100 Favorite Dishes: No. 75 -- Brussels Sprouts From Cafe La Buca

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. 75 Brussels Sprouts from Cafe La Buca

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Photo by Candace West

After entering Cafe La Buca -- a Pompano Beach establishment tucked beside a barber shop in an unpretentious strip mall -- you might think of Grandma. Walls are covered with framed pictures, shelves are adorned with trinkets, and linen curtains line the windows -- yep, Nana must have been hired as the trattoria's stylist.

The intimate six-table dining area is perfect for friendly gatherings. So round up a few friends, make a reservation, and let the Spina family feed you. Just make sure they give you a portion of the fabulous Brussels sprouts. Proving the adage that adding bacon can make anything delicious, a small plate of these tender-roasted veggies topped with salty pancetta will make you tear up. Might want to bring some Kleenex.

Cafe La Buca
451 S. Cypress Road Pompano Beach

Previous 100 favorite dishes:
No. 76: Linguine Vongole at Il Bellagio
No. 77: Housemade Charcuterie at Market 17
No. 78: Crab Benedict at the Downtowner Saloon
No. 79: The Aileen Special from Undergrounds Coffeehaus
No. 80: Insalata Caprese at Fiorentina
No. 81: Angus and Brie Burger from Gilbert's 17th Street Grill
No. 82: Pulled Pork Sliders from Gratify American GastroPub
No. 83: Fagottini al Tartufo Bianco e Nero From Apicius Ristorante e Enoteca
No. 84: Guacamole from Dos Caminos
No. 85: Rock Shrimp from Bahama Mama
No. 86: The Grease Beast at Grease Burger

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Location Info

Cafe La Buca

451 S. Cypress Road, Pompano Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Just 4 more weeks until we get to the actual good dishes.


Oven roasted brussels cut in half with oilve oil are tough to beat. Probably the best way to eat them. Sprinkle on some parmesan and you don't need bacon.


Would love to check this place out! Funny enough, this is exactly how my husband prepared brussel sprouts for us two days ago at home. The pancetta was very complimentary.

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