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Ten Best Places To Get Ceviche in Broward and Palm Beach County

Ten Best Places To Get Ceviche in Broward and Palm Beach County

June 28 is National Ceviche Day, a day designated specifically to the worship of lime-marinated fish. A traditional South American dish that can be traced back to the Incas, who preserved fish by covering it with a bath of salt and fruit juice, today, the basic ingredients haven't changed much. All you need is a fresh cut of raw fish diced into bite-size pieces and marinated in a bath of fresh-squeezed lime juice (an introduction made by Spanish conquistadors) salt, spices, herbs and raw vegetables.

Keep reading for our favorite spots to get ceviche in Broward and Palm Beach County:

And to answer your question about it being cooked or raw, it's actually a bit of both. The citric acid in the lime juice changes the texture of the fish, "cooking" it while still allowing the "raw" flavor to take over your palate. Depending on how long it marinates, the lime juice alters the structure of the protein, causing the flesh to become more opaque and firm, just as if the seafood had been cooked by heat. However, because citric acid isn't as reliable as heat when it comes to killing bacteria and parasites, it's important to use only fresh fish when making ceviche.

Typically, ceviche is made with sea bass or flounder -- but any firm, white-fleshed fish or shellfish will do. Depending on the culture or region, the other ingredients in ceviche vary widely. In Costa Rica, ceviche is made with thinly sliced onion and served with avocado and plantain chips. In Ecuador, shrimp ceviche is popular, tinged pink from the use of ketchup in the marinade, and served with corn chips. In Chile, ceviche is flavored with cilantro, and often made with Chilean sea bass bathed in grapefruit juice in place of lime juice.

No matter how you order, here are some of our favorite spots -- and recipes -- in the area.

 

Ten Best Places To Get Ceviche in Broward and Palm Beach County

10. Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant

In South America, ceviche is often made with various types of local shellfish, such as clam, oysters -- even barnacles -- and served in a bowl with toasted corn kernels and a side of fried green plantain. You can get a similar version at Ceviche in Delray Beach, where -- as the name suggests -- they serve several variations, including ceviche a la rusa, seasonal oysters served with thin-sliced onion and caviar alongside a shot of vodka.

9. Ceviche By The Sea

The Fort Lauderdale Peruvian restaurant, Ceviche By The Sea, offers six variations of the dish that include two traditional white-fleshed fish recipes, but its their unique tuna recipe that steals the show. The "Nikkei" is an exotic combination of nikkei sauce -- lemon, sesame and soy sauce -- with tamarind and rocoto peppers for a spicy, flavorful dish.

8. The Grille Fashion Cuisine

The Grille serves a few variations on ceviche, including the house favorite, the ceviche tres ajies. Made with chargrilled octopus, crab, shrimp and a three-pepper-infused lime marinade, it's served with diced avocado and tiny tendrils of fried plantain.

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Ten Best Places To Get Ceviche in Broward and Palm Beach County

7. Sheila's Famous BBQ, Conch & More

Sheila's Famous BBQ, Conch & More, which recently moved from West Palm Beach to Palm Beach Gardens, makes one of the area's best conch ceviche dishes around -- true Caribbean style preparation. Each bowl offers conch meat so tender, you'd swear it was anything but. Still, there's no mistaking the sweet flesh, which is diced into small cubes with onion, bell pepper, and spices. It's served three ways with a plain, mild or spicy bath of lime juice that "cooks" the raw meat to perfection. And just how does "Sheila" get the conch so tender? It's a secret she won't divulge. Even owner Dania Johnson's husband, who knows the technique, admits it took a long time for his wife to entrust him with her preparation methods.

6. Havana Hideout

Havana Hideout in Lake Worth serves up an unconventional shrimp ceviche, a recipe crafted by a local chef who goes by the name of Kai. A combination of sweet baby shrimp, fresh tomatillo, diced onions, jalapeno and a touch of cilantro, its made fresh daily, the ingredients marinated with lime juice and served with the house-fried tortilla chips.

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Ten Best Places To Get Ceviche in Broward and Palm Beach County

5. Captain Charlie's Reef Grill

The Old Florida fish house, Captain Charlie's Reef Grill in Juno Beach, is best known as the beloved hidden sweet spot where many of the founding Leftover's Cafe staff are said to have originated from. Here -- with fresh fish catch of the day still flapping in the kitchen -- they have their own take on ceviche, dubbing the dish conch carpaccio salad. What it is: a bowl of thinly sliced conch over chopped tomatoes, onions, peppers and cucumbers. Not 100% authentic ceviche, but close enough (and astoundingly good enough) for our books.

4. Cha Cha's

Across Mexico and Central America ceviche is made with many different types of seafood, including shrimp, octopus, squid, tuna, and mackerel. A basic marinade of salt, lime, onion, tomato and chili peppers, as well as avocado and coriander (what we call cilantro) makes the dish easy to prepare. The ceviche on the small plates menu at tapas bar and restaurant Cha Cha's in Palm Beach features a refreshing take on the dish with lime-marinated scallop, shrimp and calamari served with tomato and cilantro.

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Ten Best Places To Get Ceviche in Broward and Palm Beach County

3. Canyon Southwest Cafe

Across the country -- South Florida in particular -- ceviche has become a trendy dish as chefs experiment with exotic ingredients like coconut milk, and serve it with house chips using everything from fried plantain to sweet potato and yucca. In Fort Lauderdale, executive chef and owner Chris Wilber delivers a southwest-style ceviche with his killer combination of scallop, shrimp and calamari served with lime, jalapeno, roasted sweet potato and -- as they do in Ecuador -- topped with fresh-popped popcorn.

2. Coco Asian Bistro

At Coco Asian Bistro the menu isn't limited to Asian fare, sushi and sashimi. New menu items include two ceviche dishes, one a Thai-style tuna recipe made with shallot, apple, avocado and sushi rice and another with octopus, ginger, sesame seeds and shallot. Not quite ceviche but almost: the octopus and calamari with cucumber in a spicy kimchee sauce.

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Ten Best Places To Get Ceviche in Broward and Palm Beach County

1. Victoria's Peruvian Cuisine

Only a true ceviche lover would know about tiger's milk (AKA leche de tigre), the leftover juices from the marinated fish and ingredients served in a small shot glass. You can get it at Flavor of Peru in Fort Lauderdale, the juice all milky and tinged pink from a combination of raw fish, vegetables and unfiltered lime juice. Sometimes mixed with vodka (go ahead and ask for a shot to go with it) tiger's milk is often used as a cure for hangovers across Central and South America. Now that's a great way to celebrate National Ceviche Day. Cheers!

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