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. 78 Crab Benedict from Downtowner Saloon
In Charlie's quest to find the perfect brunch, we came across Downtowner. Long hailed as a staple for locals, we never bothered to wake up on a Sunday morning after drinking there on Saturday night! Boy, were we missing out! All of the usual brunch offerings are there, plus a cooked-to-order omelet station. But one of our brunch companions let us in on the secret: Ask your server for the crab Benedict. It's not laid out on the regular self-serve spread; you have to order it directly from the wait staff.
Creamy yellow hollandaise sauce blankets a poached egg resting on fresh crab meat, sitting atop a perfectly toasted English muffin. You cut into the egg, watching the yolk create a gooey mixture of goodness that pools around your muffin. You won't even miss the pork element here -- this baby shines with salty seafood goodness!
Raise your mimosa and toast yourself for suggesting brunch at the Downtowner, because this dish is the best hangover cure ever!
10 S. New River Drive E. Fort Lauderdale 33301
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. 84: Guacamole from Dos Caminos
No. 85: Rock Shrimp from Bahama Mama
No. 86: The Grease Beast at 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 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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