Ten Best French Restaurants in Palm Beach and Broward Counties
Few countries have culinary traditions as rigorous as the French.
Courtesy of Chez Jean Pierre Website
While the cuisine was influenced by the Italians during the Renaissance, during the 17th century chefs like François Pierre La Varenne and Marie-Antoine Carême took the basics and pioneered movements that would create a unique national cuisine of their own.
Yes, they saw that soft and chewy ciabatta, and raised it a perfectly crisped yet pillowy baguette.
To become a master chef in France, one must pass through an accredited program, a serious apprenticeship, years of working in the field, and an onerous test.
To open a bakery, pastry chefs must have about a decade's worth of experience and still sit for a weeklong test.
To them, the croissant is serious business -- forget the new lame croissant/doughnut hybrid. Pffft.
So, if you're looking to get down on some delicious grub this Valentine's Day -- and a bit of French romance -- you should probably head over to one of South Florida's amorous French restaurants.
From casual bistros to haute elegance, here are the ten best French restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach County.
10. Sugar Reef
Like every other seafaring nation, the French spread their seed in tropical locations. (You know what we mean). This open-air Hollywood Beach restaurant is all about intermingling the influences with a menu of French-Caribbean delights. Steamed mussels ($14) are available in classic white wine or lightly spiced green curry and coconut; traditional roast duck foregoes the orange sauce and dives straight into a local mango salsa ($29.50). Hey, even the French are open to interpretation -- as long as it's damn near perfect.
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When it comes to South Florida dining destination one would probably think of Miami, Palm Beach, or Delray Beach -- certainly not Cooper City. However, since March of 1993, regulars from all over Broward County have been happily trekking to the western 'burbs for a taste chef/owner Aboud Kobaitri's French by way of the Middle East cuisine. The Lebanese started his culinary career in France before meeting his Floridian wife in Norway. Dishes like baked escargot ($10); filet mignon au poivre ($33); and pistachio and black pepper crusted snapper filet ($27) with key lime beurre blanc exemplify his use of classic technique and jet-setting way of life.
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