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100 Favorite Dishes

100 Favorite Dishes: No. 89 -- Coal-Oven Wings From Table 42

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]

Check No. 89: Coal-Oven Wings From Table 42

The city of Buffalo is known for two things. One is weather so cold and snowy that it would freeze the Botox in South Floridians' faces until they were as hard and shiny as Carrera marble. The second is the useless appendages of flightless, factory-farmed birds, fried in hot oil, doused with a butter-laden sauce fiery enough melt frozen Botox, and served with blue cheese dip and celery sticks.

Both Buffalo's weather and its iconic chicken wings could use

improvement, and Table 42 performs the second task admirably. Here the

meaty, Schwarzeneggeresque wings are roasted in a ferociously hot

coal-fired brick oven, which chars and crisps the skin while rendering

the meat tender, juicy, and just a little smoky. And instead of butter

and hot sauce and bottled blue cheese dressing, they come dressed with a

spritz of lemon juice and scatterings of fresh oregano, chives and

Parmesan. Buffalo's weather still sucks, though. 

Table 42

399 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton

Previous 100 favorite dishes:
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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