29. Chris and Jordan Bellus of Laser Wolf

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Jordan Bellus, Jaques Bruna, and Chris Bellus

New Times' Best Of Broward-Palm Beach 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up 30 of our favorite tastemakers -- restaurateurs, chefs, bartenders, and other foodies who make the South Florida food scene what it is. We'll start with number 30 and lead up to South Florida's number one. All are previous Tastemakers are listed at the end of the post.

If you haven't noticed, Broward and Palm Beach residents are kinda into their beer. So it would make sense that beer bars are an integral component to the overall tastemaking scene.

Native Floridians, co-owners, and brothers Chris and Jordan Bellus wanted to improve the city of Fort Lauderdale. In 2011, the two introduced Laser Wolf as an alternative to the rowdy crowds of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Although they often get a lot of flack for being called a "hipster bar," that's not what they aim to be; their focus is on creating neighborhood atmosphere, where you could come as you are, with good beer away from downtown and the beach. In support of the community, the bar occasionally hosts events to support the local scene. In their small, out-of-the-way storefront, the Bellus brothers can be found serving a large selection of craft beer -- many special releases that can be found only at a couple of other spots in Broward -- six nights of the week.

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100 Favorite Dishes: # 1 -- Peking Duck Tacos From Imoto

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When you think of Palm Beach, you picture yacht clubs adorned with Ralph Lauren d├ęcor, patrons in Brooks Brothers blazers, and ladies in seahorse-embellished Lilly Pulitzer dresses, carrying their white fluffy dogs.

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100 Favorite Dishes: #2 -- Pork Belly From Max's Harvest

We're counting down our top 100 favorite dishes. Click here for a full archive. If you have any nominations of your own, email them here.


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Farm-to-table restaurants are amazing. Because they source ingredients from local farms rather than from Sysco, their fruits and vegetables teem with flavors often lacking in their cousins that are picked for shelf life and transport. Because farm-to-table chefs must work with the bounty that's in season rather than ingredients that are always stocked on a store shelf, their adaptations of dishes tend to be dynamic. And when you're dealing with chefs who care this much about their product, even standard menu items might evolve several times a year.
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100 Favorite Dishes: # 3 -- Fried Jumbo Prawn at Studio

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Nicole Danna
Roy Villacrusis began his career under the watchful eye of the infamous South Florida chef, Mark Militello, at Mark's City Place in West Palm Beach. And it's been nothing but success from there: in the past decade, Villacrusis has since evolved from green gastronome to blazen bon vivant -- and quickly become one of South Florida's most creative and colorful chefs.

He's designed remarkable dishes at his North Palm Beach establishment, Kubo, and created the small plates menu you'll find at upscale martini bar, Dirty Martini, in Palm Beach Gardens. He introduced forward-thinking flavors as executive chef at Boca's well-received Kapow! Noodle Bar -- and received the top honor as the winner of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival "Grand Chef Throwdown" two years running.

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100 Favorite Dishes: # 4 -- Bread Pudding From Canyon

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Ask any Fort Lauderdale foodie for restaurant recommendations, and one name is sure to come up without question. Canyon has been a local gourmand haven for decades. In a town that has new restaurants opening and closing on a daily basis, that really is saying something.

Inside this cavernous little restaurant, cuddly couples and lively singles sip prickly pear margaritas at the bar. The lighting is dim. The tables are secluded. The ambiance is ideal for an intimate dinner date. And it shows. The place always busy. So much that they refuse to take reservations; weekend customers will oftentimes wait hours for a table.

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100 Favorite Dishes: No. 5 -- Miracle Fruit From Market 17

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5. Miracle Fruit from Market 17

Fort Lauderdale's Market 17 is known for two things: creative farm-to-table cuisine and dining in the dark. Typically, if someone has just eaten at the popular 17th Street restaurant, she is either grinning from ear to ear, eagerly awaiting the chance to tell you about her experience, or she is casually bragging about what she ate and you didn't. "Really? You haven't had elk tartare?" she'll ask in disbelief, barely disguising her schadenfreude.

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100 Favorite Dishes: #6 -- White Fish Carpaccio From Gaysha New World Sushi

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6. White Fish Carpaccio from Gaysha New World Sushi

I was never a very adventurous sushi eater. I'm sure many of you know the type: I claimed to like eating sushi, but I mostly stuck to the basics: California, JB, or cucumber rolls, AKA "white people sushi."

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100 Favorite Dishes: #7: Beer Muenster Cheese Soup

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Since 1996 -- long before you could get a craft beer on almost any corner bar in the tri-county area -- Big Bear Brewing Co. has been serving up its microbrewed goodness to the residents of Coral Springs. It has also been dishing up some mighty delicious food. Sometimes, the brews find their way into the dishes.

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100 Favorite Dishes: # 8: Gnocchi Gorgonzola from Kitchenetta

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With all the big box stores, furniture outlets, and chain restaurants that line Federal Highway, we wouldn't be surprised if you saw Kitchenetta from the outside and mistook it for just another high-end home improvement store. If so, we feel sorry for you.

On your average off-season Sunday evening during a Florida summer, most restaurants are languishing in the heat and begging for customers. Kitchenetta's austere, modern interior, however, is packed beyond belief. Families and couples squeeze in to gorge themselves on massive plates of homestyle Italian fare. Most of the dishes are available in two sizes --solo and famiglia. Both are humongous.

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100 Favorite Dishes: # 9 -- Caramel Spiced Chicken from Dada

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10. Caramel Spiced Chicken from Dada

Let's face it: away from the beach, most of South Florida is an eyesore: shopping plazas, highways, McMansions. So going to Dada in Delray for the first time could be likened to falling into a rabbit hole. Giant trees festooned with colored lanterns crisscross the outdoor patio, highlighting the faces of patrons as they delightedly scrawl pictures on chalkboard tables. The intimate interior of the renovated 1920s house-turned-restaurant are covered with whimsical paintings from local artists. A tromphe l'oeil mural of giant ants marches its way down one of the walls. The only thing missing from this adult wonderland is a "drink me" tag on the famous mojitos.

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