Best Bloody Mary 2015 | Mind Your Manors | Food & Drink | South Florida

By now, we all know a glass of wine here and there can be good for you. In addition to red wine's heart-healthy antioxidants and resveratrol, recent studies show those who drink two glasses of wine a day are slimmer and 40 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Cocktails can be good for you too — especially if you're frequenting a bar that looks more like an apothecary than a happy-hour hot spot. At Mind Your Manors in Wilton Manors, they are offering drinks with an extra-special ingredient: spirulina. According to owner Bobby Del Campo, the spirulina behind this bar isn't your average (and awful-tasting) green powder. Instead, the bar uses Spirulina Ice, a frozen product grown by a private farm and developed to preserve the nutritional benefits of this powerful superfood — without the harsh, grassy, bitter flavor often associated with dehydrated products. A potent source of plant protein and amino acids, this blue-green algae can be added to almost any drink. The real supersipper at Mind Your Manors is the spirulina bloody mary. It isn't backed by any scientific claims, of course, but we're guessing you're getting a good dose of essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, chlorophyll, calcium, B-12, and bio-available iron with every sip.

Two is always better than one, right? Well, it certainly is when you're talking brunch. Visit downtown Himmarshee Village on a Sunday and you'll get two brunches in one spot thanks to Bull Market's weekly brunch buffet for $24 per person. The restaurant tag-teams with its sister establishment, the adjoining restaurant Chow, to deliver a unique "East Vs. West" all-you-can-eat menu offering Bull Market's American-style comfort food eats alongside Chow's Asian-inspired fare. That means omelet and waffle stations accompanied by fried chicken or stir-fried noodles — even crab legs and unlimited sushi. The good times don't stop there. Next, slog down a few drinks with the unlimited bloody mary and mimosa special for $15 per person. During happy hour, all regular drinks are two-for-one. So get in on the breakfast-lunch action with twice the food and drink options, guaranteed every weekend.

Breakfast. It's not only the most important meal of the day; it's also the cheapest. Or at least it used to be. Then restaurants started charging absolutely ridiculous prices for the morning meal. Fifteen bucks for an omelet? That's highway robbery for a few eggs, cheese, and maybe some veggies. What happened to those good, old-fashioned coffee shops where you could get a plate of eggs and a coffee without breaking the piggy bank? Everything about Diner by the Sea is retro — starting with owner Billy at the griddle slinging hash and cracking hen's fruit. Sit at the brightly colored vinyl stools at the counter or in a booth and enjoy a steaming cup of coffee while you peruse the menu items — all way under ten dollars. Choose a hearty country sausage and gravy ($8.99) or the lightest, fluffiest pancakes you've ever had ($5.29). If you're on a budget, a simple egg-and-home-fries breakfast with toast is only $3.99. And on weekends, your first mimosa is free. As you dig into your plate, look around to see a good assortment of tourists and locals cohabiting in harmony over coffee, chatting about the weather and condo values. This is what a good, old-fashioned restaurant is supposed to be.

Family-owned and -operated since 1972, this New York-style eatery and deli has been serving the people of Pompano Beach — especially the Palm Aire neighborhood — for more than three decades. In 1992, its current owners, a husband-and-wife team, took over full-time and continued the Bagel Snack legacy of delivering the restaurant's cooked-on-premises bagels and bialys to a hungry (and happy) patronage of snowbirds and locals. Bagel Snack features bagels in all the traditional New York varieties, from plain and poppy seed to sesame, rye, pumpernickel, onion, and garlic. You won't find anything as sacrilegious as jalapeño or cranberry in the big plastic bins, however. Here, they make all the bagels the old-fashioned way. First, they boil them. Then, they bake them. The final product: a soft, doughy interior with the perfect thin, crispy crust that's not too tough to chew or hard to swallow. All that's left is to decide your favorite flavor. Bagel Snack also offers some of the tastiest bialys in South Florida and fresh cream cheese and smoked salmon that will put all that prepackaged stuff to shame.

Readers' Choice: The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.

The gooey-rich flan cheesecake at Miramar Bakery is one of the most popular menu items at this family business, which has been serving South Florida for more than 30 years. Opened by Cuban-born Mario Cortes and his two brothers in the early 1980s, the original location was a simple shop with a short-order counter. In April of last year, a new generation of owners — Ryan Campbell and Alex Recio Jr., founders of Fort Lauderdale's new Colada Cuban House — took over operations, expanding the business and relocating to a new, state-of-the-art retail and wholesale facility. The move marked the continuation of the bakery with a new generation of Cuban-Americans, who have partnered with Cortes to help keep the tradition of Miramar Bakery (and its goods) available for many generations to come. You'll still find the same recipes and baking methods — everything from the guava and cheese pastries to café cubano and fresh-from-the-oven Cuban bread. Many of the bakery's employees, some of whom have been with the bakery since its inception, can still be found in the kitchen or at the front of house. Of course, some things have changed, but for the better: The menu now offers lunchtime meals, dishes like ropa vieja and lechon asado, served with rice and beans for $5.99.

There's no fluff about the sign hanging above the door at this Wilton Manors diner. It simply reads: "Quality Diner." Refreshing, isn't it? There are no promises of the world's best anything or of magical, organic, gluten-free eggs. The eatery is simple and to the point. It knows you've got places to go and people to see, and it doesn't want to waste your precious time. But inside the restaurant, you'll find something deserving of a stronger adjective than the simple "quality." With omelets bigger than most midsized SUVs, quick service, and classic dishes with a Greek twist, Quality Diner is truly the breakfast (or dinner) of champions. Whether you're looking to get your bearings after a night of vodka-fueled dancing in Wilton Manors or you just need some fuel for a long day at the beach, Quality Diner has your back.

Readers' Choice: Lester's Diner

It's rare you go somewhere specifically for the hot dog cart. Usually, it's more of an afterthought — something you see on the way to the bathroom that makes you think, Hmmm, haven't had one of those in a while. But that's not the case with Frankie Dogs. The wonderful world of social media has allowed its fans to track this mobile cart's every movement like hungry lions with zebra apps on their smartphones. Die-hard fans know the usual hangouts: Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park or Fort Lauderdale's Laser Wolf. And there is perhaps no better late-night food after a couple of local IPAs than a Frankie Dog. The buns are soft and warm, the wieners have a snap to them, and you're drunk, so everything tastes great. And great things taste amazing. And that Frankie Dog you're holding tastes whatever great plus amazing equals. Shhh, don't worry about the mustard all over your white shirt. Deal with that tomorrow. Because tonight, you've got a date with a Frankie Dog.

Readers' Choice: Dada Restaurant & Lounge

In the internet age, there's probably no such thing as a secret anymore, but the year-old GoBistro has as close to a secret menu as you can get. The sushi, wings, and avocado fries are among the best in all of Broward County, but it's the ramen that gets you through the front door. Though ramen is on the menu, there are often weekly specials, and if you ask the wait staff, you may get to try unlisted additional ingredients and sometimes new dishes the chefs are testing out. If there's nothing secret that night, you'll still have a great meal, but if you get lucky, well, you'll have gotten very lucky.

In June 2013, Sauced Up food truck hit the streets, a rolling kitchen with a menu serving two American staples: burgers and wings. The brainchild of Florida natives Dan Scala and Matt Kaiser, the Coral Springs-based food truck is best-known for its gourmet-style filet mignon sliders, a pair of two- to three-ounce filet steaks on fresh potato-bread buns dressed with homemade garlic aioli and topped with sautéed onions. Kaiser, who attended culinary school at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, boasts that his latest menu item — chicken and waffles — has become one of the truck's more popular dishes: buttermilk fried chicken stuffed between two Belgian waffles slathered with maple bourbon buttercream frosting and topped with warm maple syrup. The real treat here is the stuffed chicken wings, which earned Sauced Up its cult following, a meal inside a meal. Extra-large jumbo wings are sold five for $10 (or ten for $18) and fitted with a choice of macaroni 'n' cheese, pulled pork, or bacon and cheddar. Each of these delectable treats is so good, it won Sauced Up a shout during the South Beach Food & Wine Festival, where it was ranked the Best Bite by the Food Network food blog, FN Dish.

Readers' Choice: Zombie Ice

The game just ended and your baseball team is hungry, but where can you take 20 kids and their parents to eat? Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill in Plantation, that's where. Few places offer the seating, menu options, and entertainment that a Bokampers location does, and it all comes at a price that won't make you want to seek out McDonald's next time. Televisions fill every possible area the eyes might drift to at Bokampers, an especially useful feature when looking to keep kids in their seats. Parents can choose anything from calamari to steak to please their adult palates, while at the same time, kids' options like chicken tenders, chicken wings, and sliders make it so everyone in the group can find something to satisfy. Bokampers is the sort of place a coach might pretend to take his baseball team because he knows they love it, but in reality, it's his first choice too.

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