100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: No. 61 -- Fried Jumbo Shrimp from Betty's Soul Food

As a countdown to the Best of Broward Palm Beach 2011, coming in June, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to [email protected]



No. 61 Fried Jumbo Shrimp from Betty's Soul Food




Betty's Soul Food restaurant off Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale certainly exudes a mom-'n'-pop feel. It's a small eatery decorated with pictures of MLK and Obama alongside plaques from state representatives honoring the owner for a lifetime achievement award.  For the past 30 years, Betty Taylor is the woman behind the restaurant -- you will likely see her ringing up customers are the register or working in the kitchen.

It's difficult to pass up some of the mouth-watering soul-food standards, but her fried jumbo shrimp certainly deserves a special accolade. And when I say jumbo, I mean you need a spotter as you squat-thrust the mammoth shrimp from the plate to your mouth. Cradling juicy, succulent shrimp is a crusty batter both salty and sweet. Be sure to ask for a side of homemade tartar sauce to top the fantastic experience of crunching into this treat.

Betty's Soul Food
601 NW 22nd Road

Lauderdale Lakes, FL


Previous 100 favorite dishes:
No. 62: Pastrami Sandwich from Primanti Bros.
No. 63: "Monster" Hoagie from LaSpada's Original Hoagies
No. 64: Truffled Chips from YOLO
No. 65: Black Skillet-Roasted Mussels from Timpano Chophouse
No. 66: Fish Sandwich from Lazy Loggerhead Cafe

No. 67: Fresh Tomato Pizza from Pizza Time
No. 68: Seafood Salad Sandwich from Le Tub
No. 69: Wings from Lefty's Tavern
No. 70: Sake Flight from Wild East Asian Bistro
No. 71: Croque Monsieur From Croissan'Time
No. 72: Mushroom in Tin Foil at Marumi Sushi
No. 73: Tapas Sharing Platter from Johnny V
No. 74: Cherry Crunch Donut from Dandee Donut Factory
No. 75: Brussel Sprouts from Cafe La Buca
No. 76: Linguine Vongole from Il Bellagio 
No. 77: Housemade Charcuterie from Market 17
No. 78: Crab Benedict at the Downtowner Saloon
No. 79: The Aileen Special from Undergrounds Coffeehaus
No. 80: Insalata Caprese from Fiorentina
No. 81: Angus and Brie Burger from Gilbert's 17th Street Grill


No. 82: Pulled Pork Sliders from Gratify American GastroPub

No. 83: Fagottini al Tartufo Bianco e Nero From Apicius Ristorante e Enoteca
No. 84: Guacamole from Dos Caminos
No. 85: Rock Shrimp from Bahama Mama
No. 86: The Grease Beast from Grease Burger
No. 87: Banana Pancakes from Simply Delish


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