We know, you and your food-snob friends turn up your noses at fast-food chains. McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Taco Bell -- "Ugh, gross." "I don't eat that fake junk," you say in public, while secretly passing through a drive-thru while wasted on your way home from the bar. Well, closet junkfoo ... More >>
Eating out tends to have negative effects on the size of your wallet. And while cooking at home tends to have positive impacts on your cash flow -- and waistline -- it can eat away at your free time. If you're broke and too busy, lazy, or culinarily challenged to cook at home, we have a list of the ... More >>
If ever there were an iconic south Florida name, Shula would be it.The football legend is famous not just for his coaching skills, but his namesake high-end steakhouses, to boot. Now there's a new concept for the Shula brand, in what's often called the "better burger market." This niche includes&nbs ... More >>
Over the past few years, consumers have become increasingly aware of the abuse that takes place in the industrial food system. Public outrage has reached a fever-pitch. Due to consumer demand, many corporations and state governments (including Florida) have even begun banning gestation crates--those ... More >>
Google the terms "burger" and "Fort Lauderdale" and more than four million results pop up. Even if you don't count the Big Three burger chains -- McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's -- there's still Five Guys, CG burgers, Energy Kitchen, BurgerFi, the soon-to-open Shula burger, Elevation burger in ... More >>
Investigators say BSO Deputy Gerald Wengert beat up a 17-year-old and had a police dog chew on him because Wengert's girlfriend told him to.The incident in question happened December 1, 2010: 17-year-old Mark Visconti was driving on Stirling Road in Cooper City after school when he and a passenger s ... More >>
Even multimillionaire polo players with a penchant for booze can't resist the temptation of Wendy's, the fast-food giant that took the lead over Burger King in sales volume for the first time since it was founded in 1969. According to a report from research firm Technomic Inc., Wendy's sales list ... More >>
Ft. Lauderdale has decided to spend $26,350 on anti-panhandling ads. As discussed yesterday, the signs convey a sense that giving change to the homeless is similar to giving food to wild animals. The city argues that panhandling increases drug and alcohol abuse, distracts drives, and leads t ... More >>
almostalwaysthinking.comWe never liked him, anyway.Personally, we don't love Valentine's Day. It's a forced holiday where you're made to feel bad if you don't have someone to give you flowers and candy. We're not sure if the new trend is the anti-V-Day, but we can safely say that the follow ... More >>
It's the round-up time of the year. To kick off the a.m., we've culled the national stories on Clean Plate Charlie that got the most clicks for 2011. Read on for everything from the riveting to the ridiculous!
If you ever need to find 50-year-old Joseph Wilson, check the jails first -- he's actually in the St. Lucie County jail right now, marking his 100th trip to the slammer.According to the Port St. Lucie Police Department, a security guard from a Bealls department store called the cops Thursday sayi ... More >>
Wendy's Fries - they look natural enough..Wendy's Natural Cut Fries with sea salt sound almost like granola in their commercials. The fast food chain touts that the fries are natural-cut russet potatoes, sprinkled with sea salt for a fry that's better (and better for you). Shocker of a li ... More >>
andrew_mc_dYou get home from a long night out and what is the first thing you want to do? Crawl into your bed and hope tomorrow does not bring sickness from the night's mistakes? Yes -- but first, Must. Have. Grease.We all know the feeling. You just can't quite roll into bed until you stuff your ... More >>
Dori ZinnPat's Cheesesteak, stuffed "wit onions" and cheese whiz.I don't normally condone eating any meal inside of a gas station. While they may have quick bites, they're normally tasteless and not filling. That is, of course, unless you've been inside the Chevron gas station on South Military ... More >>
Flickr: LadyDragonFlyCCHey, Santa, we know you want to keep your girlish figure. "Santa: I've grown sick of cookies"We had another chat with Mr. Claus this week (courtesy of santabot.com) and found out that he's tired of eating cookies. Frankly we aren't surprised since he does eat 1,140,000 mill ... More >>
Deirdra Funcheonthe Green Gourmet in Delray Beach Yesterday's "Guess Where We're Eating" challenge featured the Green Gourmet in Delray Beach. Open just over a year, the little eatery features fresh prepared organic foods. The restaurant is owned by Joseph Giannuzzi, who was the executive chef at ... More >>
Flickr: dannyrayvFast food restaurants still haven't caught on to offering gluten-free options. P.F. Chang's can coat their lemon chicken in a GF breading, but McDonald's still smothers their nuggets in wheat.That poses a problems to celiacs on the run. But never fear! You may not have a wi ... More >>
Zagat posted its annual survey results for fast food this week, rating national fast- and full-service chain eateries in categories like "Top Food for a Mega Chain" (Wendy's) and "Top Healthy Options" (Subway, Jamba Juice). But every survey has its stud, and this year's was Five Guys, who took th ... More >>
Wikipedia CommonsPlease, just don't eat this.Face it, you can't always eat healthy.Now don't argue. There are times when you can't hit up the specialty market to make the gourmet salad. Next option? McDonald's!Yes, we know that's not the best idea. But there are things you can eat to make sure ... More >>
Flickr: barkStep 1: Remove the lid. Step 2: Ponder National Ice Cream Month.Bet you can't say that three times fast. And even if you can, so what: You're wasting precious time that could be spent eating ice cream. After all, it's National Ice Cream month, a true cause for celebration -- and where ... More >>
Walking into a Deerfield Beach Tex-Mex restaurant last week, I noticed a handwritten sign on the door. It read, "Due to tomato shortage, customers are limited to one bowl of salsa per table."Tex-Mex without salsa? That's like pizza without cheese. Or sauce.After one of the coldest winters in the ... More >>
John LinnGet old school... about 450 years old.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 th ... More >>
via Flickr user newsongNYIt's about three hours into a four-hour road trip, so I'm finally hitting the home stretch, but I can't wait another hour to get home and eat. So I pull off the Florida Turnpike into the Lake Worth Rest Stop (mile marker 94 for those deranged enough to follow along my gas ... More >>
I didn't exactly have high expectations when I was tasked with reviewing Wendy's new boneless chicken creations. I've certainly had a square hamburger or two from the red=headed temptress' chain, but it's never the first choice I make. So it's with a very real sense of dread that I walk through t ... More >>
26-year-old Miami wunderkind Lee Cipolla called The Juice from Los Angeles, where he recently sold two of his independently made films to Grindstone Entertainment, with DVD distribution by Lionsgate Home Entertainment. One of the films, Know thy Enemy, has been a hit in Blockbusters and Best Buys f ... More >>
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