Ten Best Buffets in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Buffets tend to be the butt of many a foodie joke.

Sure, it's mass-produced food that in many cases is sitting out for hours on end, but there are times when you just need piles and piles of food, all at once.

It's called being stoned.

Look, all legal issues aside (uneven incarceration rates, potential medical benefits, and the millions of other problems that arise from its current legislative state), there's nothing wrong with giving yourself a little case of the munchies from time to time -- unless you get drug-tested on the regular, of course.

Yes, you might be stuffing your face with thousands of unnecessary calories, but some studies do claim that smoking pot may help you lose weight.

In honor of 4/20, we figured it was about time to round up the area's best all-you-can-eat destinations.

So light up that bowl, find a designated driver (i.e., your frequently drug-tested friend), and get ready to shove massive piles of food into your face. Here are the ten best buffets in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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Ten Best Easter Brunches in Palm Beach County

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If there was ever a day created specifically for brunch, some could argue Easter Sunday would be that day. After a long morning of Easter-egg hunting and Peeps, there's nothing like a few mimosas and a sizable brunch buffet to revive you.

When the family festivities have died down and you're feeling a little stir crazy after church, head to any of these Palm Beach County establishments to get your brunch on. Whether you're in the mood for a little bowling or maybe even a high-class polo match, we've got you covered.

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Ten Best Easter Brunches in Broward County

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Put on your Easter bonnet - make sure there's plenty of frills upon it. It's time for Easter parades and egg hunts and pictures with the Easter bunny and, yes, even church. Then, after all that, there's - for us foodies anyway, for whom gustation is basically religion - there's the most important part of the day: Brunch.

Brunch is the greatest of all meals. It's the perfect blending of breakfasty over-indulgence, mixed with lunch's mid-day guiltless necessity. It's about lingering. It's about long drawn out mimosa-filled brunches with eggs, lamb, candies, and whatever else your little heart desires. It's about four hours of sitting at a table stuffing your face and you love it.

Whether you're looking to entertain the little ones while sipping on bottomless orange juice and sparkling wine, celebrate the recent change in season, or just get wasted during brunch on a Sunday, there's no dearth of holiday options.

Here are the ten best Easter Brunches in Broward County.

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New Times' Best Of is Back: Vote for Your Favorite Restaurants, Dishes Now

The 27th annual Best of Broward/Palm Beach issue comes out in June, giving us the opportunity to share with you our absolute favorite people, places, and things in South Florida.

Each year, our Best Of Issue has a signature theme. This year, we've picked a salute to the arcade games of the 80's with our "Game On" motif.

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Ten Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Robyn Almodovar
As an adult, life seems to be consumed by an endless stream of responsibility and minor annoyances.

You have bills to pay, a house to clean, pets to take care of, friends to see, people to date, work obligations that need attention, jury duty to attend... the list goes on and on and on yet again.

With every medical bill that comes in or cable television that needs fixing, we all fantasize of an easier time in life, a point in which we were liable for practically nothing, a period of utter unadulterated enjoyment.

It's called being a kid.

We're talking prepuberty here -- who in their right mind would want to be an awkward 13-year-old again? We're referring to the days in which you played as much as you liked with no fear of ramifications.

And few foods items symbolize childhood freedom like the gooey perfection of a grilled cheese sandwich -- there's something about copious amounts of lactose and gluten that just creates a calming sensation.

Sure, you could always pick up some Wonder Bread, Kraft Singles, and margarine and call it a day. But as you've grown older, you've grown wiser, and you just know better than that.

When you're looking to get your melted queso sandwich fix these days, you need something a bit more experienced than that. You need a sammie with some charisma.

Here are the ten best grilled cheese sandwiches in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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Ten Best Chinese Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach County

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During the Chinese Diaspora (starting in the 19th century and lasting until 1949), Chinese people traveled across the world, bring with them their culture and flavorful fare.

Throughout its travels, the cuisine adapted to several variations and forms. Different versions of traditional versions can be found all over the globe, ranging from South America to India to Eastern Europe to the U.S.

Hey, we're not the only ones to adapt and globalize the foods of other cultures.

While there is a huge contrast from one to the other -- and we like anything bursting with exotic spices and herbs -- we try to stick closely to the original, as possible (with a few exceptions, of course).

From piquant Szechuan to spicy Hunan to small-plate dim sum to some good old Americanized Cantonese-style fare, we sampled our way through South Florida's Chinese food scene to find the best of them all.

Here are the ten best Chinese restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

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Ten Best Late-Night Eats in Palm Beach County

Nicole Danna
The "gordo" burger from Perrada Del Gordo in West Palm Beach.
Like most any place, South Florida takes on a completely different look and feel late at night. In cities like West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Delray Beach, it's generally after the bustling happy hours have given way to dancing and drinks or when the snowbirds turn in after early bird dinners. It's late night -- when the streets are filled with hungry patrons looking for a place to sit, tuck a napkin into their shirts, and find some grub to soak up all the booze.

The best options always seem to be the ethnic spots, tiny pizza joints, retro diners, or hipster dives. Occasionally, it's a sit-down restaurant touting a special after-hours menu -- or that thing of beauty, the reverse happy hour. Need help finding a spot near you? Here, Clean Plate Charlie presents Palm Beach County's best late-night dining spots.

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Ten Best Late-Night Eats in Broward County

Leor Barak (left), founder and president of New York Grilled Cheese; the Manhattan Grilled Mac 'n' Cheese -- gooey American-cheddar cheese & homemade mac 'n' cheese stuffed between two slices of toasted country loaf.
The saying goes, "Nothing good happens after 2 a.m." We say "good" is an awfully subjective word. In any case, we don't believe it.

Whether leaving a concert, a fun night out at the bars, a long day of work, or whatever other entertaining (but socially unacceptable) activities you may have been engaging in previously, we think plenty of good happens in the wee hours of the morning.

The only problem: It's not always easy to find something good to eat.

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Ten Best Tacos in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Nicole Danna
The Blue Cow taco from JoJo's Tacos in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
The taco; it's one of the most ingenious expressions of culinary creativity, a tiny conveyor of meat, vegetable, sauce and cheese held together in a small flap of corn or flour.

Across Central and South America the methodology of construction varies from one country to the next -- and here in South Florida, from one establishment to the next. Today, we have more incarnations than we can count.

One thing they all have in common, however: they're cheap enough for everybody to enjoy on any budget.

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Ten Best Breakfast Places in Palm Beach County

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Mom was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Sure it gets your metabolism going and supposedly people who eat breakfast eat fewer calories over the course of the day. Blah, blah, lose weight, blah, blah, be healthier, live longer - whatever.

Point being: breakfast is good for you -- even if it includes a heaping portion of bacon, creamy scrambled eggs, grease-soaked potatoes, and a side of syrup-and-butter-doused pancakes. Minor details.

Time to come up with a game plan.

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