Killer Pastrami Sandwiches at Blue Willy's Barbecue, But Only on Thursdays

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Nicole Danna
The brisket pastrami sandwich from Blue Willy's Barbecue in Pompano Beach.
Most Texans will tell you the secret to blue-ribbon brisket is hours and hours of slow, smoky, moist heat. It's what helps transform the meat's connective tissue (all that collagen) to a gelatinous, tender state. Most barbecue places take a hunk of flat cut beef to undergo the process; rarely do you see a place that takes the navel plate end of the brisket to make pastrami.

Lucky for us, Blue Willy's in Pompano Beach is one of them.

It's not every day you get to sample something so decadently delicious. Which is probably why owner Will Banks doesn't serve it every day.

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Filet Mignon Sliders and Stuffed Chicken Wings From Sauced Up Food Truck

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Sauced Up
South Florida, the food truck loves you: warm weather all year long, a melting pot of culture and cuisine from Broward to Palm Beach, and hungry people eager to stand in line for whatever can be procured from a giant kitchen on wheels.

Since the food-truck trend started several year ago, the meals on wheels have appeared in packs, overtaking neighborhoods, unleashing feeding frenzies in parking lots as far north as Jupiter and Wellington and all the way south to Miami.

Each year, still more hit the streets for the first time, hoping to win the crowds with special takes and fusions with the familiar favorites. So it comes as no surprise that one such food truck, Sauced Up, has taken the slider and chicken wing and upped the ante.

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Lilo's Offers Alfresco-Only Dining Off Atlantic Avenue

Categories: $10 Lunch

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Nicole Danna
A family-run eatery has moved into the former E&J's Sandwich Shop space off Atlantic Avenue, but it's not your average breakfast, lunch and dinner spot. Instead, think of Lilo's Garden as the only true alfresco dining option in downtown Delray Beach.

At Lilo's, you don't wait in line for a table. You just wait in line. It's a fast-casual concept, without the fast-casual feel -- a fitting addition to the downtown scene amid the rows of upscale, sit-down establishments.

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First Look: Colombian Food at Los Parceros in West Palm Beach

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Nicole Danna
The Los Parceros burger with two tostones "buns."
When you think of Colombian food in South Florida, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Colombian fast food -- those overstuffed hot dogs and hamburgers with every topping known to man (and then some). And you'd be correct; The Colombians have taken these simple American eats and turned them into edible masterpieces, piled with a colorful collage of ketchup, mayonnaise, rosada and salsa piƱa -- the essential pineapple puree -- all atop boiled hot dogs and hamburger patties finished with cheese, potato chips, bacon and shredded beef or chicken.

But finding truly authentic Colombian fare north of Dade County -- especially in Palm Beach -- isn't easy. Now, it doesn't have to be thanks to Los Parceros, a restaurant named for the Colombian slang term that roughly translates to amigo -- but more like your "partner in crime" type amigo. Here, the partners in crime would be co-owners Amanda Olmstead and Karina Patino, who opened Los Parceros early last year, just off the Florida Turnpike at the Okeechobee exit. Together, they offer traditional Colombian fare, from the familiar empanadas and tostones, to more culture-specific dishes like aborrajado, salchipapa, rellenitos and a family recipe for bandeja paisa.

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Meat and More at Pompano's Mexican Supermarket

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All photos by Zachary Fagenson
This is the good stuff.
You're unlikely to spot the simply named Mexican Supermarket while speeding down Atlantic Boulevard. It's on the backside of yet another Broward County strip mall, requiring you to turn your head at least 90 degrees to catch a glimpse.

If you do see it you'll know where to go next time you need dried ancho chilies or uncured pork belly, however you'll find much more than that.

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Executive Chef Andre Lane on Tanzy's New $10 Lunch Club

Categories: $10 Lunch

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The Gab Group
On average Americans spend more than $2,700 on dining out annually. That's no small number when the median household income is $51,404.

Whether it's due to laziness, inability to cook, or just too much happening, American's eating habits are keeping restaurants full -- hey, consider it your donation to the economy.

To help lighten the load on patron's wallets, Tanzy recently started up a $10 lunch club with a wide selection of dishes for -- you guessed it -- just 10 bucks.

We spoke to corporate executive chef of iPic entertainment, Andre Lane to get the details.

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New Fast Food Concept PDQ Now Open in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale

Categories: $10 Lunch

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PDQ
The PDQ crispy chicken sandwich.
A new fast food concept has extended its reach to South Florida, starting with two locations including Fort Lauderdale and the newly opened West Palm Beach restaurant

Known as PDQ -- which stands for "People Dedicated to Quality" -- the concept is simple: fresh food served fast, and in a high-end setting. The original chain location opened its doors in Cornelius, North Carolina in 2009. At the time, it was known as Tenders. As the concept grew, the name was changed to PDQ, the first of which opened in Tampa in 2011.

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Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics: Eat the Teams Today at Coco's Corner Cafe

Categories: $10 Lunch
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Sebastian Dominguez
Heat or Celtics? It's one tasty decision.
Are you a Heat fan? Sure, that questions sounds easy, but since many south Floridians come from the northeast, there could, potentially, be just as many Boston Celtics fans out there.

Look around you and put your conspiracy theory goggles on. Didn't the guy in accounting run the Boston Marathon once? And your boss once ordered some Boston clam chowder for lunch last month, didn't she....

Want to settle this once and for all? Don't wait until tonight's game. Challenge them to a lunchtime dog-off at Coco's Corner Cafe, located inside the Cornerstone office park (DHL headquarters) at 1210 S. Pine Island Road in Plantation.

Chef/owner Sebastian Dominguez has created a special Heat vs. Celtics dog combo where you can eat your way through both teams.

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Haifa to Hallandale: Falafel Benny's Got the Best Balls

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All photos by Zachary Fagenson
Falafel Benny.
Through Falafel Benny's narrow, squat entrance was a room of mostly men yelling at each other in thick Israeli accents.

"How is the falafel?" owner Benny Regev gregariously bellowed at customers halfway through their lunch. He tried to buy some of his regulars' meals. Some accepted, and others slammed a few bills down on the counter and walked out.

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Urban Rustic Bagel: Little Tel Aviv in Hallandale

Categories: $10 Lunch

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Zachary Fagenson
Order at the counter or at your seat.
South Florida's sizable Jewish community is no secret. The same goes for the community's food.

Urban Rustic Bagel, just off I-95 at Stirling Road, isn't exactly a Jewish deli, but with Israeli owner Shlomo Rozen and chef Gai Bessif - the former from Haifa and the latter Yafo - the Jewish Connection is there.

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