100 Favorite Dishes: No. 91 -- Mariquitas From Cabana

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. 91: Mariquitas From Cabana

Potato chips, you're outta here. Tortilla chips, take a hike. Corn chips, fat chance, buddy. Veggie chips, I don't think so. All you wussie little chips better step aside, 'cuz there's a new sheriff in Junk Foodtown, and its name is Mariquitas.

Think plantains sliced wafer-thin lengthwise, then deep-fried to

greaseless, crackling crispness and salted. With every bite you get a

little salty, a little savory, a little sweet, not to mention that

all-important crunch. But wait, there's more. At this vibrantly colorful

West Palm Neuvo Latino restaurant a basket of crack-addictive

mariquitas comes with an unctuous, guacamole-esque "avocado salsa" and

bracingly citric mojo that's goosed with enough garlic to make Vlad the

Impaler (that's Dracula to you) rotate in his earth-filled coffin. All

other chips, bow down in abject surrender. Mariquitas rule.

533 Clematis St., West Palm Beach

Previous 100 favorite dishes:
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

Check out last year's 100 Favorite Dishes.

Check out last year's 100 Favorite Dishes.

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