Today Is International Waffle Day: Broward and Palm Beach's Five Best Chicken and Waffles

If ever you were going to attribute waffles to a country, it would be Belgium. It must be called a Belgian waffle maker for a reason, right? Well, apparently the rest of the world loves waffles just as much as the tiny nation. Today, March 25, is International Waffle Day.

In honor of the international celebration, Clean Plate Charlie decided to compile a list of the best American version of the honeycombed cake: fried-chicken and waffles. South Florida's five best chicken and waffles after the jump.

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Top Five Restaurants on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale

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For many locals, Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale tends to be viewed as a bit of a tourist trap. Yeah, there are plenty of places to go out for a drink, but often the food can be a bit, um, lacking. That being said, we decided to compile a list of the five best restaurants on Las Olas. Click on for details.

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Five Best Restaurants on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach

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West Palm Beach has never been known for its dining scene, but several new restaurants have helped to make the Clematis Street strip a new downtown destination for South Florida foodies. These days, there's a little bit of everything, from sports bars and Mexican at Rocco's Tacos to Cuban-style eats at Don Ramone's and ginormous burgers at Grease Burger Bar. The list goes on and on, with two Asian-inspired spots (both of which made this list), a "not so snooty" wine bar, and an Italian gastropub (the first of its kind on Clematis).

Without further ado, here's our list of West Palm Beach's top five restaurants on Clematis Street. Have a bone to pick about our choices? Feel free to hash it out in the comments section below, and let us know who you think deserves to be added to the list.

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Top Five Places to Pick Up Hot Foreigners During Boat Show

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It's getting to be that time of year. The weather is slowly starting to cool down. Restaurant staffs are eagerly awaiting the return of the long-lost "season." And locals with a hankering for accents are getting psyched as their objects of desire prepare to return. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is coming back into town October 25 and bringing heaps of attractive foreign yachties with it. 

That being the case, we decided to compile a list of the best places to pick up hot foreigners during boat show season.

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The Ravenous Pig: Orlando's Best Restaurant

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The Ravenous Pig's Smoked Venison with chicory glazed heirloom carrots, pine nut purée, parisian gnudi, pickled blueberries, and sorghum gastrique.
Since our Best Of Broward/Palm Beach edition (due out June 16) doesn't cover north of the Palm Beach County line, it's fitting to declare a few out-of-the-area favorites. And the winner for Best Orlando Restaurant is the Ravenous Pig.

In the true sense of the gastropub, the Ravenous Pig places a strong emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients. Chef-owners James and Julie Petrakis take these ingredients and elevate them into dishes that are foodgasmic. Most of the dishes on the menu are made in-house, including the charcuterie platter. The day I visited, the selection combined brown sugar fennel, hunter, pork cheek pastrami, speck, merguez, rabbit rillette, country terrine, comte cheese, and valdeon, a blue cheese from Spain. 

I heard from one of their pork suppliers that they often host special events. To find out more, I contacted Erin Allport, their public relations director.

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Oysters, Squash Blossoms, Spare Ribs, and More: Readers Rank Favorites

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In tandem with our 100 favorite dishes for the New Times' Best Of Broward/Palm Beach 2012, we're asking readers to offer up their favorites. Submit yours to's roundup is from Patrick Jong, who offers these gems:

5. Green Cay Farms Squash Blossoms at Max's Harvest
Delicate squash blossoms are stuffed with lemon ricotta and served with watercress and a tomato olive vinaigrette at this farm-to-table place we wrote about earlier for its terrific bacon.

4. Cheese grits at Old Fort Lauderdale Breakfast House
Farm-fresh eggs, thick-cut bread, and local produce show off at this breakfast and lunch mainstay on Himmarshee. Grits layered with cheese are the restaurant's nod to the South, a delicious way to fatten up your breakfast plate.

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South Florida's Best Margaritas

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Margaritas and palm trees belong together, so it's no wonder South Florida is awash in tequila goodness. Clean Plate Charlie takes a look at some of the best margaritas in Broward and Palm Beach. These are finalists in the Best Of issue that will hit the stands in June -- as usual, feel free to let us know what we missed. 

Canyon Southwest Café 

The Day-Glo pink of Canyon's Prickly Pear Margarita hints at the Hawaiian Punch flavors favored by college girls with bad fake IDs, but devotees swear by this balancing act of a beverage. The subtle sweetness of prickly pear is tempered by the sour of lime and works in tandem to help the medicine (in this case, tequila) go down. Women pay $5 for the drink during happy hour, nightly -- except Saturday -- until 7 p.m.
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South Florida's Best Martinis

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​Shaken, stirred, dirty, doused in fruit juices, and outfitted with spiffy window dressing, there are endless ways to get a martini -- or at least a cocktail going by the name -- in South Florida. Clean Plate Charlie takes a look at some of the best in Broward and Palm Beach offerings. These are some of the finalists for the anticipated (and sometimes debated) Best Of issue debuting in June. As usual, let us know what we missed in the comments.  

Timpano Chophouse and Martini Bar 

There are more than 20 specialty martinis on the menu at this power-lunch destination, from the simple Lemon Drop (Grey Goose Citrus and Banfi Limoncello) to more involved concoctions like the Red Razz Royale (Bacardi Razz, Red Bull, raspberries, and sparkling wine). The Lychee B and Big City Cosmopolitan are other popular choices, but you can also go the traditional route and order a plain ol' 'tini without any of the added garnishes or fixins. 

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South Florida's Best Coffee Shops

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People are particular about coffee, whether they take it light and sweet, black, or muddy. Then there are the matters of beans: how recently they were roasted, whether they're fair trade, or whether any of it matters once they're in the cup, brewed by a Krups machine, a French press, or drip funnel for a single cup.

To complicate matters further, some of us like beer with our coffee, especially on weekends. Which brings us to the second of today's lists: South Florida's best coffee shops for every preference.Feel free to chime in to add favorites or disagree with our choices.

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South Florida's Best Patios

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South Florida restaurants offer no shortage of patios and dockside bars. With the absolutely stunning weather, now is the time to hit up your favorites. We've only pulled ten, so feel free to pitch your favorites in the comments. After the jump, peruse our best patio list.

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