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 Deirdra.Funcheon@BrowardPalmBeach.com.
No. 71 Croque Monsieur from Croissan'Time
Open since 1986, this French Bakery remains popular with the locals for its consistent offerings of fresh pastries, tarts, cakes and pies. And we can't forget the ample assortments of charcuterie and cheeses from the deli. It's nearly impossible to grow bored of the various sweets and flaky pastry, but if you do, the croque monsieur will surely satisfy a knackering for savory.
Like a birthday present ready for opening, a square package of warm ham and cheese between toasted bread awaits on a plate. Push the cutlery aside and crunch through the decadent oozing layers of melted gruyère and Béchamel sauce as notes of nutmeg and salty tang celebrate on your tongue. Bon anniversaire, taste buds.
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Previous 100 favorite dishes:
No. 73: Tapas Sharing Platter from Johnny V
No. 80: Insalata Caprese from Fiorentina
No. 81: Angus and Brie Burger from Gilbert's 17th Street Grill
No. 84: Guacamole from Dos Caminos
No. 85: Rock Shrimp from Bahama Mama
No. 86: The Grease Beast from Grease Burger
No. 89: Coal-Oven Wings from Table 42
No. 90: Pork buns at Umi Fish Bar + Grill
No. 91: Mariquitas from Cabana
No. 92: Meatballs With Ricotta and San Marzano Tomato Sauce from Deck 84
No. 93: Crème Brûlée With Fruit Compote from Mojo
No. 94: Asparagus and Swiss Omelette from La Bonne Crepe on
No 96: The Mother of All Burgers from Quickie's Burgers & Wings
No. 97: Arancini Rice Balls from D'Angelo
No. 98: "Yum Yum" Korean Pork Tacos from Nacho Bizness
No. 99: Sauteed Gator Tail from Rosey Baby
No. 100: Vacio Steak from Angus Bar and Grill