventure. In previous installments, we talked about how to prepare dried chiles as powder or puree, and how to transform those ingredients into award-winning chili con carne. Today, we're goin ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    Cooking With Dried Chiles, Part 2: Chili Con Carne

    John LinnA bowl of spicy chile con carne using home-ground chili powder. Nothing's better.​Yesterday, I talked about how to turn dried, Mexican chiles into powder or paste that can be used in any number of dishes. Today, we're going to put those ingredients to use in a batch of chili con carne, Te ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Order Up: It's Breakfast Time

    John Linn​ What's better than a plate of chicken-fried steak, sausage gravy, three eggs over easy, home fries, and a cream cheese-covered bagel? How about the four of South Florida's most unique breakfast eateries, all being covered in this week's Dish review. On the plate: Cypress Nook, a German ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    Po-Boys in the French Quarter

    John Linn​No, not the French Quarter in New Orleans; the French Quarter Bar & Grill in Pompano Beach. I stopped in there recently to sample their version of the iconic Crescent City sandwich, and here's what I came away with. 

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