100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: Chopped Beef Brisket From Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q

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No. 30: Chopped Beef Brisket from Tom Jenkin's Bar-B-Q

There's a reason Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q has become a Fort Lauderdale institution. Inside

that tiny 'cue hut, the tables are made of a few old wooden benches and

the room is filled with smoke. The line is almost always long, and the

staff is perpetually in motion, chopping pork and slicing ribs to meet

the demand. The air is sticky and thick, like the joint's famous sauce,

and it's impossible to visit and not leave smelling like barbecue. Some

people may pine for Tom Jenkins' meaty St. Louis-style ribs; others go

crazy for the pork sandwiches and the expertly made Southern sides. But

the brisket calls to us above all else. It's chopped, not sliced, into

thick, meaty hunks. The cut provides a little bit of charred exterior

(often called "bark" in 'cue circles) along with a smoky and moist

interior. It's so tender and flavorful thanks to hours in Jenkins' open

pit that it needs no sauce -- though a little dab won't hurt ya. Any

time is a good time for a bit o' that brisket. Just remember --

Jenkins' is closed Sundays ("gone to church") and Mondays ("gone


Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q  
1236 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale 33316


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No. 32: Smoked marlin fish dip from Hurricane Alley

No. 33: Bimini bread from Bimini Boatyard

No. 34: Bacon from Georgia Pig

No. 35: Tacos al pastor from Taqueria Dona Raquel

No. 36: A slice from Pizza Rustica

No. 37: Whole fresh fish from Marumi Sushi

No. 38: Surf and turf roll from Nectar Lounge

No. 39: Yakitori from Heart Rock Sushi

No. 40: Upside down Sicilian from Nino's Restaurant & Pizzeria

No. 41: Gator Fritters from Corner Cafe and Brewey

No. 42: Kielbasa and eggs from Cypress Nook

No. 43: Rock shrimp tempura from Morimoto

No. 44: Daeji bulgogi from Gabose Korean Restaurant

No. 45: Coco bread from Charlie's Pastries

No. 46: Spare ribs from Troy's Bar-Be-Que

No. 47: Vegetarian reuben from Sara's

No. 48: Key lime pie from Le Tub

No. 49: Uni Angel Hair Pasta from Hiro's Yakko-San


50: Meatballs from Cafe Martorano

No. 51: Burger from Jack's Old Fashion Hamburger House

No. 52: Lunch specials from Charcuterie Too

No. 53: Bruschetta from Noodles Panini

No. 54: Tulipan's guava and cheese pastries

No. 55: Baingan bartha from Woodlands Vegetarian Indian Cuisine


56: Foie gras from Michelle Bernstein's at the Omphoy


57: Jalea mixta from El Rey de Pescado


58: Chipotle pork "florito" from East Coast Burrito Factory


59: Fish tacos from Tryst


60: French toast from Dune Deck Cafe

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No. 62: Crawfish boil from Rosey Baby

No. 63: Banh mi from Saigon Cuisine

No. 64: Crispy orange beef from Pine Garden

No. 65: Chimichanga from Aleyda's Tex-Mex Restaurant

No. 66: Chicago dog from Hot Dog Heaven

No. 67: Lobster bomb from Galanga

No. 68: Wheat chiabatta from Gran Forno

No. 69: Fried chicken from Fran's Chicken Haven

No. 70: Salsa from Zona Fresca

No. 71: Falafel from Sunrise Pita

No. 72: Golden crab curry from Bamboo Fire

No. 73: Grilled squid from Sushi Bon

No. 74: Beef pho from Basilic Vietnamese Grill

No. 75: Stuffed poblano from Canyon

No. 76: Raja tamales from Chini's Burritos

No. 77: Udon soup from Sushi 1

No. 78: Steak fries from Maguires Hill 16

No. 79: Cheese steak from Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies

No. 80: Sliders from Zed451

No. 81: Cowboy urger from Charm City

No. 82: Corn fritters from Park Avenue BBQ & Grill

No. 83: Milk shake from Jaxson's

No. 84: Chicken from La Granja

No. 85: Kimchi stew from Yama Japanese & Korean

No. 86: Prosciutto roma sub from My Market

No. 87: Anticuchos from Taurus Steakhouse

No. 88: Goat cheese cheesecake from Satoro

No. 89: Pink vanilla cupcake from House of Sweets

No. 90: Skirt steak executive lunch from Beefeater Steakhouse

No. 91: Baby bok choy from Marumi Sushi

No. 92: Beer muenster cheese soup from Big Bear

No. 93: Chopped pork sandwich from Georgia Pig

No. 94: Cannoli from Mona Lisa Coal Oven Pizza

No. 95: Cheeseburger from Le Tub

No. 96: LaSpada's Italian special hoagie

No. 97: Frito Misto from Sublime

No. 98: Chicharron tacos from Tacos al Carbon

No. 99: Primanti Bros. sandwich

No. 100: Chicken wings from Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

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