Ten Best Sandwiches in Broward County

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Nicole Danna
The pastrami sandwich from Blue Willy's Barbecue in Pompano Beach.
For many, the sandwich is the go-to meal. It's simple, easy food, a meal you can hold in your hand. It's perfect for everyone, from kids at recess eating soggy peanut butter and jellies to college kids subsisting on meat-packed subs to late-night shift workers and fridge-foraging bachelors crafting homemade assemblies that would make Dagwood proud.

The best part about the sandwich is the freedom to make it any way you like, with almost any foodstuff shoveled in. Throw together whatever ingredients you can find, and pile it up as high as you can handle it. No rules, no tradition, and no one telling you that's not how it's done. Just eat.

This is a list of the best sandwiches in Broward County, the ones that have managed to perfectly marry bread, meat, cheese, veggie, and condiment into one easy-to-eat vessel. If you're looking for lunch, maybe one of these can help.

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Ten Best Restaurants in West Palm Beach

Let's face it: West Palm Beach has never been known for its dining scene. But that doesn't mean there aren't some truly stellar dining options -- you just have to know where to look.

These days, we have our eye on a few places -- both new and old. Whether you're headed for a night out on the town in CityPlace, looking to go out somewhere off Clematis Street, or are even willing to wander into local neighborhoods like Northwood, there's a little bit of something for everyone.

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Ten Best Lunch Spots in Palm Beach County

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M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom Boca
Lunch: the glorious second meal of the day and a chow-down most Americans are forced to fit into an hourlong (in all reality more like 30-minute) break from work. Which means if you're not brown-bagging it from home, there are a few necessities to keep in mind when eating out for lunch.

If you're a worker bee, it needs to be fast. If you're always on the go, it needs to be easy. And if you're a luncher on a budget, it doesn't hurt if the meal doesn't put a dent in your wallet either.

From West Palm Beach to Boca Raton, there are literally dozens of restaurants, delis, and fast-casual spots that make for a good lunch stop. The ones that make this list are the places that offer a little something out of the ordinary while managing to meet all of the luncher's basic needs.

Here are the best places to grab lunch in Palm Beach County.

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Ten Best Cuban Sandwiches in Broward and Palm Beach

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Nicole Danna
Trying to find the best Cuban sandwich in South Florida is like trying to find a stretch of pavement uncluttered with out-of-state plates come high season. Near impossible, and almost as frustrating. With so many options to choose from, what it really comes down to is quality.

The best Cubans have a special touch -- some are grilled and pressed with a traditional plancha, yielding that golden-brown, crusty finish. Others go overboard on the meat, either an abundance of roasted pork or stacked slabs of salty, thick-cut Serrano ham. Still others get fancy with house-cured pickles or homemade mustard.

Though the culinary landscape of Broward and Palm Beach may be dominated by Cuban concepts, we've singled out the best of the cuisine's eponymous sandwich. From the street counters to the longtime, family-owned establishments, here's our list for the best Cuban sandwiches in South Florida.

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Ten Best Eggs Benedict in Broward and Palm Beach

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Nicole Danna
The Breakfast Shack's crab-cake eggs Benedict.
Eggs Benedict -- that stellar combination of perfectly poached egg, Canadian bacon, English muffin, and hollandaise sauce -- is one of those dishes that's next to impossible to master at home. Especially when you're just barely awake. Or slightly hungover. Perfectly poached eggs? That creamy Hollandaise? Toasting the bread is perhaps the only task that doesn't require a full-time babysitter.

Which is why they often taste so much better when someone else makes them. Today, there are as many variations of eggs Benedict as there are creative pairings you can think to slap on top. There's lobster and crab-cake eggs Benedict or salmon and corned beef hash or simply sliced avocado and tomato.

In South Florida, we've found places that do them all -- and then some. Here's our list of the ten best eggs Benedict in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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Ten Best Lunch Spots in Broward County

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CandaceWest.com
Breakfast is supposedly the most important meal of the day.

Dinner -- and the accompanying wine -- is for relieving workplace agitation.

Lunch, on the other hand, is pretty much forgotten.

With most of us inhaling who-knows-what garbage without even leaving our desks, it's like the redheaded stepchild of most Americans' meal plan.

In much of the world, our habits are considered a tragedy. Lunch is not just a form of cheap fuel; it's an experience, something to be savored and enjoyed while taking a break from the craziness.

As appealing as a long, drawn-out siesta may sound, for most of us, that's not an option. But that's still no excuse for not taking an opportunity to relax and eat something other than instant ramen. Even a quick trip to a takeout joint can help to ease the workday stress.

Whether you're into meat-filled indulgences, exotic dishes, or something just light and fresh, we've compiled a list of the ten best workday-appropriate lunches in Broward County.

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Ten Best Suburban Restaurants in Palm Beach County

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Take a trip to West Palm Beach's kitchen and meet husband-and-wife team Matthew and Aliza Byrne.
The restaurants that get the most hype always seem to be those fancy, just-opened joints. You know, the ones stuck right smack in the middle of downtown or maybe that cute little historic district where the hipsters flock. Basically, wherever the nightlife crowd is rowdiest.

But sometimes it's the establishments that force you to venture out into the suburbs -- those hidden gems that require a little extra fuel to get there -- where you find the most fabulous meals that make it worth a trip. Or two.

In Palm Beach County, pretty much everything we know is east of I-95; the downtown strips have it all, from Clematis Street in West Palm Beach to Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. But there is plenty of good eating to be done west of the highway. Sure, these places might be a little harder to get to, but they're worth the drive, every time.

Here are the ten best destination restaurants in suburban Palm Beach County.

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Ten Best Suburban Restaurants in Broward

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Chelsea Scholler
Cities tend to get all the cred when it comes to dining.

It's usually the downtown areas and restaurant strips that host all the trendy bars and eateries -- hey, that's just the way it is. For the most part, if you're looking for chef-driven fare, emerging concepts, great cocktails, or craft beer, you have to drive (or walk) to where all the action is.

And in South Florida, those city-like locales are unsurprisingly located closer to the beach, usually east of I-95. As a result, those eastern eateries tend to get most of the media attention as well. We've decided to spread the love.

With 1.8 million residents in Broward County, only 170,000 or so of whom reside in Fort Lauderdale, plenty of great dining options are spread throughout the area.

Here are the ten best suburban restaurants, west of I-95, in Broward County.

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Ten Best Iced Coffees in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Keith Palagye via CandaceWest.com
It's hotter than a billy goat's ass in a pepper patch right now.

With almost every move causing you to break out in a sweat, the thought of imbibing anything warmer than room temperature sounds just about as appealing as a root canal.

Even so, we still need our caffeine.

Sure, it's easy enough to gulp down that morning coffee before stepping out into the wet oven outside our front doors, but that puts a damper on the relaxing morning routine.

Iced coffee is a better option.

Of course, not all cold java is created the same.

Rather than subject you to a watered-down, subpar drink or a withdrawal from caffeine -- that's only going to ruin your day -- we rounded up a list of the ten best iced coffees in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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Ten Best Gastropubs in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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The word 'gastropub' is one of those trendy big city restaurant ideas of the early oughts, where the reinvention of the usual pub fare (burgers, fish & chips, mac & cheese) melded with the growing popularity of high end beer.

Once relegated to metropolitan high streets, over the years it has transformed into an approachable dining experience based upon familiar-with-a-twist menu items. In addition, the growing breadth of craft beer has changed many drinkers tastes and has shown that good food works very well with good beer.

With that, here's our pick of the Top 10 Gastropubs in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

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