Sure, 2016 might have been terrible in some ways, but it was a great year for food in South Florida.
Over the last 50 weeks,
Last week, New Times chose 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Coral Springs as our final feature story of the year. But that's just the latest local spot we've scoped out for your dining convenience in the past 12 months.
Here is a quick look at our ten most talked-about restaurant reviews of the year.
10. This Greenacres Restaurant Is the Highest-Rated Yelp Restaurant in Palm Beach County
If someone asked you to name Palm Beach County's highest-rated Yelp restaurant, what would you guess? Would it be a fancy Island establishment or a Clematis Street hot spot? Or a longstanding waterside eatery serving quintessential South Florida seafood? Nope, guess again. It's Kersmon Caribbean Restaurant, a small, bistro-like Jamaican eatery tucked into an average-looking strip mall located at the intersection where Melaleuca Lane meets Jog Road in Greenacres.
9. Arun's Indian
Since opening in 2014, Arun’s Indian
8. Bigger Is Better for Blue Willy's BBQ in Oakland Park
This year, popular Broward County barbecue restaurant Blue Willy's BBQ relocated from its original Pompano Beach location to a bigger space. Today, the business has found its forever home in a standalone building on Commercial Boulevard in Oakland Park. A quick drive from I-95 and just a stone's throw from Dixie Highway, it can accommodate the hundreds of patrons that visit each day. A towering Blue Willy's sign marks the spot, impossible to miss. There's more parking too, although owner Will Banks says there are some days when even 35 spaces
7. A Perfect Partnership Continues at Hot & Soul in Fort Lauderdale
In 2013, Hot & Soul opened quietly in a strip mall off North Federal Highway at Oakland Park Boulevard. The quaint eatery hasn’t changed much since then — from the way they sing "Happy Birthday" for customers to the signature dishes and the list of daily rotating specials — and that’s just the way husband-and-wife chef team and co-owners Mike Hampton and Christy Samoy like it. Go there for a new menu every night and a truly unforgettable experience.
6. South Florida's Only Spot for Ethiopian Eats, Hidden Away at This West Palm Beach Gem
5. Get Homestyle French Fare at Escargot Bistro
Tucked into the corner of a commercial shopping plaza that also houses a barbershop, a Thai restaurant, and a tanning salon, Escargot Bistro is a cozy spot with plenty of homespun charm: only six tables, a three-seat bar, and a kitchen separated from the dining room by thick silk curtains and manned by a single chef. During lunch, you can spend an hour chatting with owners Didier and Andrea Martin about the menu, but come dinnertime, you may spend more time watching as orders file in
4. Dine in the Dark at Fort Lauderdale Mainstay Market 17
You'll need a reservation to feast beyond the thick velvet curtains that keep Market 17's small, 12-seat room shrouded in darkness. Those drapes also muffle the sound of the restaurant's main dining room beyond while pop music plays softly in the background, its cheery rhythm a stark contrast to the oppressive push of blackness. From there, it's all a guessing game as to what you've been served for each course. The best part is getting to eat with your hands.
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Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram