Ten Best Ribs in Broward and Palm Beach

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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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10. Quarterdeck

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.

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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.


Location Info

Quarterdeck

2933 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Bao Las Olas

1200 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Lola's on Harrison

2032 Harrison St., Hollywood, FL

Category: Restaurant

Himmarshee Public House

201 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

McCray's Barbecue

2717 Old Dixie Highway, Riviera Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Jack's Bar-B-Que Smokehouse

500 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park, FL

Category: Restaurant

Red Cow

1025 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Troy's Bar-Be-Que

1017 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q

1236 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Blue Willy's Barbecue Market

1386 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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pink44
pink44

I visited Blue Willy's in Pompano Beach on Friday, July 4th, 2014 and ordered a pulled pork sandwich. The onion roll was nothing fancy and rather thick compared to the small amount of extremely dry pork that came with it. I expected so much more for $ 8.49, but was extremely disappointed. I was surprised considering the rave reviews this place got but something tells me this restaurant which wasn't all that clean won't be around long. My advice to foodies, don't waste your time or money. 

pink44
pink44

On my first and last trip to Blue Willy's in Pompano Beach on Friday, July 4th, 2014, I order the most disgusting & dry pulled pork sandwich on a nasty Onion Roll. What a waste of $ 8.49, but according to all the reviews, the place is voted # 1. I guess some ppl just don't know good food. Sorry but this place won't last long....






pink44
pink44

On my first and last trip to Blue Willy's in Pompano Beach on Friday, July 4th, 2014, I order the most disgusting & dry pulled pork sandwich on a nasty Onion Roll. What a waste of $ 8.49, but according to all the reviews, the place is voted # 1. I guess some ppl just don't know good food. Sorry but this place won't last long....


pink44
pink44

On my first (and last) trip to Blue Willys in Pompano Beach on Friday, July 4th, 2014, I ordered a disgusting pulled pork sandwich that was very dry and on a disgusting Onion Roll. I would never ever recommend this place to anyone. For $ 8.49, your business won't last, trust me

pink44
pink44

On my first and last trip to Blue Willy's in Pompano Beach on Friday, July 4th, 2014, I order the most disgusting & dry pulled pork sandwich on a nasty Onion Roll. What a waste of $ 8.49, but according to all the reviews, the place is voted # 1. I guess some ppl just don't know good food. Sorry but this place won't last long....


pink44
pink44

On my first and last trip to Blue Willy's in Pompano Beach on Friday, July 4th, 2014, I order the most disgusting & dry pulled pork sandwich on a nasty Onion Roll. What a waste of $ 8.49, but according to all the reviews, the place is voted # 1. I guess some ppl just don't know good food. Sorry but this place won't last long....

pink44
pink44

On my first and last trip to Blue Willy's in Pompano Beach on Friday, July 4th, 2014, I order the most disgusting & dry pulled pork sandwich on a nasty Onion Roll. What a waste of $ 8.49, but according to all the reviews, the place is voted # 1. I guess some ppl just don't know good food. Sorry but this place won't last long....


pink44
pink44

On my first and last trip to Blue Willy's in Pompano Beach on Friday, July 4th, 2014, I order the most disgusting & dry pulled pork sandwich on a nasty Onion Roll. What a waste of $ 8.49, but according to all the reviews, the place is voted # 1. I guess some ppl just don't know good food. Sorry but this place won't last long....

Jesse James
Jesse James

William DeRosa Tiffany DeRosa Chris Derosa Leah Derosa Brandon Silverback Dean Leanne Cole well well well..... look whos #1.... is it any surprise? ???

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