Ten Best Ribs in Broward and Palm Beach
As each wave of immigrants from different regions of the world landed on these shores, they brought with them their culture and cuisine.
Many of the foods we consider to be American did not, in fact, originate in the Western Hemisphere.
You've heard the saying "as American as apple pie." About that. Variations dated back as far as Chaucer. He was born in England in 1343.
Pizza, beer, burgers, hot dogs: We may eat a boatload, but those junk-food items hail from distant lands.
When it comes down to it, there's really no such thing as American cuisine -- even New American, with its upscale interpretations of classic comfort food, is based on something else from somewhere far away. When you're one of the youngest countries on the block, it's hard to find anything that is culturally 100 percent ours.
But some things we made more our own than others. Barbecue is one.
Though there are so many regional variations -- beef brisket in Texas, pulled pork in North Carolina, whole hog in South Carolina -- in the U.S. of A., one dish reigns supreme: ribs.
Maybe it's a carnal instinct, but we dare you to try to find a barbecue lover anywhere from sea to shining sea who doesn't love ripping the meat off the bone with his teeth.
To celebrate America's birthday, we decided to compile a list of the ten best ribs (traditional and internationally inspired) in Broward and Palm Beach counties. And the winners are...
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Every neighborhood pub has its own variation of ribs. Some are not so good; others are worth a weekly (or daily) visit. This locally owned chain falls in the latter category. Spawned from the ever-popular Flanigan's Seafood Bar & Grill, this busy spot offers some of the juiciest, most succulent baby back ribs around. Available in full- or half-rack portions, these puppies are flame-grilled, then coated in a sweet and tangy honey barbecue sauce. They won't satisfy the barbecue fanatics' need for smoke. But for those who just want to gnaw some delicious meat straight off the bone, these are sure to satiate the craving -- and then some. Best of all, each location offers a full rack with a side every Sunday for $10.99 (drink purchase necessary).
Quarterdeck has various locations. Visit quarterdeckrestaurants.com.
9. Bao Las Olas
We may tend to think of ribs as the ultimate American delicacy, but we're not the only ones who can get down on some meat sticks. Asians love the bony treats as well. And as with every other food item known to man, the Far East packs in the flavor. This Las Olas modern Asian spot offers a version of St. Louis-style pork ribs that is sure to knock your socks off. Made from a blend of miso paste and other spices, the coating on the Chinese sticky ribs is full of sweet and savory notes. To counteract the indulgent sauce, it's served with a crisp and refreshing apple kimchee and peppery arugula. Here, East meets West in the best possible way.
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