Fueled by this sense of aesthetic wonder, we present 306 examples of what we consider the area's finest. There are the old faithfuls -- Best Restaurant, Bar, and Politician -- as well as the less conventional: Best Dolce Vita for Dogs, Best Edible Florida Souvenirs, and Best Place to Poke an Iguana with a Stick. Then there are your choices. Dozens of readers filled out ballots on-line and on paper to come up with inspired nominations like Big Lip Bandit and Gnarly Charlie for best radio host. As for your responses to Best Category We Didn't Ask, well... here in the oversexed, Viagra-drunk mecca of America, the winner should have been obvious: Swingers Redoubt.
Because two is the magic number in this year of 2002, we've also sought out the area's most dynamic duos -- restaurateurs, coaches, theatrical designers, a mother and daughter, and even bureaucrats -- who work flawlessly together. The stories of their teamwork are both a guide to this millennium and a lesson from the last. They complement each other, build upon each other's work, and overcome sometimes substantial differences.
So page slowly through our fourth Best of Broward-Palm Beach issue. Ponder the choices, and visit the places. Savor them as if you had risen above all that afflicts you.