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81. Macarons from Le Macaron French Cafe
New Times critic Melissa McCart nailed it last December when she counted down the five reasons macarons trump cupcakes in the battle for cute sweet treat supremacy. The delectable French cookies from this Fort Lauderdale bakery/coffee-shop are petite and quaint -- sugary enough to satisfy a craving but not so rich as to leave you in sugar shock.
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With so many tasty flavor combos, it's difficult to choose just one. Basil and white chocolate is creative and a bit unexpected, while chocolate ginger marries two flavors that should spend more time together in mainstream snacks. Classic pistachio always fulfills its duties. But for the most refreshing treat, the vote lies with the bright and simple lemon. Tart and tangy, it's reminiscent of the glazed lemon cakes that grandmothers in the Midwest would pop out of the oven just in time for the Saturday-afternoon family reunion up the road. It's good because it isn't trying to be; it just is.
Le Macaron French Cafe, 1912 Cordova Road. Call 954-990-7904.