100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: No. 75 -- Brussels Sprouts From Cafe La Buca

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. 75 Brussels Sprouts from Cafe La Buca


After entering Cafe La Buca -- a Pompano Beach establishment tucked beside a barber shop in an unpretentious strip mall -- you might think of Grandma. Walls are covered with framed pictures, shelves are adorned with trinkets, and linen curtains line the windows -- yep, Nana must have been hired as the trattoria's stylist.

The intimate six-table dining area is perfect for friendly gatherings. So round up a few friends, make a reservation, and let the Spina family feed you. Just make sure they give you a portion of the fabulous Brussels sprouts. Proving the adage that adding bacon can make anything delicious, a small plate of these tender-roasted veggies topped with salty pancetta will make you tear up. Might want to bring some Kleenex.

Cafe La Buca
451 S. Cypress Road Pompano Beach


Previous 100 favorite dishes:
No. 76: Linguine Vongole at Il Bellagio
No. 77: Housemade Charcuterie at Market 17
No. 78: Crab Benedict at the Downtowner Saloon

No. 79: The Aileen Special from Undergrounds Coffeehaus
No. 80: Insalata Caprese at 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 at Grease Burger
No. 87: Banana Pancakes from Simply Delish
No. 88: Paella at Cafe Seville
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

Las Olas


No. 95: Pad Thai from Sukhothai


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


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